iHeart Gets 3 Seattle Stations From CBS/Entercom

KFNQ 1090, KJAQ 96.5 and KZOK 102.5 (all CBS) will become the property of iheart in a deal that helps clear the way for the CBS Radio-Entercom merger… ALL ACCESS…Now, iHeart will have to spin-off 2 FM stations in Seattle (KFOO and KUBE are being sold)…Amused – Seeing Hollywood’s finest being accused of sexual shenanigans and the lame apologies (Dustin Hoffman) “I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.” BS! It is exactly who he is. They are all hypocrites..House of Cards (Netflix) production now suspended since Kevin Spacey has been accused of attempting to groom teenage boy (Pedophilia or paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children.)


Tribune Media’s Chairman, Bruce Karsh, stepped down from the board on Oct. 26 and will not be replaced. The Sinclair purchase of Tribune is about to be wrapped up. Soon just a handful of companies will own all radio and TV stations…Have you added the NextRadio app to your smart-phone? Local radio stations are available through the app. It is sort of like having a transistor radio once again…Everytime I tune through the FM dial and hit KMPS, sounds to me like I am listening to rap music. The country tunes don’t have that country sound anymore. Other than KIRO FM for news, the only station I listen to for music is KNKX 88.5 (jazz and blues). Unfortunately, NPR comes with that listening choice. Not a fan.

It’s A Toss Up

Entercom and CBS Radio have filed with the FCC to create the Entercom Divestiture Trust to handle the divestiture of the stations in seven markets that it is required to spin-off. While Entercom will only be required to divest fourteen stations to get under the current FCC market caps, it is seeking permission to assign the licenses of 43 different stations into the trust. This will give Entercom flexibility to choose which stations it will seek to keep and which ones it will spin-off. Among the stations being filed for placement into the divestiture trust are all of CBS Radio and Entercom’s stations in the Boston, Sacramento, San Francisco, and SEATTLE markets. RADIO INSIGHT

The Crystal Ball Reveals…

Lay-offs are coming to Entercom & CBS Radio…

News readers at KING, KIRO, KOMO and KCPQ will leave for other markets or jobs outside the broadcast business…Many people will realize they want to spend more time with their family…Corporate bean counters will convince radio execs that talent is not needed and that listeners just want to hear the same 40 tunes played ad nauseum, without the interruptions of a disc jockey…No new formats will be developed this year, the old ones will be rehashed and swapped from one frequency to another…Veteran TV folk will be told it is time to retire and be given the opportunity to say a tearful goodbye to viewers…There will be cake…TV reporters and anchors will dance in front of the camera and clown for viewers on Facebook and other social media because they will be required by their employers to put in more time on those apps …The public will eat it up…The best that radio has to offer has already been heard…Hopefully, someone recorded it…

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