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Radio Free Red Sox

Red Sox Global Media, Inc. threatens to encompass yet another medium. After this season WEEI may lose the right to broadcast Red Sox games. The Red Sox are pondering the purchase of a 25% stake in WBOS, an FM station owned by Greater Media and whose format is described on the Boston Radio Dial as “modern adult contemporary.” I’ve had issues with the personalities on WEEI, primarily Dennis and Callahan, who on repeated occasions showed their intolerance of minorities, so I advocate the move.

For the Red Sox, owning a share of the FM station would enhance sound quality and perhaps give them greater control over the representation of their franchise. For WEEI, it would be an opportunity to see if its their content or their contracts that grant them the largest sports radio market share in the country.

Monday’s Weiner Whiner Line promises to be lively.


I only listen to WEEI for games (Gerry Callahan: N.B. you are not a political analyst) and wouldn't miss the rest of the shows, but the one draw back to FM is range. In the past I've been able to pick up games on WEEI while in Maine and New Hampshire, I doubt a Boston based station on FM would travel that far. Sooo no more friday night games TV38. Maybe they'll go total subscription, and nix both AM and FM and go satellite. Interesting.

I think with the MLB having a contract with XM Radio, the Red Sox wouldn't be permitted to explore satellite radio on their own. I assume the revenue from local radio broadcasts would go completely to the team, so I don't think the Red Sox will abandon the public airwaves...yet.

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