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WBZ-FM Boston - January 1981 - scoped aircheck
WBZ-FM Boston - January 1981 - scoped aircheck
Published: 2016/07/02
Channel: Rich Marino
Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy " I HATE the Canadiens" - WBZ-FM 4/28/17
Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy " I HATE the Canadiens" - WBZ-FM 4/28/17
Published: 2017/04/28
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
Cam Neely explains Claude Julien
Cam Neely explains Claude Julien's firing (WBZ-FM 2/9/2017)
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
(MSTS1) Boston FM Radio Audio 1970
(MSTS1) Boston FM Radio Audio 1970's - (2 of 2)
Published: 2009/10/02
Channel: MSTS1
Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (1/2)
Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (1/2)
Published: 2011/10/30
Channel: Ellis Feaster
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - April 6, 2017
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - April 6, 2017
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
Smoothflo/24 Lp release 98.5 tailgate fm 2.24.15
Smoothflo/24 Lp release 98.5 tailgate fm 2.24.15
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: LOYALTY RAISED records
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - March 2, 2017
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - March 2, 2017
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
WROR 98.5 Boston MA   Ron Edwards    December 1979.wmv
WROR 98.5 Boston MA Ron Edwards December 1979.wmv
Published: 2012/03/07
Channel: stevations
Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (2/2)
Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (2/2)
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Ellis Feaster
phone number+advertising+TOUCHER & RICH+WBZ FM 98 5
phone number+advertising+TOUCHER & RICH+WBZ FM 98 5
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: RAW Media
DA
DA's 98 Mile Final Song: 98.5 The Sports Hub Takes Down WEEI
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: theDAshow
Toucher and Rich on Matt Perrault (sportstalkmatt)
Toucher and Rich on Matt Perrault (sportstalkmatt)
Published: 2012/09/13
Channel: Matthew Doushay
sportshub 98.5  wbz fm
sportshub 98.5 wbz fm
Published: 2015/02/20
Channel: rich cerasale
Gil Santos Signs Off After 36 Years As
Gil Santos Signs Off After 36 Years As 'Voice Of The Patriots' on WBZ-FM
Published: 2013/01/21
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
WBZ-FM Boston MA received strong in Osterville MA (turn the volume all the way up to hear the stati
WBZ-FM Boston MA received strong in Osterville MA (turn the volume all the way up to hear the stati
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: Tom Geraci
Phone number+advertising sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Phone number+advertising sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: RAW Media
phone number+advertising+TOUCHER & RICH+WBZ FM 98 5
phone number+advertising+TOUCHER & RICH+WBZ FM 98 5
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: Roger Fredinburg
phone number+advertising+TOUCHER & RICH+WBZ FM 98 5
phone number+advertising+TOUCHER & RICH+WBZ FM 98 5
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: The Mouse That Roars News
Phone number+advertising sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Phone number+advertising sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: The Mouse That Roars News
Phone number+advertising sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Phone number+advertising sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: Roger Fredinburg
WBZ FM Boston MA received clearly in Osterville MA
WBZ FM Boston MA received clearly in Osterville MA
Published: 2017/07/23
Channel: Tom Geraci
FM DX; 98.5 WBZ Coming in unusually strong
FM DX; 98.5 WBZ Coming in unusually strong
Published: 2014/07/20
Channel: This Is C-Money!
98.5 Montage Superbowl 51 - Patriots Win!!!!!
98.5 Montage Superbowl 51 - Patriots Win!!!!!
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: Kevin Roemer
WBZ FM strongly received in Osterville MA
WBZ FM strongly received in Osterville MA
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: Tom Geraci
The Mazzters
The Mazzters
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: Jim Murray
Super Bowl 51 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots radio call montage
Super Bowl 51 98.5 The Sports Hub Patriots radio call montage
Published: 2017/02/08
Channel: Andre Girard
#OffAirShow 94
#OffAirShow 94
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: Jim Murray
Felger Gets Schooled - 98.5 SportsHub
Felger Gets Schooled - 98.5 SportsHub
Published: 2016/08/21
Channel: James Carroll
OffAirShow 2
OffAirShow 2
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: Jim Murray
Tim Bradley calls 98.5 The Sports Hub - /sp/ Patriots Call-in 1/20/13
Tim Bradley calls 98.5 The Sports Hub - /sp/ Patriots Call-in 1/20/13
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: MC Spee
Freeport ME FM DX: 98.5 WBZ Boston MA
Freeport ME FM DX: 98.5 WBZ Boston MA
Published: 2015/07/26
Channel: This Is C-Money!
Phantom Gourmet Snack Attack 2010 Toucher and Rich
Phantom Gourmet Snack Attack 2010 Toucher and Rich
Published: 2011/03/28
Channel: phantomgourmet
Fred Toucher on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Fred Toucher on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
98.5 The Sports Hub - Gasper and Murray Show (Intro Song)
98.5 The Sports Hub - Gasper and Murray Show (Intro Song)
Published: 2017/03/01
Channel: Stefan Scali
Jesus calls 98.5 The Sports Hub - /sp/ Patriots Call-in 2/5/12
Jesus calls 98.5 The Sports Hub - /sp/ Patriots Call-in 2/5/12
Published: 2012/02/06
Channel: DocSpengler753
98 Mile Rap Battle Marc "The Beatle" Bertrand
98 Mile Rap Battle Marc "The Beatle" Bertrand
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Chadmaster9393
CamJewton calls 98.5 The Sports Hub - /sp/ Patriots Call-in 11/18/13
CamJewton calls 98.5 The Sports Hub - /sp/ Patriots Call-in 11/18/13
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: MC Spee
Toucher & Rich on Phantom Gourmet
Toucher & Rich on Phantom Gourmet
Published: 2012/09/27
Channel: phantomgourmet
TOUCHER & RICH - Adolfo
TOUCHER & RICH - Adolfo's Basketball Skillz
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: Toucher Rich
WROR 98.5 Boston MA  1985  Rock and Roll Reunion
WROR 98.5 Boston MA 1985 Rock and Roll Reunion
Published: 2014/06/19
Channel: stevations
Toucher & Rich: "New Jack" Edwards [part 2/2]
Toucher & Rich: "New Jack" Edwards [part 2/2]
Published: 2010/05/03
Channel: Michael M.
The World According to Fred Toucher
The World According to Fred Toucher
Published: 2016/08/25
Channel: CSNNE.com
Toucher and Rich: Rick Pitino hangup interview
Toucher and Rich: Rick Pitino hangup interview
Published: 2013/10/06
Channel: burningxseason
Best of "Toucher & Rich" Part 1
Best of "Toucher & Rich" Part 1
Published: 2012/08/09
Channel: Matt Cook
Dan Roche 98 mile 2017
Dan Roche 98 mile 2017
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
Jon Wallack on 98 mile
Jon Wallack on 98 mile
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
Bill Belichick the Care Bear - (From Felger and Mazz CBS 98.5 Sports Hub)
Bill Belichick the Care Bear - (From Felger and Mazz CBS 98.5 Sports Hub)
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: TheAsianRepublican
Marc Bertrand 98 mile!
Marc Bertrand 98 mile!
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
DAN CAMPBELL SONG - TOUCHER & RICH
DAN CAMPBELL SONG - TOUCHER & RICH
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: Toucher Rich
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WBZ-FM
WBZ-FM logo.png
City Boston, Massachusetts
Broadcast area Greater Boston
Branding 98.5 The Sports Hub
Slogan Boston's Home for Sports
Frequency 98.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Repeater(s) WRCH-HD3 (New Britain, CT)
First air date October 1948 (as WNAC-FM)[1]
August 13, 2009 (2009-08-13) (current format as WBZ-FM)
Format FM/HD1: Sports radio
HD2: WBCN
HD3: WBZ simulcast
ERP 9,000 watts
HAAT 349 meters
Class B
Facility ID 1901
Transmitter coordinates 42°18′27.4″N 71°13′25.2″W / 42.307611°N 71.223667°W / 42.307611; -71.223667 (WBZ-FM)
Callsign meaning from heritage sister station WBZ (AM)
Former callsigns WNAC-FM (1948–1958)
WRKO-FM (1958–1968)
WROR (1968–1991)
WBMX(-FM) (1991–2009)
Affiliations CBS Sports Radio
New England Patriots Radio Network
Boston Bruins Radio Network
Boston Celtics Radio Network
Owner CBS Radio
(CBS Radio Stations Inc.)
Sister stations WBMX, WBZ, WBZ-TV, WODS, WSBK-TV, WZLX
Webcast FM/HD1: Listen Live
Listen Live (via TuneIn)
HD2: Listen Live
Website FM/HD1: www.985thesportshub.com
HD2: www.wbcn.com

WBZ-FM is a sports radio station known as "98.5 The Sports Hub" and broadcasting on 98.5 MHz in Boston, Massachusetts. Owned by CBS Radio, the current WBZ-FM began on August 8, 2009 and competes with AM and FM sports talk station WEEI/WEEI-FM. WBZ-FM is home to the Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and New England Revolution radio networks. Its studios are located in Allston district of Boston, and its transmitter is in Newton.

WBZ-FM has been the callsign of three broadcast stations in Boston, Massachusetts since 1943, all associated with Westinghouse Broadcasting/CBS Radio: one from 1943 to 1954; one from 1957 to 1981 (which became WMJX); and the new format from August 2009, which uses the frequency of the old WROR/WBMX.

Callsign timeline[edit]

  • 1943: W67B at 46.7 MHz becomes the first WBZ-FM
  • 1946: WBZ-FM moves to 100.7 MHz
  • 1947: WBZ-FM moves to 92.9 MHz
  • 1954: First WBZ-FM goes off the air
  • 1957: 106.7 goes on the air as the second WBZ-FM
  • 1981: 106.7 sold; 106.7 drops WBZ-FM callsign to become WMJX
  • 2009: 98.5 drops WBMX-FM callsign to become third WBZ-FM

First WBZ-FM[edit]

The first WBZ-FM had its origins in a construction permit held by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company to operate at 42.6 MHz;[2] this facility signed on as W1XK on November 7, 1940 from the Hull transmitter site of sister station WBZ.[3] Westinghouse soon sought a commercial FM license, and on February 19, 1941 was granted a construction permit for W67B on 46.7;[4] W1XK left the air for good on December 28, 1941, and W67B signed on March 29, 1942.[3] The call letters became WBZ-FM on November 2, 1943.[3] Initially, W67B/WBZ-FM was largely separately-programmed,[3] though in later years it became a simulcast of its AM sister station.[5]

After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) moved the FM band to 88–106 MHz (later expanded to 108), WBZ-FM began to operate on 100.7 MHz on January 1, 1946 (while still operating on 46.7 as well).[3] The frequency again changed to 92.9 MHz on August 10, 1947[3] (the 100.7 frequency was reoccupied by WCOP-FM, now sister station WZLX, in 1948).[6] WBZ-FM's transmitter moved to the WBZ-TV (channel 4) tower at the stations' new studios in the Allston-Brighton portion of Boston in 1948,[7] with 92.9 operations from Hull ceasing on July 23 and the 46.7 operation shutting down on November 21.[3] The tower was destroyed by Hurricane Carol on August 31, 1954; after that point, WBZ-FM's operations were discontinued and the license surrendered to the FCC,[8] which deleted it and a Springfield sister station, WBZA-FM/97.1, on November 22, 1954.[9] (The 92.9 frequency has been occupied by WBOS since 1960.)

Second WBZ-FM: 106.7[edit]

After securing a new license for operation on 106.7 MHz, Westinghouse reactivated WBZ-FM on December 15, 1957.[10] The station initially operated only from 5 p.m.–midnight with a classical music format branded "Westinghouse Fine Music in Boston"; in 1959, WBZ-FM expanded its operating hours by simulcasting the AM sister station during periods in which the station had signed off.[5] After live programming was replaced with tapes of classical music in January 1960, WBZ-FM's separate programming was expanded, with the simulcast continuing in mornings.[5]

On December 31, 1971, WBZ-FM became a rock music station as "Rockin' Stereo 106.7"[11] programming mostly top 40 with some album cuts. Although automated, it featured voice-tracked announcing from Clark Smidt (who also programmed the station) and Ken Shelton. For a time in the mid-1970s, WBZ-FM was Boston's second most popular top 40 station, only trailing WRKO. In 1975, both Smidt and Shelton left to join WCOZ, which was changing formats from beautiful-music to album-oriented rock. By 1979, WBZ-FM had drifted into an automated album oriented rock format itself, which remained in place through 1981. As a rock station, WBZ-FM also simulcast the hourly newscasts from the AM side, the commercial spots on which were the only commercials heard on the FM side.

In 1981, WBZ-FM was sold to Greater Media, becoming that company's first Boston station. Under the new ownership, the station signed off for a couple of weeks at the very end of 1981. Before signing back on as "Magic" in January 1982 with the call letters WMJX, the station installed a new transmitter and raised the height of the antenna on the WBZ-TV tower. A few years later, the transmission equipment was relocated to the Prudential Tower, giving 106.7 a great signal in downtown Boston.

Third WBZ-FM: 98.5[edit]

WBZ-FM's studios in Brighton, shared with CBS' other Boston FM stations.

In July 2009, CBS Radio announced that it would re-introduce WBZ-FM as a sports radio station named "98.5 The Sports Hub" on August 13,[12] moving the existing Hot AC "Mix 98.5" WBMX-FM to 104.1 as "Mix 104.1" on August 12,[13] and the existing active rock 104.1 WBCN to HD Radio subchannel 2 on the new 98.5, removing it from analog. 98.5 then stunted starting at 2 AM on the 12th with a loop of the song Move Along by The All-American Rejects while Mix voiceover Ann DeWig and DJs of Mix redirected listeners to 104.1 until "The Sports Hub" launched at 1 PM on the 13th. "98.5 The Sports Hub" was created to go head to head against WEEI, at the time the top rated sports radio station in the Boston market. Two years later, WEEI would add an FM simulcast, a reaction to the success WBZ-FM was enjoying as an FM sports talker. The "Sports Hub" amended its slogan from "Boston's New (FM) Home For Sports" to "Boston's Home For Sports".

The call sign WBZ-FM was assigned to the station on August 5, 2009.

On February 2, 2017, CBS announced that they will be selling their radio division to Entercom, which could potentially make WBZ-FM a direct sister to WEEI. However, the combined company would have to shed some of its Boston stations in order to satisfy Federal Communications Commission requirements. The transaction is expected to be completed in the latter half of 2017.[14]

Shows and staff[edit]

Boston Bruins games moved to WBZ-FM from WBZ.[13] The Toucher and Rich Show and New England Patriots games came from WBCN. It was announced on September 26, 2013, that the station has become the new flagship of the Boston Celtics Radio Network (replacing WEEI-FM), with select games airing on WZLX due to conflicts.[15]

Patriots Radio Broadcast Staff

Celtics Radio Broadcast Staff

Bruins Radio Broadcast Team

  • Bob Beers Color Commentator
  • Ryan Johnson fill in Play by Play

Revolution Radio Broadcast Team

Former

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yankee FM". ggn information systems. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1930s". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Miller, Jeff. "Earliest FM Radio Stations". History of American Broadcasting. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Halper, Donna; Wollman, Garrett. "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 1940s". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Boston Radio Dial: WMJX(FM)". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Framingham, Massachusetts: Garrett A. Wollman. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  6. ^ "The Boston Radio Dial: WZLX(FM)". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Framingham, Massachusetts: Garrett A. Wollman. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  7. ^ Fybush, Scott (August 5, 2005). "WBZ: 65 Years in Hull, part I". Tower Site of the Week. Retrieved April 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Boston Radio Dial: WBOS(FM)". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. August 16, 2009. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "For The Record" (PDF). Broadcasting-Telecasting. December 6, 1954. p. 58. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "WBZ-FM Makes Bow on 106.7 Mc" (PDF). Broadcasting-Telecasting. December 23, 1957. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ "WBZ 106.7 Boston Survey 06/20/75". Las-solanas.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ CBS Radio (2009-07-15). "98.5 The Sports Hub Debut". Facebook. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  13. ^ a b CBS Radio. "CBS Radio to Launch Boston's Newest and Only FM Sports Station, 98.5 The Sports Hub, on Thursday, August 13". Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  14. ^ Villani, Chris (February 2, 2017). "WEEI parent company buys CBS' Sports Hub, WBZ in massive merger". The Boston Herald. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  15. ^ Finn, Chad (September 26, 2013). "It's official: Celtics heading to The Sports Hub". Boston.com. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gino Cappelletti leaving Patriots’ radio booth". Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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