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WBZ-FM Boston - January 1981 - scoped aircheck
Published: 2016/07/02
Channel: Rich Marino
WEEI
WEEI's Kirk Minihane goes to WBZ-FM studios to demand firing of Michael Felger
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
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
WBZ-FM
WBZ-FM's Michael Felger Mocks Roy Halladay's Death
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
Felger Gets Schooled - 98.5 SportsHub
Felger Gets Schooled - 98.5 SportsHub
Published: 2016/08/21
Channel: James Carroll
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - April 6, 2017
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - April 6, 2017
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
98 Mile Guy From Machine vs. Rock & Roll Mike 8.16.2017
98 Mile Guy From Machine vs. Rock & Roll Mike 8.16.2017
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: SoxPatsFan74
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
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - March 2, 2017
Cam Neely interview on WBZ-FM - March 2, 2017
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Fenway9418276452634
98.5 The Sports Hub Felger and Mazz: Michael Felger mocks Roy Halladay after tragic passing 11/8/17
98.5 The Sports Hub Felger and Mazz: Michael Felger mocks Roy Halladay after tragic passing 11/8/17
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Nick Ramos
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Terk Tower indoor AM/FM HD Radio antenna review & test
Published: 2017/11/01
Channel: VWestlife
#OffAirShow 94
#OffAirShow 94
Published: 2016/04/22
Channel: Jim Murray
Michelle
Michelle's Call to F&M
Published: 2015/05/29
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FM DX; 98.5 WBZ Coming in unusually strong
FM DX; 98.5 WBZ Coming in unusually strong
Published: 2014/07/20
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Toucher and Rich on Matt Perrault (sportstalkmatt)
Toucher and Rich on Matt Perrault (sportstalkmatt)
Published: 2012/09/13
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TOUCHER & RICH - Sylvester the Cat or Lou Holtz?
TOUCHER & RICH - Sylvester the Cat or Lou Holtz?
Published: 2011/01/10
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Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (1/2)
Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (1/2)
Published: 2011/10/30
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OffAirShow 2
OffAirShow 2
Published: 2015/03/11
Channel: Jim Murray
(MSTS1) Boston FM Radio Audio 1970
(MSTS1) Boston FM Radio Audio 1970's - (2 of 2)
Published: 2009/10/02
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98.5 The Sports Hub with Gresh and Zolak
98.5 The Sports Hub with Gresh and Zolak
Published: 2010/10/15
Channel: bigedbbq
Classic Boston WBZ Sports Video
Classic Boston WBZ Sports Video
Published: 2013/05/25
Channel: Ed OBrien
Sports Hub
Sports Hub's Felger Sparks Anger For Halladay Rant
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: CBS Boston
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sportshub 98.5 wbz fm
Published: 2015/02/20
Channel: rich cerasale
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 sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Phone number+advertising sales+MIKE FELGER & TONY MASSAROTTI+WBZ FM
Published: 2016/05/22
Channel: RAW Media
Rock Around The Big Bang Clock - Toucher & Rich
Rock Around The Big Bang Clock - Toucher & Rich
Published: 2010/09/29
Channel: Toucher Rich
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
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
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DA's 98 Mile Final Song: 98.5 The Sports Hub Takes Down WEEI
Published: 2013/10/28
Channel: theDAshow
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
The Mazzters
The Mazzters
Published: 2015/04/08
Channel: Jim Murray
WBZ Sports Final 2001 - Part 1
WBZ Sports Final 2001 - Part 1
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: RetroSurferNews2
WBZ FM strongly received in Osterville MA
WBZ FM strongly received in Osterville MA
Published: 2017/07/04
Channel: Tom Geraci
Dan Roche 2ed rap on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Dan Roche 2ed rap on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
Dan Roche 98 mile 2017
Dan Roche 98 mile 2017
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
TOUCHER & RICH - Adolfo
TOUCHER & RICH - Adolfo's Basketball Skillz
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: Toucher Rich
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand’s Dan’s Dates introduction.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand’s Dan’s Dates introduction.
Published: 2017/11/07
Channel: Giovanni Freda
Jon Wallack on 98 mile
Jon Wallack on 98 mile
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
98 Mile Rap Battle Marc "The Beatle" Bertrand
98 Mile Rap Battle Marc "The Beatle" Bertrand
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: Chadmaster9393
Massachusetts Required Monthly Test (EAS #1666)
Massachusetts Required Monthly Test (EAS #1666)
Published: 2017/04/05
Channel: SPCparamus8900
Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (2/2)
Boston Morning Drive Radio - June 1984: (2/2)
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Ellis Feaster
Dan Roche on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Dan Roche on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
98 mile Rob Ninkovich
98 mile Rob Ninkovich
Published: 2017/07/27
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
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
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
Jim Murray 2ed rap on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Jim Murray 2ed rap on 98Mile from 98.5 sports hub
Published: 2016/08/10
Channel: ViiNDiiCTiVE
98.5 the sports hub: Bruins Montage
98.5 the sports hub: Bruins Montage
Published: 2011/06/30
Channel: TheFasterGuy
Phantom Gourmet Snack Attack 2010 Toucher and Rich
Phantom Gourmet Snack Attack 2010 Toucher and Rich
Published: 2011/03/28
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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)
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
Compass Media Networks
Operator Beasley Broadcast Group
(full acquisition pending)
Owner TDC Communications, LLC
(Entercom Divestiture Trust)
Sister stations WBOS, WBQT, WKLB-FM, WRCA, WROR-FM
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 TDC Communications, LLC, 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, and were all associated with Westinghouse Broadcasting or its successor, 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, improving 106.7's 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 have made WBZ-FM a direct sister to WEEI. The sale would be conducted using a Reverse Morris Trust so that it would be tax-free. While CBS will still retain a 72% ownership stake in the combined company, Entercom will be the surviving entity and will separate WBZ radio (both 98.5 and AM 1030) from WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV.[14][15] However, the combined company would have to shed some of its Boston stations in order to satisfy Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice requirements.[16] On October 10, 2017, CBS disclosed that as part of the process of obtaining regulatory approval of the merger, WBZ-FM would be one of sixteen stations that would be divested by Entercom, along with sister stations WBZ and WZLX, and Entercom stations WRKO and WKAF, with Entercom retaining WEEI AM and FM, WBMX, WODS and WAAF.[17] On November 1, 2017, Beasley Media Group announced that it will trade WMJX to Entercom, in exchange for WBZ-FM (WBZ, WZLX, WRKO and WKAF will be acquired by iHeartMedia).[18][19][20] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[21][22]

Shows and staff[edit]

When the station launched in 2009, 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.[23]

Patriots Radio Broadcast Staff

Celtics Radio Broadcast Staff

Bruins Radio Broadcast Team

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. ^ "CBS Sets Radio Division Merger With Entercom". Variety. Retrieved 2 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "CBS and Entercom Are Merging Their Radio Stations". Fortune. Retrieved 2017-02-02. 
  16. ^ Villani, Chris (February 2, 2017). "WEEI parent company buys CBS' Sports Hub, WBZ in massive merger". The Boston Herald. Retrieved April 29, 2017. 
  17. ^ Venta, Lance (October 10, 2017). "Entercom Narrows Down 16 Stations To Be Divested To Complete CBS Radio Merger". RadioInsight. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  18. ^ http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/entercom-cbs-radio-justice-department-1202604449/
  19. ^ Entercom Swaps 98.5 the Sports Hub to Beasley for Magic 106.7
  20. ^ Entercom Trades Boston/Seattle Spin-Offs to iHeartMedia for Richmond/Chattanooga
  21. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  22. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017. 
  23. ^ Finn, Chad (September 26, 2013). "It's official: Celtics heading to The Sports Hub". Boston.com. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Gino Cappelletti leaving Patriots' radio booth". Retrieved 20 July 2012. 

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Radio home of the New England Patriots
2009–present
Succeeded by
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Radio home of the Boston Bruins
2009–present
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Radio home of the Boston Celtics
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