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Cumulus Media trying to drop White Sox/Bulls from WLS

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The White Sox and Bulls may be looking for a new radio home. Cumulus Media, which owns WLS, is trying to get out of their contract with the White Sox and Bulls. It will be heard in bankruptcy court on Feb. 1.

 

The Sox don't get much from radio anyway, so I don't think it will kill future payrolls, but it will be interesting to see where they land.

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Wild. It's been what, two seasons? I have SiriusXM so I never tune into the games on AM anyway--it's only the home feeds that are available on satellite but A) they actually display the inning, score, and outs, which is necessary when you have DJ and Farmer "announcing" a game, and B) I'd almost always rather hear the opposing team's feed than Ed and DJ anyway.

Edited by 3GamesToLove

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I would hope they land with AM 1000 Chicago since 670 is tied up with the Cubs. I doubt they’d end up with 780 or 720 for a long term partnership given the history with the Cubs on a sister station and with WGN.

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QUOTE (New Era on South Side @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 07:48 AM)
I would hope they land with AM 1000 Chicago since 670 is tied up with the Cubs. I doubt they’d end up with 780 or 720 for a long term partnership given the history with the Cubs on a sister station and with WGN.

 

The 1000 signal is awful out west of the city. It was bad enough growing up in Oswego, and I think it's probably even worse now that I'm in rural Kane County.

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QUOTE (3GamesToLove @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 07:49 AM)
The 1000 signal is awful out west of the city. It was bad enough growing up in Oswego, and I think it's probably even worse now that I'm in rural Kane County.

What about 720, how does that come in? They apparently made a play for the White Sox in 2016 before 890 snagged them. I wish the Sox never left the Score, and I wish they’d be on a sports talk station so they’d actually be talked about instead of just hearing Cubs talk.

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QUOTE (3GamesToLove @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 07:49 AM)
The 1000 signal is awful out west of the city. It was bad enough growing up in Oswego, and I think it's probably even worse now that I'm in rural Kane County.

Yes. When i lived in Sugar Grove. I had difficulty getting the signal especially on bad weather days.

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QUOTE (New Era on South Side @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 07:55 AM)
What about 720, how does that come in? They apparently made a play for the White Sox in 2016 before 890 snagged them. I wish the Sox never left the Score, and I wish they’d be on a sports talk station so they’d actually be talked about instead of just hearing Cubs talk.

 

Yeah, I think pretty much all the clear channels come in really well. Honestly WTMJ almost definitely comes in better than WMVP.

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QUOTE (3GamesToLove @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 07:56 AM)
Yeah, I think pretty much all the clear channels come in really well. Honestly WTMJ almost definitely comes in better than WMVP.

I remember that.

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I wouldn't mind 720AM. Since the Cubs went to 670, it would be kind of funny if the White Sox became the WGN radio team. Not to mention, I enjoy the WGN White Sox TV broadcasts.

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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 08:12 AM)
If they are losing money on the radio deal, that isn't a very good sign for the TV deal that comes up next year.

The Bulls don’t have a profitable deal either and Cumulus is just broke. What kind of TV deal are people talking about around here lately?

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QUOTE (southsider2k5 @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 08:12 AM)
If they are losing money on the radio deal, that isn't a very good sign for the TV deal that comes up next year.

That's how it goes on the radio. The reason the Cubs aren't on WGN anymore was because WGN was willing to lose some money on their broadcasts as they had been doing for years, just not as much as others.

 

What they hope for is the people tuning in for the game, tune into other crap on their station.

Edited by Dick Allen

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QUOTE (New Era on South Side @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 08:14 AM)
The Bulls don’t have a profitable deal either and Cumulus is just broke. What kind of TV deal are people talking about around here lately?

 

One that increases like the ones other markets have been getting. And if the Cubs go off on their own, the package should be more valuable to NBC Sports/WGN.

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WGN radio was losing $6 million a year broadcasting the Cubs, while paying them around $10 million.

 

Pedestrian radio is very different from TV. It's not going to be a big money maker for any team or station.

Edited by Dick Allen

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Good. I stopped listening to white sox radio broadcasts because the reception was terrible on WLS. Maybe they would have more listeners if you could actually hear the game.

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MLB Media/Bam Tech/Disney are the real winners, compared to the local radio rights deals.

 

It’s not like the past, when Cards or Royals games were advertising the product/brand across thousands of miles of Heartland.

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QUOTE (BrianAnderson @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 09:03 AM)
My personal guess is that it will land on FM radio. Just a hunch.

 

I was thinking the same thing. Hope not but woulnd't be surprised.

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QUOTE (caulfield12 @ Jan 19, 2018 -> 09:09 AM)
MLB Media/Bam Tech/Disney are the real winners, compared to the local radio rights deals.

 

It’s not like the past, when Cards or Royals games were advertising the product/brand across thousands of miles of Heartland.

 

The owners who received $50 million each for selling Bam Tech are the real winners.

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