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Entercom Communications Corp.
Type Public
Traded as NYSEETM
Industry Entertainment, Advertising
Founded 1968
Headquarters Bala Cynwyd, PA
Key people David Field, President & CEO
Products Radio
Website www.entercom.com

Entercom Communications Corporation is one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with over 100 stations in 23 US markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento, and Kansas City.

President and CEO[edit]

Entercom is led by President and CEO David Field, the son of founder Joseph M. Field.[1]

History[edit]

Joseph M. Field founded Entercom on October 21st, 1968, on the conviction that FM broadcasting, then in its infancy, would surpass AM broadcasting as the leading aural medium.

During the 1990s, the Federal Communications Commission's regulations on the ownership of multiple radio stations were eased, beginning with the introduction of duopoly rules, which allowed a company to own two stations in each radio band. Entercom took the opportunity to expand its presence in the markets where it already operated. In April 1995, Entercom paid $24.5 million for three stations in Portland, Oregon, acquiring KGON, a classic rock station; KFXX, an all-sports station; and KMUZ-FM, a modern rock station.[citation needed]

In 1999, Entercom announced an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, of Baltimore, to buy 43 stations for $821.5 million in cash. It was Entercom's largest deal to date,[2] and more than doubled both the number of stations under the company's control, and the number of markets in which it had stations. The acquisition made Entercom the fifth-largest radio broadcaster in the United States, with 88 stations in 17 markets.[3]

On August 21, 2006, Entercom agreed to buy 15 stations from CBS Radio. Locations included Austin, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Memphis, Tennessee; and Rochester, New York.[4] However, due to ownership limitations set by the FCC, Entercom had to sell off three of its stations in the Rochester market; these were acquired by Stephens Media Group.[5] After its purchases in the Cincinnati market, the company quickly sold its stations there to Bonneville Broadcasting and Cumulus Media, and exited the market.

It was reported that Entercom attempted to purchase Citadel Broadcasting in February 2011.[6] However, on March 10, 2011, Citadel announced that it had been purchased by Cumulus Media, in a deal worth $1.7 billion.

Entercom was one of four broadcasting companies bidding to buy The Walt Disney Company's ABC Radio unit,[7] but was outbid by Citadel Broadcasting. Had Entercom completed the deal, it would have had to sell off some of its small-market holdings.

Controversy[edit]

On January 12, 2007, Entercom's Sacramento-area station KDND hosted a water-drinking contest promoted as "Hold Your Wee for a Wii", in which one of the popular Nintendo video game consoles would be awarded to whichever contestant could drink the most water without urinating or vomiting. That same day, a contestant named Jennifer Strange died as a result of acute water intoxication, caused by her participation in the event. Although no criminal charges were filed, Strange's family members filed a wrongful death suit to hold Entercom Corp.'s Sacramento subsidiary responsible for her death. On October 29, 2009, a Sacramento Superior Court jury awarded the Strange family $16.57 million.[8]

Internet streaming[edit]

On August 2, 2013, Internet streaming of all Entercom music stations was blocked to users outside of the United States and Canada, except for those at overseas military bases. NTS stations[clarification needed] continued to stream all over the world, as they do not pay royalty fees.

Many radio groups were contacted recently[when?] by UK music licensing company PPL. This organization is the UK's version of SoundExchange. Entercom was asked to pay royalties for streaming within the UK. Because of the expense, Entercom decided to geo block the streams instead.

Stations[edit]

The following is a list of radio stations owned by Entercom Communications. As of 2012, Entercom operates over 100 stations in 23 markets across the United States of America.

Austin, Texas[edit]

  • KKMJ-FM 95.5 FM Adult Contemporary
  • KAMX 94.7 FM Modern Adult Contemporary
  • KJCE 1370 AM News Talk Information

Boston, Massachusetts[edit]

  • WRKO 680 AM Talk/Personality
  • WEEI 850 AM All Sports
  • WEEI-FM 93.7 FM All Sports (simulcast of WEEI)
  • WAAF 107.3 FM Active Rock
  • WKAF 97.7 FM Active Rock (simulcast of WAAF)
  • WVEI 1440 AM All Sports (simulcasts WEEI/Boston)

Buffalo, New York[edit]

  • WGR 550 AM All Sports (Local talk)
  • WBEN 930 AM News/Talk
  • WWWS 1400 AM Rhythmic Oldies
  • WWKB 1520 AM All Sports (ESPN)
  • WKSE 98.5 FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio (WGR simulcast on HD2)
  • WTSS 102.5 FM Hot Adult Contemporary/Christmas Music (WBEN simulcast on HD2)
  • WLKK 107.7 FM Modern Alternative (Classic Alternative on HD2)

Denver, Colorado[edit]

  • KEZW 1430 AM Adult Standards/Nostalgia-Oldies
  • KQMT 99.5 FM Classic Rock
  • KOSI 101.1 FM Soft Adult Contemporary
  • KALC 105.9 FM Hot Adult Contemporary

Gainesville, Florida[edit]

  • WKTK 98.5 FM Adult Contemporary
  • WSKY-FM 97.3 FM News Talk Information

Greensboro, North Carolina[edit]

  • WPAW 93.1 FM Country
  • WJMH 102.1 FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio
  • WQMG 97.1 FM Urban Adult Contemporary
  • WSMW 98.7 FM Adult Hits
  • WPET 950 AM Southern Gospel
  • WEAL 1510 AM Gospel

Greenville, South Carolina[edit]

  • WFBC 93.7 FM Top 40
  • WSPA-FM 98.9 FM Adult Contemporary
  • WTPT 93.3 FM New Rock
  • WROQ 101.1 FM Classic Rock
  • WYRD-FM 106.3 FM News/Talk/Information*
  • WORD 950 AM News/Talk/Information*
  • WYRD 1330 AM News/Talk/Information*

Indianapolis, Indiana[edit]

  • WZPL 99.5 FM Modern Adult Contemporary
  • WNTR 107.9 FM Adult Hits
  • WXNT 1430 AM News Talk Information

Kansas City, Kansas/Kansas City, Missouri[edit]

  • KQRC-FM 98.9 FM Active Rock
  • KZPT 99.7 FM Hot AC
  • KRBZ 96.5 FM Alternative
  • WDAF-FM 106.5 FM Country
  • KMBZ-FM 98.1 FM News Talk Information*
  • KMBZ 980 AM News Talk Information*
  • KCSP 610 AM All Sports
  • KUDL 1660 AM Business News Talk

Madison, Wisconsin[edit]

  • WOLX 94.9 FM Classic Hits
  • WMMM 105.5 FM Album Adult Alternative
  • WMHX 105.1 FM Adult Hits

Memphis, Tennessee[edit]

  • WKQK 94.1 FM Classic Hits
  • WRVR-FM 104.5 FM Adult Contemporary
  • WMC-FM 99.7 FM Hot Adult Contemporary
  • WMFS-FM 92.9 FM - ESPN Radio*
  • WMFS 680 - ESPN Radio*
  • WMC 790 AM Classic Country

Milwaukee, Wisconsin[edit]

  • WMYX 99.1 FM Hot Adult Contemporary
  • WXSS 103.7 FM Top 40/Pop Contemporary
  • WSSP 1250 AM All Sports

New Orleans, Louisiana[edit]

  • WEZB 97.1 FM Contemporary Hit Radio
  • WLMG 101.9 FM Adult Contemporary
  • WKBU 95.7 FM Classic Rock
  • WWL-FM 105.3 FM News Talk Information*
  • WWL 870 AM News Talk Information*
  • WWWL 1350 AM Talk/Personality

Norfolk, Virginia[edit]

  • WVKL 95.7 FM Urban Adult Contemporary
  • WPTE 94.9 FM Modern Adult Contemporary
  • WNVZ 104.5 FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio
  • WWDE 101.3 FM Adult Contemporary

Portland, Oregon[edit]

  • KYCH 97.1 FM Adult Hits
  • KRSK 105.1 FM Hot Adult Contemporary
  • KGON 92.3 FM Classic Rock
  • KNRK 94.7 FM Alternative
  • KFXX 1080 AM All Sports
  • KWOD 1390 AM All Sports (Simulcast 1080 AM)
  • KWJJ 99.5 FM Country
  • KMTT 910 AM Alternative

Providence, Rhode Island[edit]

  • WVEI-FM 103.7 FM Sports Talk (simulcasts WEEI/Boston)

Rochester, New York[9][edit]

  • WROC 950 AM Sports Talk (partially simulcasts WGR/Buffalo)
  • WBEE 92.5 FM Country
  • WCMF 96.5 FM Classic Rock
  • WPXY 97.9 FM Contemporary Hits
  • WBZA 98.9 FM Rock

Sacramento, California[edit]

  • KSEG 96.9 FM Classic Rock
  • KDND 107.9 FM Contemporary Hit Radio
  • KRXQ 98.5 FM Active Rock
  • KBZC 106.5 FM Hot Adult Contemporary
  • KKDO 94.7 FM Alternative
  • KCTC 1320 AM Sport Format ESPN

San Francisco, California[edit]

  • KUZX 102.1 FM Classic Rock
  • KUFX 98.5 - Classic Rock (simulcast of KUZX)
  • KGMZ 95.7 FM; Sports
  • KOIT-FM 96.5 FM; Adult Contemporary
  • KBLX-FM 102.9 FM; Urban Adult Contemporary

Scranton, Pennsylvania/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania[edit]

  • WGGY 101.3 FM Country
  • WILK 980 AM News Talk Information
  • WKRZ 98.5 FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio
  • WKRF 107.9 FM Pop Contemporary Hit Radio* (simulcast of WKRZ-FM)(Broadcasts to Poconos/Western NJ)
  • WDMT 102.3 FM Album Adult Alternative
  • WILK-FM 103.1 FM News Talk Information

Seattle, Washington[edit]

  • KNDD 107.7 FM Alternative
  • KHTP 103.7 FM Rhythmic Adult Contemporary
  • KISW 99.9 FM Active Rock
  • KKWF 100.7 FM Country

Springfield, Massachusetts[edit]

  • WWEI 105.5 FM Sports talk (simulcasts WEEI/Boston)

Wichita, Kansas[edit]

  • KDGS 93.9 FM Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio
  • KFBZ 105.3 FM Hot Adult Contemporary
  • KNSS 1330 AM News Talk Information
  • KFH-FM 98.7 FM & KFH 1240 AM Talk/Personality
  • KEYN 103.7 FM Classic Hits

*=simulcast

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