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Entercom Communications Corporation
Traded as NYSEETM
Industry Broadcasting
Founded 1968
Headquarters Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Key people
David Field (CEO)
Website www.entercom.com

Entercom is an American broadcasting company based in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. It is the fourth-largest radio company in the United States, owning more than 125 radio stations across 27 media markets. The company is currently led by David Field, the son of founder Joseph M. Field.

Known for developing unique and highly successful locally programmed stations, Entercom’s brands reach and engage close to 40 million people each week, delivering a curated mix of outstanding local personalities and a broad range of compelling music, news, talk and sports content.

Founded in 1968, Entercom also operates hundreds of events each year attracting millions of attendees, and provides customers with a broad range of digital marketing solutions through its SmartReach Digital products. The company is currently led by David Field, the son of founder Joseph M. Field.


Joseph M. Field founded Entercom on October 21, 1968, on the conviction that FM broadcasting, then in its infancy, would surpass AM broadcasting as the leading aural medium. This belief proved true in the 1980s, when music formats began migrating to the FM band and began outrating AM stations.

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,[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] After its purchases in the Cincinnati market, the company quickly sold its stations there to Bonneville Broadcasting and Cumulus Media, and exited the market.

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.[5]

In May 2014, Entercom announced its launch of SmartReach Digital, focused on creating digital marketing options for small and medium businesses.[6]

On December 8, 2014, Entercom announced its intent to acquire Lincoln Financial Media for $110 million and working capital; the deal will give the company 14 additional stations in Atlanta, Denver, Miami, and San Diego. To comply with ownership limits in the Denver market as they can only own 5 FMs and 3 AMs in one market (due to its ownership of AM KEZW and FM outlets KQMT, KOSI and KALC), Entercom divested one of Lincoln Financials' three FM properties, Sports outlet KKFN, to a trust that will in turn spin-off the station to a third party; the four remaining Lincoln Financial Denver stations (AMs KRWZ and KEPN; FMs KYGO and KQKS) would become Entercom properties and retain their current formats.[7]

In July 2015, Entercom entered into an exchange agreement with Bonneville under which Entercom exchanged four stations in Denver for Classic Rock station The Sound in Los Angeles and $5 million in additional consideration. The stations Entercom exchanged with Bonneville included KOSI-FM, KYGO-FM, KKFN-FM and KEPN-AM. Entercom previously owned KOSI-FM, while the remaining stations were acquired through the acquisition of LFM.

Entercom and Bonneville began operating the exchanged stations under TBAs once the LFM transaction was completed. Closing of the Bonneville-Entercom exchange is subject to FCC approval and other customary closing conditions. Entercom expects the Bonneville transaction to close by the fourth quarter of 2015.[8]


In addition to Entercom’s 125 radio stations, Entercom operates multiple brands focused on different aspects of consumer lifestyle, including 1Thing, Entercom’s sustainability initiative, and GetMyPerks, Entercom’s ecommerce platform.


Named one of the Top 500 technology innovators of 2012 by InformationWeek, Entercom is committed to innovation. In 2014, Entercom launched SmartReach Digital, a full service digital agency focused on creating digital marketing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.


Entercom’s radio stations host more than 200 signature consumer events annually, ranging from music festivals to cause marketing events to liquor and food tasting events. Some of the largest and most successful events include 98.9 The Rock’s (KQRC) RockFest in Kansas City, 99.9 KISW’s Pain in the Grass in Seattle, 102.9 KBLX’s Stone Soul Picnic in the San Francisco Bay Area, Z104’s (WNVZ) Shaggfest in the Virginia Beach area, 94/7’s (KNRK) December to Remember Series in Portland and annual Bourbon & Bacon Fests in more than ten markets. Additionally, Entercom supports Radiothons and cause marketing initiatives throughout the year, raising millions of dollars for charities, including WEEI’s Jimmy Fund Radiothon in Boston, Alice 105.9’s (KALC) Radiothon to support the Children’s Miracle Network and 97.3/92.1 KSON’s St. Jude Radiothon on in San Diego.

Community and Cause Marketing[edit]

Entercom is an industry leader in sustainability and environmental protection, and a role model for corporate citizenship. Through the company’s 1THING initiative, Entercom is committed to promoting good environmental practices both internally with employees, as well as externally with listeners and business partners.

In addition, Entercom’s local stations are involved with numerous local and national charities including Children’s Miracle Network, St. Jude’s, Goodwill, Toys for Tots, several local food banks and many other charitable organizations.


Atlanta, Georgia[edit]

  • WQXI 790 AM Adult Top 40 (simulcast of WSTR)
  • WSTR 94.1 FM Adult Top 40

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 (ESPN)
  • WEEI-FM 93.7 FM All Sports
  • 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]

  • KRWZ 950 AM 50's and 60's Oldies
  • KEZW 1430 AM Adult Standards/Nostalgia-Oldies
    • KYGO-HD2 & 103.1 FM Comedy
  • KQMT 99.5 FM Classic Rock
  • KALC 105.9 FM Adult Top 40
  • KQKS 107.5 FM Rhythmic Top 40

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 Top 40/CHR
  • WNTR 107.9 FM Adult Top 40
  • 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 All News
  • KMBZ 980 AM Talk Information
  • KCSP 610 AM All Sports
  • KUDL 1660 AM Business News Talk

Los Angeles, California[edit]

  • KSWD 100.3 FM Classic Rock

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]

  • WLFP 94.1 The Wolf Country
  • 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

Miami, Florida[edit]

  • WAXY 790 AM Sports
  • WLYF 101.5 FM Adult Contemporary
  • WMXJ 102.7 FM Classic Hits
  • WSFS 104.3 FM Alternative Rock

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 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
  • KUDL 106.5 FM Hot Adult Contemporary
  • KKDO 94.7 FM Alternative
  • KCTC 1320 AM Sport Format ESPN

San Diego, California[edit]

  • KSOQ 92.1 FM Country (simulcast of KSON)
  • KBZT 94.9 FM Alternative
  • KSON 97.3 FM Country
  • KIFM 98.1 FM Soft Contemporary

San Francisco, California[edit]

  • KRBQ 102.1 FM Rhythmic Adult Contemporary
  • KUFX 98.5 - Classic Rock
  • 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 93.5 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