The ever-expanding empire of WEEI is on the move again, this time to Maine. From the Portland Press Herald:
The owners of WJJB, a Portland sports talk radio station known as the Big Jab, will begin simulcasting Boston sports talk station WEEI in southern Maine on Sept. 1.
WJJB’s owner, Atlantic Coast Radio, has finalized a contract to simulcast WEEI through 2013, said Jon Van Hoogenstyn, general manager of WJJB. Jim Rushton, vice president of sales for Entercom New England, confirmed that the contract had been finalized. Entercom owns WEEI.
Rushton said the announcement of the contract is very different than the announcement made last summer, when Nassau Broadcasting declared its intent to simulcast WEEI in Portland.
At that time, Entercom and Nassau had signed a letter of intent, said Rushton, but the contract was not finalized and the simulcasting never happened. But Entercom and WJJB have a signed contract.
WEEI will be heard in southern Maine at two dial positions, said Van Hoogenstyn. One is 95.5 FM, currently the FM home of WJJB. The other is 95.9 FM, currently a hip hop station owned by Atlantic Coast Radio, WRED. Van Hoogenstyn said the hip hop station will go off the air.
Mad Dog To SIRIUS XM Radio
Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, the former star of the Mike and the Mad Dog show on WFAN in New York has signed a five year deal with SIRIUS XM radio to headline his own branded sports talk channel.
SIRIUS channel 123 and XM channel 144 will relaunch as Mad Dog Radio. Russo will host the channel’s anchor program, “The Mad Dog Sports Show,” live from SIRIUS’ New York studios every weekday afternoon from 2:00 to 7:00pm ET. The exclusive show will begin airing daily on SIRIUS channel 123 and XM channel 144 on Monday, September 15.
NFL Network to Give Sharpe a Shot
If you loved Shannon Sterling Sharpe’s insightful commentary during Sunday night’s Patriots/Bucs preseason game, you’re going to love his expanded role during this Sunday’s Bills/Colts game on NFLN, as Sharpe will step into the play-by-play role. He will be joined in the booth by the equally brilliant Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders, who will be counted on to bring some sanity to the booth.
Fouts Returns to CBS
Dan Fouts, NFL Hall of Famer and former All-Pro quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, will be returning to CBS Sports as an analyst for THE NFL ON CBS. The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports.
Fouts will call selected games throughout the 2008 NFL ON CBS schedule, as well as selected games for CBS Sports’ SEC ON CBS broadcasts and CBS College Sports Network’s college football coverage.
Fouts returns to the network he called home from 1988 to 1993. From 1997 to 2008 he was at ABC working on College football broadcasts and spending two years on Monday Night Football.