Good Karma Brands Takes Over ESPN Radio Chicago Under LMA
|RADIO ONLINE | Wednesday, August 28, 2019|
ESPN Radio has reached a long-term Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) and lease with Good Karma Brands, allowing Good Karma to assume operations and control of WMVP-AM (ESPN Radio)/Chicago, beginning September 29. Good Karma will expand its affiliate relationship with ESPN Radio and the station will retain the "ESPN 1000" moniker. WMVP will feature a lineup of local and national Sports/Talk programming and ESPN Radio's national play-by-play lineup that includes NBA, MLB, NFL and college football, including the College Football playoff.
"Good Karma has proven to be an excellent local affiliate that has shown expertise in local media operations and sales while being a strong steward of the ESPN brand," said ESPN Audio Senior VP Traug Keller. "This is a smart business decision that allows us to continue to serve local sports fans with the compelling content they crave. I want to thank Jim Pastor for all of his contributions to the success of ESPN 1000 and his role in getting this deal done. I greatly appreciate that Jim will assist in a smooth transition until his retirement at the end of this year."
ESPN 1000 VP/GM Jim Pastor added, "Few people will ever match the experience I've had over 27 incredible years with Disney, including the last 15 with ESPN. I could not be more proud of what we have accomplished at ESPN 1000 or be more supportive of the decision to affiliate with Good Karma. Walking away now becomes infinitely easier knowing Steve Politziner (president, Good Karma Brands) Craig Karmazin and the rest of the Good Karma team will be running the show. For me, I'm ready to dial it back, spend more time with the family and go back to sitting in the cheap seats."
Good Karma Brands Founder/CEO Craig Karmazin said, "Our Midwest roots have afforded us the opportunity to see the passion of Chicago sports fans up close for over two decades. We are so excited to extend our commitment to being ESPN's best in class local operator into what will now be our largest market."
ESPN Audio will continue to operate local stations in New York and Los Angeles. Good Karma also owns ESPN Radio affiliates in Cleveland, Madison, Milwaukee and West Palm Beach.