Cumulus to Flip WMAL-AM/D.C. to Sports/Talk as ''ESPN 630''
|RADIO ONLINE | Thursday, June 13, 2019|
Cumulus Media and ESPN Audio will launch a new Sports/Talk outlet in the nation's capital on WMAL-FM as "ESPN 630," beginning July 1. The station's current News/Talk simulcast will split with the News/Talk format continuing on WMAL-FM and its digital platforms. The new Sports/Talker will be the home for ESPN Radio weekday talk programming in Washington, D.C., including Golic and Wingo (6-10am), The Stephen A. Smith Show (1-3pm) and the national radio outlet for the NBA (including playoffs and Finals) and MLB (including postseason and World Series).
The station will also carry Washington Redskins NFL games as part of an expanded content partnership with the team and sports/talk shows hosted by local personalities.
Cumulus/Washington, DC, VP/Market Manager Jake McCann said, "We're thrilled to be partnering with the two biggest sports brands in D.C. -- ESPN and the Washington Redskins. We look forward to creating compelling content for our listeners and advertisers as a natural expansion of our relationship with the Redskins."
ESPN Audio Senior VP Traug Keller added, "It has been a great experience working with Cumulus to launch our new ESPN Radio station in D.C. Now sports fans in the nation's capital will be able to listen to ESPN's big personalities including Mike, Trey and Stephen A. with expert opinions, reactions and analysis to the top stories and ESPN's championship events."
Mike Golic said, "Washington, DC, is a great sports destination with a passionate and involved fan base. We can't wait to bring the unique style of Golic and Wingo to the nation's capital next month on the new ESPN 630."
Wingo added, "I'm happy we'll be heard in our nation's capital. My first job out of school was there and my son played football at Georgetown so I'm excited for Golic and Wingo to be part of the D.C. scene."
The station will announce its full line-up in advance of the July 1 start date.