As soon as the news broke that Entercom was acquiring Team 980 in a swap of stations across multiple markets with Urban One, this day felt inevitable. Reports say three station staffers have lost their jobs with WTEM.
Scott Linn was the first to confirm the news. He took to Twitter to announce that after almost three decades with the station, he had been let go.
He served as an anchor and co-host in mid days with Brian Mitchell and in afternoon drive with Steve Czaban.
According to Ben Standing of The Athletic, program director Chris Johnson and mid day host Rick “Doc” Walker are also out. Johnson announced his departure this morning during an emotional segment on The Kevin Sheehan Show.
Entercom also owns the station’s top competitor, 106.7 The Fan. It’s hard to say exactly where the Team 980 goes from here. Entercom has taken over competitors in the same market before. 790 The Ticket and WQAM were run as separate entities in Miami before WQAM’s local lineup was reduced.
Currently, Team 980 runs local programming from 6 am until 7 pm. Barrett Sports Media will update this story if and when more changes are announced.