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Entercom Set To Rebrand As Audacy

“Managers across the company were informed of the name change yesterday.”

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Entercom will announce that it has a new name later today. The company has registered multiple Twitter handles that suggest the new name will be Audacy. Amongst the social media names registered by Entercom are @Audacy, @AudacyAudio, @AudacyNews, and @AudacySports. Lance Venta of Radio Insight reports that the company trademarked the name in November.

The name change will also affect Radio.com.

The Twitter accounts for both Entercom and Radio.com acknowledged the upcoming change.

Entercom would be far from the first major operator to rebrand a well-established corporation. In September of 2014, Clear Channel announced that it was rebranding to iHeartMedia, using the name of its popular streaming app to establish a new identity for the entire company. Infinity Broadcasting underwent a rebrand in 2005 to become CBS Radio.

Managers across the company were informed of the name change yesterday. A town hall meeting will be held today. Employees will be told of it then. Presumably, a press release confirming the name change will go out either at that time or shortly after.

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Citi Field Names Spanish Radio Booth After Juan Alicea

”The Mets have been my family for over 50 years. It’s very special to be remembered by them.”

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Juan Alicea will forever be remembered at Citi Field. The New York Mets announced that they are naming the Spanish-language radio booth after the team’s longtime Spanish play-by-play voice.

Alicea has a tenure with the Mets dating all the way back to 1969, working as a team scout and helping in community relations before moving to the booth in 1982. He has been there ever since, working with a number of different radio networks for their broadcasts, which can currently be heard on Que Buena 92.7.

”I’m incredibly humbled and honored” said Juan Alicea. ”The Mets have been my family for over 50 years. It’s very special to be remembered by them.”

Mets President Sandy Alderson had nothing but praise for Alicea as he called him ”an innovator and pioneer in the Spanish broadcasting field.”

”He was instrumental in the creation of Hispanic marketing, promotions and community events. Juan has been a tremendously valued member of the Mets family” added Alderson.

“Juan has been a legendary figure on the Spanish Mets broadcasts,” Tim Scheld, the Program Director at the Mets’ English language flagship station, WCBS-AM, added. “We’ve been proud and honored to work alongside someone of such character and kindness and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”

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Colin Dunlap Wants Predictions For Colleague’s First Pitch

“The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA.”

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KDKA morning man Larry Richert is throwing out the first pitch at PNC Park on Thursday. The struggling Pirates will host the Cincinnati Reds for a matinee at 12:35 pm Eastern.

No matter how bad the home team is, it is an honor when representatives ask you to throw out the first pitch. Colin Dunlap recognizes that. The morning show host at 93.7 The Fan celebrated his Audacy co-worker’s honor on Twitter.

Dunlap’s request for predictions on how the pitch would go was met with plenty of jokes. Many were at the Pirates’ expense. Some were based on Pittsburgh sports clichés. There were plenty of well wishes and congratulations fort Richert too.

Larry Richert has been in morning drive on KDKA since 2001 and has been on the air in Pittsburgh, either in TV or on radio, since the 1980s. Despite the news background, his voice is well-known to sports fans. He is the public address announcer at Heinz Field. He also hosts the pregame show for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and began narrating NFL Films in 1985.

The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA. The station posted a video last week of Richert getting loose and tossing a practice pitch.

If the pitch on Thursday is anything like the one in the video, Colin Dunlap has nothing to worry about. It doesn’t look like Richert is destined for the same low light reel that includes Baba Booey, 50 Cent, and Carly Rae Jepson.

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1300 The Buzz Drops Sports Talk

“Conservative talk can now be heard on 1300 AM.”

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Tulsa has been a very busy market in terms of sports radio news recently. It was good news two weeks ago when Griffin Communications announced the debut of The Blitz 1170. The news is worse today as iHeartMedia has decided to get out of the sports radio competition in the market.

Conservative talk can now be heard on 1300 AM. What was once The Buzz has been rebranded as The Patriot.

The Patriot offers all syndicated programming including Glenn Beck, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton, and the Joe Pags Show. Lee Mathews’s show from sister station KTOK in Oklahoma City airs on The Patriot from 5 until 7 pm.

“We are really excited to launch this new format in Tulsa and deliver compelling conservative content to our very active audience,” said iHeartMedia Oklahoma Area President Jon Phillips in a press release. “Having Lee Mathews anchor the 5-7 p.m. slot will be a great addition, as he is closely aligned with everything that happens at the capital in Oklahoma City.”

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