Clear Channel Hartford Move-In Flips To Sports As 97-9 ESPN
January 27, 2012 at 4:11 AM (PT)
After much speculation, CLEAR CHANNEL has unveiled the new format for the 97.9 FM facility it moved into the HARTFORD market, and it's Sports as 97-9 ESPN, taking the format aired on sister Sports WPOP-A/HARTFORD effective this morning at 6a (ET). The station, formerly Country WPKX/ENFIELD-SPRINGFIELD (the format of which has moved to sister WRNX (KIX 100.9)/AMHERST-SPRINGFIELD), has moved into the HARTFORD market with new city of license WINDSOR LOCKS and antenna in downtown HARTFORD), is airing the ESPN RADIO lineup and will add a local afternoon drive show.
"CONNECTICUT is the center of the sports world with ESPN headquartered here in BRISTOL," said CLEAR CHANNEL HARTFORD-NEW HAVEN VP/GM STEPHEN HONEYCOMB. "For the first time, our listeners now have a full-time FM sports station that is as passionate about sports as they are."
"97.9 ESPN is an exciting addition to CLEAR CHANNEL and all radio in CONNECTICUT. It brings the enormous talent of ESPN, an enthusiasm for all things sports and a home for fans of every game," said OM MIKE WHEELER. "We're ecstatic to offer such a great lineup to our listeners."