KWTO Moves From Fox To ESPN
October 24, 2014 at 4:13 AM (PT)
MEYER COMMUNICATIONS Sports KWTO-F (JOCK 98.7)/SPRINGFIELD, MO will undergo a major shift on JANUARY 1st, 2015, when it will switch from a FOX SPORTS RADIO affiliate to ESPN RADIO after more than a decade. ESPN RADIO will move from its location at IHEARTMEDIA's KGMY 1400 AM.
KWTO-F will continue to air two long-running local-based programs — the SPORTS REPORTERS WITH NED REYNOLDS from 9-11a (ET) and SPORTS TALK WITH ART HAINS from 4-6p (ET).
"We are proud to be able to reward our loyal listeners by adding the ESPN RADIO affiliation to THE JOCK," MEYERS COMMUNICATIONS President KEN MEYER told THE NEWS-LEADER. "By adding ESPN to our 100,000-watt signal, we are greatly increasing the coverage area for area sports fans."
Among the syndicated programs that 98.7 no longer will carry are the JIM ROME SHOW, a midday staple of the station for more than a decade, and the DAN PATRICK SHOW, which has aired since earlier this year. The non-sports syndicated program IMUS IN THE MORNING, on 98.7 since the late '90s, is also being dropped in the transition.