According to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder this morning, “Sources confirmed Tuesday that the Chicago White Sox have rejected a bid for the team’s radio rights by Entercom, the parent company of all-news WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM. With previous radio home Nexstar Media Group news/talk WGN 720-AM out of the picture, that leaves WMVP 1000-AM, the ESPN Radio sports/talk station managed by Good Karma Brands, as the winner. All signs point to an announcement in the coming days.”
Feder broke the news this morning in his Daily Herald column and previously reported on the growing likelihood back in August.
The move would be the latest in a series that ESPN 1000’s parent company Good Karma Brands hopes will help them compete with Entercom’s WSCR 670 AM, the flagship home of the Chicago Cubs, and former radio home of the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox have bounced around in recent years, spending time at WLS AM 890 (2016-17), and most recently WGN 720-AM (2018-20). From 2006-15 the White Sox called WSCR 670 AM home.
Their impending return to WMVP 1000 AM would mark their first season on the station since they won their last World Series Championship in 2005. From 1996 to 2005 the White Sox called ESPN’s local radio network their home with the legendary pair of John Rooney and the late Ed Farmer calling the ballgame on that station for 10 seasons.
WMVP 1000 AM has not only not been the home of the Chicago White Sox for over 15 seasons, but they’ve also gone years without employing a dedicated local reporter to the team, offending fans of the team and falling in line with the oft-told narrative that ESPN as a whole tends to forget about the Chicago White Sox.
Even White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson made light of the oversight this summer while speaking to the ESPN TV crew during a White Sox-Cubs exhibition game in late July.
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