Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network

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Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network
Type Radio network
Country United States
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio
Broadcast area
Ohio
Kentucky
Indiana (limited)
West Virginia (limited)
Owner Cincinnati Bengals
Affiliation NFL
Affiliates 37 (including 3 flagships)
Official website
Bengals Radio Network

The Cincinnati Bengals Radio Network is an American radio network consisting of 37 radio stations which carry coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals, a professional football team in the NFL. WCKY/Cincinnati (1530 AM), WEBN/Cincinnati (102.7 FM), and WLW/Cincinnati (700 AM) serve as the network's 3 flagship stations. The network also includes 34 affiliates in the U.S. states of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia: 25 AM stations, 7 of which extend their signals with one or more low-power FM translators; and 9 full-power FM stations. Dan Hoard is the current play-by-play announcer, while Dave Lapham serves as color commentator.[1][2][3] In addition to traditional over-the-air AM and FM broadcasts, the Bengals are available on SiriusXM satellite radio, and online with NFL Audio Pass.[4][5]

History[edit]

Following the 1996 Bengals season, the team ended its radio partnership with Jacor Broadcasting. Owner of longtime network flagship WLW, Jacor had also been responsible for overseeing a network of 35 stations for the team. Citing a desire to "control content... outside the parameters of gameday broadcasts", the Bengals opted for a new three-year agreement with Chancellor Media. Cincinnati sports talk WKYN and country station WUBE-FM took over as flagship stations for a new network also run by Chancellor. Soon, however, both Chancellor and Jacor would be acquired by Clear Channel, and in 1999, the team itself signed a six-year contract with the radio giant. The team renewed this agreement with Clear Channel in 2005; Cincinnati stations WSAI and WOFX-FM continued to share flagship duties for the Bengals Radio Network, which by this time included 23 stations in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.[6][7] Former network flagship WLW again aired Bengals coverage when it did not conflict with Cincinnati Reds games. Rock station WEBN became the network's new FM flagship in 2008, a change resulting from Clear Channel's sale of WOFX-FM to Cumulus Media (the U. S. Department of Justice had required the sale of WOFX-FM and WNNF to approve a leveraged buyout of Clear Channel itself). The team subsequently renewed its agreement with Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) again in 2011 and 2014.[8][9]

Station list[edit]

Callsign Frequency Band City State Network status
WCKY 1530 AM Cincinnati Ohio Flagship
WEBN 102.7 FM Cincinnati Ohio Flagship
WLW 700 AM Cincinnati Ohio Flagship
WCMI 1340 AM Ashland Kentucky Affiliate
WATH 970 AM Athens Ohio Affiliate
W246CE 97.1 FM Athens Ohio n/a (simulcasts WATH)
WRBI 103.9 FM Batesville Indiana Affiliate
WTIG 990 AM Canton Ohio Affiliate
WCSM-FM 96.7 FM Celina Ohio Affiliate
WJYP 1300 AM Charleston West Virginia Affiliate
WMON 1340 AM Charleston West Virginia Affiliate
WBEX 1490 AM Chillicothe Ohio Affiliate
W224BR 92.7 FM Chillicothe Ohio n/a (simulcasts WBEX)
WXZX 105.7 FM Columbus Ohio Affiliate
WCYN-FM 102.3 FM Cynthiana Kentucky Affiliate
WTUE 104.7 FM Dayton Ohio Affiliate
WBVI 96.7 FM Findlay Ohio Affiliate
WSRW 1590 AM Hillsboro Ohio Affiliate
WRVC 930 AM Huntington West Virginia Affiliate
W231BS 94.1 FM Huntington West Virginia n/a (simulcasts WRVC)
WLOH 1320 AM Lancaster Ohio Affiliate
W283BO 104.5 FM Lancaster Ohio n/a (simulcasts WLOH)
W257EQ 99.3 FM Logan Ohio n/a (simulcasts WLOH)
WBVX 92.1 FM Lexington Kentucky Affiliate
WIMA 1150 AM Lima Ohio Affiliate
WLGN 1510 AM Logan Ohio Affiliate
WKRD 790 AM Louisville Kentucky Affiliate
WWXL 1450 AM Manchester Kentucky Affiliate
WMOA 1490 AM Marietta Ohio Affiliate
WMRN 1490 AM Marion Ohio Affiliate
WQTT 1270 AM Marysville Ohio Affiliate
WMPO 1390 AM Middleport Ohio Affiliate
W279CE 103.7 FM Middleport Ohio n/a (simulcasts WMPO)
WMVO 1300 AM Mount Vernon Ohio Affiliate
WCLT 1430 AM Newark Ohio Affiliate
WKYH 600 AM Paintsville Kentucky Affiliate
WPTW 1570 AM Piqua Ohio Affiliate
W251BC 98.1 FM Piqua Ohio n/a (simulcasts WPTW)
WPAY-FM 98.3 FM Portsmouth Ohio Affiliate
WIOI 1010 AM Portsmouth Ohio Affiliate
WMOV 1360 AM Ravenswood West Virginia Affiliate
W294AF 106.7 FM Ripley West Virginia n/a (simulcasts WMOV)
WTLO 1480 AM Somerset Kentucky Affiliate
WAMW-FM 107.9 FM Washington Indiana Affiliate
WCHO-FM 105.5 FM Washington Court House Ohio Affiliate
WHIZ 1240 AM Zanesville Ohio Affiliate
WKID 95.9 FM Vevay Indiana Affiliate

Gray background indicates low-power translator

Network maps[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiesewetter, John (November 19, 2014). "Bengals extend radio deal for 5 more years". Cincinnati.com. Gannett Company. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2015. The Bengals and iHeartMedia Cincinnati announced today they have extended the agreement to broadcast the team's games on radio through the 2019 NFL season. ... ESPN 1530 and 102.7 WEBN will serve as the broadcast flagship stations for all Bengals games. 700 WLW will also carry all games for which there is no conflict with Cincinnati Reds baseball broadcasts.
  2. ^ "Dan Hoard Named Cincinnati Bengals' Radio Voice". AllAccess.com. All Access Media Group. May 5, 2011. Archived from the original on May 8, 2011. Retrieved April 25, 2015. The NFL's Cincinnati Bengals have named Dan Hoard as their new radio play-by-play voice, replacing Brad Johansen, who has called the games for the last 11 years.
  3. ^ Marcum, Jason (August 28, 2014). "Colts vs Bengals: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Replay, Weather and more". SB Nation - CincyJungle.com. Vox Media, Inc. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a 'triple cast' on Cincinnati flagship stations...
  4. ^ Press release (September 3, 2014). "SiriusXM Announces Programming for 2014 NFL Season". Investor.SiriusXM.com. SiriusXM. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. Throughout the season every NFL game is available on all Sirius radios, and on XM radios with either a Premier or All Access package.
  5. ^ "Listen to NFL Games Live". AudioPass.NFL.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. 2014. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014. Plans & Pricing... Season Plus: Listen to every NFL Game live - including Playoffs and Super Bowl XLIX.
  6. ^ Paeth, Greg; Jones, Todd (December 26, 1996). "Bengals give Jacor the boot". The Cincinnati Post. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). One of Chancellor's first tasks will be assemble a Bengals Radio Network similar to the 35-station network that Jacor created for the team. That network included stations in Columbus, Dayton and Cleveland in Ohio, as well as stations in Lexington, Ky., and Huntington, W. Va.
  7. ^ Goheen, Kevin (December 14, 2005). "Bengals Re-Up". The Cincinnati Post. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). The Bengals and Clear Channel Cincinnati announced Tuesday that they have renewed and extended their agreement for the rights to the team's radio broadcasts. Clear Channel has broadcast Bengals games for the past six seasons. WSAI-AM (1360) and WOFX-FM (92.5) will continue to serve as the flagship stations for the Bengals radio network. ... The Bengals radio network includes 23 stations in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.
  8. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals Ink Three-Year Deal to Stick With Clear Channel". AllAccess.com. All Access Media Group. May 10, 2011. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved May 3, 2011. Cincinnati Bengals football will remain on the Clear Channel/Cincinnati stations under a new three-year deal. The games will air on Sports WCKY-A (ESPN 1530) and Rock WEBN, and will also air on Talk WLW-A when there is no conflict with Cincinnati Reds baseball.
  9. ^ Kiesewetter, John (September 4, 2008). "Tune in to WEBN this season to get Bengals". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gannett Company. p. C12 - Sports. Clear Channel needed a new FM affiliate because the U.S. Justice Department ordered the company in February to sell WOFX-FM and WNNF-FM (Radio 94.1) for the company to be acquired by a private equity investor.

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