Beginning this fall, the Cleveland Browns have a new radio home in the Mahoning Valley.
According to Cumulus market manager Rick Parrish and WBBW 1240 AM program director Joe Dobbins, the Cleveland Browns will be broadcasted this fall on WBBW 1240 AM and on WYFM 102.9 FM (Y-103), both Cumulus Media Stations. The stations will be part of the PNC Bank Browns Radio Network.
"We're really excited to be a part of the NFL and the Cleveland Browns," Dobbins said. "This is going to be huge for the area in the sense that Cumulus is now a Browns' station and they have a new home here in Youngstown."
The Browns were formerly aired on Clear Channel's stations, WKBN 570 AM and WNCD 93.3 FM.
In March, the Cleveland Browns announced a long-term partnership with two local all-sports stations, CBS Radio's 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM) and ESPN 850 WKNR, to broadcast all Browns games. In addition, CBS Radio's WNCX (98.5 FM) also will carry live game action beginning in 2013, as the team will now have a triplecast of games in the Cleveland market.
This took the Browns away from their former radio home, which was WTAM 1100 AM and WMMS 100.7 FM, both Clear Channel stations.
Long-time voices of the Browns, Jim Donovan (play-by-play) and Doug Dieken (analyst) will continue to serve in their current roles. In addition, Jamir Howerton will once again file reports from the Browns sideline.
Locally, Parrish used his long-standing radio connections to begin the process of the Browns' becoming a part of the Youngstown Cumulus network once the flagship station in Cleveland changed.
"I have good friends at CBS radio that got the rights to the Browns a few months ago," Parrish said. "The market manager at CBS Radio in Cleveland, Tom Herschel, is a friend of mine. We've been working for the past few weeks on the new contract to bring the Cleveland Browns to Y-103 and SportsRadio 1240."
"We feel that with Youngstown being a Cleveland Browns town, that this new agreement is going to give the fans some really great options to listen to their favorite sports team on their two favorite radio stations."
Locally, WBBW is going to take advantage of the massive amount of Browns' programming, originated from the Cleveland stations. The station plans on airing the Rob Chudzinski Coach's Show every Thursday night at 7 p.m., the Thursday night pregame show, hosted by Donovan and Dieken, at 8 p.m., as well as the Browns' weekly wrapup show on Saturday mornings.
On game day, WBBW will air all four hours of the Browns' pre game show and two hours of a post game show. On Y-103, the time frame for the pregame show will be shorter, likely two hours, as to not totally interfere with the regular music on the classic rock station.