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    ESPN Deportes Radio Network to Close in September

    ESPN is closing down its Spanish-language radio network. There are about a dozen ESPN Deportes affiliates around the U.S., as well as some in Northern Mexico. All will have to find another option in September. Univision continues its Spanish language sports network. AM stations in all of Univision's American markets are affiliates, except for San Antonio, which switched to Tejano music a few months ago.

    NYC: 1050 WEPN (Will switch to the English language ESPN Network.)
    LA: 1330 KWKW
    Chicago: 1200 WRTO
    Dallas: 1540 KZMP
    Las Vegas: 1460 KENO
    Miami: 990 WMYM
    San Diego-Tijuana: 620 XESS and 1030 XESDD
    Las Vegas: 710 KBMB
    Denver: 1090 KMXA
    Philadelphia: 1680 WTTM
    Fresno: 1600 KGST
    Bakersfield: 1490 KWAC
    Stockton-Modesto: 1570 KCVR

    Here's the article from Radio Insight:

    https://radioinsight.com/headlines/1...-in-september/

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    710 KBMB should be Phoenix, not Las Vegas. And add to the ESPN Deportes affiliate list:

    Washington: 1580 WJFK
    San Antonio: 720 KSAH
    Albuquerque: 1450 KRZY
    El Paso-Ciudad Juarez: 1420 XEF
    Atlantic City: 1450 WENJ
    Syracuse: 1070 WSCP (That's an odd affiliate. How many Spanish speaking soccer fans are there in Syracuse?)

    Former Affiliates:
    Atlanta: 640 WGST
    Reno: 1450 KHIT
    Allentown: 1470 WSAN

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    That must be an old list, since most of those stations are former affiliates. WJFK, WENJ and WSCP have all flipped to other formats, and the latter two don't even use those calls anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fybush View Post
    That must be an old list, since most of those stations are former affiliates. WJFK, WENJ and WSCP have all flipped to other formats, and the latter two don't even use those calls anymore.
    And WRTO is a Univision station!
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    980 KTCR Yakima is ESPN Deportes. Maybe they'll finally get a hold of that station and flip it back to The Tractor Classic Country, perhaps flipping one of the KHHK-HD2/3 translators as well.
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    For XESS (XESDD is La Tremenda, the PSN flagship and news/talk), the solution is gonna be obvious: go all in on serving Tecate. They're already a time-share of ESPN programs and "PSN Radio Tecate" programming.
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    After doing some research, it seems 1580 WJFK Washington still is ESPN Deportes, sold in combination with co-owned 107.9 WLZL, a Tropical station. I think Entercom would keep its websites up to date and WJFK still says it's Deportes. I listened to the live streaming to be sure, unless it's now feeding an HD subchannel.

    1070 in Syracuse is WZUN, simulcasting WZUN-FM, a classic hits station. No more ESPN Deportes in Syracuse. As if it ever belonged there.

    1450 in Atlantic City is WPGG with a conservative talk format. So no more ESPN Deportes on the Jersey Shore.

    I wonder if some of these stations will simply plug in Univision Deportes when ESPN comes to an end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post
    After doing some research, it seems 1580 WJFK Washington still is ESPN Deportes, sold in combination with co-owned 107.9 WLZL, a Tropical station. I think Entercom would keep its websites up to date and WJFK still says it's Deportes. I listened to the live streaming to be sure, unless it's now feeding an HD subchannel.

    1070 in Syracuse is WZUN, simulcasting WZUN-FM, a classic hits station. No more ESPN Deportes in Syracuse. As if it ever belonged there.

    1450 in Atlantic City is WPGG with a conservative talk format. So no more ESPN Deportes on the Jersey Shore.

    I wonder if some of these stations will simply plug in Univision Deportes when ESPN comes to an end.
    The UVN sports format is not getting much in the way of ratings, either. This is a format for very high population Hispanic markets, not for Syracuse and the like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    The UVN sports format is not getting much in the way of ratings, either. This is a format for very high population Hispanic markets, not for Syracuse and the like.
    According to radio-locator, Syracuse (7% Hispanic) has no Spanish-language stations in any format, which makes it very strange that until recently it had one doing Spanish-language sports. Hard to imagine the station was selling much advertising for the local breaks in the satellite-delivered format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    According to radio-locator, Syracuse (7% Hispanic) has no Spanish-language stations in any format, which makes it very strange that until recently it had one doing Spanish-language sports. Hard to imagine the station was selling much advertising for the local breaks in the satellite-delivered format.
    It was a giveaway to ESPN - Ed Levine cleared Deportes on the throwaway 1070 signal as part of the larger deal to keep ESPN Radio in English on his WTLA/WSGO.
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