Washington, DC (January 5, 2006)–The Washington Post will reportedly launch a new radio station in late March. Named Washington Post Radio, it will be owned and operated by Bonneville International Corp., according to a company memo circulated by Washington Post publisher and chief executive, Boisfeuillet Jones Jr.
According to a report in the Washington Post, Salt Lake City-based Bonneville will assign Washington Post Radio to the frequencies previously allocated to the company’s flagship local 24-hour news station, WTOP–107.7 FM and 1500 AM. WTOP is to move to 103.5 FM, according to Bonneville, which will apparently strengthen the FM signal in the Washington, DC area. WGMS, a classical music station, will move to 104.1/103.9, displacing WWZZ, otherwise known as modern rock station Z104.
In a news release, Bruce Reese, president and CEO of Bonneville, stated: “Our venture with The Washington Post will add a new dimension to radio in Washington. It will be smart, savvy, provocative and thoughtful. News hungry Washington is the best town for this new format.”
According to the report, the Washington Nationals baseball team is in final negotiations with Bonneville to broadcast games on the new station. Games were carried on WWZZ and WFED 1050 AM last year; fans complained that reception was poor.
The Washington Post reports that Jones’ memo to staff states that “this is an innovative way of presenting the Washington Post’s journalism to Washington area radio listeners. The new station will present news, information and diverse views concerning national, international and Washington metro area news, including business, entertainment, sports, cultural and consumer news.”
The station will feature programming from other sources in addition to Post journalists, the memo states.
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