On May 1, WWXT-FM in Washington, D.C., will become part of the Radio One family, and in Richmond WXGI AM ESPN 950 will also become part of the Radio One family. Red Zebra is selling the two stations to Radio One and CEO Alfred Liggins is quite happy about the purchases.
Liggins said, “I still believe in the power of terrestrial radio and am excited about this deal with Red Zebra. I’m always willing to evaluate an opportunity that allows us to grow our radio assets and continue to diversify our radio group, not just through syndication and digital, but good programming that serves our listeners.”
WWXT-FM in D.C. will simulcast Urban AC MAJIC 102.3 FM (WMMJ). Radio One Washington, D.C., Market Manager Jeff Wilson said, “I’m thrilled by this acquisition and unique opportunity to immediately expand the footprint of our heritage station, WMMJ FM. My team is going to keep doing what we do best, programming the most entertaining, inspiring, and well-informed listener experiences in Urban radio, and be proud knowing that even more people are impacted.”
In Richmond, the company plans to keep sports programming on WXGI-AM (ESPN) where Radio One also owns music stations WCDX-FM, WKJS/WKJM-FM, and WPZZ-FM. Radio One will simulcast the new Red Zebra ESPN station on 1240 AM and 102.7 FM. WXGI-AM is the flagship station of the Redskins, Washington Nationals in Richmond, as well as the University of Richmond Spiders football and basketball. Radio One Richmond Market Manager Marsha Landess said, “We are so excited to have ESPN 950 AM as part of our Radio One Richmond family. We are elated to have the opportunity to enhance the already successful ESPN brand in the marketplace and provide our clients with a new and more diverse advertising portfolio. The station also carries Mike & Mike in the Morning, Dan Le Batard, Russillo & Kanell, Bomani Jones, and local hosts SportsPhone with Big AL, The Sports Huddle with Bob Black, Hard Workin’ with Greg Burton, and Sports King with Jamie King.