En­ter­com/CBS Ra­dio en­ters the mar­ket

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - MUSIC - Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­freep­ress.com or 423-757-6354.

Not too much was made lo­cally of the an­nounce­ment last week that En­ter­com/CBS Ra­dio reached a set­tle­ment with the U. S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice that will al­low it to swap sta­tions around the coun­try with iHeartMe­dia.

This is im­por­tant to you per­haps be­cause it in­volves sev­eral lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions. WUSY-FM 100.7, WLND-FM 98.1, WKXJFM 103.7 and WRXR-FM 105.5 will now be owned and op­er­ated by En­ter­com.

These rep­re­sent coun­try, adult hits, Top 40 and main­stream rock sta­tions, re­spec­tively, in our mar­ket.

En­ter­com/CBS Ra­dio is look­ing to grow its foot­print in the South and other mar­kets and, as part of the deal, made sim­i­lar sta­tion swaps in San Fran­cisco, Bos­ton and Rich­mond, Va. Some re­ports have the swap oc­cur­ring as soon as next week.

While no changes have been an­nounced to the lo­cal sta­tions that I’m aware of, the new own­ers have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing ag­gres­sive, pro­gres­sive and not afraid to spend a lit­tle money to get what they what. It will be in­ter­est­ing to watch not only what hap­pens at those sta­tions, but what hap­pens at com­pet­ing lo­cal sta­tions.

› And, since we are talk­ing ra­dio sta­tions, in case you are in need of some Christ­mas mu­sic, WLND is play­ing it 24-7.

› I had the oc­ca­sion to get a tour of the Walker Com­mu­nity The­atre at Me­mo­rial Au­di­to­rium and it is pretty ex­cit­ing what has gone on there and what might hap­pen there.

First of all, for those of you who have no idea Barry Courter where or what this space is, it sits, as it has for decades, up­stairs at Me­mo­rial Au­di­to­rium. It is a beau­ti­ful space that was ren­o­vated just a few years ago.

Just a few weeks ago, the Tivoli Foun­da­tion paid to per­ma­nently in­stall light­ing and sound equip­ment in the Walker. This makes it more at­trac­tive for pro­mot­ers to book it as they won’t have that ex­pense.

They’ve also re­con­fig­ured and re­mod­eled some of the bath­rooms, dress­ing rooms ( which as one em­ployee de­scribed to me “looked like they were built be­fore the build­ing was built”), hall­ways and con­ces­sion ar­eas, and EPB has in­stalled enough new in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy that Tivoli Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Nick Wilk­er­son said the space is the most ad­vanced any­where.

This won’t im­pact the next con­cert you see there, but it could help at­tract events such as gam­ing con­ven­tions.

The space has a ca­pac­ity of 850, so look for a bunch of new shows from big-time tour­ing acts and hope­fully some cool lo­cal stuff, as well.

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