Cumulus Media will break up the simulcast of news/talk WMAL-AM/FM Washington, DC and place ESPN Radio programming on the station’s legacy AM signal. “ESPN 630” beginning July 1 carrying network programming, Washington Redskins game day broadcasts and national NBA and MLB action. WMAL’s current conservative talk programming will continue on the 105.9 signal.
“ESPN 630” will carry ESPN Radio shows, including “Golic and Wingo” (6-10am) and “The Stephen A. Smith Show (1-3pm), along with Redskins football as part of an expanded content partnership with the team, which includes sports talk shows hosted by local personalities. A full on-air lineup will be announced upon the station’s launch. “ESPN 630” will be the exclusive national radio outlet for the NBA (including playoffs and Finals) and MLB (including postseason and World Series).
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the two biggest sports brands in DC – ESPN and the Washington Redskins,” VP/Market Manager Jake McCann said in a release. “We look forward to creating compelling content for our listeners and advertisers as a natural expansion of our relationship with the Redskins.”
WMAL has been carrying Redskins football since 2017. Games are also carried in the market on Urban One “The Team 980” WTEM, which serves as the team’s flagship radio station.
“It has been a great experience working with Cumulus to launch our new ESPN Radio station in DC,” Traug Keller, Senior VP, ESPN Audio added. “Now sports fans in the nation’s capital will be able to listen to ESPN’s big personalities including Mike, Trey and Stephen A. with expert opinions, reactions and analysis to the top stories and ESPN’s championship events.”
WMAL was placed on the 105.9 signal in 2011. The signal was best known in the market as “Smooth Jazz 105.9” WJZW, which was bumped for “True Oldies” and then classic rock before bringing WMAL a larger audience with its move to FM.