Redskins to sell radio station 980 AM

Chris Lingebach
May 21, 2018 - 12:58 pm
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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is selling his last remaining radio station, The Team 980 (WTEM 980 AM), formerly known as ESPN 980.

The Redskins and Red Zebra Broadcasting (Snyder's radio broadcasting arm) announced the sale to Urban One -- pending FCC approval -- on Monday. The deal includes an agreement that all Redskins games, including pre-game and post-game programming, will remain on The Team 980.

Snyder once owned a cluster of smaller radio stations, including several DC-area FM stations and two additional stations in Richmond, but has now sold off all of them.

"We believe the future of The Team 980 is in great hands with Urban One," says Terry Bateman, Chairman of Red Zebra Broadcasting. "We view this as an opportunity for Urban One and the Redskins to build a close partnership to continue to provide the Redskins’ fans with unparalleled access and content, keeping The Team 980 as the fans’ destination for the best Redskins coverage."

Redskins broadcasts will also air on 105.9 FM and 630 AM. It's unclear at this time if the Redskins will produce any further content for Urban One beyond game-day broadcasts.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Urban One and we are especially pleased that through our acquisition, The Team 980 will continue to be locally owned. The acquisition of The Team 980 is very much in line with our strategy of super-serving our community of listeners. We have deep roots in the greater Washington, DC area and are well aware that The Team 980 has always been a fan favorite," says Alfred C. Liggins, President and CEO of Urban One. "Red Zebra has a track record of producing great programming that engages our hometown sports fans. We look forward to working with the Washington Redskins organization to continue this tradition."

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