We are extremely pleased to announce a partnership between the Buffalo Bills and Entercom radio. WGR will now be the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills radio network and all Entercom stations will participate in valuable Bills content and programming.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 3, 2012
BUFFALO BILLS ANNOUNCE NEW BROADCAST AGREEMENT WITH ENTERCOM COMMUNICATIONS
Entercom to air Bills games in 2012 on WGR (550 AM) in Buffalo
Orchard Park, NY – The Buffalo Bills announced today a new multi-year radio broadcasting partnership with Entercom Communications to broadcast all Bills football games on WGR (550 AM) in Buffalo beginning with the 2012 season. The Buffalo Bills Radio Network will also be heard on Entercom’s WCMF (96.5 FM) and WROC (950 AM) in Rochester plus another 19 stations throughout the New York State region.
Entercom’s WBEN had previously been the flagship station of the Bills from 1979-1989 and again from 1994-1997.
WGR (550 AM) will air Buffalo Bills football games beginning with the Bills first preseason game in 2012. The schedule of games will be announced at a later date.
In addition to the live game broadcasts, other Bills related programming will include a live Head Coach Show, live General Manager Show, Bills player programming and a live Bills CEO Show where fans will have the chance to ask questions and interact with the Bills Chief Executive Officer.
“We are excited about the Bills move to WGR 550 AM in Buffalo and the opportunity to speak and engage with our loyal fans, while providing them with the ability to hear our games on the 24/7 sports station they listen to most,” said Russ Brandon, Buffalo Bills chief executive officer. “Teaming with a powerful local brand like Entercom, is a tremendous way for us to reach a wide variety of listeners, from teenagers and their families to seasoned sports enthusiasts alike.”
“We are thrilled and proud to be the broadcast home of the Buffalo Bills,” said Greg Ried, Entercom Vice President and General Manager. “With our 24/7 WGR 550 AM sports station, partnering with the Bills and adding them to our line-up compliments our other programming, enhances the experience for loyal fans and attracts new listeners. Big-time sports, on a big-time sports station is what listeners expect and the Bills certainly help provide all of that.”
Entercom is one of the five largest radio broadcasting companies in the United States, with a nationwide portfolio in excess of 100 stations in 23 markets, including San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento and Kansas City. Entercom is known for developing unique and highly successful, locally programmed stations, and is home to some of radio's most distinguished brands and compelling personalities. The company's radio stations have received numerous awards, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Awards for excellence in radio broadcasting. In 2007, Forbes magazine named Entercom one of America's "Most Trustworthy Companies." For more information, visit entercom.com or wgr550.com.
Founded in 1959, the Buffalo Bills are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills have won two American Football League (AFL) Championships (1964 - 1965) and won an NFL record four straight AFC Championships (1990 - 1993) that included four trips to the Super Bowl. The Bills are a progressive organization and pride themselves on the regionalization of their team. They hold their training camp in Rochester, NY and were the first NFL team ever to play a home game in Canada with the Bills Toronto Series that began in 2008. As Western New York’s top-rated sports and entertainment choice, the Bills annually entertain three quarter of a million fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, produce the region’s number-one rated sports television programming, have one of the NFL’s largest fan clubs with the Bills Backers, and host the most visited team website in Western New York. Under the guidance of Hall of Fame member and original team founder, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the Bills played one regular season game in Toronto in 2011. For more Bills information, visit buffalobills.com, call (716) 648-1800, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/buffalobills, follow the Bills on Twitter at twitter.com/buffalobills or get the Bills mobile app via buffalobills.com/fans/mobile-app.html.