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Groups Swap Philly, Boston Stations; Beantown Classical Format Moves But Survives

Groups Swap Philly, Boston Stations; Beantown Classical Format Moves But Survives
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Greater Media and Nassau Broadcasting Partners signed a deal that means Greater Media gets Nassau's 97.5 frequency in Burlington, N.J., near Philadelphia, while Nassau gets Greater Media's 99.5 in Lowell, Mass., plus cash and the format of WCRB(FM) in Boston.
Greater Media in turn signed a separate agreement with Charles River Broadcasting to acquire station 102.5 WCRB.
The deals must be approved by the FCC. The companies hope to have them finalized this fall.
In Boston, Greater Media plans to move the WKLB country format to 102.5, where classical has been heard. In Philadelphia it will incorporate 97.5 FM into its big cluster there; the call letters and format have not been announced.
Nassau adds 99.5 FM to its New England holdings and plans to carry the WCRB classical format in Boston on that frequency, using those call letters. "WCRB 99.5 FM will also add to Nassau's existing classical music network of radio stations, the WBACH network that broadcasts in coastal Maine."
Greater Media President/CEO Peter Smyth said this deal benefits three companies and provides a continued home for classical music in Boston. WCRB has been broadcasting classical music in Boston since 1950.

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