Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There were no other specifics given about the group buying station, only that the sale was to be facilitated by a private equity firm. KFWB-AM (980), the Los Angeles radio home of the Clippers, will end operations as an all-sports station in mid-February after the station’s asset trust sold the business to a group that runs foreign-language programming, according to several sources.The sale will likely result in the Clippers, on KFWB since 2009, having to quickly find a new flagship for their games. Neither KLAC-AM (570), home to the Dodgers and UCLA sports, nor KSPN-AM (710), home to the Lakers and USC sports, seem like a likely landing spot. The Kings currently have their NHL games on KABC-AM (790), while the Angels are on their team-owned KLAA-AM (830), along with the NHL’s Ducks.KFWB has also been home to Westwood One NFL broadcasts. The staff at “980 The Beast,” which has been operating as a sports station since September 2014, were told of the sale at a meeting Tuesday at 10 a.m., according to a source at the station. Of the three main all-sports format stations in L.A., 980-AM has made steady improvements but has not been able to make up much ground in the ratings to ESPN-owned 710 and iHeartMedia’s 570, which the Dodgers have an ownership stake in. The 5,000-watt station, which launched in 1925 and made its mark in all-news for decades, eventually went to all-sports to accommodate a syndication expansion of Jim Rome’s mid-morning show, which came when he joined CBS Sports in 2012.Station on-air personalities include Fred Roggin, Jeanne Zelasko, Bill Plaschke, Chris Myers, Wes Clements and Sam Farber. The station was also the radio home for MLS Galaxy broadcasts.Since November 2011, CBS Radio put KFWB into a trust managed by Diane Sutter, President and CEO of ShootingStar Broadcasting. The business move was needed since CBS Corporation owned and operated two TV stations and two radio stations in the L.A. market.
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