It didn’t take long for sportstalk station WPTR-AM (1240) to find a new national affiliate.
WPTR will become part of NBC Sports Radio beginning Jan. 12. NBC Sports Radio replaces CBS Sports Radio, which is heading to WZMR-FM (104.9). WZMR, known as 104.9 The Peak, announced Monday that it is changing formats from album rock to sportstalk starting Jan. 12. WPTR, known as Sporty 1240, had been affiliated with CBS Sports Radio since becoming an all-sports station in June 2013.
The move to NBC Sports Radio is the second big move for the Empire Broadcasting Corporation, which owns WPTR. Last Friday, WPTR announced that Brian Cady’s show, “Cady’s Corner,” will move from a Sunday morning show to a weekday show from 1 to 3 p.m. That will coincide with the start of the station’s affiliation with NBC Sports Radio.
“I think it’s a great move, especially now that we have Brian Cady on the air,” said Neerav Patel, chief operating officer for Empire Broadcasting Corporation. “This was kind of the perfect transition.”
Some of the sportstalk show hosts on NBC Sports Radio are Erik Kuselias, Brian Kenny, Mark Malone and Donovan McNabb.
WPTR, which is home to Union College hockey, could produce more local sportstalk down the road, Patel said.
“We want Brian to really anchor the station,” Patel said. “If there is a significant interest in local sports, I wouldn’t mind adding more hours to Brian.”
There will be four sportstalk stations in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy market starting Jan. 12. Besides WPTR and WZMR, there are WOFX-AM (980), which is affiliated with FOX Sports Radio, and WTMM-FM (104.5), an ESPN Radio station.