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Sports radio shuffle leaves Washington Football Team without a home in Richmond

Sports radio shuffle leaves Washington Football Team without a home in Richmond

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Al Coleman's morning sports talk program continues to air on the new ESPN Richmond 106.1

At the moment, the Washington Football Team’s radio broadcast does not have a home in Richmond.

The team’s previous affiliate had been ESPN 99.5, which was originally owned by team owner Dan Snyder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting before being sold to Urban One. But Urban One has switched the format of 99.5 to classic hip-hop, and the ESPN format and personalities have moved to 106.1, an FM signal owned by Summit Media.

Summit has the rights to Westwood One’s national NFL games of the week, and has elected to continue carrying those games on 106.1 at the moment.

Two sources familiar with the situation said the Football Team is in negotiations with local stations interested in picking up the team’s broadcasts.

Last year, Washington radio announcer Larry Michael retired after a Washington Post report alleging sexual misconduct by several team executives, including Michael. The broadcast is now done by Julie Donaldson, Bram Weinstein and DeAngelo Hall.

Times-Dispatch records show the team’s games have been broadcast on the radio in Richmond dating to at least the 1950s.

Fans interested in hearing the broadcast can listen on their computer via the team website or on the flagship station, WTEM (The Team) 980 AM in Washington. The pregame and postgame shows will also be available on mobile phones on the team app, though broadcasts of the game itself are blacked out on the app, and can be purchased via the TuneIn Radio app.

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