The radio station at 99.1 FM is changing formats. Bloomberg is taking over WNEW from CBS, and will now broadcast primarily business news and talk.
The station will now be called “Bloomberg 99.1.” In Baltimore, it will also be available as 105.7 FM in HD-2.Washington Business Journal reports that it will continue to be the flagship station for the Washington Wizards. In terms of staffing, it will operate with “about a half-dozen local employees,” meaning many of its current staff of 20 will be laid off, the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi reported.
Under CBS, WNEW emerged as a competitor to fellow DC stations WTOP and WAMU. Last year, the station repositioned itself as a Maryland station, including Baltimore, and its news items were rebroadcast on 105.7 during Orioles games and other sporting events. Along with competitions, part of its issue was an “identity split between D.C. and Baltimore,” the Post’s Farhi reports.
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