102.5 the Game to become Predators’ new flagship station?

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Radio industry staple All Access is confirming that 102.5 the Party will be flipping formats to Sports, becoming 102.5 the Game.

What does this mean for the Nashville Predators? It’s simple. Not only does it give the city of Nashville some sports talk competition on the FM side of the dial, but it also could become the Preds flagship very soon.

WBUZ 102.9 the Buzz, who currently hosts Predators games, is an “active rock” formatted station. The team moved there from WGFX 104.5 the Zone late last summer in an effort to guarantee station consistency.

If you recall, when Nashville was on The Zone, they bounced around at times. Sometimes games were on Lightning 100. Other times they were on 97.1 RQQ. Then, after Citadel moved the Tennessee Titans flagship from WKDF to WGFX — and then added University of Tennessee¬†athletics on top of that — the Predators organization was not happy about it. They knew they’d be playing fourth or fifth fiddle on their own flagship station.

Enter The Cromwell Group.

102.9 the Buzz is owned by Cromwell, as is 102.5 the Party. It’s very easy to see that the plan was to bring the Predators into their network family, giving them a major league franchise to kick-start their new sports station when it was ready.

The Predators’ contract with 104.5 the Zone was up after the 2009-10 season. In an effort to secure their headline product, The Cromwell Group pounced when they could. 102.9 the Buzz became the new flagship for the Preds and now, it appears, 102.5 the Game could finally inherit it.

How soon, however, is the million dollar question. It would make sense to happen this season. After all, it doesn’t do The Cromwell Group much good to launch a sports talk station without a major product, especially if they have one in-house. But, at the same time, there could be something unknown in the contract that says Predators hockey must stay on 102.9 the Buzz for a certain number of seasons.

102.5′s format flip should take place in stages over the next few weeks, according to All Access. Former Sports Zone co-host Darren McFarland and former Tennessee Titans tackle Brad Hopkins are the first Game personalities. They will host a morning show called The First Quarter to compete with 104.5′s Wake Up Zone. For the past 10 months, McFarland and Hopkins have co-hosted The Afternoon Pressbox on 560 WNSR, the only other sports talk station in Music City.

Until now.

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11 Comments

  1. Jeremy

    August 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    I hope not. For some reason 102.5 WPRT’s signal isn’t very strong in Murfreesboro. Compared that to 102.9 WBUZ’s signal which comes in clear as a bell. If the Preds do switch over to “The Game”, it will be a struggle for me to hear whenever the game isnt televised.

    • T

      August 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      102.5′s 100kW tower is between Dickson and Clarksville and their signal reaches nearly to Paducah and Jackson. Their signal travels over 50 miles further West than 104. Points East of the Boro and Lebanon are a struggle because they’re beyond 60+ miles away and their’s another 102.5 in Crossville..

  2. Arian Gomez

    August 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Please let this be true. As much that the Preds are 102.9, you can’t listen the Preds in most of Nashville. You have better reception in Murfreesboro and Beechgrove than in Nashville and that’s a dog gone messed up. This would be an excellent move by The Game to have the Preds. That’s what put 104.5 on the map was b/c they were the flagship home of the Preds. I hoping and can’t wait to catch the Preds on a “SPORTS STATION” like what you expect to hear a sports team play, not in a music channel. No Offense 102.9!

  3. john

    August 16, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I tuned into this station from west murfreesboro this morning and it had tons of static. This will be the worst move in Preds radio history if they don’t do something about the weak signal.

  4. Weeze

    August 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Just make sure they have an iPhone app. I have the 102.9 Buzz app so I can listen to the games up here in IL. It would really stink if I am not able to listen via an app!

  5. Chris

    August 16, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I will just say whatever one else is saying. I live in Cookeville and had great signal with 102.9 but can’t pick up 102.5 at all. If they are going to this they better have a much better signal before the season starts.

  6. Kelle Daggett Bennefield

    August 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Signal upgrades are coming y’all (M’boro will be golden)… You will also be able to listen on your phones and websites. I THINK that there are affliates in Manchester/McMinnville and Cookeville (on AM stations I think) that will run off of the network. Keep the faith… and welcome to the Game!

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  8. Statman99

    August 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    If The Game gets the Predator games, can Vandy be far behind?

  9. Phil Jett

    August 17, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Vandy doesn’t want to be on the same station as the Preds in order to avoid potential conflicts in air time. What’s interesting with the Vandy situation is that their flagship, 97.1, is one of the stations Cumulus will be putting in trust because of the Cumulus-Citadel merger. I’d look for Cumulus to retain the Vandy rights for another of its stations and allow the Zone, which Cumulus will soon own, to share access to Vandy similar to the way KDF and the Zone shared access while KDF was airing Titans games. What you’ll be hearing on the Game in addition to the Preds is NASCAR and Mixed Martial Arts.

  10. Kim

    August 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    I get 102.5 just fine in the Boro. I am glad for some competition for 104.5. The Wake Up Zone is lackluster. 3HL is horrible and I as much as I love George and Willy some days they are boring, too.