FORMAT CHANGE ANGERS LISTENERS OF NASHVILLE'S WSM-AM 650
Rumors have been running rampant that Nashville's WSM-AM 650 radio station may switch from its traditional country format to sports talk.
The station, owned by Gaylord Entertainment Co., had a $1.5 million loss last year and may be entertaining the prospect of a format change in order to recoup the loss.
According to the Tennessean, President and CEO Colin Reed confirmed that the company was in talks with sports giant ESPN, but "we haven't a definitive signed agreement with ESPN," he said. Reed also claimed that the station may not change its format at all, saying: "At the end of the day we may not convert WSM-AM to anything other than what it is today."
However, the news has sparked listeners to flood Gaylord Entertainment with phone calls and emails stating that the station should stick with its current format -- so many that a special "response line" has been created.
In a press release, the company states that:
"We will listen to each message and share the message with the appropriate people in our company."
You can voice your opinion by calling toll-free: 877-457-0001. In the Nashville area, the number is 457-0001.