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WEPN/ESPN 1050 Sees Growth in Keys Demos

While WEPN/ESPN 1050 is hardly declaring victory, the upstart All-Sports station wants it known that there is growth in them thar hills!

ESPN held a press junket yesterday at the new MLB Fan Cave in Greenwich Village. FishbowlNY met 1050 general manager David Roberts and ESPN Radio SVP and general manager, Mo Davenport.

The WEPN call letters were born in 2003, but ESPN Radio was heard full-time on 1050 dating back to 2001. Despite the powerhouse name attached to the station, WEPN struggled to find its voice, and an audience to hear that voice.

WEPN was born to challenge rival WFAN and to provide a platform to all things ESPN.

Now nearly a decade after officially purchasing the station, ESPN 1050 is pleased to finally make some headway.

“The station is seeing real positive growth,” Roberts tells FishbowlNY.

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ESPN Fires Announcer For Sexist Remarks

Ron Franklin got himself in hot water Friday for being rude to female colleague Jeannine Edwards. After being suspended from calling the the Fiesta Bowl on the radio, the sportscaster issued an apology, but his bosses weren’t feeling too forgiving. On Tuesday, ESPN announced that they had fired Franklin.

“Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him,” said ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz.

While Franklin was out of line – you can read a play-by-play of the conversation here – firing him over this single incident seems harsh. It makes us wonder if Franklin had a pattern of sexist behavior, and ESPN had finally had enough.

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