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Downtown' moving to FM

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Local radio show to join 92.9 The Ticket

BANGOR 'Downtown with Rich Kimball' has become a mainstay on local radio airwaves since the show made its debut last September. However, starting Jan. 28, you're going to have to look it in a new place.

'Downtown' is making the move from WAEI AM 910 (owned by Blueberry Broadcasting) to WEZQ FM 92.9 The Ticket (owned by Townsquare Media). The show will add more locally-produced, locally-focused content to a station that already features area sports media stalwarts Dale Duff and Clem Labree on their 'Morning Pitch' show from 6-8 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The show has broadcast on 910 since early September of 2011; it has also been heard on WFAU AM 1280 in Gardiner-Augusta, WRKD 1450 AM in Rockland and WIGY FM 97.5 in Madison-Skowhegan since it began broadcasting on those stations in late June of this year.

WEZQ broadcasts at 50,000 watts, while WAEI's signal comes in at 5,000.

The 'Downtown' show's current producer, The Fandom Group, will continue in that capacity. The show will remain in its current studio home as well, located in the Seasons on Main restaurant on Main Street in Bangor.

'We're all really excited to be joining The Ticket,' said Rich Kimball. 'The name of the game is reaching listeners and 92.9 has got a huge FM signal which covers a big swath of real estate. Plus, the association with EPSN and the local programming they've got with Dale and Clem just makes it the place to be for sports in this area.'

"We're all extremely happy to be afforded this opportunity in a great sports market,' added producer Bryan Stackpole. 'Since the beginning we wanted to have the show on a platform that could reach the most possible people and I think we have that here. [And] Dale has been a legend in this community on the airwaves.  I'm excited to be a part of a line-up each week with Dale and Clem, especially after listening to them when I was growing up.'

Both Kimball and Stackpole had nothing but good things about their former hosts at Blueberry Broadcasting.

'We'll always be grateful to the people at Blueberry Broadcasting for their faith in the show and the willingness to take a chance on us,' Kimball said. 'The move to Townsquare is a measure of how well the show is going and our continuing efforts to grow our audience.'

'Blueberry Broadcasting has been nothing short of amazing for our show ever since the beginning,' said Stackpole. 'I can't say enough personally on how appreciative I am for everything; especially the work and effort of Jon Shields.'

'Downtown with Rich Kimball' will continue to air at the same time, from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The show will be replacing the ESPN Radio program 'Coach and Company' featuring Jonathan Coachman and Tim Legler.


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