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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 06/04/2008

Red Zebra Nabs WTEM

As DCRTV has been bubbling about for days, with expanded information in Post articles and opposition columns, Daniel Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting finally nabbed WTEM today. From the official press release, which sent by the Redskins PR team:

Red Zebra Broadcasting today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire WTEM (Sportstalk 980), WTNT (570-AM) and WWRC (1260-AM) from Clear Channel Communications, creating an exciting new combination of local and national talk radio programming.

"It has always been our goal to grow our company, expand our Redskins Radio footprint while also venturing into other forms of broadcast entertainment," said Bruce Gilbert, CEO of Red Zebra Broadcasting. "We are especially thrilled to be adding local sports talk icons John Thompson, Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell, Steve Czaban, Andy Polin and others to our team, which already includes Hall of Famer John Riggins ."

I'm sure they were especially especially thrilled to add the exciting icon Steve Czaban to the payroll. That ought to go well. Some publisher has to already be offering him a book deal for after he "steps down" to "explore other opportunities" and "spend more time with his family" in a few months.

The release says that "in the near term" the stations will "maintain their current formats and programming," and that after that everything will be analyzed in order "to determine the best mix of programming to serve the many diverse fans of sports and news talk. Some things will change, some will remain the same, but our goal will be simple: to bring the best radio to the most listeners." That was more from Gilbert.

The Sports Reporters are discussing the news right now, how they'll be under the "protective umbrella" of Daniel Snyder.

"Umbrella? That sounds protective and nice and warm and dry," Czaban said.

"Umbrellas also sometimes collapse and blow away," Andy Polin/Pollin said.

A caller just said Andy Pollin will turn into a Larry Michael. "Never!" Polin/Pollin said. "Never!"

"What's there to criticize, Andy?" asked Czaban, calling the Redskins a "smooth-running machine."

When the Redskins tried to nab me in recent weeks, I was told that criticism would be allowed, that if the team were to be slammed, it might as well be on the team's site. Many of my friends found that proposition not believable. The Sports Reporters seem to have some questions about this as well. Your thoughts?

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