If you’re already looking forward to the NBA season — specifically, Wizards basketball season — the following should come as welcome news. Beginning with the regular season opener on Oct. 29, 99.1 WNEW will replace 106.7 The Fan as the flagship radio home of the Wizards and will broadcast all regular and postseason games. Play-by-play man Dave Johnson and analyst Glenn Consor will return for their 17th and seventh seasons, respectively.
The move will reduce conflicts with other programming on 106.7 The Fan, which remains the home of the Nationals and Capitals, and also broadcasts Virginia Tech and NFL primetime games. Last year, about half of all Wizards games aired on 106.7 The Fan. You may recall that Wizards playoff games were moved to 99.1 to avoid conflicts with Nationals games.
Like 106.7 The Fan, 99.1 WNEW is a CBS-owned station. The station reaches more than five million people from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, and while its signal is not as strong as 106.7 in some Virginia counties west of the District, it has a stronger signal than 106.7 in Prince George’s County and up the I-95 corridor.
The Wizards’ move to 99.1 marks the first time that all Nationals, Capitals and Wizards games will air on FM stations that reach the entire D.C. metro area.