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November 21, 2020

Doc Walker Cut Loose by The Team 980 WTEM Ahead of the Station's Merge with Entercom's 106.7 The Fan WJFK

Rick ‘Doc’ Walker, the Washington Football Team's radio broadcast sideline reporter and 9am-12pm radio host on 980 The Team has exited the station. He will continue as sideline reporter during the radio broadcasts. WTEM's day to day operations will be taken over by Entercom as of next week and will no longer be owned by Urban One/Radio One in a deal that will be finalized in 2021. 

Walker played tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington team in the NFL before becoming a popular TV and radio host in the DMV. He had been with WTEM for 27 years. Walker was also the co-host on the late John Thompson Show, the former Hall of Fame basketball coach at Georgetown University, on 980 AM. 

You can still catch Doc Walker Sunday mornings on Fox 5.

Also exiting the station was Scott Linn and program director Chris Johnson. Linn had been with WTEM since 1997 and most recently was a co-host on the Brian Mitchell Show and the Steve Czaben Show.

This month Entercom and Urban One made a swap of six stations in D.C., Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Charlotte. The move saw Entercom become the new owners of Team 980. They are already owners of sports station 106.7 The Fan WJFK. Entercom plans to air the content of The Team 980 and 106.7 The Fan independent of each other, as if they are not owned by the same company, for the foreseeable future.

Entercom ownership of multiple sports stations in the same city is not unprecedented. They also own more than one sports stations in San Francisco, Houston, Miami among others as well.

Doc Walker recently appeared with Radio One's Deja Perez and Aladdin Da Prince to talk the Washington Football Team's prospects for the rest of the season. 


  1. More politics at work, Doc Walker didn't bite his tongue and told the truth and that's too much for some people...Good luck to you Doc wherever you go.

  2. Doc was the sole reason that I tuned into wtem 980.Him and Al Galdi had the best chemistry. No doubt, Fred Smoot will no longer be heard on the station either. Other then the ones already mentioned, everyone sounds the same.

  3. Native Wash.Resident
    They have turned many of us away from 980 by dropping
    admired gents like Doc Walker.How about Smoot?
    I guess they want vanilla (yes-men).
    I'm looking somewhere else.

  4. This area has always had some of the best sports voices somehow A dummy in a office screws it up for everyone. Frank Sam Sonny,Buc and Phil Chainer on and on just keep your beaters out of things.


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