Friday, July 12, 2019

The Boston Shocker : Entercom moves Greg Hill from WAAF to WEEI as Gerry Callahan departs

In a move that shook up the entire Boston radio landscape, Entercom announced the upcoming debut of “The Greg Hill Morning Show” on WEEI  93.7. The new show will begin on Monday July 29th and feature longtime Boston radio veteran Greg Hill, who will be transitioning to WEEI from sister station WAAF 107,3. Hill will be joined by co-host Danielle Murr and a rotating group of additional contributors including comedian and one-time WAAF afternoon co-host Nick Stevens.

“I am thrilled to embark on the next chapter in my career in Boston. WEEI is a legendary Boston station and one of the country’s first sports stations,” said Hill via press release. “I am excited to anchor mornings moving forward. I also want to thank WAAF and all of the listeners and co-workers who have made the last 28 years so amazing. The good news is I will still be talking to them every weekday, just down the dial at 93.7 FM.”

As part of these changes,  20-year WEEI morning co-host Gerry Callahan exits WEEI after more than two decades. In a statement, Entercom said, “Callahan has been a dominant force and a big part of WEEI over the years. While it is now time for a new chapter, we thank him for his many contributions and the indelible mark he has made at WEEI, including his tireless work on behalf of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

More moves : Mike “Mut” Mutnansky,  co-host of WEEI’s Mut & Callahan morning show transitions back to his former evening shift(6pm-10pm). Over on WAAF, longtime Hill-Man Morning Show sports anchor Lyndon Byers will join morning show producer Mike Hsu in the afternoon drive beginning July 30. The WAAF morning show will shift to a music focus during the interplanetary search for Hill’s successor.


BRW Notebook :

More sports changes :  Beginning on July 18th, WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub will become an affiliate of Fox Sports Radio(FSR). Boston's #1 sports station carried Fox programming from 2009 to 2012. When its former parent company CBS Radio launched CBS Sports Radio network in 2013, the Hub dropped FSR and began carrying CBSSR overnight and weekend shows. WEEI 93.7 will pick up CBSSR on Monday August 5th and drop SB Nation Radio. 

A night with Matty : Kiss 108's Matt Siegel who has been hosting  “Matty in the Morning" since January 1981,just sold out his "An Evening With Matty in The Morning at The Wilbur Theater. This year's show will take place on Sept 5th.  During the theater show’s Q&A, audience members have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and ask him an array of questions about his morning show and his career journey as well as receive advice from Matty about anything going on in their lives.

Moves :  After 8 months off-the air, former WRKO 680 morning co-host and local veteran media personality Kim Carrigan is landing on a new frequency. Beginning Monday, July 15th, Carrigan is joining Bloomberg Baystate Business on WRCA 1330/106.1. Bloomberg's local afternoon drive show airs from 4pm-6pm from its Boston media bureau on Summer Street in the Financial District.... Hisham Fayed as its new Director of Marketing at iHeart Radio Boston. He will work closely with the promotions, events, sales and programming teams in developing and executing marketing plans for company's local brands WXKS (Kiss 108), WJMN (JAM’N 94.5), WBWL (101.7 The Bull), 100.7 WZLX and WKAF (The New 97.7).  Previously, he spent eight years with Beasley Media Group Boston as Director of Marketing & Promotions for former Talk outlet WTKK and its successor, WBQT/Hot 96.9. He began his career at  WXRV/92.5 The River.....Former Star 93.7/Oldies 103.3/Jamn 94-5 personality Ralphie Marino has been named Assistant Program Director and Morning On-Air Personality at WJPT/Sunny 106.3 in Ft. Myers, FL He will begin his new position on Monday, July 15th, 2019.. Marino was most recently heard on the air doing Mornings at 99.9 WQRC-FM and Middays at Cape Country 104 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He also did weekends and weekday fill-in shifts at Beasley’s Country 102.5/WKLB-FM in Boston....

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Loren Owens exits WROR; Bob Bronson returns to Boston

Loren Owners, a longtime, legendary morning host at WROR 105.7 told his audience yesterday(6/28)t that his contract with Beasley-owned classic hits station was not renewed. Owens last time on the air was his usual 6am to 10am shift.  His final morning show which officially ended "Loren and Wally Show" era in Boston radio, featured a guest appearance from his former longtime co-host Wally Brine, who retired in December 2016(BRW 11/22/16). The two had the most amazing on-air chemistry of any radio duo in this market.

The veteran jock did not intend to retire(the final show is here. Go to 11:10 mark to hear Loren's farewell statement).

Owens and Brine were inducted into Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2013.

The station also  announced its new morning anchor yesterday — Bob Bronson.
Bronson will make his WROR debut on Monday, July 1, retaining co-hosts Lauren Beckham-Falcone (LBF) and Brian "Lungboy" Bell to form the new ROR Morning Show with Bob Bronson, LBF and Brian. Longtime WROR presence Hank Morse who had spent some 20+ years with the station and Loren and Wally Show as news anchor and traffic reporter was let go on Monday. Morse posted news of his exit on Twitter.

Bronson is no stranger to Boston area or Boston radio. The Portland, ME native graduated from Emerson College in mid 80's. He briefly moved back to Portland to start his radio career there but soon returned to Boston in 1987 to start working at now-defunct soft adult contemporary WSSH/Wish 99.5(now classical WCRB 99.5). At Wish,Bronson was midday personality and eventually rose to the rank of assistant program director. In late 1995,Wish 99.5 changed formats to smooth jazz WOAZ/Oasis 99.5 and in the spring of 1996, Bronson left Boston for Louisville for on-air opportunity at a soft AC station. Unfortunately, the station changed formats a few months later and Bronson was back on the road. From 1996 to 2003, he was on-air personality and program director at Sunny 93.9 in Raleigh, NC. In 2003, he returned to New England where he worked as operations manager and afternoon drive personality at WZID 95.7 in Manchester, NH. In 2009, Bronson got his big career break and landed as morning co-host at NYC's #1 station WLTW/Lite 106.7 where he was working for the past 10 years until last month when he left.

WROR had shifted to more 80's sound on January 1st of this year, but one really wonders if there is another major format tweak is headed to 105.7 as Bronson's entire radio career had been spent primarily working at stations with Adult Contemporary(AC) formats. In addition, assistant program director Morgan Prue had moved from Entercom's WMJX/Magic 106.7 to WROR back in March and had spent 14 years at NYC's Lite and very familiar with Bronson's work/style. Stay tuned...

Friday, June 28, 2019

The Beat of Boston debuts

This morning at 6 an, iHeartMedia Boston debuted a new format and a new moniker on WKAF 97.7.  The Beat of Boston featuring “Classic CHR" had replaced Urban AC(adult contemporary)and The New 97.7 which has been in place since January 2017. Iheart acquired WKAF in December 2017 but hasn't really put its signation on the station until today.

The New 97.7 The Beat of Boston will be playing pop and rhythmic hits from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s from artists like Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Prince, TLC, The Notorious B.I.G., Rhianna.

The New 97.7 will be programmed by WZLX 100.7's program director Chris Tyler, who had spent 12 years(1998-2010) with WJMN/Jamn 94-5 and WXKS/Kiss 108 as on-air personality, music director, assistant program director and program director. At  WKAF, Tyler succeeds Chris Malone, who exited last week.  Iheart has named KJ Carson as the Beat's afternoon drive personality. He was working mornings at the New 97.7 for the past two years(his former co-host at the New 97-7, Kesha Monk, unfortunately didn't have her contract renewed at the end of February). Romeo, afternoon drive personality at Kiss 108, will handle middays. Also, veteran weekenders T-Clark and Jay Brown will stay with the new format. The full lineup will be announced at a later date.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Lost 45's are set to return on Easy 99.1

WPLM/Easy 99.1 will become the new home of Boston's nearly four-decade radio treasure - "The Lost 45s with Barry Scott" starts running this Sunday, June 23.  The weekly show will occupy WPLM's 6pm-9pm slot.

Barry Scott,the curator of America's Largest 1970's and 1980's pop hits and interview library launched Lost 45's as a student DJ at Emerson College in the fall of  1981.  The show's commercial radio debut took place in March 1986 on WZLX 100.7 where it aired until February 1992. Over the years, Lost45's had moved around the dial a few times : WBOS 92.9 from April 1992 to May 1993; WBMX/Mix 98.5 from May 1993 to July 1997; WEGQ/Eagle 93.7 from July 1997 to April 1999; WROR 105.7 from May 2001 to December 2001; WODS/Oldies 103.3 from December 2001 to June 2012; and back on WROR 105.7 from September 2012 to April 2014. 


The show has been airing on-line at lost45.com continuously since October 1999. Currently, Barry Scott's daily Lost 45's features and the weekend show are in national syndication on stations around the country.


BRW Notebook:

Fireworks on the airwaves : Speaking of WPLM/Easy 99.1, for the second year in a row, the Plymouth-based station will supplement Bloomberg Radio's local coverage of Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on Thursday, July 4th.  Bloomberg's pre-concert show will begin at 7pm. Boston Pops concert will follow at 8pm.  Bloomberg's local flagship stations  on 106.1 FM, 1330 AM,1450 AM and 92.9-HD2 will cover city of Boston and the surroundings towns, North Shore, Metro West while Easy 99.1 will send the concert to South Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and portions of Rhode Island.


Nationally the concert can be found on SiriusXM channel 119, online at bloombergradio.com, and via mobile on the Bloomberg and iheartradio apps.

Blue in the Afternoons : WKLB/Country 102.5 will shift morning co-host, Jackson Blue, to afternoons where he will replace Kevin Kennedy who recently exited the station to return to his native Atlanta. Blue debuted in the mornings on Country 102.5 in March of 2017, after temporarily covering the sift for three months. The search is on for his replacement in mornings, joining current co-host Ayla Brown. He will remain in mornings until his successor is hired. Previously, Blue was in afternoon drive on sister station Rhythmic AC WBQT/Hot 96.9 for three years.  He also worked for iHeartMedia's Top 40 WXKS,/Kiss 08/Boston for nine years.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

80's oldies and Top 40 bring ratings gold for two Boston stations in May survey.

Beasley Media's 80's oldies WROR  105.7 and Iheart Radio's 40-year Top 40 powerhouse WXKS/Kiss 108 ended up in a tie for first place among all listeners ages 6 and up, according to the May ratings report released Tuesday. Kiss 108 was also top Boston station among 25-54, 18-34 and 18-49 demographics.

Finishing just behind 'ROR and Kiss was Beasley's sports talker WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub overtaking Entercom's adult contemporary WMJX/Magic 106.7 for third place. The stellar performances of the Hub were attributed in large part to Bruins' Stanley Cup run. The Hub's direct competitor Entercom's WEEI 93.7 had a flat month tying for 8th overall, most likely due to defending champions Red Sox stumbling in the early part of the season.

One winner of WBOS' format change from alternative rock to classic rock in mid-April appears to be WXRV 92.5 The River inching up from 15th to tying for 13th and getting the largest audience share since October 2015.

The Nielsen Audio survey ran from April 25 to May 22.

Here are Boston’s top 25 radio stations from 6 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday, as measured by Nielsen Audio in May, followed by format, ownership and average share of listeners age 6 and older for May 2019, May 2018 and May 2017.

Rank Station Owner Owner May 2019 May 2018 May 2017
1 WROR 105.7 Classic Hits Beasley Media Group 7.6 6.2 7.9
1 WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108 CHR iHeartMedia, Inc. 7.6 7.3 6.2
3 WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub Sports Beasley Media Group 7.0 5.9 4.0
4 WMJX 106.7/Magic Adult Contemporary Entercom 6.2 6.3 5.9
5 WZLX 100.7/Boston's Classic Rock Classic Rock iHeartMedia, Inc. 6.0 5.2 5.0
6 WBZ 1030/NewsRadio News/Talk iHeartMedia, Inc. 5.0 5.3 5.6
7 WKLB 102.5/Boston's Hottest Country Country Beasley Media Group 4.4 4.0 5.1
8 WEEI 93.7/Sports Radio Sports Entercom 4.0 4.0 4.7
9 WWBX 104.1/Mix Hot AC Entercom 3.7 3.5 3.8
10 WBQT 96.9/Hot Rhythmic AC Beasley Media Group 3.6 3.4 3.8
11 WBUR 90.9/Boston's NPR News Station News/Talk Boston University 3.5 6.2 4.0
12 WRKO 680/The Voice of Boston Talk iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.7 2.4 2.1
13 WKAF 97.7/Boston's #1 for R&B Urban AC iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.6 3.0 2,0
13 WXRV 92.5/The River Adult Alternative Northeast Broadcasting Company, Inc. 2.6 2.0 1.7
15 WBOS 92.9/Boston's Rock Classic Rock Beasley Media Group 2.4 1.9 2.7
15 WBWL 101.7/The Bull Country iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.4 2.2 2.2
15 WGBH 89.7/Boston Public Radio News/Talk WGBH Educational Foundation 2.4 4.1 4.0
18 WJMN 94.5/Jamn Rhythmic-CHR iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.2 2.3 2.2
19 WODS 103.3/AMP Radio CHR Entercom 2.1 2.1 3.1
20 WXLO 104.5/'XLO Hot AC Cumulus Media, Inc. 2.0 1.2 1.4
21 WAAF 107.3/The Only Station That Really Rocks Rock Entercom 1.8 1.8 2.0
22 WCRB 99.5/Classical Radio Boston Classical WGBH Educational Foundation 1.3 1.5 2.1
23 WCTK 98.1/Cat Country Country Hall Communications, Inc. 1.2 1.1 0.5
24 WERS 88.9/Uncommon Radio Variety Emerson College 0.8 0.8 0.7
25 WGIR 101.1/Rock 101 Rock iHeartMedia, Inc. 0.7 - -

BRW Notebook :

The turntable :  Former WEEI 93.7 FM morning show co-host Kirk Minihane officially has a new job. On Monday, June 17, he will start producing daily podcast called "The Kirk Minihane Show" on Barstool Sports platform. The podcast will be taped live between 7am and 9am and available for download around 11am weekdays. Joining Minihane at Barstool will be Steve Robinson who will produce Minihane's show. Robinson has been producing Howie Carr's regionally syndicated afternoon drive show since November, 2014. (Carr is currently heard on WRKO 680 in Boston). Minihane, who generated high ratings, revenues and frequent controversy to WEEI’s morning show before leaving in November 2018, announced in late May that he no longer worked for Entercom. The company had released him from his contract to produce a show on its Radio.com platform. Minihane first joined WEEI's morning show in 2013 which at the time was co-hosted by Gerry Callahan and John Dennis. In August 2016, Dennis retired from WEEI and the show was renamed "Kirk and Callahan".


After 4 years in the afternoon drive at Beasley's WKLB 102.5, Kevin Kennedy(BRW 3/26/15) has left Boston's top country station to return to his native Atlanta. He was at 'KLB since March 2015.

On June 3rd, Beasley Media Group had introduced Adam 12 as its new midday host on its ROCK 92.9.  He most recently served as an on-air host, imaging director and social media director at on-line station Indie617. He is best known for his on-air work at defunct terrestrial and on-line rockers WFNX 101.7(2009-'12), WBCN 104.1(2003-'09), RadioBDC(2012-2018). WBOS/Rock 92.9 replaced Alt 92.9 on April 11th. As a result of WBOS changing its format, station's previous midday personality Amy Brooks and music director Joel Weiss had exited. Weiss was recently named  as music director/assistant program director at alternative KCJK/X105.1 and Top 40 KCHZ/95-7 THE VIBE) in Kansas City market.

After 6 years as assistant program director at WMJX/Magic 106.7, Morgan Prue has moved over to 80's oldies WROR 105.7 to become its new assistant program director in mid-March. 

In mid-April, Entercom had named radio veteran Karen "The Madam" Blake as the new afternoon drive host for WMJX Magic 106.7 FM. Blake is heard on air, weekdays from 3pm. to 8pm. She replaces another veteran, Mark Laurence, who retired on March 31. The move marked Blake’s return to Boston after serving as morning drive host for WQRC on Cape Cod for the last five years. Prior to her time at WQRC on the Cape, Blake served seven years as host of the morning and afternoon drives at Oldies 103.3 (now103.3 AMP Radio). From 1999 to 2005, Blake hosted the morning drive show for WQSX 93.7(now WEEI 93.7). She had also hosted shows on WJMN 94.5/WZOU 94.5 and WKLB 105.7 in the 80's and 90's.

As of June 10th, Tiziana Dearing is the new host of “Radio Boston”(3pm-4pm) on WBUR 90.9, the station announced last week. "Radio Boston" launched in May 2010. Dearing takes over for Meghna Chakrabarti, who left “Radio Boston” to co-host the WBUR-produced NPR show “On Point”(10am-Noon) with David Folkenflik last August. In other WBUR news, Tonya Mosley has been named as 3rd co-host of "Here and Now"(Noon-2pm). She starts on August 5th.

Jim McKay is the new midday anchor at WBZ 1030/NewsRadio.  The South Shore native who started his radio career as an intern with Karlson and McEnzie morning show on WZLX 100.7 had spent last years as anchor at SiriusXM Fox News Radio channel in NYC. Also, at WBZ, Josh Binswanger left station's morning drive in mid-March. He was replaced by Jeff Brown who moved up from afternoon drive to co-anchor with Deb Lawler.

In late March, Iheart's WJMN/Jamn 94-5 debuted the “Ashlee & The New JAM’N Morning Show” replacing the syndicated "Breakfast Club" after three years. Ashlee Feldman most recently served as afternoon-drive host for JAM’N 94.5. Feldman, a graduate of Northeastern University was previously JAM’N’s morning show co-host from February 2013(BRW 1/28/13) to May 2016(BRW 5/12/16), when The Breakfast Club was installed.

Friday, February 15, 2019



WEEI goes with Red Sox radio call by committee this season

On February 14th, Entercom's WEEI 93.7/Sports Radio announced the new all-star team of play-by-play platoon for 2019 Boston Red Sox games on the flagship station of the team. Broadcasters participating this season will include Sean McDonough, current ESPN broadcaster and former Sox TV voice; Josh Lewin, former Mets radio voice; Mario Impemba, former Tigers play-by-play voice; Chris Berman, veteran broadcaster for ESPN; Lou Merloni, afternoon drive on-air personality on WEEI; Dale Arnold, midday on-air personality on WEEI; Tom Caron, studio host for NESN's Red Sox telecasts; and Dave O’Brien, television voice of the Red Sox on NESN.


“As the flagship radio home of the world champion Boston Red Sox, WEEI is proud to extend our relationship with Joe Castiglione and to welcome this elite group of broadcasters to join him in the booth,” said Mark Hannon, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom Boston “We are committed to providing listeners with premier and innovative coverage of the Sox and are looking forward to a great season."

WEEI's new rotating play-by-play set-up follows mid-December's announcement that play-by-play announcer Tim Neverett decided not to return to the broadcast booth(BRW 12/12/18). Neverett was apparently not a big fan of the more conversational game approach which was being planned by WEEI's management for 2019 season. Five days after announcing his departure from Sox radio booth, he was named to a new role with the Dodgers broadcast team.

BRW Notebook :

LaPierre passes : A true icon of Boston radio news, former WBZ 1030/Boston's NewsRadio morning news anchor Gary LaPierre passed away on February 4th at the age of 76.  LaPierre died at his home in Ipswich. He had been battling leukemia.
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LaPierre's last day anchoring morning news at WBZ on December 29, 2006 

He worked at WBZ from 1962 until his retirement in December 2006, and was a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.


LaPierre was born in Shelburne Falls, Mass., graduated from Grahm Junior College and attended the University of New Hampshire and Boston University.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Christmas music brings presents to Magic 106.7

In the latest Nielsen Audio ratings, released this week, Entercom-owned WMJX/Magic 106.7 was the overall ratings winner for the “holiday” period, which began Dec. 6 and ended Jan. 2. Magic registered a 14.5 share for the period, up from 8.9 in the December survey (covering Nov. 8 - Dec.5). Like it has done for the past few years, Magic launched its holiday season on a Friday before Thanksgiving.(Nov.16, 2018). This was Magic's 7th straight year as "Boston's Christmas Station".

I always stress here that radio and TV stations don’t sell advertising based on the “6-plus” audience ratings but it's typically a fair estimate of stations' overall performance., With that said, Magic also won its target 25-54 demographic and also displaced WXKS/Kiss 108 from #1 with the younger 18-34 listeners.

It will be at least a month or so before anyone can tell how much WMJX's 37-yar adult contemporary-hits format benefited from this holiday bounce. WMJX has been consistently a strong performer for as long as one can remember, usually among the top three stations overall. Last year(see January 2018 chart here), the post-holiday period wasn't kind to Boston's holiday music station as both sports stations moved into Top 5 while Patriots' Super Bowl fever was sweeping the area...again :). January ratings will be released on February 20th.

BRW Notebook :

Watching the dial : After two years in the afternoon drive at WAAF 107.3, "Matty and Nick" show is no more. Entercom didn't renew the pair's contracts and the pair exited after their January 10th show. (Ed. Note : Will they pop up somewhere else on the local dial? They may or may not. Beasley's WBOS/Alt 92.9 has been looking for a new afternoon show host(s) for months now so that could be one possibility). WAAF's longtimer Bob Hannah takes over the 3-7pm shift. Hannah was WAAF's night jock from 2006 to 2009. He was laid off in April 2009 when Entercom made WAAF automated at night(BRW 4/16/09). He did return to the station in May 2010 in a part-time capacity...After a year in a half in the morning drive at WBZ/Boston's NewsRadio, Josh Binswanger has shifted to anchoring afternoon drive where he pairs up with Laurie Kirby. Jeff Brown moved up to mornings where he now alternates with another veteran Deb Lawler.....Over at WBZ's sister station, WRKO 680/The Voice of Boston, program director Michael Czarnecki received a company transfer to lead Washington’s news station WONK-FM  as Program Director.  He was with WRKO since September 2015 and its program director since October 2016. No replacement for Czarnecki has been named..WWBX/Mix 104.1's morning drive "Karson and Kennedy" is adding an extra hour. Beginning Monday, January 28th, the show will air from 6am to 10am.
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

New England Patriots extend the Sports Hub

The New England Patriots and Beasley Media Group have announced a multi-year broadcast extension with WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub, its radio flagship since August 2009.  The Sports Hub's previous Patriots flagship deal was announced back in September 2017 while the station was still under CBS Radio's ownership.(BRW 9/8/2017). On November 1, 2017, it was announced that Beasley would be acquiring the Sports Hub as a result of mega merger between Entercom and CBS Radio(BRW 11/1/17).

“The Patriots are a religion in New England,” said Mary Menna, VP/Market Manager of Beasley Media Group Boston via press release. “We are thrilled that our talented team of Bob Socci and former Patriots quarterback, Scott Zolak, will continue to broadcast the games to our fans and that 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Patriots will be partners for many, many years to come.”

The Sports Hub's rival Entercom-owned WEEI/Sports Radio 93-7 extended its Patriots content package with the team in late January 2018(BRW 2/17/18)


Longtime traffic reporter Joe Stapleton passes

Joe Stapleton, longtime traffic reporter for WBZ 1030/Boston's NewsRadio, who also worked as an actor who had small roles in blockbuster movies such as Spotlight, Manchester By the Sea and Mystic River, died unexpectedly on January 1st. Stapleton was 55. He was a TV and radio broadcaster for more than 25 years who most recently worked as a traffic reporter for WBZ 1030/Boston's NewsRadio.  Stapleton also used to report traffic as "Major Dick" for WAAF 107.3's Hill-Man Morning Show.

"A beloved member of the WBZ family has passed away. Longtime traffic reporter Joe Stapleton died unexpectedly today. We offer condolences to Joe’s family, and our thoughts are with them as well. — “Joe was our overnight traffic reporter here at WBZ,” Operations Director Bill Flaherty said in a statement. “He never walked through the door without a smile and friendly greeting for everyone he met.” 

BRW Notebook :

Watching the Dial : Karson Tager, the morning co-host at WWBX/Mix 104-1 just signed a new three year extension to stay with Entercom's ""Hot" Adut Contemporary station. His on-air sidekick Kennedy(Elsey) is expected to ink a new deal as well. The pair has been on the air at Mix since January 5, 2009(BRW 12/20/08).....Some new year tweaks : Beasley's classic hits WROR 105.7 has dropped its "Boston's Greatest Hits" tag and replaced it with "80's and More". The station has expanded the playlist to include more 80s tracks from bands like Simple Minds and A-ha but the overall sound still stays in the core mid-70s to mid-80's pop-rockers...IheartRadio's news/talker WBZ 1030 just goes by "Boston's News Radio" without mentioning the frequency in its on-air tags. 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Toucher and Rich extend their stay at the Sports Hub

Beasley Media Group announced earlier today that Fred Toettcher  and Rich Shertenlieb morning show personalities and co-hosts of highly popular "Toucher and Rich" have signed a multiyear deal to continue as the morning show at WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub. The duo has been on the Boston airwaves since June of 2006 when took over afternoon drive on now-defunct WBCN 104.1  Since moving to launch 98.5 the Sports Hub in August 2009, they have been the top rated morning show with men in Boston.The pair signed their last contract extension in November 2013 when the SportsHub was being owned by CBS Radio..(BRW 11/15/13).

“Toucher and Rich are the most creative guys I know with real raw talent that you cannot teach,” said Mike Thomas, Beasley Media Group’s National Spoken Word/Esports and WBZ-FM/98.5 The Sports Hub brand manager. “Toucher and Rich will always be one of the biggest success stories in the history of The Sports Hub.


BRW Notebook :

Boston radio's holiday tradition like no other :  The 41st annual edition of "Christmas Eve with Oedipus" once again  drops at WGBH 89.7 this Monday night from 6pm to Midnight. The legendary rock radio programmer and DJ, Oedipus, will be on the station for the 4th straight year. He sat down with WGBH Radio's midday co-host Jim Braude this past Monday on WGBH-TV's Greater Boston to promote this year's installment.. Check it out here.

The City of Boston has also proclaimed Monday(12/24) as "Oedipus Day".




This is Boston radio tradition that goes back to 1978, when Oedipus first hosted a Christmas Eve program as a nighttime personality for WBCN The show has aired on the now-defunct WBCN 104.1 from 1978 to 2008, WFNX 101.7 from 2009 to 2011, RadioBDC from 2012-2014.  WGBH 89.7 has carried the show since 2015.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Ayla Brown joins Jackson Blue on WKLB's morning show

WKLB/Country 102.5 has named singer Ayla Brown as morning co-host alongside Jackson Blue, starting Monday (12/17). "Jackson and Ayla Brown" can be heard weekdays from 5:30 to 9am.

Brown was a Season 5 finalist on "American Idol" reality show and is the daughter of former Senator and current Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown and former Boston TV news reporter Gail Huff. She auditioned with Blue on WKLB for a full week in mid-November. Brown replaces Hanna Byrom who was let go on October 1st after two and half years with the station(BRW 4/15/16).

"Country music has brought me all around the world and back to Boston again," said Brown. "Many have seen me perform, but I am so excited for our listeners to get to know me in a while new way.  Thank you to the Country 102.5 team for this incredible opportunity!'

Added WKLB's Program Director/Brand Manager  David Corey, "I am so happy that Ayla has agreed to come home to Boston and join our morning show. Ayla is such a talented personality. She has excelled in everything she has done, and I am confident she will add so much to Country 102.5. The 'Jackson and Ayla Brown' show will be a must listen to show every weekday."

BRW Notebook :

Denials all around :  The voice of the Red Sox, WEEI 93.7, who yesterday officially announced the departure of the play-by-play man Tim Neverett(BRW 12/12/18), today officially denied initial reports by Boston Globe's sports media reporter Chad Finn that the station might be tinkering with the traditional baseball broadcast and adopting more of a conversational approach.

Finn reported earlier today that WEEI planned to go with the talk show approach when posting the play-by-play job opening on the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America website : “WEEI wants to drop the conventional radio broadcast to make the call of the game sound more like a talk show.”

WEEI's program director Joe Zarbano immediately went on Twitter and blasted Finn's report :
"I spoke to @STAAtalent and they will be correcting what they initially posted. They were apologetic and admitted fault for not checking with anyone at WEEI before sending that incorrect post to its clients."

STAAlent posted its own statement later in the day :



WEEI.com offered more details in its weekly "Highly Cited" media column from Alex Reimer while the Red Sox, through a spokesperson Zineb Curran, also issued a denial to Reimer, WEEI.com's columnist and on-air personality, the team “doesn’t plan any format changes to radio broadcast.”