Thursday, March 26, 2015

Country 102.5 shakes up its line-up

Greater Media's country radio station WKLB/Country 102.5 has made a big announcement earlier this week. A new afternoon drive(2pm-7pm) host will start this Thursday(3/26). Keven Kennedy,a name Boston radio listeners will not recognize,most recently served as the host of both the "Kennedy in the Morning" show at urban contemporary Movin' 107.7 WMOV in Norfolk, VA and "Nudge in the Morning" on KVDU-FM/Voodoo 104 in New Orleans, LA. His previous stints included Dial Global's syndicated "Nudge At Night" as well as on the "Hits Now" format. Other stops included KIIS-FM/LA, WSTR-FM/ Atlanta, WIOQ/Philadelphia, Y100/Miami and KDBW in Minneapolis.

As the result of the afternoon change, Steve Kelly who was at WKLB since 1997 and its afternoon voice since November 1998, has exited the station. Kelly also served as station's imaging voice. Some may view the change as a way to young-up the station's profile as it battles recent newcomer WBWL/101.7 The Bull. Kelly's wasn't the only departure from veteran-heavy WKLB's on-air line-up. Another longtimer, night jock Keith Stephens was also let go earlier this week but currently there is no plan to replace him. Stephens was with WKLB for nearly 15 years.

BRW Notebook :

Signed, sealed and delivered : As mentioned first by the Globe's sports media scribe Chad Finn four weeks ago, WEEI 93.7 finally made it official this week - afternoon co-host Michael Holley has a new deal.

Remembering 'The News Dissector': Pioneering author, filmmaker and media reform activist Danny Schechter, died last week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. Schechter got his start as "The News Dissector" on Boston’s WBCN 104.1 in early 1970's.

Friday, March 20, 2015

WEEI and Patriots agree on the new content deal

For the next three years WEEI 93.7 will keep airing exclusive interviews with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady the day after Patriots games.

The station and the defending Super Bowl champs have agreed on a brand new three-year contract which runs thru 2017 season. The Patriots first entered into an agreement with WEEI for “Patriots Monday” back in 1995. In 1999, the club moved Monday's programming package to now-defunct WWZN/1510 The Zone for three seasons. With the Zone collapsing, the Patriots took its Monday programming back to WEEI in 2002. The content agreement expanded to “Patriots Friday” with the start of 2008 season. 

After winning its fourth Super Bowl last month, the club was seeking a big increase to renew the Monday/Friday deal and was reportedly ready to move it to another station in the market had WEEI balked. However, after many rounds of negotiations which reached ownership level both sides were able to come to a new agreement.

WEEI spends over $1 million a year for the Patriots Monday and Friday which includes station's exclusive access to Belichick and Brady the day after the game. The actual cash payment is only 1/10 of the rights fee which comes mostly from advertising time revenue that the Patriots and WEEI split. Participation in Monday's programming is included in Belichick's and Brady's contracts with the Patriots for which they're compensated separately.


BRW Notebook :

Let it snow, let it snow : Paralyzing winter storms in February made for good news at WBZ 1030 which was busy providing what seemed like non-stop commuter traffic and weather reports. The Nielsen Audio's numbers for January 29 to February 25 survey period showed the news talker as...no big surprise... #1 station in the afternoon drive. Overall, the station finished 2nd almost tying Classic hits WROR 105.7.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Howie Carr and WRKO break up and make up 

Popular radio afternoon host Howie Carr will be back on WRKO 680 next Monday, the station announced this morning.

As you recall, Carr disappeared from WRKO after his November 7th show. The station did confirm his departure a week later with a brief statement(BRW 11/14/14). He has been WRKO's afternoon drive host since September 1994.  

Carr signed on with his own self-syndicated regional network of some 20 stations including Boston's WMEX 1510. Meanwhile at WRKO, Carr was replaced with Seattle-based Mike Siegel whose interim show didn't receive any kind of promotional push or publicity by the station. That in itself opened the door to a lot of social media speculation whether Carr could return to WRKO 680 via a syndication deal sooner rather than later.

While low-key Siegel was covering the 3-7pm slot on 680 and Carr struggled to be heard via 1510's iffy night-time signal in much of Boston metro, behind the closed doors negotiations to bring Carr's new syndicated show back to WRKO were taking place over the past two months. 

Finally the deal got done a few days ago and Howie's Chump Line will make its triumphant return to WRKO come next Monday afternoon.

BRW Notebook :

Keeping the band together : Speaking of WRKO's line-up, Westwood One has recently inked Mark Levin to a new long-term contract extension that will keep his syndicated "The Mark Levin Show" (7 to 10 p.m. weeknights on WRKO) on through 2020.

He launched his show in 2003 and expanded it to three hours in 2009.

Levin is also known to listeners of Rush Limbaugh's show as "F. Lee Levin" and to Sean Hannity listeners as "The Great One" through frequent appearances on those shows before getting his own program.

Howie Carr has done some fill-in work for Levin in the past and now that he's back at WRKO, that will likely continue.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kaufman named morning sports anchor at WBZ

Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately. He has been anchoring morning updates since last November when Walt Perkins was let go after a five-year run. Perkins was. Of course, Perkins took over as WBZ's morning sports anchor in February 2009 when legendary Gil Santos retired after 38 years in that role(BRW 1/30/09).

In addition to his morning role at WBZ 1030, Kaufman also hosts a Saturday "Celtics at 7" show on sister station WBZ/98.5 the SportsHub and serves as a fill-in weekend host for CBS Sports Radio Network.

CBS Radio Boston's press release :

ADAM KAUFMAN

NAMED WBZ NEWSRADIO 1030 MORNING SPORTS ANCHOR


Boston, MA – February 24, 2015 – Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor for the top-rated, award-winning WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately (Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), it was announced by Peter Casey, WBZ NewsRadio News & Programming Director.  WBZ NewsRadio programming can be heard on-air, online at www.cbsboston.com, or by downloading the Radio.com app for mobile devices.

A multi-platform sports journalist for more than a decade, Kaufman will continue to be a show host at 98.5 The Sports Hub and CBS Sports Radio in addition to being a columnist for Boston.com sports and serve as a regional television anchor on Comcast SportsNet New England.

Before being named Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio’s morning newscasts, Kaufman served as a radio talk show host, anchor, and sports reporter at three CBS-owned properties: WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM), and CBS Sports Radio.  Previously, Kaufman worked for two seasons as the lead play-by-play voice of the Boston College men's hockey team and five years with the Providence Bruins, the top affiliate of the Boston Bruins.  He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WZLX-FM, WODS-FM, WBMX-FM, and WBZ-FM in Boston.

BRW Notebook :

Hub Headlines : A familiar voice is back on the sports radio dial. Earlier this week, "Big" Jim Murray was installed as headline anchor for "Felger and Mazz" afternoon drive show at 98.5 The Sports Hub. He replaces Marc "Beetle" Bertrand who now co-hosts the midday show with Scott Zolak. Murray first joined the Sports Hub as a weekend host/sports flasher in 2010 but left for late-night host role in Atlanta in October 2012 to join a brand new sports FM station The Game. Murray returned to New England in October 2013 when he became a co-host of a morning drive "Jim and Anna" show at WEZN/Star 99.9 in Bridgeport, CT.  His early career involved two stints at WFNX 101.7 in a variety of roles including production director and afternoon drive host. In between, he hosted an afternoon drive show at rocker WGIR in Manchester from 2004 to 2007. 

Dale and Holley, Part 2 : Speaking of familiar, sounds like the second installment of "Dale and Holley" experience at WEEI 93.7 has been picked up for another run. Arnold signed up last month. Now comes the word the reunion tour is officially on with Michael Holley's signature making its way to the dotted line.




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Post holidays, Magic drops but manages to hold on to the top spot

WMJX/Magic 106.7 has become an end-of-year powerhouse with its all-holiday-song programming. It predictably fell last month but held on to first place and ended up with more listeners in January than a year ago when it finished second.

Radio listeners who had flocked to the all-holiday music format on Magic during the Christmas season for the most part retreated to their regular stations once the last "Jingle Bells" and "Little Drummer Boy" had been played. Magic 106, ceased its nonstop seasonal music on Dec. 26, but  based on the survey of listeners from Jan. 1 to Jan. 28. it fared much better than it did at the same time in 2013 and 2012.

Magic held on to enough of holiday listeners to retain the top spot in January. The rest of the usual Top 5 dwellers - pop station Kiss 108, classic hitter WROR 105.7 and country WKLB 102.5 all bounced back to their pre-holiday totals, according to figures released by the Nielsen Audio ratings service. In WROR's case, the station recorded highest numbers in recent history.

Arbitron divides the year into 13 four-week ratings periods, one named for each month plus a year-end holiday period. Magic  has been dominating December and holiday time frames with its switch to carols from its usual playlist of adult-contemporary hits. Although a decline is inevitable, the station's goal is to retain as many of its seasonal listeners as possible after its return to regular programming. That strategy had paid off this time around.


New England Patriots' Super Bowl run and a huge "Deflategate" story dominated sports talk radio in January. WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub and WEEI 93.7 both rode the championship train. That dominance had extended to the point where the Sports Hub was No. 1 among adults ages 25-54, not just its usual target male 25-54 demographic. The Sports Hub was tied for third for overall listeners jumping up almost 2 share points to 6.9(from 5.1) and 920,000 weekly listeners. WEEI came in 7th but had a sizeable spike from 3.7 to 5.1 with 578,000 listeners. The story for WEEI was all on-line where its site broke all sorts of visitor records.

Sports radio wasn't the only Deflagate beneficiary. The social media-manufactured story(or non-story in this case) also became a top headline on WBZ 1030, WGBH 89.7 and WBUR 90.9. Another sports-related story which created a lot of buzz locally was the controversial selection of Boston as USOC's choice to host 2024 Summer Olympic games(Jan.8). One could argue that January ratings survey captured the official start of winter from hell(January 26) but these stations will truly be shoveling massive ratings once the current February survey(Jan.29 - Feb.25) results are released on St. Patrick's Day.

BRW Notebook :

And that's no Bull : Radio website RadioInsight is reporting that IheartMedia's upstart country station WBWL/the Bull 101.7 has recently completed its complex signal reconfigurations which were detailed in this space back in August(BRW 8/6/14). As of this week, Bull's listeners in the Boston metro should now be able to notice a much improved reception. However, according to the RadioInsight report, the station's management is not stopping there. It has filed an application with the FCC in hopes of boosting station's local reach even more by moving its transmitter from downtown Boston to Medford and making additional adjustments to antenna specifications.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Marc Bertrand Joins Zolak For Middays On 98.5 The Sports Hub

WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub has announced that Marc "Beetle" Bertrand will join Scott Zolak as co-host on the new “Zolak and Bertrand” show which will premiere on Tuesday, February 17 and air weekdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Boston Globe's sports media columnist Chad Finn first reported on Sports Hub's surprising midday change a month ago. Gresh's future at the station is unclear. CBS Radio Boston's press release states that he'll continue at the Sports Hub in 'a variety of roles' which basically means he'll be kept on a weekend/fill-in bench until a new fulltime opportunity opens up for him inside or outside of CBS Sports Radio stations group. Gresh first joined The Sports Hub five years ago as a weekend host.(BRW 1/7/10). In addition to his weekday duties, Gresh was working as co-host on Patriots pre and postgame broadcasts, a role he has held with the Patriots Radio Network since 2005.

Bertrand will also co-host The Sports Hub’s Patriots pre- and postgame shows. He joined the station at launch in 2009 from Metro Traffic and has been serving as the sports headline anchor for the “Felger and Mazz” show. 

In addition to his role providing news updates and headlines during the “Felger & Mazz” show, Bertrand also hosted the popular “The Final Word” segment. Previously, he was co-host of the “Bertrand & Gasper” show (broadcast Saturday’s 8-11AM) with Christopher Gasper of The Boston Globe. 

No word yet on who will take over Bertrand's sports flash boy duties on "Felger and Mazz" starting on Tuesday.

BRW Notebook :

Radio Music Awards : iHeartMedia and NBC will cover the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, which return to the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 29. The event will be televised live on NBC from 8 to 11 p.m. and broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WEEI and the Sports Hub square off at the Super Bowl

Boston’s two all-sports radio stations have, for all practical purposes, had moved to Phoenix this past week. And with good reason.

The Patriots are playing the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday night. WEEI 93.7 and WBZ 98.5 had their morning, midday and afternoon drive shows broadcasting from Radio Row at Phoenix Convention Center. And both stations will also air the game and special programming leading up to it.

WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub is the home station of the Patriots will have the game broadcast with Bob Socci and Scott Zolak at 6:30pm preceded by a 3-hour pregame show at 3:30pm. Station's regular weekday afternoon antagonists Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti will also be on the air with a bonus Sunday show from 1pm to 3:30pm.

WEEI 93.7 will bring the game via national call from Westwood One at 6:30pm. The station will pick up Westwood One's special pregame programming starting at 2pm preceded by its local "NFL Sunday" show at 9am hosted by Greg Dickerson and featuring Christopher Price and Steve DeOssie.

SiriusXM subscribers will also have access to WBZ's game broadcast on Sirius 85/XM 85 and on-line ch.818; plus national, Seattle Seahwaks team and 10 foreign language broadcasts on various channels. During the halftime show, SiriusXM will offer listeners a broadcast of the on-field musical performance by Katy Perry with Lenny Kravitz on SiriusXM Hits 1.

After the game,  WBZ will air extended postgame show hosted by Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh from Phoenix while WEEI will have Mike Mutnansky with Fred Smerlas at its Brighton studios. WEEI will go local overnight from 2am to 6am with Super Bowl All Night Show.

BRW Notebook :


And the winner is... : Boston's WKLB/Country 102.5 has been named among the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award nominees in the “Country Radio Station of the Year/Major Market” category. The radio awards will be presented during the annual radio winners reception held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. The actual show will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8 p.m on CBS.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Magic's holiday ratings crush competition

Santa was very, very good to WMJX/Mgaic 106.7 this holiday season. The station's all-Christmas music format once again dominated Nielsen Audio's Holiday 2014 ratings period in Boston averaging a 16.5 share of all audiences 6+. The station was also No. 1 with listeners 25-54 and 18-34.

It was a massive jump for Magic over Holiday 2013 and Holiday 2012, when the station was tops with an 11.8 share both years. (Magic was also No. 1 in the December 2014 book -- as its Christmas format started back in mid-November BRW 11/21/14.)

In fact, Magic's Holiday total tripled the totals of the No.2 station - WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108.  The Top 40 outlet lagged far behind Magic and its nonstop offerings of Brenda Lee, Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey during the survey period from Dec. 4 to Dec.31

Since 2008, Nielsen Audio(formerly Arbitron) has divided the year into 13 four-week ratings periods, one named for each month plus the year-end "holiday" segment. In the Holiday 2014 survey, WMJX not only won the overall crown, but also claimed every chunk of the day that Nielsen Audio measures individually: mornings, mid-days, afternoon drive, evenings, overnights and weekend.

As always in the post-holiday run, the key challenge for WMJX in the current January survey(Jan.1-Jan.28) is getting holiday listeners to stick around after the stockings are stashed and the wreaths recycled. With a broad appeal of Christmas music, WMJX draws away listeners from stations of many other genres, as well as entices non-radio listeners. You could compare the effect of Christmas music listening to the legion of people watching the Super Bowl who pay no or very little attention to the NFL the rest of the year.

BRW Notebook :

My mind on my money and my money on mind : Boston Business Journal's sitdown with Howie Carr who sees big doings in the immediate future for his 2-month old self-syndication effort.

Deflating Seattle rock : Sorry Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, you're not getting any airtime in Boston, for two weeks. But, don't worry, it's not personal - it's sports.

WBOS/Radio 92.9 this week has kicked off a "Seattle Free Zone" campaign", as the Patriots head into the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. But, win or lose, "Boston's Alternative Rock" says those great Seattle bands will return to its airwaves right after the big game.

Talk Radio on TV : CNN host Michael Smerconish's novel "TALK" has been optioned for a television drama by Warner Bros., reports Politico. The site says that the book, the story of a conservative radio talker influencing a presidential election, will be turned into a one-hour drama series, targeted to air before the 2016 election. Smerconish's nationally syndicated show ran locally for three years on defunct Boston FM talker WTKK 96.9(now Hot 96.9).

More digital, please : CBS Radio has launched Play.it, a new podcast network that brings together digital-exclusive programming from major brands and publishers, as well as content from CBS Radio shows on demand.

Play.it offers more than 300 podcasts, including its local market stations personalities from WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub, WBZ/News Radio 1030 and WODS/Amp 103.3 CBS Radio personalities such as WFAN-AM (660) and FM's (101.9); as well as content from leading news, lifestyle, sports and media brands including 48 Hours,60 Minutes, CBS Sports Radio, Vox, Deadspin, Simon & Schuster and Foursquare, among others.

Podcasts are available to stream or download at Play.it and on mobile devices.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sports Hub, WEEI position themselves for the battle ahead

The times they keep on changing in the local sports radio world. Just when you thought the game of musical chairs may slow down or stop, a domino falls and more moves result.

CBS Radio’s 98.5 The Sports Hub which hasn't had any major line-up changes since D.A. left the new national sports radio network in early 2013 and was replaced by Adam Jones in the evenings. That streak is about to be snapped after the Super Bowl next month. Boston Globe's sports media writer Chad Finn reports that the Sports Hub will juggle a couple of heavyweights - Andy Gresh who has been with the station since January 2010 and a midday co-host since April 2010 will be departing the station and Marc "Beetle" Bertrand, the sports flasher and the third wheel on "Felger and Massarorotti will take Gresh's seat next to Scott Zolak from 10am-2pm("Beetle and Zo"?). Moreover, the Sports Hub will also have a brand new crew on the Patriots Radio Network pre and postgame shows next season, Finn reports. Gresh who has been on the game broadcasts since 2005 and longtime local TV/radio sports personality Gary Tanguay who has been the host since 2004 season will not return for 2015-2016 campaign. 

As for Sports Hub's most popular show, the afternoon duo of Michael Felger and Tony Massoratti just signed up for a few more years to stay at the station, it was announced on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, WEEI is also solidifying its afternoon line-up by making an official announcement that after 11 months back on the air, the station has inked Dale Arnold as the permanent afternoon host alongside Michael Holley and Jerry Thornton. It's widely expected that WEEI will also re-up Holley after two hosts happily re-united last spring(BRW 4/2/14). The two were midday co-hosts for six years(March 2005 to February 2011) before being replaced by "Mutt and Merloni"(BRW 2/25/11). After the 2011 break-up, Arnold was shifted to weekends and fill-in duty while Holley was paired up with Glenn Ordway and subsequently with Mike Salk.

BRW Notebook :

RIP, Bob Wilson :
Boston Herald's columnist Joe Fitzgerald reported today that earlier this week one of the greatest sports play by play voices of all time and true Boston sports radio icon, Bob Wilson, has passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.


If you were a Bruins fan back in the 1970's, that booming voice that filled the airways on a winter's night was the Bruins. Driving anywhere in New England or up and down the East Coast most nights, searching for the game on the car radio meant tuning until Wilson's voice filled the car. Then you knew you had the Bruins.

Wilson, who was associated with  NHL's Boston Bruins for 28 seasons(25 as the play-by-play voice and 3 as the color analyst) was honored by the club in March 2011 when the home radio broadcast booth at TD Garden was named "Bob Wilson Radio Booth." The Bruins also installed a silver microphone encased in a black and gold frame on the TD Garden’s level 9 facade beneath the home radio broadcast booth.

Wilson quietly retired on January 5, 1995 as the NHL was in a midst of a labor dispute between club owners and players' union. Wilson's contract with rights holder American Radio Systems was suspended without pay which was one of the factors in his decision to call it quits. When the 1995 season finally got underway 15 days later, Wilson was replaced on the play-by-play call by Dale Arnold.

Wilson began his career with the Bruins in 1964 on the old WHDH 850, first handling team's color commentary chores and then moving onto broadcast play-by-play 3 years later. After 5 years with WHDH he left Boston for a two-year stint in St. Louis. He returned as the Bruins' play-by-play announcer on WBZ 1030 in 1971 and held the post for the next 23 seasons as the team went thru four different radio flagships(WBZ 1030, WITS 1510, WPLM 99.1 and WEEI 590),


Wilson, who was inducted into NHL's Hall of Fam in 1987, was 85.

Spinning in and out : Speaking of reunions, a couple of veteran Boston radio personalities seem to be reuniting every five years or so. Karen Blake and Ralphie Marino were co-hosts of a popular morning show on Star 93.7 from 2001 to 2005 before the station changed formats(to Mike-FM) in April 2005. They reunited again at Oldies 103.3 back in October 2010 for a brief 4-month stint as Marino was between radio gigs(BRW 3/4/11). The station eventually flipped from Oldies to current Top 40 sound in June 2012. Hopefully,the third time's a charm as the pair will be back together on Cape Cod's 99.9 The Q starting Monday(1/19)....As for Blake and Marino's former home in Boston, AMP 103.3's night-time jock Dustin "Slater" Carlson will soon be exiting the Top 40 station after two years(BRW 2/5/13). He will stay on until his replacement is found....

New year, new line-up : The new home of Howie Carr on the dial, WMEX 1510 started a year with a line-up change. The station debuted "Boston Herald Drive" from 7am-9am hosted by Boston Herald's commentator/analyst Adriana Cohen and Boston Herald Radio's program director Tom Shattuck. The Dr.K Show moved to an expanded 12-3pm slot displacing syndicated Dennis Miller. The rest of the line-up stays the same for now with the exception of 10pm-Midnight slot where NYC-based comedian Bob Levy has done his last show on the station last night.

Meanwhile at Carr's old house, WRKO 680, the station took a bit of a hit, if you can even call it that, in December(technically November) ratings but it remains to be seen what kind of impact, if any, he makes on WMEX 1510's numbers in the winter months. At WRKO, station's management seems to be content on running Mike Savage-clone, Seattle-based Mike Siegel as Carr's replacement for now. And, Siegel seems to be connecting just fine with Boston listeners.

Programming Reminder : With the Patriots back in the AFC Championship game for the 4th straight year, WEEI 93.7 will once again be able to air the game(via Westwood One) this Sunday night at 6:40pm. The local play-by-play with Bob Socci and Scott Zolak will be on WBZ 98.5, of course. Both stations will also run its local post-game shows late into the night.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas music tops December ratings

Nonstop Christmas music on Magic 106.7/WMJX captured the ears of Boston radio listeners as Greater Media’s adult contemporary station to the top of the latest Nielsen Audio radio ratings.

Figures released last night showed Magic in first place with a 9.1 percent share of all Boston area listeners and a cumulative weekly audience of 1,454,800 for the December survey period which ran from November 6 to December 3. In the previous survey, the station ranked second with a 1,243,600 cume.

Marking its 3rd consecutive year as “Boston’s Christmas Station,” Magic 106.7 flipped the switch on November 21(BRW 11/21). The station is once again expected to finish first in the current “Holiday” survey which is running from December 4 to December 31st.

Following Magic in overall audience were: iHeartMedia’s Top 40 king pin WXKS/Kiss 108 with a 6.4 share, Greater Media’s WKLB/Country 102.5 and Classic hits WROR 105.7 tied for 3rd with 6.0, CBS Radio’s news/talker WBZ/NewsRadio 1030 was 5th with 5.6, sports talker SportsHub 98.5 was 6th with 5.2 and classic rocker WZLX 100.7 came in 7th with 5.1. 8th place went to Boston University’s pubcaster WBUR 90.9 with 4.6. Entercom’s WEEI/Sports 93.7 was 9th with 4.1 and Iheart Media’s Top 40/Rhythmic Jamn 94-5/WJMN rounded up the Top 10 with 3.7 share.

BRW Notebook:

Ins and Outs : Loren and Wally’s longtime sidekick Tom Doyle was let go from their morning show on WROR 105.7 in late November...One local story to keep an ear on in 2015 is WEEI 93.7's afternoon drive situation. There are rumblings that Glenn "Big O" Ordway may return. The latest fall ratings show Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz comfortably in the lead while "Dale and Holley" with recently added Jerry Thornton trailing. Holley's contract expires in February and Arnold is currently working without a contract...The other programming story that involves WEEI is their hefty Red Sox deal.  This winter, the station's ownership has to decide if it will pick up an option to air Sox radio in 2017 and 2018 seasons....Walt Perkins has exited WBZ 1030 as its weekday morning sports anchor, a role he held since February 2009(BRW 2/6/09). Perkins worked at WBZ since 2001. He has been replaced with Adam Kaufman who works weekends at WBZ 98.5 The Sports Hub...While everyone in radio keeps coming and going, WBZ 1030's morning co-anchor Deb Lawler just celebrated her 30th anniversary at the station...After a 2-month family leave, Tom Ashbrook will return to WBUR 90.9's midday On the Point on January 2nd...

And finally, as we wrap up 20th year of Boston Radio Watch, Happy and Healthy 2015 to all of you!