Thursday, June 25, 2015

WRKO revamps its line-up to replace Rush

As been reported here previously, big changes are coming to Boston's heritage talk station WRKO 680 starting Monday(6/29). The talk station will change its branding, morning drive and late midday show as it says the final goodbye to the Rush Limbaugh Show after a 19-year association tomorrow(6/26). 

Earlier this morning, WRKO officially announced that a veteran Boston TV anchorwoman Kim Carrigan will preside over "The Boston.Com Morning Show"(6am-10am), She'll will be joined in-studio by former WEEI sports flasher Jon Meterparel and producer Dave Cullinane. Carrigan-led morning show will be a joint news and content venture with Boston Globe's news gathering boston.com and will involve contribution from its writers and columnists.

Carrigan had served as TV news anchor at 7NBC from 1994-2001, CBS4 from 2001 to 2004 and Fox25 from 2004 to 2012. She made a switch to radio in September 2012 as co-host of syndicated Financial Exchange heard on WRKO from 10 to Noon. She was hired by WRKO to host the new show in April of this year. For Meterparel, this is a return to the old stomping grounds at Entercom Boston where he had spent 12 years as the sports flasher on Dennis and Callahan morning drive show on WEEI 93.7. He left WEEI in October 2012 to pursue professional sports play-by-play opportunities. 

And for those who still prefer their talk slightly more to the right, Jeff Kuhner, who has been hosting the Kuhner Report on WRKO since November 2012(BRW 11/1/12) will now shift to Rush Limbaugh's former slot - Noon-3pm. He's also planning to take the show into a national syndication this fall. 

Limbaugh, of course, will be headlining the new all-syndicated line-up on Clear Channel/Iheart Media's Talk 1430 which also debuts on Monday(BRW 6/15).

In addition, as part of WRKO's transformation, the station will now be branding itself as "The Voice of Boston".

BRW Notebook :

Going once, going twice : Daly XXL Comunications has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire talker WMEX 1510 in Quincy and filed an application for license transfer with the Federal Communication Commission. The sale price is listed at $175,000. Daly XXL was formed by  Mary Catherine and Henry Remmer of Wilmington, NC and her brother Bryan Berner of Brooklyn NY. Berner also serves as General Manager and host at WMEX. FCC approval is expected by the end of summer.

Award time : For the 3rd straight year, WGBH 89.7 scooped up major radio hardware at the annual New York Festivals International Radio Programs & Promos Awards...It was quite a Monday night in New York City for this Boston's fastest rising radio star Loren Raye who won a prestigious Gracie Award in the Outstanding Morning/Afternoon Drive Personality category. Raye is the co-host of TJ Morning Show on WODS/AMP 103.3. The Gracies are presented by the AWM (American Women In Media) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.

Monday, June 22, 2015

WROR shakes up daytime line-up

Greater Media Boston unveiled a new weekday lineup on 105.7 WROR/"Boston's Greatest Hits". Beginning today,  Julie Devereaux moves from afternoon drive to midday to take over 10am-2pm slot which has been jockless since early 2009. In addition, radio veteran Jay Beau Jones who has been heard on weekends and as fill-in on the station becomes new afternoon drive personality from 2pm to 7pm. Deveraux has been at WROR for the past 15 years holding down various on-air roles including afternoons and nights during her tenure.(BRW 5/26/09). Jones served as program director for Mix 104.1 and Oldies 103.3 from February 2008 to October 2011.(BRW 10/10/2011)

WROR which has ranked as the #1 station in the Boston market for the past four consecutive months continues to be anchored by Boston's heritage morning team "Loren and Wally"(from 5:30am-10am).  Loren and Wally have been on 105.7 for remarkable run of 34 years.

BRW Notebook :

Names and voices : WRKO 680 will finally announce its new post-Rush Limbaugh era line-up later this week. Among the changes that will take place starting on Monday, June 29, will be the new morning drive show anchored by former TV personality Kim Carrigan and former WEEI morning sports flasher Jon Meterparel who left the sprots talker in October 2012 with a plan to purse high profile play-by-play sports career which hasn't quite panned out. In addition. The new morning program will be a news content-sharing venture with Boston.com which is the arm of John Henry's Boston Globe Media. To make room, Jeff Kuhner will move into Rush Limbaugh's Noon to 3pm slot.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Rush finds a new radio home in Boston, lands on a small AM outlet


Conservative talk radio has been a mainstay of the AM dial for years, and that course will continue with Rush Limbaugh's upcoming station switch in Boston on June 29th.

With Entercom-owned WRKO 680 ending its longtime association with Rush Limbaugh(BRW 5/23), it has been announced that he will be shifting to a low-powered AM 1430 which is currently all-Spanish music Mia 1430 andd is owned by IheartMedia/Clear Channel, the same parent company as Limbaugh's syndicator Premiere Networks. The station will become Talk 1430 on 6/29. Here's the official release from Iheart Media with regards to the launch of a new syndicated talk format on AM 1430 which will be a mix of Fox Sports shows(1am to 9am) and conservative political talk(9am-1am). Rush Limbaugh will be the anchor of the new Talk 1430 when makes its debut in two weeks(June 29th) :

IHEARTMEDIA BOSTON DEBUTS TALK 1430 BRINGING NEW TALK STATION TO BOSTON
 All-New Programming Lineup Launches with
America’s No. 1 Talk Radio Personality Rush Limbaugh

Boston, Mass. – June 15, 2015 – iHeartMedia Boston announced today the launch of TALK 1430 WKOX, effective June 29, 2015. WKOX will feature an all-new programming lineup of America’s top talk radio personalities, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, with FOX Sports Radio programming during overnights.  The new format will debut at noon on June 29 with The Rush Limbaugh Show, the most-listened-to Talk radio program in the U.S.
Below is WKOX’s new weekday programming schedule:
·         FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & Mike North – 6 - 9 a.m.
·         The Glenn Beck Program – 9 - noon
·         The Rush Limbaugh Show – noon - 3 p.m.
·         The Sean Hannity Show – 3 - 6 p.m.
·         America Now – 6 - 9 p.m.
·         The Mark Levin Show – 9 p.m. - midnight
·         Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis – midnight - 1 a.m.
·         The Jason Smith Show – 1 - 2 a.m.
·         The Ben Maller Show – 2 - 6 a.m.

“We are excited to bring this powerful lineup of Talk show hosts to our cluster here in Boston,” said Alan Chartrand, Market President, iHeartMedia Boston. “We are confident that the biggest names in the talk radio format will serve our listeners and advertisers well.” 

“We are proud to have the best talkers in the business back home at iHeartMedia Boston,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President Programming, iHeartMedia Boston.  

iHeartMedia Boston has a strong cross-platform presence and TALK 1430 WKOX joins a number of iconic brands and franchises — both broadcast and digital — including 94.5 WJMN-FM, 101.7 WBWL-FM, 101.7 WXKS-HD, Kiss 108/WXKS-FM, 1200 WXKS-AM and 1430 WKOX-AM — and produces legendary marquee events including Kiss 108's Jingle Ball, JAM'N 94.5's Summer Jam, Kiss 108’s KISS Concert and JAM’N 94.5’s Monster Jam.  iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the Boston market and its programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service with its more than 600 million downloads, nearly 80 million social media followers and 87 million digital uniques across the Network.

Fans can also list to TALK 1430 WKOX on the stations website www.TALK1430.com as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app.

About iHeartMedia Boston:
iHeartMedia Boston owns and operates WXKS-FM, WJMN-FM, WBWL-FM, WKOX-AM and WXKS-AM.  With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 87 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 600 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook.  The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation.


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This would be the second attempt in the past 5 years by Iheart/Clear Channel to launch an all- conservative outlet in Boston. From March 2010 to August 2012, Limbaugh anchored an all-conservative line-up on Talk 1200(BRW 8/13/12).

AM 1430 operates a 5,000-watt signal during daylight hours and only 1,000 watts at night. It was well known corny, lounge-era, easy-listening station WXKS 1430 from 1979 to 2004.


BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices : Boston media personality Michele McPhee who began hosting a new afternoon show on WMEX 1510 on June 2nd had a bit of a run-in with the law in the early morning hours of last Thursday after being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. The recently hired WMEX afternoon host now stands accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer.(Detailed police report is here)  After her appearance at South Boston Municipal court on Thursday morning, McPhee was back on the air on Friday not commenting on the situation per advice of her attorney. She will return to court for a pre-trial hearing on August 4th. As the result of the arrest, her license has been revoked. McPhee has a four-page driving history with numerous violations including several speeding stops.


Classic Hits is the word : Boston's classic hits station WROR 105.7 was #1 station in the city for the fourth consecutive month in May. WROR's surge this year is representative of a national story where the format has been seeing major audience increases in many markets. The classic hits trend began last year according to trade publication Inside Radio.

Adult hit radio battle in the works? : Things may be getting hot between two adult contemporary hits stations in town. CBS Radio's WBMX/Mix 104.1 which features a "Hot AC" format with personality-driven morning and afternoon drive shows and a playlist from the 90's to today, has been gaining steadily in the ratings over the past year. The station came in 4th in the most May book in the all-important 25-54 demographic overtaking long-time AC leader WMJX/Magic 106.7 which was tied for 5th with WKLB/Country 102.5 and rocker WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7. This set up an interesting summer battle between Mix and Magic. And speaking of Magic, the station recently launched a new TV campaign and on-air tagging as "Variety Radio" emphasizing today's contemporary hitmakers like Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Radio Disney is selling its Boston station

Salem Media Group is buying Boston's WMKI 1260 for $500,000 from Radio Disney. In an application filed Friday with the Federal Communications Commission, Radio Disney sought to assign the 5,000-watt station to California-based Salem, which also owns WEZE/The Word 590, WROL 950/The Spirit and WWDJ/Radio Luz 1150 in the Boston market. Salem Boston's operations are based in Quincy.

Last August, Radio Disney said it would sell WMKI and 22 other stations out of 24 in its broadcast network(BRW 8/18/14). It retained a station in Los Angeles. WMKI's local staffers were all let go last September and the station has been running in the automated mode since then. Ironically, Salem owned AM 1260 from 1978 until 1997 when it sold it for $5 million. The station converted to the outgoing Radio Disney format on November 21, 1997.

Salem owns about a 100 stations around the country. It's widely expected that the latest Salem's local addition will result  in another news/talk station in Boston and possibly become Rush Limbaugh's new local affiliate after he ends his run on WRKO 680 on July 3rd. Another Quincy-based station, WMEX 1510, which relaunched its new talk lineup this past Tuesday, declined to carry Rush locally. However, as of this week, WMEX's midday 12-3pm slot is still airing tape-delayed Glenn Beck show. Utica-based host Bill Keeler was supposed to do have a new show in that time slot but is yet to debut.

Salem's radio portfolio currently includes its “The Answer” conservative talk brand which is carried on about two dozen of its stations. The national lineup  includes several Salem Radio Network hosts, including Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt all of whom were previously heard locally on Salem's AM 1150(currently Radio Luz 1150) signal from 2003 to 2008.


Monday, June 1, 2015

WMEX tries to reboot its talk format with two familiar local voices

WMEX 1510, the 'other' AM talk station in town is re-launching tomorrow with a lineup featuring two former FM Talk personalities and hoping to give the struggling talk format some jolt with ex-WTKK weekend host Joe "This Guy From Boston" Ligotti in the morning drive(6am-10am) and, as tipped first in this space, former WTKK night-time host Michele McPhee going up against Howie Carr on WRKO 680 from 3pm to 6pm. Carr was heard in the afternoons on WMEX up until two and half months ago when he returned to his old home at WRKO(BRW 3/9).

There aren't many new ideas for Boston's ailing AM dial, where audiences are growing older and smaller and where with one or two exceptions stations are renting out their airtime to foreign-language broadcasters, religious groups or the infomercial industry.

AM radio, the birthplace of the medium, was the core of the business until FM radio became standard equipment in cars in the late 1970s. Since then, the superior sound quality of FM and the dominance of music as the primary entertainment format in commercial radio have steadily diminished AM's attraction.

The only exception on AM dial in Boston is WBZ 1030, an all-news station by day and a talk station by night. WBZ is the only AM outlet to show up regularly in the Top 5 of Nielsen Audio's ratings. But though WBZ has completely cornered the market on news/talk format when CBS station shifted away from music/information/talk back in 1991, the full-time talk radio genre has really struggled mightily in this town in recent years. Even when FM talker WTKK 96.9 dropped out of the game two years ago, WRKO 680 had failed to capitalize and didn't see any significant gains in its listenership right after its 13-year talk rival turned into a hip-hop station.(BRW 1/2/13).

The new management group, Daly XXL Communications, which is leasing out Quincy-based WMEX 1510 from its current owner, Blackstrap Broadcasting, is hoping to reverse talk radio's downtrend in Boston. WMEX's new weekday line-up will consist of Ligotti(6am-10am), Boston Herald Radio's Morning Meeting(10am-noon), Utica-based Bill Keeler who will host Noon to 3pm slot from a radio studio 260 miles away, McPhee(3-6pm), Tim Constantine's Capitol Hill Show(6-9pm) and Michael Savage(9-Midnight).

And as for a recent rush of social media speculation about Rush Limbaugh's new Boston home, WMEX's management told the Boston Globe last week that conservative talk radio giant will not be heard there after he ends his run on WRKO on July 3rd. Daly's Catherine Remmer told the Globe that her group declined four offers by Rush's syndicator Premiere to place the show on WMEX. Of course Globe's article also fails to give the other side of the story and neglects to mention that Rush's show costs money, big money(up to $500,000 a year) and that Daly, WMEX's current operators, are technically renters, and not in a position to make that kind of cash commitment considering they don't even own the station. One also wonders what if their current programming effort stumbles, will they still pursue the planned purchase?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

WRKO and Rush Limbaugh part ways for good

Rush Limbaugh, who’s been a fixture on WRKO 680 for 19 out of last 21 years, is about to get the bum’s rush from Entercom-owned news/talk station.

A statement released by country's largest radio program supplier, Premiere Networks, earlier this week stated that the network and WRKO 680 have been “unable to reach terms” on a renewal deal for The Rush Limbaugh Show to continue airing on the "Boston's Talk Station" past the current three-year deal that will end this summer. Premiere also indicated that it will be announcing Rush's new Boston outlet very shortly. It's widely expected that WMEX 1510 will become his next stop on Boston dial. Here is the official Premiere statement :

"We were unable to reach agreeable terms for The Rush Limbaugh Show to continue on WRKO. A final broadcast date will be announced in the near future .. we look forward to announcing exciting news for our Boston listeners soon.”

A polarizing national figure, Limbaugh, has been on Boston airwaves since May 1, 1991 when his nationally syndicated show debut on WHDH 850(now ESPN 850). In August 1994, when WHDH was acquired by WRKO's former owner American Radio System,  the two talk stations were merged and Rush found himself on WRKO. 

In March 2010, Clear Channel(now IheartMedia) attempted to launch a local talk competitor WXKS/Talk 1200. Rush's syndicator, Clear Channel/IheartMedia-owned Premiere moved the show from WRKO to WXKS to anchor the new Talk 1200 line-up which also included local personalities Jeff Katz and Jay Severin(BRW 3/2/10). However, after two and a half years of dismal ratings and limited signal range Clear Channel dumped Talk 1200 and Rush landed back on WRKO on August 21, 2012. 

Entercom has not made an official statement on Rush's situation but a number of sources familiar with the situation tell BRW that with the decision to part with Rush was based on the show’s diminished ratings and failure to generate advertising revenue for the station. WRKO is planning to re-organize its line-up as the result of Rush's imminent departure. A new morning news-driven show anchored by veteran Boston media personality Kim Carrigan is being planned and will debut in early June. The move will shift current morning agitator Jeff Kuhner to Noon slot replacing Limbaugh.



BRW Notebook :

Names and voices : Youtube personality Joe "The Guy From Boston" Ligotti has
been named the new morning host at 1510 WMEX which will relaunch its year-old talk format on Tuesday, June 2nd. Ligotti was last heard on now-defunct WTKK 96.9 every Saturday from May 2008 to December 2012 and will now be hosting 6am-10am weekday show on 1510. Boston Herald's "Morning Meeting" will continue from 10am to Noon. The station which is now under new management is expected to announce another local personality in its afternoon drive. Earlier this spring there were whispers that former WRKO/WTKK personality Michele McPhee may also be headed to 1510 to launch a new show. Stay tuned.

Dennis returns : John Dennis, of "The Dennis And Callahan Show" on WEEI 93.7, returned to the show Monday morning(5/18) following 35-days of rehab. Upon his return he said that while he was usually the one to start each day's discussion, for the first time he really didn't know what to say. "I enjoy setting the table I enjoy sort of setting up what we are going to attempt to discuss the next hours and may be always to the broadcast day hoping that what I offer may be a bit relevant ... Today I gotta be honest with you for the first time in seventeen and every eighteen years I'm not exactly sure what to say."

Thursday, May 14, 2015

New nighttime jock joins The Bull 101.7

Colton Bradford has joined WBWL/ 101.7 The Bull as the station's new 7pm-12am host. He arrives from iHeartMedia's sister station WKSJ 94.9(KSJ 95) in Mobile, Alabama. In addition to radio, Bradford has done lots of TV work — hosting a handful of entertainment shows and serving as a part-time news anchor and reporter.

Bradford replaces Atlanta-based Scotty K, who has been voicetracking nights on the Bull since last September and will continue be heard on the station during weekends and as a fill-in. The 22-year Alabama native, Bradford, will be voice-tracking his new show from Mobile for the next two weeks but will be locally based at Bull's Medford studios starting Tuesday, May 26th.

Bull's new line-up is the syndicated Bobby Bones Show(6am-10am), Jessica Callahan(10-3pm), program director Lance Houston(3pm-7pm) and Colton Bradford(7pm-Midnight). 

Here the official iHeartMedia Boston's press release on Bradford's hiring :

101.7 THE BULL WELCOMES COLTON BRADFORD AS NIGHTTIME HOST OF BOSTON’S NEW HIT COUNTRY STATION

Boston– May 11, 2015 –WBWL-FM 101.7 The Bull, Boston's New Hit Country, announced that Colton Bradford will be the new night host each weekday from 7p.m. to midnight beginning today.

Colton’s show will add another live and local Boston show to 101.7 The Bull’s current lineup.  Colton’s energy and fresh approach to hosting nighttime radio will keep Boston listeners tuned in with more of today’s commercial free new hit country, along with unique opportunities to get to know their favorite country stars more intimately.

“We can’t wait for Colton to hop on The Bull here in Boston,” said Lance Houston, Program Director for 101.7 The Bull.   “He is a rising star in the country music industry and his passion for entertaining is nothing short of incredible.”

“Colton fits 101.7 The Bull perfectly!  Just like us, he is young, energetic, passionate with a unique ability to communicate and relate to Boston’s new country fans.” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston.

Previously, Colton was the night host and the morning show producer and at WKSJ, 95-KSJ in Mobile, Alabama.

Recently, he also hosted several local entertainment television shows, and was a  part-time news anchor and reporter for WPMI and WJTC where he covered entertainment and lifestyle stories.

Colton has contributed to several of NBC News features from The TODAY Show to MSNBC and more, as well as featured in the pages of ACCESS Magazine, and Microsoft online.

Colton works closely with schools to develop student led initiatives and serves as one of three national mentors for the GenYouth Foundation, the flagship of the NFL's "Fuel Up to Play 60" program. He is also a graduate of University of South Alabama.

"I’m so excited to be on-air in one of America's greatest cities and to call it home," said Colton. "I have to thank all of my incredible mentors for helping my dreams come true and I'm ready to bring Boston’s country music fans closer to all their favorite stars!  Horns up!"

Fans can also listen to 101.7 The Bull on the station's website, www.thebull1017.com, as well as on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one music streaming and digital radio service. iHeartRadio is available across web, mobile phones, tablets, automotive partners, smart TVs, gaming devices and more.

iHeartRadio is free for listeners to use and delivers everything listeners want in an all-in-one platform: Instant access to thousands radio stations from across the country, user-created Custom Stations inspired by a favorite artist or song, thousands of curated digital stations "Perfect For" any mood or activity, and a Podcast feature giving users access to the best on-demand news, talk and entertainment content available today.  To see all available platforms and to download the app, visit iHeartRadio.com/apps.

About iHeartMedia Boston:
iHeartMedia Boston owns and operates WXKS-FM, WXKS-AM, WXKS-HD, WJMN-FM, WBWL-FM, WKOX-AM and is part of iHeartMedia.  With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America.  It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. 
 


iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 500 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 60 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook.  The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation.  For more company information visit iHeartMedia.com


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BRW Notebook :

Quick Hits : The latest Nielsen Audio ratings have been released for the Boston radio market for April survey period, which covered the dates of March 26 thru April 22nd.  Greater Media's WROR 105.7, the classic hits station, continues to run hot with its third consecutive #1 finish.  In the crowded news/talk space : WBZ/News Radio 1030 was hanging tough with the superb coverage of two major highly-anticipated criminal trials. WBZ finished in a 3-way tie for 2nd place with music heavyweights Magic 106.7 and Kiss 108. Kind of a big deal : WGBH 89.7 pulled ahead of its public radio sibling WBUR 90.9 as Boston University-owned station took a big hit in the April survey.(WBUR lost 83,000 weekly listeners from March while WGBH gained 42,000). Conservative talker WRKO 680 had a full month of Howie Carr under its belt which resulted in a respectable gain of 20,000 more weekly listeners . The station is also expecting bigger and better things ahead with soon-to-be-reconfigured line-up which is expected to feature former TV personality Kim Carrigan....The country music standings remained relatively unchanged - stalwart champ WKLB 102.5 was #5 while challenger WBWL 101.7 was at #21. However, both stations gained more listeners - WKLB rose from 814,000 to 840,000 and WBWL went from 357,000 to 394,00...In the battle of sports talkers, WEEI 93.7 surged from 4.1% in March to 4.9% in April while WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub stayed flat at 4.7% as both the Bruins and Celtics provided no competitive edge and faded away very quickly this spring.

Market share by company: Greater Media - 26.5%; CBS Radio - 23%; iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) - 11.4%; Entercom -11.1%

Rank Station Format % of Audience in April 2015
1 WROR 105.7 Classic Hits 7.4
2(tie) WBZ/News Radio 1030 News/Talk 6.3
2(tie) WMJX/Magic 106.7 Adult Contemporary Hits 6.3
2(tie) WXKS/Kiss 108 Contemporary Hit Radio/Top 40 6.3
5 WKLB/Hit New Country 102.5 Country 5.4
6 WEEI/Sports Radio 93.7 Sports/Red Sox 4.9
7 WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub Sports/Bruins/Celtics/Patriots 4.7
8 WZLX 100.7/Boston's Classic Rock Classic Rock 4.5
9 WBMX/Mix 104.1 "Hot" Adult Contemporary Hits 4.2
10 WBQT/Hot 96.9 Rhythmic Adult Contemporary Hits 4.0
11 WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7 Active Rock 3.5
12 WBOS/Radio 92.9 Alternative Rock 3.4
13(tie) WJMN/Jamn 94-5 Top 40 Rhythmic Hits 3.3
13(tie) WODS/Amp 103.3 Contemporary Hit Radio/Top 40 3.3
15 WGBH 89.7/Boston Public Radio News/Talk/NPR 3.1
16 WXRV/92.5 The River Adult Album Alternative(AAA) 2.5
17 WBUR 90.9 News/Talk/NPR 2.4
18 WRKO 680/The Talk Station Talk 2.3
19 WXLO 104.5 "Hot" Adult Contemporary Hits 1.8
20 WCRB 99.5 Classical 1.6
21 WBWL/101.7 The Bull Country 1.4
22 WCTK/Cat Country 98.1 Country 1.2
23 WERS 88.9 AAA/Variety 0.7
24(tie) WKOX/Mix 1430 Spanish 0.4
24(tie) WEEI/ESPN on 850 Sports/ESPN Radio 0.4

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Classic hits keep WROR atop the latest radio ratings

Greater Media's classic hits station WROR 105.7 retained its spot as Boston's most popular radio station for March survey period which ran from February 26 thru March 25th.

Topping the two country stations, WKLB/New Hit Country 102.5 remained No. 5. WBWL/101.7 The Bull ranked No, 20. Both stations also gained listeners - WKLB grew from 779,000 weekly listeners in February to 814,000 in March. WBWL went from 306,000 to 357,000 during the same period.

Howie Carr returned to WRKO 680's line-up on March 16th but it was not enough time to make a big impact on the ailing Talk Station which recovered to 1.8 from the lowest rating in its 33 year history(1.4) in February. The station only added 5,000 weekly listeners(182,000 to 187,000). The station is due for much needed line-up changes which reportedly are on its way next month.

In the sports corner, both WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub and WEEI/Sports Radio 93.7 lost listeners in March. However, for the Winter quarter(January-February-March), The Sports Hub came in first among the target Male 25-54 demographic with WEEI in third but up significantly from last winter reports Boston Globe's Chad Finn.

With three stations in the top five — WROR, WMJX and WKLB — Greater Media's Boston station cluster lead all the Big 4 radio groups locally with 27% share of the audience. CBS Boston Radio was second with 22.7%, IheartMedia Boston was third with 11.8% and Entercom Boston registered 9.4%.

In the 25-54 age demographic coveted by advertisers, WROR 105.7 was No. 1, followed by WXKS/Kiss 108, WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub, WMJX/Magic 106.7 and WKLB/New Hit Country 102.5.

BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices :  Earlier this week, veteran Boston radio newsman Henry Santoro has joined pubcaster WGBH 89.7 as its new midday news anchor. Boston area native, Santoro, 59, replaces Jordan Weinstein who left the station last month, Santoro has been morning host and news director at Boston.com's on-line rock station RadioBDC since its launch in August 2012. Prior to that, he had spent 29 years at now-defunct WFNX 101.7....Last week, WEEI 93.7's morning show co-host John Dennis took  a leave of absence from the Entercom's sports/talker to enter inpatient rehab to deal with his addiction to alcohol. In a statement he released that was published by the Boston Herald, Dennis said, “I’ve made the decision to take serious steps to eliminate the role alcohol plays in my life before it impacts my health. To that end, I’ve decided to take some time away from WEEI, tackle this head-on, and set a smart and informed course for a long and healthy life.” Entercom/Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary told the newspaper that Dennis’ decision to enter rehab did not take him by surprise and emphasized that the morning show co-star’s job will be waiting for him upon his return. “WEEI has been built on the Dennis & Callahan Show and we don’t see a future without John Dennis,” he said. Dennis and Callahan debuted in 1997 as a midday show and moved to mornings in 1999. Read the full statement released by Dennis here...'I Am What I Play'
 a feature length documentary about the heyday of rock radio will premiere as part of Independent Film Festival Boston this Sunday(4/26) at 12:30pm at the historic Somerville Theater. The film focuses on four disc jockeys from four different cities, including Boston’s very own Charles Laquidara, who was the morning man for WBCN 104.1 for over 25 years and was among the highest paid radio personalities in the country. Laquidara shifted to mornings at sister station WZLX 100.7 in 1996 to make room for Howard Stern on WBCN. He retired from Boston radio in 2001 and moved to Hawaii. Pat O’Day of Seattle’s KJR, Toronto’s David Marsden of CHUM-FM in the early 1970s and then as program director of one of North America’s first alternative rock stations CFNY, and legendary New York DJ Meg Griffin are also profiled. The doc takes a look at how the on-air talent adjusted as the medium changed over the years and where they are now. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WBZ Radio's Mark Katic has passed away

WBZ/News Radio 1030 announced its veteran/reporter anchor Mark Katic had lost his year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 53. Katic had joined WBZ in 1999 as a sports reporter, but after the 9/11 attacks, he chose to go into a news reporting role. However, he still kept his hand at sports reporting, including anchoring the station's Boston Marathon coverage. Prior to joining WBZ, Katic was a sports reporter for ESPN Radio and WHJJ in Providence.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Assistant News Director Jon MacLean said of Katic: "You could tell he loved radio and loved what he did. I think we'd all agree that his calls during our marathon coverage were second to none. He will always remain a part of the fabric of this newsroom and his influence both on and off the air will live on."



BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices :  WODS/103.3 AMP extended "The TJ Show" with TJ Taormina and co-host Loren Raye(BRW 3/29/13) to a multi-year contract. They debuted on 103.3 AMP Radio on April 1 2013(BRW 2/12/13) and along with Producer Matt Shearer have taken the show to 2nd place in Boston with women 18-34 and 3rd with women 18-49. "I am THRILLED to continue hosting mornings at 103.3 AMP Radio. It is a privilege to work at CBS Radio and even more of a privilege to connect with Boston radio listeners each and every morning, said TJ via press release. "TJ is one of my closest friends and it is genuinely a dream come true to co-host a morning show with him. I look forward to the future in Boston!" added Loren.....WBZ 1030's afternoon co-anchor Anthony Silva will retire after almost 36 years of service at the CBS Radio News and Talk station, it was announced this week. Silva co-anchors WBZ’s afternoon newscasts with Diane Stern, and also serves as the station’s business editor. He plans to step down in June, coinciding with his 65th birthday. “Anthony has been a significant player in WBZ’s success and awards over the years,” said WBZ Director of News and Programming Peter Casey in a memo to staffers. “He deserves (and has) our admiration and thanks for a job well done. He sits comfortably with the other legendary voices/names we all think of when reminiscing about the people who greatly contributed to the well-earned reputation that WBZ has established in Boston broadcasting.” Read more about Silva’s career a....Former WEEI's morning sports flasher and play-by-play voice of Boston College football and basketball, Jon Meterparel, has linked up with the independent Stamford, CT-based ONE World Sports to launch The Meter Is Running, the network’s first originally produced podcast that will be distributed on iTunes, social media and at ONEWorldSports.com …After 2 1/2 year absence, syndicated conservative talker Michael Savage is back on the air in Boston. His show now airs from 9pm to Midnight on WMEX 1510. Savage used to air on WRKO 680 until September 2012. (BRW 9/28/2012)

Radio Shows : WBQT/Hot 96.9 is 'Throwback House Party 2015' on May 28th at the House of Blues. Station's personalities Pebbles, Melissa, Jeriamine 'Wiggy' Wiggins, Deirdre Dagata, Jackson Blue will host a party with special guest performers Salt n Pepa, DJ Spinderella and Fat Joe.....WXKS/Kiss 108's annual late spring Kiss Concert extravaganza will go down on Saturday, May 16th at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. This year it will feature sets from Kelly Clarkson, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Ella Henderson, Hilary Duff, Jason Derulo, Zedd and Natalie La Rose...WJMN/Jamn 94-5's Summer Jam is on Saturday, June 6th at the Xfinity Center headlined by Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, Amber Rose

Saturday, April 4, 2015

JD Tapped as AMP 103.3's new nighttime host

CBS Radio Boston announced that JD Whitfield has been named WODS/AMP 103.3's new nights jock starting Monday, April 6th. Bay Area native arrives from CBS' sister station KZON/Live 101.5 in the Phoenix market where he most recently co-hosted morning-drive The Lady La Show. Prior to that, he handled nights at the station, a post he took after graduating from Arizona State University in 2013.

JD replaces Dustin "Slater" Carlson who ironically moved to Phoenix to take an afternoon drive host and assistant program director role at KDKB/Alt 93.3. Slater was with AMP for two years(BRW 2/05/13).

Amp 103.3's new line up now looks like this : 5:30am-9am The TJ Show, 9am-2pm  Vanessa Hale, 2pm-6pm Joe Breezy; 6-Midnight JD.

BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices : Boston media personality Kim Carrigan has left her co-host role on  "The Financial Exchange" show currently heard on WRKO 680 from 10am to Noon. She was with the financial talk show since September 2013. Her prior TV work included stops at Fox25, WBZ4 and 7NBC. No word on her next move....WGBH 89.7 is launching a new podcast, "Security Mom" hosted by international and homeland security expert Juliette Kayem. She is already a regular guest on "Boston Public Radio" heard weekdays 11am to 2pm. More details on Kayem's roles at 89.7 and her additional contribution to sister TV station can be found here.