Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WEEI's morning co-host issues a public apology 
after making a controversial on-air comment; will not be suspended

WEEI 93.7's Dennis & Callahan Show “third man” Kirk Minihanehas issued a statement saying he’s “very sorry” for his rant on the program Wednesday morning (7/16), in which he called FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews “a gutless bitch.” The comment came during a discussion of Andrews’ interview with Adam Wainwright in which the National League pitcher said he said he was merely  joking when he’d earlier told reporters he’d tossed an easy pitch to retiring New York Yankees star Derek Jeter during Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game (Jeter thumped Wainwright for a double in his first at bat). 

”This morning on the radio I used a series of words to describe Erin Andrews’ work at the All-Star Game,” Minihane posted at “My choice of words was wrong; I was wrong to have used them. To all whom I offended — particularly Ms. Andrews — I apologize. There is no place for what was said. It was immature and completely uncalled for. I am often critical of media members and their work and recognize here that I’ve made the kind of mistake I would call out if it was done by another sportscaster or writer. Again, to all involved, I’m very sorry.” 

Watch the video here.

BRW Notebook :

Sports Update : As we approach WBZ 98.5/The SportsHub's 5th birthday, the station holds a commanding leading of Boston's male 25-54 listening demographic. Boston Globe's sports media writer Chad Finn’s reports on radio ratings from this past spring survey: “The Sports Hub earned a 7.9 share in the men 25-54 demographic for the period of March 27-June 18, edging sister station classic rocker WZLX (7.8), which like the Sports Hub is owned by CBS Radio. WEEI 93.7 tied for fifth with its rock sibling WAAF 107.3/97.7 with a 5.6 share. However, the SportsHub did have a pretty rough going in the last month of the spring survey as its numbers took a massive dip according to the Boston Herald.

Take five : Sean Hannity has returned to the Boston airwaves via WUFC 1510/"Personality Radio" and is now heard from 3pm to 6pm. Hannity has joined a lineup that also includes fellow Premiere Networks syndicated talker Glenn Beck(9-12pm), FOX Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Sports(12-3pm) and JT The Brick(6-8pm), Westwood One’s Dennis Miller Show(8pm-10pm) and GCN’s InfoWars with Alex Jones(2-6am)....Speaking of talk personalities, current WRKO 680 afternoon host Howie Carr has inked a deal with recently launched Global Media Services, to market Carr’s now regionally syndicated talk show. A National Radio Hall of Fame inductee and a regular columnist for the Boston Herald, Carr is heard weekdays from 3-7pm on WRKO 680 where he’s been part of the lineup for two decades, as well as regionally on a reported 15 affiliate radio stations across New England. “Howie Carr is an icon and legend in New England,” said Global Media Services founder and network/syndication radio veteran Denver-based Tony Garcia. “I look forward to partnering with him to bring his unique views on politics, pop culture and society to the entire nation. The possibilities are endless.” Commenting on the new alliance Carr added, “I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. It’s exciting to be branching out on my own and expanding the network.” Carr's contract with WRKO ends at the end of the summer and recently he has been looking around for a new regional flagship station which would replace WRKO. That doesn't mean WRKO would totally be out of the picture. It could still carry the show as a Boston affiliate but Carr is determined to own all the rights to the show.... As of late June, Glenn Ordway’s Big Show Unfiltered is now Sirius Channel 220. It started  out on Channel 108 back in the spring. The show remains on XM Channel 206...Former Mix 98-5 morning man John Lander is being inducted into the Texas Broadcasters Hall of Fame in November according to the Houston Chronicle. Prior to arriving in Boston in early 1996(and exiting in December 2008), Lander had a very successful run in the Houston market. At Boston's Mix, Lander was replaced by the current team of Karson and Kennedy who celebrated their 5th anniversary earlier this winter.(BRW 12/11/08).

And the winner is...: The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) have announced the finalists for the 2014 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. Among the many finalists from the world of radio, WBZ 98.5/The SportsHub is nominated for the Sports Station of Year, WKLB 102.5 is going up for the Country Station of the Year and in the Major Market Personality of The Year, WZLX 100.7's veteran midday host and station's music director Carter Alan is up against SportsHub's funny bastards "Toucher and Rich". The winners will be announced on September 11th during the NAB Marconi Awards 25th Anniversary Dinner & Show, held during this fall’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Indianapolis. View the complete list of finalists in all categories HERE.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Evolution flips to Country as 101.7 The Bull

Boston hasn't been a two-country station since September 1996 when Greater Media consolidated its WBCS 96.9 and then-newly-acquired rival WKLB 105.7. Over the past 18 years, WKLB/Country 102.5 has had a virtual monopoly on country format in town and is currently one of the top rated stations in the market in some of the key age demographics. 

However, WKLB is about to get some company. Starting at Noon today Clear Channel Boston made yet another flip on the former WFNX 101.7 frequency dumping a year and a half-old dance/EDM format known as "Evolution 101.7"(BRW 12/20/12) to what's known in the industry as the 'bro' country' format "101.7 The Bull". The official format launch will take place during afternoon drive time at 3pm. 

Here's the official press release from Clear Channel Boston on Bull's launch :


Country’s Top On-Air Personality Bobby Bones
Joins Show Lineup

BOSTON – June 13, 2014 – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston announced today the debut of 101.7 The Bull, Boston’s New Hit Country effective immediately.  101.7 The Bull will kick off with commercial-free music for the entire summer featuring the newest hits from Country artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert.

In addition, 101.7 The Bull will feature award-winning Country morning program The Bobby Bones Showbeginning this summer.  The morning show entertains listeners with a unique mix of pop-culture, news and music and features on-air personalities Bobby Bones, Lunchbox and Amy, with special guest appearances from the biggest names in Country music straight from Nashville.  101.7 The Bull programming will also include local news and events, exclusive album premieres, new song releases and a team of local Boston personalities to be announced soon.

“We are excited to launch 101.7 The Bull, a fresh new take on Country music, for our Boston listeners.  This station is for the new generation of Country music fans and will give our listeners a front-row seat to Country’s biggest artists and concerts,” said Dylan Sprague, Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston.  “Listeners will also enjoy waking up with the Bobby Bones Show and his unique and entertaining insight on Country music.  No one is closer to the heartbeat of Nashville than Bobby Bones.”

Prior to 101.7 The Bull, the signal aired Electronic Dance Music (EDM) as Evolution 101.7.  Boston’s EDM fans can continue to listen to Evolution 101.7 on the station’s website,, on 107.9 HD2 and oniHeartRadio, Clear Channel's all-in-one digital radio service. 

“Evolution 101.7 attracted a passionate and loyal audience on iHeartRadio in a short period of time, and the number of fans listening digitally continues to grow rapidly,” Sprague continued.  “We’re excited to continue to provide Boston’s EDM fans with the same great programming on Evolution 101.7 through iHeartRadio, featuring local shows from Pete Tong, Sisanie, DJ Costa and DJ Cesar.  Also Evolution Underground, which supports local DJs by letting them take over the station, will continue to air after hours on Saturdays.”

Fans can also listen to 101.7 The Bull on the station's website,, and on iHeartRadio.  iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation's most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created custom stations inspired by favorite artists and songs.  iHeartRadio also offers listeners a "Perfect For" feature which allows users to choose from thousands of curated stations based on a range of moods and activities.  New - iHeartRadio Talk feature offers on-demand listener-created talk content alongside popular news, celebrity and entertainment “audiosodes.” iHeartRadio Talk also features “Daily Pulse,” a customizable Talk channel featuring the most up-to-date news and culture highlights, to which users can add or remove content that is most important to them.

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BRW Notebook :

And in other news... : In a move to bolster its local news footprint and audience, Boston’s WGBH 89.7 is adding a third hour to Boston Public Radio, which in April was the top-rated public radio midday show for its noon-2pm time slot.

Starting in September, Boston Public Radio will begin airing at 11am weekdays according to WGBH press release.

Hosted by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, the show which debuted in February 2013(BRW 2/6/13) has made dramatic audience gains compared to last year. WGBH is now surpassing public radio news competitor WBUR 90.9 in that time period.

To make room for an expanded BPR, The Takeaway will move to an earlier timeslot, airing 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Diane Rehm Show, which is now airing at that time, will be dropped from the schedule. The Takeaway, a WGBH Radio co-production, originates at WNYC in New York.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

New talk format to debut on 1510 next week

As reported here first(BRW 4/29), Quincy-based 50,000-watt station WUFC 1510 will switch to a variety talk format (under the auspices of New Jersey-based Wallis Communications management) starting at 6am on Monday(6/9). As detailed in the press release below, the format will incorporate politics, news, sports and comedy with its new daily line-up of nationally syndicated show. The station's new website is still being developed and can be found at

Among the highlights of 1510's new venture is the return to Boston of former overnight syndicated sports personality JT The Brick. He had been a longtime fixture on WEEI 93.7/850 and WBZ 98.5/The SportsHub and built a very strong listener following in the Boston market. WEEI picked up NBC Sports Radio for its overnight schedule in January when Fox Sports Radio moved his show to 6pm-10pm ET time slot.

Here's more information on WUFC's new venture :

1510 AM WUFC Adds Bob Levy's Ear's Wide Open and J.T. The Brick To Schedule

1510AM WUFC  announced the addition of comedian The. Rev Bob Levy's New Show Ear's Wide Open to its programming schedule.  The daily comedy and entertainment talk program hosted by the comedian and former Howard Stern personality and co-hosted by comedian Stacey Prussman will be heard Monday - Friday from 9pm - 12am ET.  

The station has also announced the addition of J.T. The Brick to its programming schedule.  The daily sports and entertainment talk program hosted by national talk show host J.T The Brick and co-hosted by Tomm Looney will be heard Monday - Friday from 6pm - 9pm ET.  

On June 9, 2014 1510 AM WUFC, which serves the greater Massachusetts , area as well as parts of New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Maine is flipping formats from Yahoo Sports to News/Talk/Comedy.  The rest of the programming line up includes Wallis Communication's The Dr. K Show (6am--9am)  Premiere Radio’s Glenn Beck (9am-12noon), Fox Sports Radio's Jay Mohr Sports (12pm-3pm), The Genesis Communications Networks "Infowars With Alex Jones"(3pm-6pm).

1510 AM WUFC is programmed and operated by Wallis Communications will operate and manage WUFC under an LMA with current licensee, Blackstrap Broadcasting pending FCC approval of a license transfer.   For additional information, please contact Bryan Berner, COO and General Manager.

BRW Notebook :

Vacation listening : If you happen to be visiting the Cape and the Islands this summer, WMVY Radio Vineyard has returned to the terrestrial air in Martha's Vineyard after listeners contributed $600,000 to support a new signal following the sale of the station's 30 year-old frequency at 92.7 to Boston University back in late 2012(BRW 12/5/12). The new frequency is located at 88.7FM. The station is also heard on a repeater at 96.5FM frequency in Newport, RI area.

River finds a spot on 128 : Haverhill's WXRV/92.5 The River has a new repeater station around the very busy and congested Mass Pike/Rt.9/Rt 128 interchange. A 10-watt transmitter was built in Needham earlier this year and has begun operating over the Memorial Day weekend simulcasting 92.5 River's music programming on 96.5 frequency. 

Executive shuffle : Last week, Entercom Boston's Market Manager Phil Zachary shuffled up his sales leadership team. Melissa Capuano moves from National Sales Manager to the Director Of Sales position. Kelly Sutton is now the sales manager for sports and talk (WEEI 93.7/WEEI 850 and WRKO 680/93.7HD-2). Sutton started with the company in 2002, coming over from CBS Radio. And, Dana Panepinto retains his current title as director of sports sponsorship sales, and adds additional responsibility beyond the company’s Boston Red Sox Radio Network. Zachary said he’s proud to promote from within the organization. “Melissa, Kelly, and Dana share a combined three decades of leadership experience at Entercom Boston. I can think of no finer, nor more deserving, group to steer our revenue-generation efforts in this new era of advertising accountability.” The Entercom Boston cluster consists of: WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7, WEEI 93.7, WRKO 680, and ESPN Radio 850....Speaking of Entercom, Zachary and his team will have their  hands full this summer with renegotiating new contracts for WEEI's morning hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan and WRKO's afternooner Howie Carr....Over at Greater Media Boston, there were also some shuffles involving some programming and production veteran staffers.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New midday show, Night Ryder's out as WEEI goes thru yet another personnel shuffle

WEEI 93.7 said Monday it will shuffle its local lineup later this month, pairing former Patriots player Christian Fauria and former Red Sox utility/bench player Lou Merloni with a Pittsburgh sports radio import, Tim Benz, in the midday slot(10am-2pm).

In a domino effect, Merloni's current co-host Mike 'Mut' Mutnasky will shift to Sox pre-game and post-game host role. Station's 16-year vet John Ryder who held that role was dismissed as part of this latest shake-up. Ryder was also host of Celtics pre and post-game coverage when WEEI held team's radio rights. He moved into the Red Sox host role last spring when Jon Rish was forced to quit in a budget squeeze(BRW 4/13/12). Highly-respected Ryder, 39, 1997 Northeastern University grad, started at part-timer at WEEI in 1998 and became a full-timer in 2006.

With Ryder's departure, Mutnansky will shift to nights when the new midday show debuts. For now, weekend/fill-in host Chris Villani will cover nights(10pm-Midnight) and Red Sox host role.

As for WEEI's latest on-air addition, Boston-born, CT-raised, Syracuse University-educated, Tim Benz has been a sports radio/TV personality in the Pittsburgh market since 2001. Prior to his tenure in Steel City, he held sports media jobs in Syracuse, Salt Lake City and Columbus, OH. He and WEEI's current content manager Kevin Graham worked together in Columbus and Pittsburgh in the early 2000's where Graham was Benz's program director at The Fan 1460/Columbus and ESPN 1250/Pittsburgh.

Benz was the morning show co-host at Clear Channel's modern rocker WXDX/105.9 The X for eight years. This past February he left the morning show at the X to take a role as sports director for Clear Channel's Pittsburgh stations. As part of that transition, he began hosting a midday show on The X's sister station WBGG/ESPN 970. 

He has no firm start date at WEEI because as The X is Pittsburgh Penguins' flagship station and the team is currently competing for NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Benz' will stay in Pittsburgh until the Penguins' playoff run is completed.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WUFC will convert to syndicated talk radio format

Going, going, but not quite gone is Yahoo Radio Boston/WUFC 1510 radio will fade away as sports talker at the end of May. It was announced today that the station's current owner Blackstrap Broadcasting has entered into a local marketing agreement with Wallis Communications to manage and operate the station. The current syndicated content from Yahoo Sports Radio will convert to mostly libertarian talk and personality-drive talk on June 1st.

Here's the press release with initial talk line-up and schedule :

Personality Radio Coming to Boston

WUFC 1510 AM is set to be the New Home to Popular Talk Radio Personalities Glenn Beck, Jay Mohr, Alex Jones and Dr. K.

Boston, MA-April 28, 2014: Wallis Communications has announced plans to take over WUFC 1510 AM, a 50,000 watt radio station serving the Boston media market.  When the new station launches on June 1st, WUFC 1510 AM will become home to a mix of libertarian and personality driven radio shows featuring some of the biggest names in the industry like Glenn Beck, Jay Mohr, Alex Jones and The Dr. K Show! The station will also air sports news and games from Boston College and Boston University.

Wallis Communications will operate and manage WUFC under an LMA with current licensee, Blackstrap Broadcasting pending FCC approval of a license transfer.  The station’s 50,000-watt signal will reach listeners as far north as Canada.  Programming will also be heard via a live web stream and on mobile device apps such as Tune In Radio.  The tentative program lineup will feature several widely popular talk shows including The Dr. K Show in the Morning (from 6 am – 9 am), The Glenn Beck Program (9 am – 12 pm), Jay Mohr Program (12 pm – 3 pm) and Info Wars with Alex Jones (Overnight) Additional programming details will be announced before the station debuts in June.

Wallis Communications plans to give talk radio a new twist by challenging the content boundaries and offering a free and open exchange of ideas.  “Where Liberty Has a Voice” will be the station’s new positioning statement with the goal of bringing a fresh and unique perspective to listeners.  Each show will deliver extraordinary content, offering viewpoints on important topics like politics, world affairs and much more.

“We are excited to move into Boston,” said Kevin J. Wallis PhD, CEO of Wallis Communications.  “We have made a huge name for ourselves in the Washington DC market with our takeover of WILC 900 AM”.  Wallis Communications is working toward acquiring additional stations throughout the United States in the coming months.

For more information about WUFC 1510 AM,
Bryan Berner        Station manager    732-693-1396
Lisa Miller            Media contact       201-532-0312


Friday, April 25, 2014

Kiss 108's morning Matty receives a contract extension

Clear Channel Media+Entertainment Boston announced that legendary morning host Matt Siegel has extended his current contract through 2018, effective immediately. Siegel, 64, is the host of the "Matty in the Morning" show on WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108. Siegel has been with Kiss since 1980 and became its morning host in January 1981. 

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) recognized Siegel in 2001 and 2009 with the Marconi Award's Major Market Radio Personality of the Year award.

From station's press release :

"After having both competed against Matty and been on the same team, I know what a great personality and asset Matty is to Kiss 108. He is an unbelievable talent and I am very happy that Matt will continue to entertain Kiss 108 listeners in Boston for many years to come." - CCME Bosotn Market President Alan Chartrand

"Matty has been at the center of Kiss 108's success for more than 30 years and his ability to entertain and connect with Boston radio listeners is unmatched. Mornings in Boston simply wouldn't be the same without Matty on Kiss 108." - Dylan Sprague, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston.  

"I am thrilled he is extending his run. Matty is a true Boston radio legend and we are excited to extend our relationship with him," - Tom McConnell, Executive Vice President of Operations, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. 

"My wonderful love story with the city of Boston continues." - Matt Siegel.

BRW Notebook : 

Congratulations to the Winners : In the large-market radio groupingWGBH 89.7/Boston Public Radio WBZ/"NewsRadio 1030" and WBUR 90.9 received honors in the prestigious 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). WBZ was also recognized with “Overall Excellence” award.  The regional awards were announced this week by the RTDNA which has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. All award winners are listed here.

Rocking for the Earth :  The 21st annual Radio 92.9 EarthFest will take place at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on Saturday, May 17 from 10am - 5pm. The family-friendly event will feature performances from Neon Trees, the Wailers, Smallpools, Morning Parade. More information can be found here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lost 45's have gone missing

The Lost 45's are going to be hard to find on local radio dial after host Barry Scott had aired his last show on WROR 105.7 a week ago(Apr.13). Boston's classic hits station has been home for the long-running local retro music radio program playing Top 40 hits from the 60's, 70's and 80's since September 2012(BRW 8/21/12). But the short-lived relationship has apparently ended after station's management decided that the weekly show wasn't meshing well with its Greatest Hits format, with a main focus on the 60's, 70's and 80's. Ironically, "Lost 45's" played a large number of those great hits, had great ratings, a strong listener support and loyal advertisers.

Scott's songs range from Sean Cassidy to Chic, and all are singles that had made it to the Top 40 or, at least, Top 100. The "classic hits" of 'ROR, on the other hand, are mostly off of classic albums by classic artists in the 60's, 70
s and 80's and are a bit more rock-leaning, not so much pop-oriented. In addition, Lost 45's playlist has been skewing a bit younger with its playlist for the past few years.  In contrast, WROR's typical playlist rotates about four songs an hour from the 60's and early 70's decade where as Lost 45's has actually been down to one 60's song per hour. Scott had also added all 80's titles, even some select charting tracks from 1990 under the guise they were recorded in 1989.

In addition to digging up old songs, he has aired some 800 interviews with plenty of relics like Bangles, Richard Marx, Expose, Lisa Lisa, Belinda Carlisle, Tears for Fears etc.

Scott would love to peddle it elsewhere locally, but this likely puts an end to 28+ year run on Boston's commercial FM radio, since no one else in the city fits format-wise. Lost 45's remains in syndication on over 25 stations across the country. In addition, it's hosted at its longtime digital address -- where it has aired on demand 24/7 since 1999. There you can hear every show from 2010-2014, as well as each new weekly show, “The Lost 45 of the Day” and classic shows. There is also a newsletter to find out the latest info on shows, concerts, music news and appearances.

Lost 45's has aired on Boston's commercial radio dial almost 
continuously since 1985. It has run on stations that are still around and some that are no longer in existence :

WZLX 100.7(September 1985-February 1992) 
WBOS 92.9(April 1992-May 1993)
WBMX 98.5(May 1993-July 1997)
WEGQ/Eagle 93.7(July 1997-April 1999) 
WROR 105.7 (May 2001-December 2001) 
WODS 103.3 (December 2001-June 2012) 
WROR 105.7 (September 2012-April 2013)

BRW Notebook :

Executive turntable : Clear Channel has announced that Alan Chartrand will become the Market President for Boston cluster overseeing the operations and programming of WXKS/Kiss 108, WJMN/JAMN 94.5, WEDX/Evolution 101.7, and WKOX/MIA 1430 stations. Chartrand who previously served as Vice President of Sales for Clear Channel's Boston cluster, has more than two decades of management experience at various Boston media outlets including being the owner and founder of WJMN and its format. He replaces Mary Menna who exits after three years in that role.

Movers and shakers : Cumulus Media has announced the appointment of Worcester/Boston radio pro Chuck Perks as its program Director and midday host of classic hits WWFX 100.1 FM “The Pike” in Worcester. Perks has been working for Cumulus Worcester in a part-time capacity, both on and off air, at WXLO 104.5, WORC 98.9 and 100.1 FM/The Pike”, prior to being brought on full time. He previously worked as Hub Headlines personality for the night show on Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub/WBZ-FM and headlines reporter on the Boston Bruins Radio Network. He was also Production Director for Entercom Boston's sports talker WEEI 93.7 from 2000-2008, during which time he also worked weekends for sister station Star 93.7/WQSX for three years. Perks began his radio career in Worcester at WFTQ 1440.

And I ammmmmmmm outta here : Longtime Boston host , Michael Graham is headed south to Cumulus Atlanta cluster to be new talkshow host at All News 106.7 from 9 to noon. His final day on New England Talk Network and Boston Herald Radio will be April 25.  Graham hosted the daily talk show, The Natural Truth on defunct talker WTKK 96.9 from 2005 to 2012. He launched regionally syndicated show on New England Talk Network in February 2013 with WBNW 1120 in Needham as his flagship. The station now plans replace him with syndicated Glenn Beck show.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Rita Cary let go by the River

Rita Cary,a steady and positive voice on Boston radio for the past decade has been silenced. The morning disc jockey has been fired from her job at Haverhill's WXRV/92.5 The River/"Boston's Independent Radio", effective immediately.

Cary has been at the adult album alternative station for 10 years, including the past 4 1/2 as its morning DJ. Canadian native, she graduated the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor's in journalism and pursued that career for years, in Texas and then locally in Maine and New Hampshire, including a stint at the Portsmouth Herald.

She got into radio by chance thru a casual conversation at a party. Her first gig was the overnight shift at the River. After a few years of weekend work and hosting the evening time slot, she landed in the morning drive at the River in October 2009. 

In an interview with the Globe, Cary said her firing came about because the station's management wanted her to talk less between songs. She worked her last shift on March 25th. Earlier today, the station officially let her know she was being let go. Cary posted the news on her Twitter account.

As for Cary's replacement, the station has named Dana Marshall  as the River's new morning show host. Marshall has been filling in the mornings since March 27th.  She worked at the River from 2000 to 2006 in a variety of roles including DJ, music director and program director. She left the station in late October 2006 and joined crosstown rival WBOS 92.9 in January 2007 as its music director/midday personality. She was named WBOS' program director when the station changed over to the current retro-alternative jockless format in January 2008, however, was then let go a year later due to corporate budget cuts and consolidation of roles.(BRW 1/29/09). Marshall came back to the River in March 2012 as host of Sunday morning's "Brunch By The River" when she replaced Lisa Garvey who is now at WUMB 91.9.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WBZ wins Peabody Award for Boston Marathon bombings coverage

WBZ 1030 and sister station WBZ-TV received one of 27 George Foster Peabody Awards for the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings a year ago. The awards, announced today by the University of Georgia College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens, are among the most prestigious in broadcasting industry. WBZ was honored for its “wide-ranging, enterprising, non-sensational” coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. The station was praised  for becoming “crucial sources not just to their city but to a stunned nation.”



CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio Receive a Peabody Award, “Awarding Stories That Matter,”
for Overall Excellence for Coverage of The Boston Marathon Bombings   

BOSTON, MA – April 2, 2014 -  CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 are honored to receive a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award for overall excellence for combined coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings.  The 2013 Peabody Award recipients are determined b the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications (release attached).  In awards material, WBZ-TV’s and WBZ NewsRadio’s coverage is described as follows:

“Out in force to cover the annual marathon, both WBZ-TV and Newsradio 1030 had a journalistic advantage when the bombs detonated.  Neither gave it up as their reporters spent hour after hour on the air providing wide-ranging, enterprising, non-sensational coverage of the casualties, the suspects and the intense, nerve-wracking manhunt.  They become crucial sources not just to their city but to a stunned nation.”

The awards will be given out at the 73rd annual Peabody Award ceremony on Monday, May 19 in New York. 

About CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio:
Boston’s WBZ-TV and sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.  For more, go to, like us on Facebook at CBS Boston and follow us on Twitter @CBSBoston WBZ NewsRadio 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 126 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets.  CBS RADIO also owns and operates Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM), the flagship station of the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, and the New England Patriots; WBMX-FM MIX 104.1; WODS-FM 103.3 AMP Radio; and WZLX-FM 100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock.

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BRW Notebook :

If it's broken, fix it : Sports talker WEEI 93.7 is gone back to a winning formula by installing a new afternoon drive-time team which consists of former midday hosts - Dale Arnold with Michael Holley. "Dale and Holley" is now officially replaces a disastrous "Salk and Holley" which mercifully ended last month after a beyond-unbearable 1-year run.(BRW 3/12).

The original Dale and Holley pairing ran from 2005-2011 in the midday slot, before management idiotically broke up the duo as part of a ratings war with rival 98.5 FM “The Sports Hub's”(BRW 2/15/11). Arnold was relegated to mostly weekend and fill-in role while Holley was shifted to co-host the "Big Show" with Glenn "Big O" Ordway.

The Boston Globe was the first to report that the temporary "Dale and Holley" reunion tour would likely take a full-time residency at 93.7. Yesterday(4/1), Arnold confirmed the "Dale and Holley 2" with a tweet.

Reunion Tour : Glenn Ordway announced he's hired former WEEI's former program director Jason Wolfe as Chief Content Officer for his new venture Wolfe spent 22 years at WEEI in Boston before the company let him go last August. Ordway, of course, has launched his new multi-platform effort "Big Show Unfiltered" back on March 17. There are some whispers that the show may land somewhere on the local dial shortly.

What a Fool Believes :
WROR 105.7's morning drive time duo of "Loren and Wally" had their morning listeners scrambling trying to understand why the station renamed itself as "Samba 105.7" which featured regular Classic Hits playlist with Spanish language content in-between. The station ran a recorded announcement in English stating that the station is complying with the new mandate from the Department of USWTF which required them to broadcast a minimum of 77.9% of programming in Spanish to accommodate the new SAP radio guidelines. The announcement also mentioned that the station posted the instructions on how to disable the SAP feature on It's unknown how many WROR listeners had actually bought into the spoof.

The complaint bureau : The Committee for Community Access, a local public interest media advocacy umbrella organization, filed Petitions to Deny Renewal of the licenses held by WGBH Educational Foundation and WCRB 99.5 with the Federal Communications Commission, Washington D.C. on March 4.

Massachusetts radio stations have a 10-year FCC renewal cycle and 2014 is the year for all radio stations in the state to renew their licenses with the FCC. 

CCA is requesting that the trustees of WGBH Educational Foundation restore full time music programming on the high power, clear signal facility of WGBH 89.7. As you recall, WGBH began transition to news/public affairs programming in December 2009. Its classical programming was moved to WCRB 99.5. More information on CCA is here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WEEI trades Salk for a host to be named later...

One of the few sure rules of radio is that management likes to have its own players in the daily lineup.

A year ago, 18 months after being brought in to manage WEEI 93.7 and rest of Entercom Boston's cluster, Jeff Brown attempted to shake things up at the once-dominant sports talker. However, Brown's move to replace the big kahuna of the afternoon drive Glenn Ordway with the vanilla-like Mike Salk turned into a huge mess.(BRW 2/19/13). Not only did the afternoon drive ratings gap between WEEI 93.7 and WBZ 98.5 The SportsHub widened, Salk became viewed as a villain by many longtime WEEI listeners as well as some of the hosts. That in turn sealed Brown's short-lived tenure as he jumped ship for a new job in the Atlanta market in early fall(BRW 10/1/13)

With Brown out of the picture, new WEEI manager Phil Zachary and program director Kevin Graham, have been evaluating the line-up for the past five months. Clearly, Salk didn't fit into their short and long-term plans. So it was no big surprise when Salk made the announcement at the end of  today's "Salk and Holley" that this would be his last day at the station.

According to the Boston Globe's sports media reporter Chad Finn, Salk is likely headed back to Seattle's EPSN 710 but that hasn't been confirmed yet. Finn is also reporting that Michael Holley will have a rotating cast of co-hosts until management makes its choice.

Stay tuned...

BRW Notebook :

Moves : With all the big news coming out of Entercom Boston, I wanted to make sure this one didn't slip thru the cracks, After 18 ½ years with WEEI 93.7 and WRKO 680, production wizard and voice-over artist Pete Gustin has left the sports talker at the end of February. Gustin, the product of Winchester High School and Boston University, is branching out into a more lucrative voice-over work like national TV/radio spots, sports promotion, movie trailers and TV/radio imaging.  He has signed in L.A.with one of the top talent agencies in the industry. Watch Gustin's recent profile on Ch.5’s news magazine the Chronicle.....Entercom rock WAAF 107.3/97.7 has hired Rob Stevens as producer for its "Hill-Man Morning Show".  He joins the cast that includes Greg Hill, Lyndon “LB” Byers and Danielle Murr. Stevens replaces longtime WAAF producer Anthony “Spaz” Parziale, who resigned back in December after 13 years to start his own waste removal company(BRW 11/20/13). Stevens most recently was a morning co-host at Clear Channel’s “Rock 105.3” KIOZ, San Diego for the past 10 years.  Stevens, a Massachusetts native, began his radio career at WAAF where he started as a member of the WAAF Street Team in 2004. "For a guy born and bred in Massachusetts, returning to 'AAF to work on the show I listened to growing up is a dream come true. I love this city so much I got it tattooed on my neck," Stevens said....Former WRKO 680 host and current WBZ 1030 fill-in host Todd Feinburg is behind the new crowd-sourcing traffic reporting venture called J4Traffic and was recently featured in the Globe...WEEI is not the only sports station working on the new afternoon show. Over at WUFC/Yahoo SportsRadio 1510, the "Afternoon Press Box" with host John Sapochetti ends a 6-month run(BRW 9/16/13) as the station management is putting together another afternoon show to be rolled out shortly. The station will once again air Red Sox in Spanish games for the 4th straight season starting with March 31st season opener in Baltimore.

More Awards : The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the 50 finalists for the 27th Annual Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Only one of the finalists is from our area : WBMX/Mix 104.1. Winners will be announced and the finalists will be honored at the NAB Show Radio luncheon on April 8 in Las Vegas.