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.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


WBZ-TV and WBZ NEWSRADIO 1030 HONORED WITH
2013 GEORGE FOSTER PEABODY AWARD

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 www.cbsboston.com, 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 Sportstalkboston.com. 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 www.wror.com/sapwtf. 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.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Big O goes unfiltered as he launches new multi-platform show

Former WEEI 93.7's afternoon radio kahuna and Boston's veteran sports talk personality Glenn "Big O" Ordway is set to return to the local sports radio scene next month in a multi-platform media venture called "Big Show Unfiltered". The show will be produced out of a suburban radio studio in Needham and debut on Monday, March 17, from 3-6 pm. Initially, it will be heard live on-line via Ordway's new website www.SportstalkBoston.com, as well as soon-to-be released mobile app for smartphones. The show will also be available on-demand on its website.

Ordway will host alongside a slew of local personalities and contributors, some of whom will be familiar to the audience and as well as some fresh new voices. The Herald reports that some of the former regulars will include Fred Smerlas, Pete Sheppard and Steve Buckley.


The press release also states that Ordway is seeking to build a regional syndication as well place the show on satellite service SiriusXM where he's already heard every weekend since this past November(BRW 11/15/13).



BRW Notebook :


Signs of spring : There are 30 days until Major League Baseball's opening day, but who's counting?!(I am)


WEEI 93.7 is ready to begin the 8th year of its 10-year contract as the flagship station of the Boston Red Sox, beginning with live coverage of the team's pre-season match-up versus Minnesota Twins 1:05 p.m. Saturday(3/1) from Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers.


WEEI's broadcast team will once again be led by Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien, who are entering their 8th season together behind the mic(Castiglione's 32nd) with John Ryder providing commentary during the station's pre- and post-game shows broadcast before and after all regular-season contests. Ryder took over hosting duties last May.


The remaining pre-season broadcast schedule is here.


The regular season begins March 31 in Baltimore for a three-game series with the Orioles.



The Beat of  Comm Ave.  : MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, has revealed the categories and nominees for its 2014 "Woodie Awards." Categories this year include artist of the year, performing, best video, best collaboration and best college radio station.


Boston University's WTBU 89.3/640 is one of the 10 nominees in the best college radio station category. Winners will announced in a 30-minute special to air on MTV on Sunday, March 16 at 8pm.

Finding the groove : WGBH 89.7 earned a 3.0 share in January ratings, the station’s highest monthly market share on record and 76.5 percent larger than January 2011, the first January on record following WGBH’s format change to local news talk and analysis. WGBH for the first time joined the ranks of the top 15 radio stations in Boston and together with WBUR 90.9 combined for the nation’s second largest market share for public radio, behind only Washington, D.C.

From WGBH's press release : "WGBH’s record growth has been driven by the strength of its expanding local newsroom and successful midday program Boston Public Radio, hosted by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Boston Public Radio enjoys one of the most loyal followings of any local public radio program in Boston and has brought many traditional commercial radio listeners to public radio. In January, Boston Public Radio was the most listened to midday public radio program."

Braude and Eagan celebrated their one-year anniversary on WGBH this past Tuesday(2/25).

Short breaks : WKLB/Country 102.5's program director Mike Brophey was inducted into Country Radio's Hall of Fame in Nashville last week. As the Boston Business Journal points out, Boston has never been considered your typical country music hotbed, but Brophey has been able to shape the station's sound in a way that it attracts more younger listeners....Speaking of younger listeners, talker WRKO 680 can now be heard on FM dial via HD-2 sub-channel of sports talker WEEI 93.7. Of course, you'll need an HD-ready radio to receive it....Speaking of WEEI, the Globe reported two weeks ago that the station and entire Entercom Boston cluster which includes WRKO 680, WKAF/WAAF 107.3 and WEEI 850 has lost the lucrative Dunkin' Donuts account. Meanwhile the Herald keeps the rumor mill going with different scenarios(some of them are beyond absurd) of upcoming changes in WEEI's on-air roster. One change that is coming to WEEI - the sports flash reports from Total Traffic Network(formerly Metro Network) will no longer be heard during any of the station's local shows. The sports updates will now be handled by show hosts.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Big boost for WGBH’s affiliate on the Cape and the Islands

Boston’s WGBH Foundation has been working for years to improve the strength, coverage and reliability of its WCAI 90.1 signal on the Cape and the Islands. As of this week, thanks to the installation of a more powerful 12,500 watt transmitter in Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard, WCAI’s locally-focused programming as well Boston’s WGBH 89.7’s local content and NPR’s national programming is now available to 200,000 additional new listeners on the Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, South Coast and part of Rhode Island.  Federal Communications Commission(FCC) approved WGBH’s application for WCAI’s power increase four years ago. Along with its other two affiliates – 94.3 in Brewster and 91.1 in Nantucket – WGBH now completely covers the entire Cape and the Islands reaching a potential audience of 470,000.

In addition to expanding WCAI’s wattage on 90.1, the newly installed transmitter features HD service capability.  90.1 HD2 channel features audio stream of WGBH’s WCRB 99.5/Classical New England.

BRW Notebook :

Another magical ride : That loud "ho-ho-ho" you might have heard in Boston last week was traced to Greater Media’s offices of WMJX/Magic 106.7. Nielsen Media released the ratings for its “holiday period” (Dec. 4 to Jan. 1) a week ago, and the light-rock outlet cleaned up with its all-Christmas format for the second straight year. Among listeners ages 6 and up, Magic pulled a 11.8 share, meaning that about one in eight radio listeners was tuned in. No. 2 in the ratings was Top 40 WXKS/Kiss 108.


Programming Notes :  While everyone is speculating on the future of WEEI's afternoon drive line-up, Joe Zarbano has been named executive producer of WEEI 93.7 and the WEEI Sports Radio Network. He previously served as producer of the "Planet Mikey" and "Mut & Merloni" programs on WEEI. Before that, Zarbano was a parttime producer and an intern for the Sports outlet....Boston radio vet Lisa Garvey is back on Boston airwaves with a new "A Train" show heard on Sunday morning on WUMB 91.9 from 8am to Noon. Garvey was a longtime River 92.5 jock up until her departure in March 2012...Earlier this month, Entercom's news/talker WRKO 680 had pulled Michael Savage of its night-time schedule and inserted "The Jim Bohanon Show" into 10pm-1am weeknight slot. Savage's syndicator Cumulus has moved his national show into 3-6pm ET afternoon slot so running him on a 7-hour tape-delay made little sense to WRKO. Bohanon's nighttime show is aired live...WRKO's sister station WEEI 93.7 has replaced Fox Sports Radio with NBC Sports Radio from 1am to 6am.  In addition, WEEI affiliation switch during overnights also means that WUFC 1510 has shed any of the remaining NBC Sports Radio programming left on its schedule after it re-branded to 1510 Yahoo Sports last September. The station is now airing only Yahoo Sports Radio shows. WUFC is also promising to launch another new locally-based national show very shortly. [Since last September(BRW 9/16/13) station has been producing "The Dieahards"(10am-Noon) for YSR. It is hosted by station's general manager and on-air personality Anthony Pepe]...As we're approaching the 1-year anniversary of Glenn "Big O" Ordway's exit from WEEI(BRW 2/14/13), the Herald has this story about him possibly being on new management's 'wishlist'. On his Twitter feed, Big O, who's in the process of launching soon-to-be-announced multi-platform media venture, has denied the rumor. Two months ago Ordway joined SiriusXM's "Mad Dog Sports Radio" channel as its weekend morning host(BRW 11/15/13).

That's all she wrote : Former Entercom Boston boss Julie Kahn has left the radio group to take a role at Regan Communications. Kahn, who spent more than 13 years at Entercom, the parent company of WRKO 680, WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7, WEEI 850 and WEEI 93.7, will be an executive vice president, sports/media and special adviser to the boss, George K. Regan Jr. Kahn had been running all four stations until she was replaced by former Entercom chief Jeff Brown, who has also since exited.. Her last day at Entercom was January 10th.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Greater Media resets afternoons at Hot and Magic

Listen for two music-radio voices in new places come this week.

Jackson Blue, who spent the past 9 years doing nights and weekends at KISS 108, has officially jumped to a weekday afternoon(3pm-7pm) job at rhythmic/Top40 WBQT/Hot 96.9 as of this Wednesday(1/8) which just happens to be station's one-year anniversary(BRW 1/8/13). As you recall, Blue left Kiss 108 back in mid-October(BRW 10/24/13). With Blue in the afternoon drive, Melissa slides up to middays(10am-3pm).

Hot 96.9's clustermate, WMJX/Magic 106.7, which had installed a brand new morning show back in August(BRW 8/13/13) is now putting a hammer to its afternoon drive slot. Magic's management has let go a Boston radio veteran Dan Justin who was its afternoon host personality since 1999. Justin has spent nearly 30 years in Boston radio working at now-defunct rocker WCGY 93.7, one-time Kiss 108 nemesis WZOU 94.5, WBOS 92.9(during its brief country music run), WBMX 98.5 and WROR 105.7. Replacing him in the PM Drive shift is Magic's music director Mark Laurence who's been at the station for over 25 years and has been heard in that slot as Justin's regular fill-in.


BRW Notebook :

Executive turntable : Magic's parent company Greater Media also had a number off-air jobs eliminated today. Gone are digital marketing director Ben Kulis, digital content manager Sue Edelman and HR/Benefits Manager Amy Hull.....Over at Entercom Boston, the upcoming departure of one-time market manager Julie Kahn is expected at the end of this week. She joined Entercom's Boston cluster back in October 2000 as GM for WAAF 107.3 and WQSX/Star 93.7. In early 2004, she became Entercom Boston market manager. And in 2006, she was also named Entercom's New England manager overseeing Entercom's properties in Springfield and Providence. However, her role was diminished when now-departed Jeff Brown was hired as Boston market manager in 2011.

In the fold : Speaking of Entercom Boston, WEEI 93.7's morning drive show is expected to run as assembled for the foreseeable future. Last year's addition Kirk Minihane has happily signed a new deal as the morning ratings continue to trend up for "Dennis and Callahan". Both John Dennis and Gerry Callahan who are into their 15th year as WEEI's morning drive voices are widely expected to sign contract extensions in the upcoming weeks. While changes may or may not be coming to the rest of WEEI's local programming one immediate change in the overnight's syndicated schedule did take place as the new year began. Fox Sports Radio has shifted loud and acerbic JT The Brick out of his longtime overnight slot to evenings which means WEEI listeners now hear Ben Maller between 2am and 6am.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tradition Continues : Christmas Eve With Oedipus on RadioBDC returns

Oedipus, legendary Boston radio programmer and DJ is returning to Radio BDC for his 36th annual Christmas Eve broadcast. It's a tradition he he started back when he was working as WBCN 104.1's part-time nigh-time jock in 1978. When he moved into WBCN's program director chair in 1981, he decided that the only person who should work on Christmas Eve should be the boss. And so for over 35 years, Oedipus has never missed a live Christmas Eve show(WBCN 104.1 1978 to 2008, WFNX 101.7  from 2009 to 2011 and RadioBDC from 2012-present). 

Here's RadioBDC's press release announcing Oedipus' Christmas Eve broadcast :

Spend Christmas Eve With Oedipus And RadioBDC

Famed Boston radio personality returns for a second year to host RadioBDC's Christmas Eve show

BOSTON (December 23, 2013) - RadioBDC announced today that legendary Boston radio DJ and programmer Oedipus will host RadioBDC's Christmas Eve show, commercial-free, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

This marks the second year that Oedipus hosts the RadioBDC Christmas Eve program but the tradition goes back to 1978, when he first hosted a Christmas Eve program as a nighttime personality for WBCN.

"A Boston tradition continues once again at RadioBDC," said Paul Driscoll, RadioBDC Director of Operations and Program Development. "The holiday season would not be complete without Oedipus curating the soundtrack to Christmas Eve."

Listeners will be treated to a carefully cultivated and eclectic mix of holiday music and other entertainment that goes beyond the standard seasonal fare. 

"I started hosting the Christmas broadcast because I was low man on the totem pole and nobody else wanted to work on Christmas Eve," said Oedipus. "I realized that I was the soundtrack for the holiday, but the problem was that most Christmas songs were overplayed, so my research began and my collection began to grow."

Oedipus uses his own collection of about 100 unique Christmas CDs, but the show is not all about music. Previous highlights include Bob Dylan reciting T'was the Night Before Christmas, and Bono reading a Christmas poem.

The show will live stream on December 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight, commercial-free, at www.Boston.com/radio.

And as we head into the New Year, listeners can tune into RadioBDC's Top 100 Songs of 2013 - selected by the RadioBDC team - with a countdown starting December 30 and continuing through January 1, 2014 at www.Boston.com/radio.

About RadioBDC
Launched in August of 2012, Boston.com's RadioBDC is a 24x7 streaming radio station featuring an all-star team of Boston radio personalities. With new music, breaking news, and exclusive events, RadioBDC is the definitive digital source for modern-indie/alternative music in Boston.  Users can listen to RadioBDC by launching the player via Boston.com, and via the RadioBDC app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.

About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC., provides news and information, entertainment, opinion, and analysis through its multimedia properties. BGMP includes The Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, Telegram.com, and Globe Direct.

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BRW Notebook :

Matt Gets A New Hat : WXRV/92.5 the River)  has upped music director and afternoon host (3-7p) Matt Phipps to program director effective Monday(12/23). The River was programmed by consultant Mike Henry over the past 2 years (BRW 1/3/12).  Phipps, a Framingham native and 24-year radio vet, had joined the station in March 2012 and was named its music director in May 2012(BRW 5/12/12). 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kiss 108 jocks pretend Miley Cyrus was at their holiday concert

Radio is still considered theater of the mind.

And, Orson Wells would probably be quite amused if he heard what was going over the air at Kiss 108 last weekend. Or, maybe not.

A little background, first :

The Wrecking Ball hitmaker Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel her appearance at Kiss 108’s annual Jingle Ball concert at TD Garden last Saturday as a major snowstorm hit the East Coast. However, that didn't prevent station’s personalities Romeo, Mike V  and promotions director Joe Public  from claiming on air that she was in Boston and ready to perform.

Cyrus had no choice but to scrap a performance on the Boston leg of Clear Channel's Jingle Ball concert tour after becoming stranded at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. She performed at NYC's Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, and the tour buses left promptly for Boston after the event.  Band members, dancers, tour staff and other main acts on the Jingle Ball bill, including Selena Gomez, Robin Thicke and Flo Rida, were all able to make it to Boston.

According to New York Post report, Cyrus stayed back in NYC, shopped all day on Fifth Avenue and arrived late for a scheduled private jet from Teterboro Airport to Logan, which ended up being canceled because of the snowstorm. Meanwhile, many commercial flights were still getting to Boston, but Teterboro doesn't have the equipment or resources to remove the snow like JFK and La Guardia airports do.

And now, the main act :

Miley or no Miley, the show had to go on. So, Kiss 108 jocks who were broadcasting live backstage at TD Garden made belief that Cyrus was already there. Meanwhile, concertgoers in their cars heading to TD Garden and/or Kiss 108 listeners at home, kept hearing these bits on the air :

"I'm standing outside Miley Cyrus's dressing room. She's about to go onstage and soundcheck" exclaimed station’s afternoon DJ Romeo."We'll bring it to you live."

Station’s longtime promotions director Joe Public interviewed by Romeo even claimed he had just tripped over the singer's dancer and then bumped onto Miley : "Dude it was so embarrassing.”

Listen here to some of the on-air breaks where Kiss 108’s jocks hyped up Miley’s appearance, before they eventually came clean when Cyrus spoke by phone with newcomer Mike V explaining why she couldn’t  twerk her way to Boston.

While Cyrus apologized for the cancellation and blamed it on the bad weather, her disgruntled fans who paid hundreds of dollars for tickets to see Cyrus have taken to social media sites and now launched a petition on Change.org urging her to play a free show in the area.(as of this writing the petition titled "Kiss 108 : Refund Jingle Ball Tickets" had 175 signatures")

The petition suggests gig-goers were not told about Cyrus' no-show until after the final act came off stage, and they haven't been allowed to claim refunds, so they want the singer to return to Boston to make good on her promise to perform there.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Boston teams were great for the sports formats last month

A high tide floats all boats, but this was the equivalent of a record flood.

Both WEEI/SportsRadio 93.7  and WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub earned higher ratings in the latest ratings survey. With all the male listeners on FM deck during that period, classic rocker WZLX 100.7 knocked off the usual ratings leader WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108 out of the top spot in overall(listeners ages 6 and over) and 25-54 demographics. In addition, Kiss 108's sister outlet WJMN/Jamn 94-5 with its younger male-skewing hip-hop format took over the number one position among 18-34 demographic.

The reason for the high tide, of course, was the almost-perfect sports storm created by the convergence of the Red Sox' unforgettable World Series run and the Patriots' unexpected high-level mid-season play despite major injuries to their key players. The ratings period ran from October 10 to November 6, so it reflected not just the Sox' October run, but Patriots' ensuing success only built on the momentum of a thrilling comeback win over the Saints. Male radio listeners(sorry, ladies) came out in droves and it showed across the board.

CBS' sports talker WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub jumped into 3rd place among all listeners ages 6 and up. It also climbed into #2 position(behind WZLX) among 25-54 year-olds.

Yet this wasn't just a case of lightning striking twice and electrifying the city's sports scene. In radio, as in sports, you have to put yourself in position to take advantage of the breaks you're handed. The  both sports stations did that : The SportsHub jumped into third place among all listeners ages 6 and up and was #2(behind WZLX) among all-important 25-54 year old demo. It was also #1 among 18-49 listeners. Red Sox flaghship WEEI 93.7 also saw impressive gains in the 25-54 where it rose from 7th spot to 5th. In the overall 6+ group, the station placed 9th but registered the highest audience share since dropping its AM 850 simulcast last year.

So the question now, in the wake of Red Sox' gift of a season, is whether this is a high-water mark for all-sports radio in Boston, or the wave of the future?

For now, however, let's not rain on their parade. Sports talk is stronger than it has ever been in Boston radio. Let both stations enjoy it before, like any successful sports franchise, they have to worry about building on the success.

 Nielsen Audio's rankings of Boston radio stations among listeners ages 6 and up between October 10 and November 6 survey period : 
Rank Station Format Share - The percentage of those listening to radio in the Boston area who are listening to a particular radio station. Cume - The total number of different persons who tune to a radio station during the course of a daypart for at least five minutes).
1 WZLX 100.7 Classic Rock 6.9 709,800
2 WXKS 107.9/"Kiss 108" CHR 6.8 1,455,500
3 WBZ 98.5/"The Sports Hub" Sports 6.7 862,200
4 WKLB 102.5 Country 5.8 791,300
5 WMJX 106.7/"Magic" Adult Contemporary 5.8 1,254,400
6 WBZ 1030/"NewsRadio" News/Talk 5.5 633,400
7 WROR 105.7 Classic Hits 5.1 940,600
8 WEEI 93.7/"SportsRadio" Sports 5.0 764,200
9 WBUR 90.9 News/Talk 4.2 417,700
10 WJMN 94.5/"Jamn" Rhythmic-CHR 4.1 813,900
11 WBMX 104.1/"Mix" Hot AC 3.8 899,800
12 WBQT 96.9/"Hot" Rhythmic AC 3.5 684,700
13 WODS 103.3/"AMP" CHR 3.4 1,026,500
14 WBOS 92.9/"MyRadio" Modern Rock 2.8 659,600
15 WRKO 680 Talk 2.7 238,700
16 WGBH 89.7 News/Talk 2.7 328,100
17 WAAF 107.3/97.7 Rock 2.3 440,400
18 WXRV 92.5/"The River" Adult Alternative 1.6 394,600
19 WCRB 99.5 Classical 1.2 187,900
20 WEDX 101.7/"Evolution" Dance 1.0 223,300
21 WERS 88.9 Variety 0.8 183,700
22 WEEI 850/"ESPN" Sports 0.3 105,100
23 WUMB 91.9 Folk 0.2 41,100
24 WKOX 1430/"Mia" Spanish Hits 0.1 28,100

BRW Notebook :

Specials of the Day :   No matter what else may be happening in radio, Arlo Guthrie will be coming around tomorrow to keep things in proper balance by singing "Alice's Restaurant". The most famous modern Thanksgiving song will play at noon on WUMB 91.9, WXRV/92.5 The River, WZLX 100.7 and WROR 105.7. The 18-minute version is too long for regular playlist and precludes it from being played at any time other than Thanksgiving Day holiday. WZLX will also serve two more helpings at 9am and 4pm.

For the sports junkies at the Thanksgiving table, from 8am to Noon, WEEI 93.7 will broadcast the“Turkey Day High School Football Show” which will be hosted by Butch Stearns. He will be joined by several area coaches and athletic directors, former local high school stars who went on to play in the NFL and various local media reporting from different game sites around the region, leading into the station’s broadcasts of the afternoon and evening’s NFL Tripleheader (12:00,4:00 and 8:00p) from WestwoodOne Sports.

The long and winding road : Former WRKO 680/Talk 1200/Boston Herald Radio host Jeff Katz has been named the new afternoon drive host at Richmond, VA's WRVA NewsTalk 1140. Katz has been filling in at the Clear Channel-owned talker for the past month.

All That Jazz :  WGBH 89.7 will be wrapping up its fall series of Live From Scullers broadcasts this Friday night, November 29, as part of WGBH’s Eric in the Evening with Eric Jackson. Friday’s show will feature Grammy Award-winning—and newly awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient— Cuban-born jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Jackson will join Sandoval at Scullers and introduce him to his radio and online listeners at 10pm.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mikey V spins into Kiss 108's nighttime schedule

Clear Channel Boston's Top 40/Mainstream WXKS/Kiss 108 has named Michael "Mikey V" Vinci as its new nights host, effective immediately. Vinci, a Boston area native, was most recently working as nights host at CBS Radio's WDZH/Amp 98.7 in Detroit. His career also includes stops at WNOU/Now 100.9 in Indianapolis, Z95.5 in Ithaca, NY and Fun 107 in New Bedford, Mass. 

In Kiss 108's 7pm-Midnight slot, Mikey V replaces veteran jock Jackson Blue who left the station in mid-October(BRW 10/24). Rest of Kiss 108's weekday schedule looks like this : Matty In the Morning(6am-10am), On-Air With Ryan Seacrest(10am-2pm) and Romeo!(2pm-7pm).

Here's the official Kiss 108 press release on Mike V's hiring :

KISS 108 NAMES MIKEY V NEW NIGHT TIME HOST
 

Boston, Mass. – November 25, 2013 –WXKS-FM KISS 108, Boston's Number 1 Hit Music Station, announced today that Mikey V has been named the new Night Time Host and Creative Coordinator, effective immediately.  Mikey will host weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight.

 

Mikey began his radio career at FUN 107 in New Bedford, Mass., hosting various shows from 2006-2010.  After graduating from Stonehill College in 2010 he joined Z955 in Ithaca as a Night Time Host and then in October 2010 he became the Night Talent and Imaging Director at RadioNOW 100.9 in Indianapolis. Most recently Mikey served as Night Time Host and Imaging Director at98.7 AMPRadio in Detroit. 

 

“I am excited to bring some new energy to the legendary team at KISS 108 and Mikey V is that guy with unlimited energy, passion and dedication!” said Dylan Sprague, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston. “Matty, Ryan, Romeo and Mikey make for a dangerous team.  Nights in Boston just got wild.”

 

“WOW my DREAM job in my hometown!  When I received the first email from Dylan Sprague my heart dropped,” said Mikey V.  “I am beyond excited to work hard under a programmer who believes in me, and who has the talent and knowledge to bring my skill-set to the next level! Also, working alongside some amazing talents, that are household names in Boston, like the entire Matty in the Morning crew, Romeo and so many others, is nothing short of a dream come true! Time to get to work”

 

Fans can listen to KISS 108on the station’s website, www.KISS108.com, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's all-in-one digital radio service.  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 (now in beta) 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.

 

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston:

Clear Channel Boston owns and operates WXKS-FM, WXKS-AM, WKOX-AM, WJMN-FM,WEDX-FMand is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.  With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 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 iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems.  iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 225 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company.  More information on the company can be found at ClearChannel.com.

 

 

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