Friday, April 15, 2016

WKLB's new Country Morning welcomes a new co-host


Hanna Byrom is the latest new hire at WKLB 102.5.


Hannah Byrom will join  WKLB/Country 102.5 in the morning drive starting Monday, April 18. She'll co-host "Country Morning with Jeff Miles", who joined the country station in March.

Byrom's resume includes time at Top 40 KBFF/Portland, OR; co-host of Westwood One's syndicated Top 40 "Zach Sang and the Gang," and on air at Top 40 stations WPST/Trenton and WPLJ/New York. 

"I am excited that we are building a great new Country morning show for Bostonians to wake up to that will be fresh and local," says Greater Media's VP/Market Manager Mary Menna. 


Kevin Kennedy
Byrom joins Jeff Miles, Renee Castle and Kevin Kennedy who are all younger, hipper jocks that got hired in the past year to young up WKLB's on and off air image.
Jeff Miles
Renee Castle

BRW Notebook :

And they're off.. : WBZ/NewsRadio 1030 will have live, wire-to-wire coverage of 120th Boston Marathon on Monday(4/18). The coverage will be hosted by Joe Mathieu, Tom Cuddy and Sharon Barbano, along with a team of reporters along the course. Coverage kicks off at 9:15 a.m. Streaming will be available at boston.cbslocal.com.

Matty Being Matty :  Boston radio legend Matt Siegel who celebrated his 35th anniversary as host of KISS 108’s “Matty in the Morning” in January recently sat down with WEEI's Kirk Minihane from "Dennis and Callahan" morning show to record an episode for zany "Enough About Me" podcast. You can listen to Siegel's interview here.

Video Killed The Radio Star...: When asked during a radio interview earlier about his recent comments that CBS will sell/spin-off its owned and operated radio stations, CBS Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Les Moonves told San Diego Sports/Talker and ‘Mighty 1090 AM’ morning host Dan Sileo, “As the world has progressed and as we’ve moved into much more digital and much more streaming, it is a world for us that is keyed on video. Radio is still a wonderful, wonderful business, so our intent is to spin-off radio so it is its own stand alone company, which will fit better than being a big part of conglomerate like ours’ that is keyed more on television. By no means do we think that radio’s not a great business. It’s a slower growth business, but we have 117 radio stations that we think will be a great stand-alone company.” Acknowledging Sileo’s assertion that CBS was actually built on radio from its earliest days, Moonves added, “By no means are we deserting the radio business. But video right now, is where CBS is heading with the CBS Television Network, Showtime and what we are doing digitally. Radio became a different sort of business that really doesn’t fit where we are going. As a stand-alone, high cash, relatively low-growth business it will do really, really well, and it will do better as a stand alone than as part of the other divisions of CBS.” Listen here (around 6:17 mark).

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Reports : The framework of the Red Sox' new radio deal with WEEI is done

According to two reports in the Boston Herald, Entercom's WEEI 93.7 and the Red Sox are about to extend their relationship with a new longterm deal. And, according to sources in Gayle Fee's article, the new deal would keep the team’s games on the 25-year sports talker for another seven to eight years. Sources in Fee's article also say that rival station 98.5 The Sports Hub, which is owned by CBS, was in the mix for the team’s radio rights, but when CBS announced their intentions to get out of the radio business, that sealed the deal.


Fee’s report says that the deal is expected to be less than the previous 10-year, $200 million deal between Entercom and the Red Sox. The feeling is that the new deal will be in the neighborhood of $15 million to $16 million a year for seven or eight years, but that has yet to be confirmed by either party.

In addition, trade publication Inside Radio is reporting that much-anticipated WEEI-Red Sox announcement may be dropping as early as next week according to Entercom Boston president Phil Zachary. Perhaps to coincide with the start of the new season or home opener.


Former WEEI's programming guru Wolfe to head Carr's radio network 

Boston Talk radio legend Howie Carr has tapped industry veteran Jason Wolfe to fill the newly created role of Network Manager for The Howie Carr Radio Network. Wolfe will be in charge of building and expanding the reach and brand of Carr’s daily show (syndicated regionally to 27 stations across New England, including Boston's WRKO 680), in addition to managing day-to-day operations of the network and assisting in developing new marketing and business partnerships. Wolfe, who had a lengthy run as VP/Programming and Operations for News/Talker WRKO and Sports/Talk clustermate WEEI, will also continue to serve as Chief Media and Marketing Strategist for The Financial Exchange Radio Network, whose flagship daily business radio show hosted by Barry Armstrong also airs on WRKO from 10am-Noon.

Official Howie Carr Radio Network press release below :

Media Contact
Kathy Carr 781-249-0102

JASON WOLFE NAMED NETWORK MANAGER OF THE HOWIE CARR RADIO NETWORK

Former WRKO & WEEI VP to oversee day-to-day operations of the growing regional network

Boston, Mass. – (March 30th, 2016) Jason Wolfe has joined The Howie Carr Radio Network in the newly created position of Network Manager. The announcement was made by President and CEO Howie Carr and is effective immediately.

In his role, Wolfe will be in charge of building and expanding the reach and brand of The Howie Carr Show, in addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the network, which will include helping to develop new marketing and business partnerships.

Wolfe, who served as Vice President of Programming and Operations for WRKO and WEEI in Boston from 2006 to 2013, will continue in his role as Chief Media and Marketing Strategist for The Financial Exchange Radio Network.

“I’m very excited to be able to work with Howie in a more formal capacity again,” said Jason Wolfe. “He is a truly great talk show host, which is why he’s in the Radio Hall of Fame. I’m looking forward to helping him continue to build, what is, already, an incredibly strong regional network.”

Carr, who is also a columnist for the Boston Herald, has written two New York Times bestsellers. He won a National Magazine Award for Boston Magazine and is a contributor to Newsmax TV.

“Jason has been working with us for several months and has been doing a great job in getting the show noticed by numerous new markets,” said Carr. “I know that he will build on that success in his new role as our Network Manager.”

The Howie Carr Show airs on 27 stations across New England, including WRKO AM 680 in Boston, WXTK FM 95.1 Cape Cod, WCRN AM 830 Worcester, WHYN AM 560 Springfield, WGAN AM 560/FM 105.5 Portland, ME, WVOM FM 103.9 Bangor, WFEA AM 1370

Manchester, NH, WNNH FM 99.1 Concord, NH, WPOP AM 1410 Hartford, CT, and WVMT AM 620 Burlington, VT


BRW Notebook :
n 1973, Howard Stern worked as a DJ for WTBU on a show called the King Schmaltz Bagel Hour. WTBU claims the title as the first station to fire Stern, after he ran a segment titled “Making the Bishop Blush.”
The country shuffle : Texas native Jeff Miles has joined Greater Media's WKLB/Country102.5  as the new morning man effective March 7. He succeeds John "JW" Willis and Lori Grande, who exited in February after more than a decade (). Miles was most recently working mornings at KCYY/Y100 in San Antonio. "Jeff Miles brings some great experiences and successes with him," says PD Mike Brophey. Adds Miles, "It feels like I'm joining a great family more than anything else!" Miles' past stops include Hot AC WPLJ/New York and Top 40 WWWQ/Atlanta, among others....Another WKLB newcomer is Renee Castle who is the new evening(7pm-Midnight) jock. Most recently the California native was a part-timer with WKDF in Nashville. Castle started as an actor, then producer for Hell's KitchenBlind Date and other reality TV shows. Her background also includes Westwood One and Top 40 WJXA/Nashville. "Renee brings an enthusiasm and excitement for radio and Boston that is contagious,” says PD Mike Brophey. "Her entertainment experience is awesome and we are elated to have her on our team."...Speaking of the Country format, WKLB's rival WBWL 101.7 The Bull is adding more duties to its staffers - afternoon driver and station's program director Lance Houston has been promoted to Country format captain for the region, which includes Springfield, Portsmouth, Manchester, Providence and Cape Cod markets in addition to Boston. He also adds PD duties for the company's WTBU/95.3 The Bull in Portsmouth, NH. Also, Bull 101.7's night personality Colton Bradford adds the same shift on Bull 95.3 in Portsmouth and the company's WRNX/Kix 100.9 in Springfield.

Some changes may be on the way shortly : CBS Corporation plans to sell or spin off(IPO) its radio assets in the coming year. Leslie Moonves, CBS chairman-CEO, confirmed the news during CBS' "Investor Day" presentation in Manhattan on March 15th.  Moonves said "CBS would explore a variety of alternatives for the group including a sale, swap or spinoff of the group, just as CBS spun off its outdoor advertising group in 2014."


CBS owns 117 stations in 26 markets, including WBZ/NewsRadio 1030, WBZ 98.5 The SportsHub, WZLX 100.7, WBMX/Mix 104.1 and  and WODS/AMP 103.3 in Boston

Think twice if you want to become a radio pirate when you grow up : And, The Federal Communications Commission has issued an Enforcement Advisory, writing, "Perpetrators of pirate radio stations, which by definition do not obtain FCC licenses or comply with commission rules and requirements, are in violation of federal law and FCC rules. This prohibition does not discriminate by size of operations, applying equally to the rebellious high school kid operating a radio station from his bedroom as it does to slick and sophisticated high-powered illegal broadcast operations."


The advisory notes, "Such illegal activity threatens the livelihood and sustainability of existing radio broadcasters and the health and safety of the listening public."

No listener left behind : Nielsen has launched Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings to measure over-the-air radio listening across mobile apps and Web players, regardless of ad model and device — smartphones, tablets and computers.

The service, which collects data on more than 2,500 station streams across 48 markets including Boston, measures the extension of broadcast radio to streaming environments.

At first, it will report the listening of digital streams of AM/FM radio stations and e-radio stations in those markets.

Measurements for custom-curated and on-demand audio, including podcasts, are currently in development.

Down but not out : All programming at Boston University WTBU 640 is currently suspended due to a massive fire which ripped thru station's Comm Ave. studios on March 25th. The award-winning college radaio station plans to post DJ podcasts for the time being. WTBU is also collecting station memories and posting them on its Facebook page. WTBU is also the place where legendary American radio host Howard Stern got his start. In 1973, as a BU sophomore,  Stern realized his long-held dream of getting behind an actual mic and racked up many firsts.. At WTBU, Stern and three friends form a comedy troupe came up with a show called "The Radio Schmaltz Bagel Hour".

Friday, February 12, 2016

Country 102.5 shakes things up again
A year after making changes to its veteran afternoon drive and evening line-up(BRW 3/26/15), Greater Media's WKLB/Country 102-5 continues to tinker with its on-air sound and staff. The biggest change to-date took place yesterday(2/11): Veteran hosts JW(John Willis) and Lori Grande are done after a 13-year run as station's morning team. Willis began his tenure  with Greater Media as a night jock at the old WBCS 96.9 in 1994. In 1996, Greater Media acquired rival WKLB 105.7 and merged formats/staffs on 96.9 frequency. In 1999, WKLB call letters/format moved to 99.5 frequency to make room for an FM talk station(WTKK). In 2006, Greater Media bought Charles River Broadcasting's 102.5 frequency and moved WKLB there.

Willis became WKLB's morning host in 1997. Lori Grande joined him in November 2002 after returning to Boston market with her ex-husband Sean Grande of Boston Celtics radio fame.

In June 2014, Iheart Media/Clear Channel debuted WBWL/Bull 101.7 on the old WFNX frequency. The new station has been leaning younger and taking some listeners away from WKLB.


Greater Media announced that a new morning show on 102.5 will debut shortly. According to Greater Media's market manager Mary Menna, Grande will stay on as a traffic reporter for the station and employed by Total Traffic Network which provides traffic reports for many Boston TV and radio stations.


BRW Notebook :

Sports games : Barrett's Sports Media has revealed its 'America’s Top 20 local sports morning shows' for 2015. Blogger Jason Barrett says although this is an inexact science and the results are subjective, he tried to create a formula that made sense. Whether it worked or not is in the eye of the beholder, but says he's comfortable with the way it turned out.

In total, 35 radio executives took part in determining these results. (Barrett not included). Each member of the executive committee was given 35 shows to choose from, and asked to select their Top 20 in exact order. Boston's WBZ/98.5 The Sport Hub's Toucher came in 2nd place and WEEI/Sports Radio 93.7's Dennis and Callahan were ranked 5th. Complete list is here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Once again Christmas music brings big ratings to Magic 106.7

For the  fourth year, it was Merry Christmas for WMJX/Magic 106.7 as the Holiday ratings showed another win for the perennial top station in the market, according to Nielsen Audio.

WMJX, which went with a Christmas music format from November 20 to Christmas Day(BRW 11/21/15), was rewarded big time.

Greater Media's adult contemporary outlet for 11 months of the year proved that the holiday hits are a winning combination. Magic 106.7 scored a huge 14.8 for the Holiday period from December 3 to December 30, while Patriots-powered WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub well-distanced at 5.9. (For some comparison, in the December ratings book, WMJX 106.5 beat WBZ 98.5, 8.0 to 6.7). Following that, much of the survey was without change in the rankings. WXKS/Kiss 108 kept hold of number three, dropping to 5.8(from 6.6). WMJX/Magic 106.7's sister station classic hits WROR 105.7 also slipped .7(to 6.2). WBZ/NewsRadio 1030 stayed put at number 5 with a 5.5.

Perhaps, listeners are the Grinch when it comes to country music. WKLB 102.5 had a 1.7 setback to stand at 3.3  in 8th place and IHeart Media's WBWL/The Bull 101.7 dropped from 1.8 to 1.3 in 21st place. 
  
Surprisingly, WBZ/The SportsHub 98.5, despite the Patriots’ playoff run, actually lost listeners. It went from 6.7 to 5.9. Rival WEEI 93.7 also went .8 in negative territory, but finished the period in 6th place at a 4.7.

Nielsen Audio's 2015 Holiday Survey(Dec.3-Dec.30) rankings in the Boston market :
Rank Station Format Owner/LMA Nov 2015 Dec 2015 Holiday 2015 Cume
1 WMJX/Magic 106.7 Adult Contemporary Greater Media, Inc. 8.0 8.0 14.8 2,022,900
2 WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub Sports CBS Radio, Inc. 6.7 6.7 5.9 908,600
3 WXKS/Kiss 108 CHR/Top 40 iHeartMedia, Inc. 6.1 6.6 5.8 1,286,500
4 WROR 105.7 Classic Hits Greater Media, Inc. 7.0 6.2 5.5 981,700
5 WBZ/NewsRadio 1030 News/Talk CBS Radio, Inc. 5.4 5.7 5.5 704,100
6 WEEI/Sports Radio 93.7 Sports Entercom 5.5 5.5 4.7 575,600
7 WBUR 90.9 News/Talk Boston University 3.9 4.4 4.1 433,100
8 WKLB/New Hit Country 102.5 Country Greater Media, Inc. 5.1 5.0 3.3 687,900
9 WODS/AMP Radio 103.3 CHR CBS Radio, Inc. 3.1 3.4 3.3 802,000
10 WBQT/Hot 96.9 Rhythmic AC Greater Media, Inc. 3.5 3.3 3.3 633,800
11 WZLX/Boston's Classic Rock 100.7 Classic Rock CBS Radio, Inc. 3.9 3.6 3.2 652,800
12 WGBH/Boston Public Radio 89.7 News/Talk WGBH Educational Foundation 2.2 2.5 2.9 342,600
13 WBMX/Mix 104.1 Hot AC CBS Radio, Inc. 3.6 3.5 2.7 788,000
14 WBOS/Radio 92.9 Modern Rock Greater Media, Inc. 2.7 2.6 2.5 647,000
15 WRKO 680/The Voice of Boston Talk Entercom 2.5 2.6 2.4 204,100
16 WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7/Boston's Rock Station Rock Entercom 2.6 2.4 2.4 479,700
17 WJMN/Jamn 94.5 Top 40 Rhythmic-CHR iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.8 2.6 2.2 666,600
18 WXRV/92.5 The River Adult Alternative Northeast Broadcasting Company, Inc. 2.2 1.9 1.8 401,100
19 WCRB/Classical 99.5 Classical WGBH Educational Foundation 1.9 1.8 1.6 218,100
20 WXLO 104.5 Hot AC Cumulus Media, Inc. 1.9 1.9 1.5 379,300
21 WBWL/101.7 The Bull Country iHeartMedia, Inc. 2.3 1.8 1.3 375,800
22 WCTK-FM Country Hall Communications, Inc. 1.0 0.9 0.7 149,700
23 WERS 88.9 Variety Emerson College 0.6 0.5 0.6 165,900
25 WKOX/Talk 1430 Talk iHeartMedia, Inc. 0.4 0.4 0.3 48,700
26 WEEI/ESPN 850 Sports Entercom 0.4 0.3 0.2 71,800
27 WUMB 91.9 Folk University of Massachusetts 0.1 0.2 0.2 58,100
28 WWFX 100.1/The Pike Classic Hits Cumulus Media, Inc. 0.1 0.1 0.1 28,900
29 WXKS/Bloomberg 1200 Business News iHeartMedia, Inc. 0.0 0.1 0.1 29,600


BRW Notebook :

Shortsleeve and Mac : WMEX 1510 debuts a new weekday midday show from 10am to Noon starting Monday, February 1st. Former WBZ-TV reporter Joe Shortsleeve and local political strategist Diane McNamara join the local talk line-up in Quincy.






Monday, January 11, 2016

Matt Siegel Celebrates 35 Years at Kiss 108

For over three decades, WXKS/Kiss 108’s Matt Siegel has been a fixture on Boston’s radio dial, and his "Matty in the Morning" has been the top-rated morning show for most of those years. Tomorrow(1/12), he celebrates 35 years on Kiss 108's morning drive.

Siegel's current contract runs thru the end of 2018(BRW 4/25/14).




Here is IHeartBoston's Press release on Matty's anniversary :
35 YEARS OF MATTY IN THE MORNING
Matt Siegel celebrates 35th Anniversary at KISS 108

(Boston, MA – January 11, 2016) – KISS 108’s Matt Siegel will celebrate his 35th Anniversary as host of “Matty in the Morning” Show on KISS 108 / WXKS FM tomorrow, Tuesday, January 12.  Over the years, Siegel has won his share of accolades, including the 2001 and 2009 National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award for Large Market Radio Personality of the Year, one of the highest honors in radio.  Matty in the Morning is Boston’s leading morning show year after year, according Arbitron. 

A staple of Boston’s radio community, “Matty in the Morning” consistently delivers unique interviews and is a source of endless comedy for his loyal listeners. With the aid of his team, Billy Costa and Lisa Donovan, Matty has a listener base unlike any other that continues to span generations. His never-ending charm and unique appeal has made him an unparalleled ratings success story. Combined with a mix of his personal anecdotes and honest to a fault personality makes any listener’s commute a more enjoyable experience.

“As an entertainer Matty has influenced generations of listeners and become a cultural phenomenon in Boston.  Off air, his competitive spirit and market leading success continues to inspire the industry’s young talent,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Boston. “Congratulations Matty on 35 years at Kiss 108!”

“Matt is a truly remarkable talent.  His ratings dominance has spanned decades, which is absolutely remarkable when you consider the dramatic changes in the media landscape in Boston.” said Alan Chartrand, President of iHeartMedia Boston.

"Matty is a truly unique morning show personality. To remain at the top of his craft with such unparalleled rating success is unheard of,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia. “To see 35 years of such incredible accomplishment is a testament to his amazing talent, and we are so proud to call him a member of the iHeartMedia family."

"I have a great team that works hard and I consider myself incredibly lucky and fortunate being able to entertain and make listeners laugh over the years,” said Matt Siegel.

About iHeartMedia Boston:
iHeartMedia Boston owns and operates WXKS FM, WJMN FM, WBLW FM, WXKS AM  and is part of iHeartMedia.  With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 87 million monthly digital uniques, over 75 million social followers 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 800 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. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (OTCBB: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ramiro Joins HOT 96.9's Get Up Crew

A day before its 3-year anniversary(1/8/13), Greater Media’ Hot 96.9 gave its listeners a big present - the rhythmic/hip-hop station announced that popular radio personality, Ramiro “The Freakin’ Puerto Rican” Torres is joining Hot 96.9’s GetUp Crew morning drive show with Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy. As you've read it here first last July(BRW 7/16/15), Ramiro, who was with Hot 96.9's rival Jamn 94-5 for over 20 years, was suddenly taken off the air as he wouldn't negotiate a new contract extension with the Iheart Radio station. After sitting out the remainder of his Jamn contract(with pay), Ramiro became a free agent with the end of 2015. What was the worst kept secret in Boston radio land for past six months is now official - he joins Hot 96-9 and reunites with another Jamn refugee and former longtime on-air partner Pebbles(Susan Semedo). 

Ramiro and Pebbles were Jamn's uber popular morning team from October 2001 to December 2012. At the end of 2012, Pebbles left to start up a new competitor WBQT Hot 96-9 in January 2013 after FM Talk 96.9 was silenced. At Hot 96-9, she rejoined her former Jamn program director Jack "Cadillac" McCartney as well as other former longtime co-workers like Melissa and Deirdre Dagata. And now with Ramiro joining, Pebbles and Ramiro are back together in the morning after three years.


“To say I’m excited about joining Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy on HOT 96.9 would be a MASSIVE understatement!” said Ramiro in Greater Media's press release. “I’d like to thank everyone at Greater Media including Peter Smyth, Mary Menna, Scott Morello and the man who’s been responsible for every single opportunity I’ve had in my career, Cadillac Jack. I can’t wait to become part of your morning routine again!” “Ramiro is quick-witted, a quick study, and an all-out superstar,” said Director of Programming Cadillac Jack. “Greater Media remains committed to building out our team of “A” talent, and this addition truly testifies to that, further bolstering our already strong lineup! I’ve known Ramiro for his entire work life (and more than half his natural life) and can say unequivocally that listeners will welcome him to HOT 96.9 in a big way, as he joins Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy to round out a team of Boston personalities that people from all backgrounds have grown to know and love."


BRW Notebook :

Girl talk radio : Maybe by design or just a strange coincidence but WMEX 1510 has built an all-female talk line-up from 10am to 7pm. As of this week, longtime Howie Carr executive producer Sandy Shack has joined the Quincy station with a new show from Noon to 3pm. WMEX also features Boston Herald Radio's Morning Meeting with Hillary Chabot and Jaclyn Cashman from 10 to Noon and Michele McPhee from 3pm to 7pm.

Shack began her broadcasting career in the legal wing of the old RKO General to which she was quickly drafted by the programming department of the company's Boston station WRKO. Shack gained the art of producing with the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox and legal advice shows culminating with the two National Radio Hall of Fame inducted shows: "The Jerry Williams Show" and "The Howie Carr Show."

Shack commented, "Who says dreams don't come true. I hope everyone who has been so supportive over the years comes and joins me at my new home 1510 WMEX for my very own show."

WMEX Senior General Manager Bryan Berner added, "We are all excited to bring Sandy into the 1510 WMEX family.Sandy is a perfect match for what we are doing here at 1510 WMEX."

Best time of the year : NFL's playoffs are here and WEEI 93.7 will once again will be the destination to hear almost all games on the radio on the Boston market. The lone exception is next Saturday's Patriots divisional playoff game at Foxborough which will air exclusively on WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub. WEEI will pick up Westwood One Sports'  audio play-by-play coverage of all four Wild Card Playoff games this weekend (1/9-10), three Divisional Playoffs on January 16th-17th. The network’s coverage also includes the AFC and NFC  Championship games, the Pro Bowl, and the network radio broadcast of Super Bowl 50. 

Catching up : As was mentioned here in the last update of 2015(BRW 12/20/15),  Tim Neverett is the new radio co-voice of the Boston Red Sox. He succeeds Dave O’Brien, alongside 33-year Sox Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Castiglione. O'Brien is shifting over to NESN's booth with the start of spring training. Official press release from WEEI is here....New morning drive traffic pattern at WBZ/News Radio 1030. After 18 years of delivering traffic reports on WBZ from 5:30am to 10am, Rick Simonson has retired. Simonson was technically an employee of Total Traffic Network(previously Metro Traffic) but he was a big part of WBZ's superb morning news drive block. His WBZ colleague and friend Carl Stevens paid tribute to a steady traffic guy with this feature. Simonson's slot is now being covered by Kevin Brennan.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Report : WEEI extends an offer to fill a vacant Red Sox radio role

Tim Neverett is pretty close to taking over one of baseball's most prized sports broadcast roles according to the report in Friday's Boston Herald.

After 9 years in the Red Sox radio booth, Red Sox play-by-play man Dave O’Brien is shifting from WEEI 93.7 over to the team-owned regional sports outlet New England Sports Network(NESN) to replace popular broadcaster Don Orsillo who was let go by the club in late summer(BRW 8/31).  As a result of Orsillo-O'Brien move, a major void was created in the radio announcing team. So far, the 33-year Sox radio fixture Joe Castiglione is currently the only voice signed to work 2016. As reported by Steve Buckley in the Herald, this situation will likely change as early as next week when New Hampshire native. Tim Neverett officially signs the team’s offer to become Castiglione’s partner on the radio side.

Neverett, 49, a graduate of Emerson College, spent the past seven seasons as a play-by-play voice for the Pittsburgh Pirates, alternating select games on KDKA radio and regional cable TV station ROOT Sports.. Prior to joining the Pirates' broadcast team, Neverett served as a pre- and post-game host for the Colorado Rockies and covered college sports for FOX Sports Rocky Mountain. He freelanced for NBC Sports during 2004 and 2008 Olympic games as baseball announcer.

Neverett,  the 1984 graduate of Nashua High School, initially broke into professional baseball as one of the youngest broadcasters in the history of the sport, calling select games as a 19-year-old for the Nashua Pirates.

He has yet to formally accept the position in the Red Sox booth(he's currently on vacation in Colorado), although he met with team officials earlier this week according to Buckley's report.

The Red Sox are going into the final season of a monster 10-year, $200-million dollar radio contract with WEEI's corporate parent Entercom. The radio company has reportedly lost millions of dollars on an overvalued deal which thru its course had encountered a nasty economic recession and is still battling on-going media advertising crunch.  Entercom also declined to exercise a 2-year renewal for 2017 and 2018 seasons using the same financial terms of the expiring deal.

The club and Entercom are currently working out a new deal in an exclusive negotiating window. WEEI's GM and Entercom Boston market manager Phil Zachary was hoping to close the deal by Christmas as he told Boston GLobe's media writer Chad Finn a couple weeks ago. If/when Neverett accepts the club’s offer, one would presume his deal will likely be tied into the new multi-year agreement with WEEI and ensure stability in the radio booth for seasons to come. Neverett will also be considered Castiglione's eventual replacement as the Hall of Fame broadcaster will be turning 69 in March.

Stay tuned. More details to follow in this space next week.


Christmas tradition continues on...broadcast radio

After a 3 year-absence from broadcast radio, Oedipus, legendary Boston radio programmer and DJ is returning to a familiar platform for his 38th annual Christmas Eve broadcast which will air this Thursday(12/24) from 6pm to Midnight. This time around, Boston's longest-running radio holiday show will be hosted at the studios of pubcaster WGBH 89.7 in Brighton according to the station. For those outside of Boston area or with preference for non-broadcast platforms, it will be streamed at wgbh.org

It's a tradition Oedipus had 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 on Boston.com's streaming  station RadioBDC from 2012-2014.


BRW Notebook : 

I Am What I Play : Speaking of WBCN and special holiday week radio events, "An Evening with Boston Radio Legend Charles Laquidara" and screening of "I Am What I Play" documentary will take place on Wed, Dec 23rd at 7:30pm (Doors 6:30pm) at 500-seat Regent Theater in Arlington. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. More details are here.
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