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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Saturday, November 21, 2015


Magic 106.7's variety once again includes Christmas tunes

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. 


Boston's WMJX/Magic 106.7 flipped the official holiday switch on Friday(11/20) at 5pm, changing formats to all-Christmas music with Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas".


This is the fourth year in the row that the FM radio station, owned by Greater Media,, has rebranded as “Boston's Christmas Station” for the holiday season.


This year Magic will have commercial-free "Christmas hour" at 8:15am and 2:15pm each weekday. In addition, the MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS tradition will continue with commercial-free music from 6pm Christmas Eve through 8pm Christmas Day. More details from station's press release.

(If you miss the regular Magic 106.7's playlist of Adele, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, etc, you can find them all on WMJX 106.7 HD2 sub-channel stream thru December 25. WMJX 106.7 HD2 is typically all-Christmas during the year).

For those who like their Christmas music without commercial interruptions, WODS 103.3 HD3 offers a non-stop stream which kicked off on Sunday, November 1st.



BRW Notebook : 

Holiday Shows :  WXKS/Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball 2015 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season’s biggest annual music tour scheduled a stop a TD Garden in Boston on December 10th. The line-up will include The star-studded lineup features: The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Tove Lo, Hailee Steinfeld and Natalie La Rose.... WBMX/Mix 104.1's annual holiday concert, Not So Silent Night is on Wed., December 9th at the House of Blues. This year's line-up includes Fall Out Boy, Elle King, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Jamie Lawson.

News and programming notes : WRKO 680/"The Voice of Boston" raised over $357,000 during last week's 2nd annual Fisher House Radiothon. One of the highlights of the fundraiser was when Boston native and Hollywood celebrity Mark Wahlberg phoned in his support, with a $100,000 donation to help Fisher House continue its efforts to build comfort homes that support families of recovering military men and women at VA and military facilities nationwide...According to Boston Globe's sports media writer Chad Finn, Entercom Boston, had received approximately 200 applications for the opening on WEEI 93.7's Red Sox radio broadcast booth, a spot that became available when Dave O'Brien moved over to NESN. The list of candidates has been narrowed to 5 - WEEI's midday personality Lou Merloni is among them - with a partner for longtime Red Sox voice Joe Castiglione expected to be announced sometime before Thanksgiving....Can you believe that it's the 50th anniversary of the "Alice's Restaurant Massacre," commonly known as "Alice's Restaurant"? The usual suspects - WROR 105.7, WXRV 92.5 and WZLX 100.7 - will continue its tradition of playing Arlo Guthrie's folk classic on Thanksgiving Day at Noon..

Voices and Names : WEEI 93.7's Glenn Ordway had one Halloween scare when doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital had discovered and removed large cancerous growth in his colon. Ordway had collapsed prior to Jets-Patriots game in Foxboro on Sun, October 25 and was rushed to the hospital  Ordway returned to WEEI two weeks later and told his story to the audience...UMass Boston's WUMB 91.9 has moved host Brendan Hogan from evenings to The Morning Show. Jess Phaneuf took over 7-10 PM weekdays. Phaenuf came to WUMB after seven years at MVYRadio on Martha's Vineyard...Barry Armstrong who buys and programs two hours a day on WRKO 680 with his "Financial Exchange" show might be in hot water with the state regulators who have been investigating various financial advice talk shows on the radio dial. Armstrong faces a fine as well as possible suspension of programming and advertising for a month or two if the state rules against him. More in the Globe's story here...Candy O'Terry who exited Magic 106.7 after 25 years earlier this year(BRW 3/27) was recently named Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year....Arun Rath, who just recently left his LA-based role as weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, has moved to Boston as a correspondent for WGBH News.  He was previously senior reporter for WGBH-produced programs Frontline and The World. Rath will be based out of the WGBH newsroom, but this doesn’t mean he’s leaving NPR. He’ll split his time reporting for both, with a focus on neuroscience....After nearly 9 years as music director/assistant program director/morning show producer Jim Clerkin exited WXKS/Kiss 108 last week...Fomer WBCN and WFNX personality and host of Patriots Radio Network, Bill Abbate has recently joined the weekend line-up at WXRV/92.5 The River...Presidential election season is like Christmas music for news and talk radio formatted stations. Boston Herald profiles WBZ 1030's "NightSide" host Dan Rea. "NightSide" which debuted in October 2007 is the only local nightly topic talk show in the Boston market.... After a two-year battle with cancer, former longtime Boston radio personality Jimmy Roberts had passed away in Florida last month. Roberts had worked at WROR 98.5, WBMX 98.5, WKLB 105.7 and WROR 105.7 between 1979 and 1998.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Deflategate" shuffles September's radio deck a bit

With only a minor shuffling of the deck, it’s pretty much status quo when it comes to how radio stations ranked in the latest ratings issued by Nielsen Audio(formerly Arbitron).

The top-ranked stations three months ago are still the same top 10 in these ratings taken August 13 to September 9th. And except for two sports stations -- WBZ/98.5 the Sports Hub and WEEI/Sports Radio 93.7 - taking sizeable jumps and making lots of noise with that little media-manufactured story known as the 'Deflategate' which finally came to a temporary halt on Sep. 3rd, and market's second country music station - WBWL 101.7 The Bull - making a noteworthy leap thanks to a new improved signal, Boston's top 20 is pretty much intact as well.

Market's usual Top 5 suspects - WROR 105.7(classic hits), WKLB 102.5(country), WBZ 1030(News/Talk), WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108 and WMJX/Magic 106.7  had to share some real estate with WEEI and the SportsHub last month but for the most part the Big 5 had a very good summer.

WRKO 680's Rush-free line-up which debuted back in late June had a first full month under its belt but took another downward hit in the September survey. Obviously, the station needs a bit more time to get its new morning Boston.com morning show worked out and new high noon time for Jeff Kuhner is also an adjustment for his followers.

Here are Boston's Top 25 stations among listeners ages 6 and over from August 13th thru September 9th :


Station
Format Owner July August September
WROR 105.7
Classic Hits Greater Media 6.7 7.6 7.2
WMJX/Magic 106.7
AC Greater Media 5.9 6.1 6.3
WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub
Sports CBS Radio 4.6 4.9 6.0
WBZ/News Radio 1030
News CBS Radio 6.2 5.8 5.6
WKLB/New Hit Country 102.5
Country Greater Media 6.2 6.2 5.6
WEEI/Sports Radio 93.7
Sports Entercom 4.4 4.6 5.4
WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108
Top 40/M iHeartMedia 5.5 5.7 5.4
WZLX 100.7
Classic Rock CBS Radio 4.1 4.2 4.7
WBMX/Mix 104.1
Hot AC CBS Radio 4.2 4.1 4.2
WBQT/Hot 96.9
Rhythmic AC Greater Media 3.6 3.6 3.4
WBUR 90.9
News/Talk Boston University 3.4 3.2 3.2
WBWL/101.7 The Bull
Country iHeartMedia 2.1 2.1 3.2
WBOS/My Radio 92.9
Alternative Rock Greater Media 3.7 3.6 3.1
WXRV/92.5 The River
Adult Album Alternative Northeast Broadcasting 2.9 3.0 3.1
WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7
Active Rock Entercom Boston 2.8 3.3 2.9
WJMN/Jamn 94-5
Top 40/R iHeartMedia 3.4 3.2 2.9
WGBH 89.7/Boston Public Radio
News Talk WGBH Foundation 2.1 2.3 2.2
WODS/AMP Radio 103.3
Top 40/Mainstream CBS Radio 2.4 2.2 2.2
WRKO 680/The Voice of Boston
Talk Entercom Boston 2.8 2.4 2.1
WCRB/Classical 99.5
Classical WGBH Foundation 1.7 1.8 1.8
WXLO 104.5
Hot AC Cumulus Media 1.6 1.9 1.8
WCTK-FM
Country Hall 1.3 1.0 1.2
WERS 88.9
Variety Emerson College 0.7 0.8 0.6
WKOX/Talk 1430
Spanish Cont iHeartMedia 0.4 0.3 0.3
WEEI/ESPN on 850
Sports Entercom Boston 0.2 0.1 0.2



BRW Notebook : 

Can we talk?! : On September 14th, Salem Media flipped WBIX 1260 to a new hybrid format which currently features Salem's national talk line-up and will also be adding financial/business talk shows in the coming days/weeks. The station is now known as the AM 1260 The Buzz. … WGBH 89.7 named former ABC News staffer Kate McCarthy Zachry as News Director, and Aaron Schachter, from PRI’s The World, as Executive Producer and Editor...In August, Michael Czarnecki was named Operations Manager and Assistant Program Director at news/talker WRKO 680. Czarnecki joins the 'Voice of Boston' from his previous positions as program director for iHeartMedia/Clear Channel’s  country WRNX/Kix 100.9, and Assistant PD for iHeartMedia co-owned stations WHYN/News Radio 560 and WHYN/Mix 93.1 in the Springfield market. His radio resume also includes prior on-air and production stints in Hartford, Manchester, NH, Providence and in Boston at Mix 104.1, Oldies 103.3 and currently weekends on WAAF 107.3 where he goes by on-air name "Mike Logan". Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary says Czarnecki stood out in a strong field of candidates. “If our applicant pool is any indication, the future of the News/Talk format is in very good hands,” he said. “I was particularly impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm across a wide spectrum of prospects, but in the end Michael was the complete package of experience, vision and local knowledge. He’ll be a terrific addition to the WRKO team” Czarnecki takes over programming chores previously handled by Bill Cooksey, who left the station for another opportunity outside radio in July.