Thursday, July 3, 2008

New venue for WBOS’ summer concerts

Radio 92.9(the station formerly known as WBOS 92.9FM) has released the show dates for this summer’s City Steps Concert Series , featuring performances by Thriving Ivory(July 17), Tracy Bonham(July 31), and The English Beat(August 21). The big change this summer is the new venue for the station’s long running summer music series. In keeping up with its new strategy of mass-marketing the station to a greater audience, WBOS will trade the Copley Square Park for the spacious surroundings of City Hall Plaza.

Each performance will also feature a local Boston band that will be selected by fans on Radio 92.9’s OurStage.com webpage (www.ourstage.com/go/929citysteps). To be considered bands are to upload their music to the website for fans to vote on.

“We're excited to bring Boston more free live concerts to City Hall Plaza,” says Radio 92.9 Program Director Dana Marshall in a press release. “We’re thrilled that this summer series will feature great national acts as well as emerging local bands chosen by Radio 92.9 listeners.”

BRW Notebook :

GRLZ power :
Greater Media announced it’s teaming up with GRLZ Radio(formerly R-Log AM 540) to implement a sophisticated, cutting-edge summer internship program to benefit one Boston teen. Mirayah Rivera, 15, of Jamaica Plain, a current GRLZ Radio participant and DJ, is the first to be awarded such an internship position. She will spend her summer working with some of the nation’s top radio broadcasters and producers at Greater Media. GRLZ Radio is an internationally recognized radio station and after-school program based in Dorchester hat gives young women a voice in their communities. In her new role with Greater Media, Rivera will produce a weekly GRLZ Radio program to air on WBOS’s HD2 multicast station – “Radio You” Boston.

So you want to be Boston’s next country music star? : Country 102.5/WKLB-FM is joining forces with Hard Rock Café Boston and country music superstar Kenny Chesney in search of Boston ’s “Next Big Star!!”. Country 102.5 is currently accepting video submissions or audio submissions with accompanying video. Contest is open to musicians age 21 or older who are residents of the United States . Entrants can be an individual or a band/act. All entries must be received at the Country 102.5 WKLB studios by 5pm, Friday, July 11, 2008. Interested parties should log onto www.wklb.com for complete details and contest rules. Country 102.5’s “The Next Big Star” contest will be narrowed down to four contestants who will then perform before a panel of judges at Hard Rock Café Boston on Friday, July 25th. The winner from this event will open for Kenny Chesney’s sold out “Poets & Pirates” Tour the following day (July 26th) at Gillette Stadium.

Ingraham returns : Conservative talker Laura Ingraham returned to the radio this week after about a month's absence due to contractual dispute with her syndicator Talk Radio Network. She said in her opening comments: "I've missed you so much I don't know how to put it into words. I am ecstatic to be back on air." Ingraham can be heard weeknights on WTKK 96.9FM from 10pm to 1am(tape-delay).

Rush renews : Talk radio’s biggest star Rush Limbaugh who celebrates 20 years of his program in August has been rewarded with an 8-year contract extension with a whopping $100 million signing bonus and $38 million annually by his syndicator Premiere Radio Networks which is owned by Clear Channel. Limbaugh is heard on WRKO AM 680 from Noon to 3pm and is currently ranked 12the in the Boston market, the Boston Herald reports.

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