Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WBCN brings back the X-Mas Rave

WBCN 104.1FM’s annual holiday radio bash called ‘X-Mas Rave’ which the rock station organized every December from 1995 thru 2004 is coming back this year. As the Rock of Boston closes out its 40th anniversary year, the station celebrates its legendary past as it and the rest of the radio industry looks to the unpredictable future. Station’s other former tradition – the River Rave – was also resurrected this past summer to mark WBCN’s birthday.

X-mas Rave makes its return at the recently opened Showcase Live in Foxboro for three nights with retro-flavored shows featuring bands from years past which surely to attract some of WBCN’s now-30/40-something-with-kids listeners : Dec. 1 is Sponge and Seven Mary Three. Dec. 2 : Candlebox, Hoobastank and Flobots. And rounding things out on Dec. 3: Stone Temple Pilots’ frontman Scott Weiland. Additional acts
will be added to the first and third nights, according to WBCN.

BRW Notebook :

The sounds of the season : Although for radio business this is not an easy time, it’s business as usual for some local stations who are going ahead with their sponsored seasonal shows – WFNX 101.7FM takes over the Orpheum Theater with its two-night “Miracle on Tremont Street”(December 6th : Franz Ferdinand, The Airborne Toxic Event and December 7th - Vampire Weekend, Black Kids)….Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball returns to Tsongas Arena in Lowell on December 11…Jamn 94-5’s Monster Jam is back at TD Banknorth Garden on October 27th.

Local support : For many years now, Sunday night’s 10pm-Midnight block on Boston rock radio continues to be the bastion of new and local music scene. All three commercial radio rockers are still showing support for the up-and-coming acts with their weekly shows - WBCN 104.1FM(Boston Emissions), WFNX 101.7FM(First Contact and New England Product) and WAAF(Baystate Rock).

Speaking of WBCN’s Boston Emissions, as of last weekend, the program has a new host who some rock radio listeners may recognize – Anngelle Wood. She also continues on as weekend DJ on sister-station WZLX 100.7FM. Here’s the release :

Meet Anngelle Wood: Stalwart Supporter of Local Rock, Pug Lover and New Host of WBCN’s Boston Emissions

Boston, MA – WBCN is happy to announce that Anngelle Wood is joining their roster as the new host of the station’s long running local music program Boston Emissions. No stranger to the local music scene, Anngelle has been involved with the local music community in numerous ways. As part of WFNX morning show, Anngelle routinely invited local artists onto the program to promote upcoming events and CD releases. She is responsible for the Rising Tide Series, concert events designed to showcase local female performers and their bands. She has served as one of the rotating DJs on WMFO’s “On the Town with Mikey Dee,” a local music program that continues as a way to honor the memory of its original host Mikey Dee, another stalwart supporter of local music who passed away in 2003. Anngelle is also a co-organizer of the Rock n’ Roll Social, a monthly networking event for members of the local music community that is entering its 6th year. For the past 3 years, Anngelle has been heard on the airwaves of CBS sister station, WZLX, where she will remain an active member of its airstaff as well.

As a result of these many diverse interactions within the local music scene Anngelle has developed a wealth of knowledge regarding New England’s unsigned local artists. In addition to knowing about the local scene she also brings a passion for turning people on to new, undiscovered local acts. Anngelle comes armed with both this knowledge and passion as she takes on her new role as host of WBCN’S Boston Emissions. Wood will also be actively involved in the annual WBCN Rock n’ Roll Rumble, the country’s longest running local music battle of the bands.

WBCN’s Boston Emission is featured every Sunday night from 10pm to midnight on 104.1FM, WBCN.

Considering all options : Reese Hopkins who lost his midmorning show on WRKO AM 680 due to company-wide budget cuts last week is already trying to land his next gig somewhere else. He’s been contacted by CNN Headline News to make some appearances on their talkshows. However, staying in the Boston market could be an option for Hopkins despite his one-year deal with Entercom including a clause for post-employment non-compete
reports Boston Daily blog.

Radio book club : For history buffs or fans of radio or both, there’s a new great book out. “Hello Everybody : The Dawn of American Radio” by Anthony Rudel. This latest radio history entry
takes a look at the early days of radio in this country. There are some amazing stories of quirky station owners and major financial challenges facing radio in its early days(Ed. Note : do things ever change?! :-]. Rudel was a guest on Jordan Rich’s overnight show on WBZ AM 1030 last weekend…The Globe’s radio column previews an upcoming book from media historian Donna Halper.

1 comment:

Outofthebusiness said...

Non competes in massachusetts are illegal for broadcasters.