Thursday, September 25, 2008

No debate about it : Boston stations plan to have the presidential race covered

Debate or no debate? For those who can't be near a television - or prefer to turn down the volume on the set and listen to radio coverage - live hookups of Friday night's first scheduled presidential debate, are being planned by several local radio stations.

The scheduled debate, beginning at 9 pm, is expected to be carried live by WRKO AM 680, WBZ AM 1030, WTKK 96.9FM with post-debate analysis offered at 10:30pm. WBUR 90.9FM will offer National Public Radio's coverage.

Remaining presidential debates will occur October 7th and 15th, and the VP debate is scheduled for October 2nd.

Tomorrow night, WRKO AM 680 plans to put presidential politics before baseball as the talker will pass on the meaningless(when was the last time you could say that?) Sox-Yankees game and ship it over to co-flagship WEEI AM 850. Radio Hall of Famer Howie Carr and back-in-circulation Todd Feinburg will team up for the 7-8pm hour. Feinburg will then host solo the pre-debate 8-9pm hour and post-debate block from 10:30-Midnight. WRKO may also have to ship Game 1 of ALDS to WEEI AM 850 next week in order to air highly-anticipated VP debate on October 2nd. (If the Angels clinch the best overall record in AL, they get to choose which day to play Game 1 – October 1st or 2nd. Either way, WEEI will have Game 1 of ALDS)

Over on WTKK 96.9FM and WBZ AM 1030, Michele McPhee and Dan Rea plan to host pre and post-debate programming on their respective stations. (WBZ AM 1030 will likely shift Bruins-Canadiens game on October 15th over to one of its FM sister stations so it could air the final presidential debate.)

BRW Notebook :

Let’s do the time warp again! : After dusting off his radio persona, former WBZ-TV sports icon Bob Lobel kicked off the first of four week trial run as the the morning drive 'special guest' co-host with Karen Blake at WODS 103.3FM reports the Herald. Meanwhile, Boston radio legend Dale Dorman, who decided to slow it down a bit after an amazing 40-year run on local radio is shifting to Saturday mornings(9a-12pm) beginning this weekend. Dorman is happy to get out of the daily grind reports the Globe. As WODS 103.3/Oldies is in the process of undergoing a line-up makeover, another Boston radio vet JJ Wright moved from evenings(6-9pm) to take over the afternoon drive,(2-7pm), the daypart he first hosted when he joined Oldies in 2002 when longtimer Brian Murphy left. A live, syndicated classic hits show with a Cleveland-based Tom Kent will enter the line-up from 7pm-10pm starting this Monday(9/28) as veteran night-timer Mike Finnegan shifts to 10pm-1am.

Where will Zito turn up? : One of Boston veteran comics and radio sidekicks/co-hosts/producers, Chris Zito, has recently ended his five year-run co-hosting mornings with Jen Carter on WXLO 104.5FM in the Worcester market. On his blog, Zito says that he and the station couldn’t agree on a new deal and unable to provide all the details at this time, but promises to pop up somewhere else on the local dial soon. Go figure…

Couple of sidenotes In 2003, Zito was hired to do mornings at WXLO by Jay Beau Jones who currently oversees programming at CBS Radio Boston’s WBMX 98.5 and WODS 103.3FM/Oldies. Jones moved from WXLO to WBMX/WODS this past February. But, even more interesting is the fact that Zito and Oldies 103.3’s current morning co-host Karen Blake have crossed radio paths in the past – both worked at WJMN 94.5 and WCLB 105.7FM around the same time. In early 90's at WJMN/WZOU 94.5, he was on with JR Edwards in the mornings and she hosted afternoon drive. Both of them then ended up at country WCLB 105.7FM where he was exec-producing Loren and Wally and she handled PM drive from 1994 to 1996. After five years in Detroit radio(hosting mornings with JR at modern rocker Planet 96.3), Zito returned to Boston and worked as writer on Steve Sweeney’s morning show on WZLX from 2001 to 2003. Whether he is headed to WODS to join Karen Blake and Lobel(if he’s still there) or somewhere else on the Boston dial, chances are he’ll be heard from sooner rather than later…

Hockey on the 3’s : The Bruins are back on their flagship WBZ AM 1030 for the 14th consecutive year(except for the 04-05 strike season, of course) with three pre-season weekend games starting this Saturday with the 4pm date vs. the Washington Capitals. Next weekend brings afternoon tune-ups against NYIslanders(October 4) and Caps(October 5th). One of the most underrated play-by-play voices in Boston sports, Dave Goucher, returns on play-by-play.

Radio Woodie : One of Boston’s best independent music FM’s, Emerson College’s WERS 88.9FM, has been nominated for Best College Radio Station in America in MTV’s 24-hour college music channel MTVU’s annual Woodie Awards to be presented on November 12th. Shockingly, Boston college stations were shut out of trade publication College Music Journal’s annual nominations.

One giant perception problem : "Radio Heard Here" is radio industry's current image/PR campaign, reminding advertisers that radio is...err.. heard. MediaDailyNews reports that "top executives at leading radio companies acknowledged Wednesday the industry's rocky times, but attributed it more to perception than reality. Advertisers have failed to appreciate the appealing content and marketing opportunities that radio offers, they said."
[Ed.Note : Stay calm...we're not in a recession. It only seems that way]

Friday, September 19, 2008

Oldies 103.3 to launch a new morning show with Lobel and Blake as co-hosts

What does it take to replace one radio legend? Well, it takes two radio and TV veterans - Bob Lobel and Karen Blake. Beginning this Monday(9/22), the two will co-host brand new morning drive show on WODS 103.3FM/Oldies 103.3 from 6am to 9am.

One of Boston's best known TV sports anchors Bob Lobel first broke into Boston media market via WBZ AM 1030 in 1976. Lobel who is considered a TV broadcast sports icon of sorts around these parts was bought out of his deal with WBZ-TV4 this past April. Ironically, Lobel began his sports media tenure in Boston on the radio side at Oldies 103.3's sister station WBZ AM 1030 in 1976 as the afternoon sports reporter and later sports anchor. He also co-hosted “Calling All Sports” with Upton Bell in the late 70’s. He then moved over to the TV side in 1979. He also hosted the “C.A.S.” when it returned to WBZ in the early 90’s when the radio station had the all-sports weekend block programming.

In early April, Lobel told BRW that he wouldn’t rule out a return to radio after his WBZ-TV run ended : I have no idea whats going to happen.. i have no idea what’s going to be possible in the separation agreement(with WBZ-TV). It’s a work in progress. I can tell you that at least on some part time basis i would be very open to doing some radio stuff. It’s kinda my first love.” Well, looks like Lobel should be back in a familiar element come Monday morning.

As for Lobel's co-host, Karen Blake is considered one of Boston's most popular radio deejays with the on-air calling card "The Madam" in her three decades on local radio. She began her career as intern at Kiss 108 back in the early 80's where she later became a fulltime on-air personality. Over the years, she held various shifts at a number of other stations and formats like Z94, Jam 94-5 Country 105.7, Eagle 93.7 and Star 93.7. She joined Oldies 103.3 as the afternoon personality back in October 2005.

Blake and Lobel auditioned together over the summer as Blake filled in for Dale Dorman for a couple weeks.

Two Boston stations pick up national awards as Big O goes 0 for 3

Two local stations are coming home from this week’s National Association of Broadcasters’ Radio Show and industry trade publication Radio and Records’ Convention with nice souvenirs - the Marconi Radio Award and Radio Industry Achievement Award, respectively.

All-sports WEEI AM 850 picked up its second Marconi in three years as the best sports talk station in the country at the last night's awards ceremony concluding NAB’s 2008 Radio Show in Austin, TX. Two years ago, WEEI won a Marconi for the sports station and the large market station.WEEI's afternoon host of the Big Show, Glenn Ordway, who was nominated in the Major Market Personality category lost out to Ryan Seacrest who hosts a morning show on KIIS-FM/LA among his many media ventures. (This past week, Seacrest's nationally syndicated show began airing locally on Kiss 108 from 10am to 1pm).

This was Ordway's third Marconi nomination. He was previously nominated in 2005 but lost out to Bill Handel of KFI AM 640/LA. And, last year, Big O came up short against Chuck Collier of country station WGAR-FM/Cleveland. On the bright side, Ordway still got ways to go before tying or breaking Susan Lucci's winless streak record.

At the Radio and Records’ convention which also took place in Austin earlier this week, WBMX-FM/Mix 95.5 was named the best major market station in the "Hot AC" format. Also, in the same format category, station’s Mike Mullaney won as the best music director of the year.And, Seacrest, who hosts American Top 40 countdown on Kiss108 every Sunday morning, also took home the National Radio award at the Radio and Record event.

BRW Notebook :

Hi Ma…Bye Ma..Hi Ma! : As already mentioned in this space(BRW 9/14), Boston radio icon Dale Dorman signed off mornings at WODS/Oldies 103.3 last Friday. Dorman will now be heard regularly on weekends starting next Saturday(9/27).

The best of the best : This week, Globe's radio column has a story on the upcoming Massachusetts Broadcasters' Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Class of 2008.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Metro Networks cuts Boston reporters

As first mentioned in this space(BRW 9/4), Westwood One-owned Metro Networks was planning a major cut to its traffic and news operations servicing a number of Boston area radio stations. Last Friday(9/12), as part of company-wide restructuring and payroll reductions a number of Metro's longtime employees here and elsewhere got laid off.

Some of those on the layoff list at Metro's Boston office included longtimers like news director Bob MacNeil(Metro eliminated the news director positions at all of its bureaus), veteran traffic reporters Joe Stapelton who had been with Metro Traffic/Metro Networks for 23 years, as well as Mauzy Stafford and Chris Fama.

Stapleton, Metro's AFTRA union shop steward was instrumental in unionizing the Boston Metro office years ago, has most recently was heard doing news and traffic in the mornings on WRKO AM 680 as well WXRV-FM/River 92.5 Another traffic veteran Mauzy Stafford was part of morning drive shows on WODS FM/Oldies 103.3 for many years and voiced traffic updates for WILD AM 1090. Chris Fama was doing evening newscasts on WRKO AM 680 as well Sirius' Boston traffic channel. Their positions will be handled by other remaining staffers.



More Metro staffers are expected to get pink slips within the next two weeks.



Westwood One's stock which traded at $33 a share five years ago closed at 69 cents last Friday.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Uncle Dale signs off mornings at Oldies 103

Come tomorrow(9/15), for the first time in 40 years, Boston radio listeners will no longer be able to hear one of the local airwaves’ most recognizable performers on their daily commutes. Dale Dorman, one of Boston's most popular and long-lasting DJs, has played his last tune and did his last bit in the morning drive at Oldies 103.3FM this past Friday(9/12).

Dorman, 65, who last month marked a 40-year anniversary in Boston radio is best known for over two decades of doing afternoons at the Top 40 megagiant Kiss 108 from 1980 to 2003. Dorman arrived on the Boston radio scene in August 1968 with a morning gig at WRKO AM 680 which at the time was a Top40 outlet. He worked at WRKO from 1968 to 1978. After WRKO said goodbye to Dorman in 1978, he wentto work for WVBF 105.7FM(now WROR 105.7FM) where he stayed for two years. After parting ways with 'VBF in June 1980, Dorman was determined to get a job with at-the-time the hottest new station in town – Kiss 108. After few months of try-out's and fill-in's, persistent Dorman finally landed a permanent afternoon shift at Kiss on October 13, 1980. Five years ago(August 2003), Dorman’s contract at Kiss didn’t get renewed. In September 2003, he quickly landed in the mornings at Oldies 103.3 taking over for Paul Perry(now afternoons at WROR 105.7FM).

From 1969 to 1991, Dorman also was the voice for the morning and afternoon kids block cartoons(mornings and afternoons), on Channel 56/WLVI-TV and that's how he got to be known "Uncle Dale".

Dorman's departure from Oldies 103.3 is, according to very reliable sources, was made by his own desire to cut down on the workload and grueling early morning hours. Whether he’ll remain at Oldies in any kind of part-time/fill-in/weekend capacity is not yet known. CBS Radio Boston hasn't yet made any official announcement about him leaving. No word on who’ll replace him in the morning drive at Oldies 103.3.


BRW Notebook :

Power boost : After a long 12-year process of getting a power increase, WKOX AM 1200 will finally be able to boost its power to 50,000watts later this fall. WKOX is now transmitting from new site in Newton and has been most of last week. It is still at low power and will remain that way for some time. The station's format Latin musci forma "Rumba" is expected to stay the same.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Seacrest In : His syndicated show to be heard on Kiss 108

Ryan Seacrest, the ubiquitous Fox’s American Idol host and LA-based radio host will be heard on WXKS 107.9FM/Kiss 108 starting Monday(9/15). His syndicated radio show “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” will join Kiss' line-up from 10am to 1pm as Boston becomes the latest on the ever-growing list of radio markets for Seacrest's latest national radio venture.

Seacrest’s Clear Channel-distributed program launched nationally on
June 30 is basically his five-hour morning drive show on LA’s KIIS-FM cut down to three hours for syndication without all the LA-related local content(news, traffic updates, local ads, etc). Seacrest’s other radio vehicle is “American Top 40” countdown which Kiss 108 airs on Sunday mornings(8am-Noon).

Kiss will adjust its weekday schedule a bit to accommodate Seacrest’s addition.
Shelly Wade who’s been voice tracking the midday shift out of NYC’s Z100 since December 2006 will now move to the 1-3pm slot. Afternoon driver Neil “Romeo” Paris will now cross into evening schedule and will be on from 3 to 8pm.

BRW Notebook :

Is there life after Tom Brady? : WRKO's resident Radio Hall of Famer Howie Carr penned a great column this week telling all the local sports radio yahoo's to get a life or something comparable to it. A shot at WEEI, its management(same as WRKO's), listeners,etc? You betcha. Is presidential politics more important than Tom Brady not playing football for the next five months? Arbitron's Fall survey begins on September 18th. We'll surely find out sometime in late January how local sports talk did vs. presidential politics this fall. As many observers correctly point out, this particular presidential election will be like the World Series for talk radio. So WEEI yappers better not rain on Howie's parade on WRKO which is currently underway with a big wrap-up Hall of Fame dinner in Chicago on November 8th.

[Ed. Note : Sure, WEEI still has plenty of champions to rely on - Sox and Celtics content could to fill out the rest of the schedule without any problem - but Patriots Monday, Patriots Friday and Football Sunday are pretty expensive shoes to fill if the Pats take a massive dive which is likely. And, Bob Kraft's content licensing agreements are not cheap.

Granted, the Pats opened the season up against the Sox(on NESN), but registering 16th highest local TV rating for a SuperBowl team absolutely proves that the Pats without Brady will be a struggle to sell for local media(WEEI, WBCN, WBZ-TV, WCBV-TV,etc). Boston is no different than anywhere else in the country. We're the sports nation of frontrunners, folks. That is why there's been so much hype this week coming from Kraft-affiliated media outlets to prop Cassell as the next Brady which is not only absurd but insulting to people who know the game.

Curt Schilling obviously hasn't lived thru the bitter and angry Boston sports sucksville of the 90's. Remember those home TV blackouts for the Patriots games and the Sox drawing only 15,000 a game or Celtics going 15-67 under ML Carr?! That wasn't that long ago.]

Let the games begin : Technically speaking, we are still in the summer ratings period thru Wed.(9/17), but it's not stopping some stations' promotions departments from gearing up for the important fall book by coming up with various contests and promotions. WTKK 96.9FM's midday host Michael Graham will deliver over 500 lipsticks to Senator Barack Obama tonight in Concord,NH in response to Obama’s “Lipstick on a Pig” comment. More in Greater Media's press release....WODS FM/Oldies 103.3 is surely putting those great 70's Oldies on hold and switching to its sixth straight all-Christmas-all Holiday music format sometime this fall. The Oldies station is launching its Secret Santa contest this coming Monday morning. Winners will get tickets to husband-wife Amy Grant-Vince Gill "Simply Christmas" concert tour which stops in Worcester in early December.(Ed. Note : Last year, WODS switched on November 12. I don't have any inside knowledge as to when this year's holiday installment is set to begin but I wouldn't be shocked if it's pushed up to October considering the very messy state of radio and general economies. In any event, please feel free to post a comment with a prediction on which station(s) in the market will take on All-Holiday music and when.).

Rough ride : As mentioned in this space last week(BRW 9/4), Metro Networks which provides a number of major Boston and smaller suburban radio outlets with traffic and news updates is shrinking its operations starting this coming Monday(9/15). Today, the traffic reporting service's parent company LA-based Westwood One officially announced major restructuring including major cutbacks to staff and operations centers around the country. No word yet on how many people are being laid off in the Boston office which is based in Government Center.

Please step away from the box, sir : The Herald has almost a comical story on an internal memo informing employees that Entercom's corporate suite at Fenway Park will be used by company's top dog David Field this weekend.(Ed. Note : Geez, you'd think as the guy owns the company he'd have the first dibs on the Fenway box any day he wants. Somehow, there's a controversy about it. Goofy stuff.)

And Now for Something Completely Different : The Globe's radio column this week has a feature story on WODS-FM/Oldies 103.3's afternoon personality and Boston radio vet Karen Blake doing a five-mile fundraising walk for Jimmy Fund next Sunday(9/21)...in high heels.





Thursday, September 4, 2008

Metro Networks to drop customized traffic reports for market’s smaller stations

Traffic is a daily big mess in Greater Boston, and that mess has produced one of the biggest growth industries over the years - traffic reporting. Unfortunately, with today’s hard economic conditions in the media business even traffic reporting companies like Metro Networks are now doing cost-cutting and streamlining.

Over the past several years, Metro Networks, owned by LA-based Westwood One Radio Network, has being providing some suburban stations in the market with customized traffic updates geared toward suburban commuters. However, that all will change as of September 15 when several of these stations including WATD 95.9FM, WPLM 99.1FM, WCRN AM 830 and WEIM AM 1280 will find themselves without specific traffic reports targeted for their listeners. Metro will instead send out one generic report each hour covering downtown, North Shore, South Shore, Metro West and the 495 corridor. This will be somewhat similar to comprehensive traffic reports heard on major Boston stations like WBZ AM 1030, WRKO AM 680 or WODS 103.3FM.

WATD-FM’s owner Ed Perry told BRW earlier this week his station is not happy with Metro’s decision but now plans to cover traffic with listener reporting : “We've been told the traffic goes away as of September 15th. Natuarally we're appealing the decision which seems damaging to the content we've always provided our local commuters. However, we'll always find a way to get the traffic info on the air. In this age of cellphones and restaurant gift certificates there are lots of faithful listeners willing and able to provide live traffic updates in exchange for a bite or two. We've always made listener calls a part of the traffic info we air and have also updated Metro with those reports to help keep their own reports current. So economics aside, I'm a bit perplexed as to why Metro would want to lose the input we provide them for free. But such are the ways of the corporate world. Fortunately we still run an independent show down here. Revenues are stable, the air product's not bad, and we're still having fun”

BRW Notebook :
Talk of the Town :
WRKO AM 680’s midday host Reese Hopkins will take his show to Gloucester next Monday(9/8) for a live broadcast with town residents and officials regarding the so-called, controversial “pregnancy pact” issue. The live remote broadcast will originate from George’s Coffee Shop in Gloucester from 10am to Noon.. Hopkins will hold a town meeting debate on the Gloucester situation and teen pregnancy in general. Additional guests will include Patrick Anderson, a reporter from the Gloucester Times who has covered the teen pregnancy story and been interviewed by MSNBC, Fox and NPR; and Raymond Lamont, Editor-in-Chief of the Gloucester Times.


Blog it out, dude : WEEI.com has rolled out a new contest to try and find “The Next Great Sports Blogger” as part of the sports station’s website promotion. Contestants can submit a sample of up to 500 words to WEEI.com’s “Next Great Sports Blogger” page at www.weei.com/blogger. Entries should be focused in on the Boston sports scene and reflect the author’s wit, creativity, sports knowledge and unique perspective to craft a piece of work worthy of being featured on WEEI.com. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2008. A panel of judges, including WEEI’s on-air talent such as Gerry Callahan, Michael Holley, Mike Felger, Glenn Ordway, other Boston sports media icons and athletes, and WEEI.com site editor Rob Bradford, will help narrow down the field of entries to determine the 10 Finalists. Then starting October 15, the finalists will be tested in a final round of challenges judged by WEEI.com readers in an open vote deciding the winners of “The Next Great Sports Blogger” contest. In the end, two winners will be chosen as the “The Next Great Sports Blogger,” and will have the opportunity to write a daily blog for WEEI.com starting in January 2009.

Andre The Giant would be proud : Ed Symkus
catches up with Sheldon Godberg who hosts “Mouthpiece Wrestling Show” on WWZN AM 1510 from 6 to 7pm each Friday.

Your neighborhood radio CEO : Locally-run Greater Media(WROR 105.7FM, WTKK 96.9FM, WKLB 102.5FM, WBOS 92.9FM and WMJX 106.7FM) boss Peter Smyth gives an update on his company's recent doings.

Mixing it up : Tomorrow at 7:10am on John Lander's morning drive show, WBMX-FM/Mix 98.5FM will officially announce the line-up for its annual MixFest. And, you’ll definitely need to bring a jacket or two if you’re going to the show. This year’s edition is taking place on Saturday, October 11th at 3pm at the Bank of America Pavilion with adult Top 40 hitters - Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Jordin Sparks.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

WEEI puts on a new weekend look

WEEI AM 850 will revamp its weekend program schedule beginning this Saturday(9/7), replacing long-running Saturday morning "Mustard and Johnson" show hosted by Larry Johnson and Craig Mustard with the brand new The WEEI.com Radio Show hosted by WEEI.com editor Rob Bradford and weekend host Mike Mutnansky. "Mustard and Johnson" were the regular Saturday morning fixture on WEEI since 1996. Both hosts are expected to remain with the station in the part-time fill-in roles.

Speaking of Mustard,he has been associated with WEEI since late summer of 1990 when the station still ran its low-rated all-news format on the AM 590 frequency. He had his own night-time show(7-11pm), hosted post and pre-game shows for the Celtics and Bruins, and did afternoon drive sports updates. A year later when WEEI adopted its current sports format(9/3/91), Mustard was its first night-time host. The other current on-air personalities who have been with WEEI since its sports conversion 17 years ago tomorrow are middayer Dale Arnold and afternoon drive king Glenn Ordway.

In other WEEI news, with the Patriots pre-game show "NFL Sunday" is returning this Sunday(9am-Noon). As expected, Mike Felger who returned to WEEI after three years at ESPN 890, has been named the show's new host. He'll be joined by former Patriot Steve Nelson, senior writer for Patriots Football Weekly Paul Perrillo and Tom Curran of NBCSports.com.

Here is today's press release announcing weekend line-up changes :
WEEI NETWORK REVAMPS WEEKENDS WITH NEW LINEUP

September 2, 2008 (Boston)—The WEEI Sports Radio Network announced today the addition of a newly created weekend lineup highlighted by the return of NFL Sunday and The Real Post Game Show, which have been so successful before and after Patriots football games.

Beginning Sunday, September 7th, Michael Felger takes over as host of NFL Sunday, the pre-eminent Patriots football pre-game show, from 9:00am to noon. Felger will be joined by two regular contributors to the program, New England Patriots Hall of Fame Linebacker Steve Nelson and Paul Perrillo, Senior Writer for New England Patriots Football Weekly. Tom Curran of NBC
Sports.com will also call in every week to provide a national perspective on each week’s games. NFL Sunday will provide listeners with the most comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of the Patriots as they prepare for their upcoming opponents.

After the game, it’s The Real Post Game Show with Big Show Flash Anchor Pete Sheppard, and two of the most respected and well versed former Patriots in town -- Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. The program airs immediately after every Patriots game, and will give listeners their first chance to discuss, break down and analyze the outcome. The Real Post Game Show airs from 4pm to 7:30pm, leading into the network’s coverage of Sunday Night Football.

On Saturday, WEEI is proud to announce the addition of The
WEEI.com Radio Show. The new show will kick off this Saturday, September 6th at 9am, and will be co-hosted by WEEI.com editor Rob Bradford and Mike Mutnansky. Mutnansky has been a weekend contributor to WEEI in recent months and also hosts an afternoon drive show on WGAM 900 AM in Nashua NH . Bradford , of course, most recently wrote for the Boston Herald and is the author of two books, “Chasing Steinbrenner” and “ Deep Drive ”. In addition to covering the major sports stories of the day, the TheWEEI.com Radio Show will highlight the newly-created content on WEEI.com. Each of the regular contributors to the web site -- Ron Borges, Will Leitch, Mike Petraglia, Alex Speier, Jeff Goodman and others -- will appear on the show on a rotating basis.

VP of Programming and Operations for the WEEI Sports Radio Network, Jason Wolfe, commented on the announcement: “Craig Mustard and Larry Johnson have done a spectacular job on their Saturday morning shift, and I want to thank them very much for all they have contributed to the success of WEEI. They are certainly going to continue to be a part of our lineup in the weeks and months ahead, and we are also speaking with them about new and specific roles with WEEI.com. I am very excited to continue to work with both of them.”

Wolfe continued, “NFL Sunday and The Real Post Game Show are staples of the WEEI lineup, and will continue to provide our listeners with the best Patriots coverage in New England . Our new show with Mike and Rob will be a fantastic addition to our weekend programming.It will follow the same model that has made WEEI an unprecedented success, while also providing listeners with unique insight into our daily content that lives on WEEI.com. I think our audience will be very pleased.”



BRW Notebook :

The Voice : Very sad day in the voice art/radio industry. His voice sounded as though it was filling the room from a set of great speakers. As he talked, his baritone resonated, his every inflection was telling, his intonation suggested subtle drama. It's no wonder that Don LaFontaine who was regarded as the Voice. Not only he voiced 5,000 movie trailers, 350,000 TV and radio commercials over the years but he was also on hundreds of radio station promos, including locally on Kiss 108. R.I.P., Don LaFontaine.

Radio Perestroyka : After a decade of running an NPR affiliate WRNI AM 1290/AM1230 in Rhode Island, The WBUR Group made the official announcement yesterday that Boston's WBUR 90.9FM will no longer be financially and administratively in charge of the station as of August 31.

Looking for Help : WUMB 91.9FM is looking for part time radio announcers. interested candidates should send a sample of their work and résumé to WUMB's Program Director Brian Quinn at http://us.mc356.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=brian.quinn@umb.edu.