Thursday, April 16, 2009

WEEI partners with Comcast SportsNet in the first regional TV/radio programming simulcast

Starting on May 2nd, Comcast SportsNet is launching the region’s first radio/TV simulcast show in partnership with WEEI AM 850, it was announced this afternoon. The Baseball Show featuring Michael Felger, CSN exclusive baseball analyst Lou Merloni and Boston Herald baseball scribes Sean McAdam and Steve Buckley will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 pm and feature live call ins. Felger is also a regular contrbutor to WEEI.com.

The Baseball Show will be the very first TV/radio simulcast in the Boston area. Originating from Comcast SportsNet’s studios in Burlington , MA , The Baseball Show will reach 4.4 million homes across New England and millions of WEEI radio listeners in Boston and other major New England markets, including Cape Cod, Worcester , Providence , Hartford , and Portland . Fans can also listen to the shows online at
CSNNE.com and WEEI.com.

BRW Notebook :

Here come the B's : Still no word on the Bruins' next radio deal which apparently has some of the unusual bidders like WFNX 101.7FM
according to the Globe, but WBZ AM 1030 which kicks off the quest for the Cup tonight at 7pm , is stil considered to bel a heavy favorite to retain the team's radio rights for next season.

Here come the C's : WEEI AM 850 will have all of the Celtics playoff action starting with Game 1 on Saturday(4/18) at 12:30pm . Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell are doing the call with John Ryder working the postgame talk. Right below WEEI on the dial, ESPN 890 will air a number NBA playoff games(no Celtics) via ESPN Radio mothership. In addition, ESPN 890 will feature an expanded version of The Celtic Pride Radio Show, with an hour before the tip-off of every Celtics playoff game. It will be hosted by Patrick Gilroy and Jeff Hickman, now in their 6th year together.

Dead Men Rocking : The Dead's show at the DCU Center in Worcester will be broadcast live 7:30 p.m. Saturday(4/18) on Sirius XM's Grateful Dead Channel.The channel airs on Sirius channel 32 and XM channel 57 features music spanning the band's career with unreleased concert recordings and original shows hosted by band members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.
It also features rare archival interviews with Jerry Garcia and contributions from Grateful Dead expert David Gans and Dead archivist David Lemieux.


More Seacrest, please : The nationally syndicated "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest" which airs locally on Kiss 108/WXKS 107.9FM from 10am to 1pm is expanding to include a fourth hour of programming, beginning Monday, May 4. The show will now air from 10am to 2pm.

Getting the Whine out : The WEEI Sports Radio Network will hold the 7th annual Whiney Awards with Glenn Ordway on Tuesday, June 25, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held at the new Showcase Live entertainment venue at Patriot Place , adjacent to Gillette Stadium.

Tickets will cost $40 and go on sale to WEEI Clubhouse Insiders on Thursday, April 23rd at 2 PM. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday April 24th 2 PM. They can be purchased at
weei.com.

Comedian Tony V will emcee the Oscar-style ceremony for the sixth consecutive year. He will be joined by the entire WEEI on-air cast, as well as many of Boston ’s top sports reporters and special celebrity guests.

The Whiner Line airs daily at 5:45 PM on “The Big Show” with Glenn Ordway.

It's a wonderful time of year...again : If you're a sports fan, Patriots Day(4/20) will be the most action-packed day in quite a while around these parts. First, for 78th straight year WBZ AM 1030 will mark the 113th anniversary of the oldest marathon in America and the largest single-day event in New England. As of now, WBZ's coverage plans include sports director Walt Perkins at the starting point in Hopkinton calling the start of the race for each division(Wheelchair, Women's, Men's,etc). The station will have a chopper to supplement its top and bottom of the hour newscasts as well as sports updates at 15 and 45 minutes past each hour. The station will also have a reporter at the Finish line in Copley Square....The Red Sox' Patriots Day game from Fenway will be on at 11am on WEEI AM 850 which will also have KG-less Celtics-Bulls' Game 2 from the Garden at 7pm...WBZ AM 1030 will conclude its sports busy day with Game 3 of the B's-Habs series from Montreal's Bell Centre at 7pm.

Mike rides on : The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, the nation’s most successful athletic fundraising event has signed WMKK/Mike FM 93.7 as its official and exclusive radio sponsor. The radio station will promote the efforts of more than 5,000 cyclists who will ride up to 190 miles in the 2009 PMC to raise millions of dollars for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.

Mike FM will sponsor the Pan-Mass Challenge under its “Random Acts of Kindness” program by providing public service announcements during the spring training season and over PMC weekend, which is August 1 & 2. As part of the Random Acts of Kindness program, the station will also broadcast live from different hubs along the seven PMC routes over PMC weekend, including the Babson College start and finish lines in Wellesley on Sunday, August 2. The Mike FM team will appear at four PMC Kids Rides in May and June and the station will post information about the PMC on its website and promote the event and its mission through an email campaign. All of the Entercom New England radio stations will air PSAs for the PMC throughout training season.

What about Bob? : While local Entercom management was enjoying the Opening Day festivities at company's luxury box at Fenway Park last week, WAAF 107.3FM/WKAF 97.7FM's night-time jock Bob Hannah was getting the bad news that he was losing his 7-Midnight job due to corporate budget cuts. After being a part-timer at WAAF for two years, Hannah was named station's night-time voice in April 2006. He wasn't off the air for too long.This week, he was picked up by CBS Radio Boston to do some weekend and fill-in work at WBCN 104.1FM and sister station WZLX 100.7FM.

6 comments:

DJ said...

What does the Baseball Show mean for the future of Mutt and Bradford on Saturdays?

Anonymous said...

Nevermind Mutt & Bradford. How can they ruin the show by putting Felger on it. He is awful on the air.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious on how this will impact the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund telethon held every summer.

Boston Radio Watch said...

I believe the Jimmy Fund radiothon is on Thursday/Friday. So there will be no impact on Saturday morning's Basebal Show as it stands now.

It's basically a TV show promoting the regional sports network and its brand and personalities(Felger, Merloni) over radio. You can call it CSN's sportmercial. WEEI gets a 3-hour local content that it doesn't have to spend $$$ to produce yet it can sell ads around it. They'll probably farm out WEEI's Sunday morning football show to CSN as well with Felger hosting it.

Entercom may extend this kind of local TV partnerships to WRKO because it's a definite cost-saver yet it can be tagged as 'local'. Fox25's morning news show on WRKO was one morning drive option that was on the table in the past. I'd say it will be revisited once the Finneran's fiasco finally comes to a happy end.

Dave said...

This may be a "dry run" for an eventual Big Show simulcast. It's been talked about for awhile now and apparently there's already language in Ordway's contract allowing for it. Mike Francesa's show on WFAN/NY is simulcast on the YES network and I'm sure Ordway would love to have his own TV component as well.

My guess is that they'll work out the bugs and kinks with the Baseball show this summer, and the Big Show will begin simulcasting in September, just in time for football season, playoff baseball and the Fall book.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Dave, looks like a trial run for a new revenue stream but beyond that, has the simulcast format ever worked well? That old saw - radio is the theater of the mind - has never held more true than watching a few minutes of Imus, on TV. Every now and then, there is a funny minute - but there are looong periods of haming it up for the cameras - voice actors trying way tooo hard to make it visual, when the bits look forced and totally staged on the flat screen. All the while the product dosen't sound much better on radio. Stern did it well - but he had a cast of thousands ( slight radio hyperbole ) and was willing to troll the deepest parts of the sewer for the visual bits - strippers, porn stars, midgets, freaks and geeks. Can't really imagine that RKO will go to that extent. Maybe Felger is best suited to the first phase of this experiment - if it fails - blame him and dump him, no big loss in the RKO line up.