Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Matty, 2 stations nominated for Marconi Awards

WXKS 107.9FM/Kiss 108 morning personality Matt Siegel and two Boston stations have been nominated for a prestigious radio award. Siegel and radio stations WMJX/Magic 106.7 and WEEI AM/SportsRadio 850 are among this year's nominees for the Marconi Radio Awards. The awards, given each year by the National Association of Broadcasters, are generally viewed as the radio industry's version of the Oscars. Siegel and the two stations were chosen as Marconi nominees by a panel of NAB members. The award winners will be announced September 24 in Phiadelphia, during the NAB's annual convention.

Siegel, Kiss 108's morning man for the past 28 years, is one of five nominees for "Major Market Personality of the Year." Among the other contenders are personalities in NYC, LA, DC and Philadelphia. He won his first Marconi in this category in 2001.

WMJX/Magic 106.7, Boston's adult contemporary outpost for more than 27 years, is among the Marconi finalists for "Legendary Station of the Year." The station is up against rivals from Albany, Albuquerque, Minneapolis and South Bend.

The voice of Boston sports for the past 18 years, WEEI AM 850, is a nominee in the "Major Market Station of the Year" category. It faces competitors from LA, SF and Philadelphia. In 2006 and 2008, WEEI won a Marconi in the Sports Station of the Year category.


BRW Notebook :

Breaking down the changes on the dial : Very good discussion of the upcoming Boston radio changes on last Friday's Beat the Press segment.(Ed. Note : Great discussion and excellent points made by the BTP panelists with one major exception - labeling WBCN a 'hard rock station' is definitely a big stretch. This is 2009, not 1979. The Rock probably hasn't really touched the hard stuff since the days of scuffling with the headbanging WCOZ 94.5FM.)

A night to remember WBCN : As Boston waves goodbye to one of its best known cultural landmarks of all time, WBCN 104.1FM, station's present and past staffers have organized a little farewell party of their own. On Friday, July 31st at 9pm, the new backroom club at the Cask 'N Flagon which was reborn as Oliver's last year will be the gathering place for the voices and faces associated with WBCN thru the years. (Before the Cask became the Cask in mid 70's, it was known as Oliver's, a place where it all began for rock acts that came thru Boston from late 60's to 1973 - Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Boston, etc, etc). A tribute band Age Against the Machine featuring two of WBCN alums - former station engineer Bill Bracken(on guitar) and nighttime jock Deek(Derek Diedricksen on drums) - was already booked as part of Friday night local rock series at Oliver's, but now the show is being turned into a night of remembering the iconic Rock of Boston.

Moving van update : As mentioned here previously(BRW 5/14), after a 10-year stay at 1200 Soldiers Field Road, WBMX/Mix 98.5 will soon be joining its FM sister stations - WODS 103.3FM, WZLX 100.7FM and, briefly, WBCN 104.1FM at the "TV 38" building in Brighton. The Mix move is scheduled to take place around the beginning of August. Before Mix actually moves down the dial to 104.1FM frequency on August 12th, the station is getting a brand new studio being completed at CBS' local FM cluster. The new Sports Hub 98.5FM will be taking over WBCN's current studio space on the lower level of the TV 38 building.

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