Radio is fired up for the 4th
With cannons blasting, bells tolling, and fireworks exploding over the Charles River, there's no better way to celebrate America's Independence Day than right here in Boston.
Saturday night's Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell will feature patriotic songs, popular standards and appearance by The Glittery One - Neil Diamond - who will surely bring out a very enthusiastic sing-along with the Red Sox' PA staple "Sweet Caroline". With the expected half-million music lovers mobbing the Esplanade, the best way to enjoy the spectacle and avoid the crowds is to turn on your radio at home. For the seventh consecutive year, WBZ AM 1030 carry the music broadcast live beginning at 8:30pm. WBZ's 90-minute pre-show with station's weekend overnight host Jordan Rich will run at 7pm. A new wrinkle to this year's broadcast, WBZ AM's is now heard on sister station's WODS/Oldies 103.3's HD3 sub channel which began simulcasting the AM station's feed earlier this year. So, if you happen to have an HD radio tuner you can catch WBZ's broadcast in clear digital audio. In addition, classical WCRB 99.5FM will once again join WBZ in airing the July 4th broadcast from 8:30 to 10:30pm and have its own pre-show at 8pm.
BRW Notebook :
Graham 1, RMV 0 : WTKK 96.9FM's middayer Michael Graham won the first round of his battle against the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The criminal charge of driving with revoked license which led to his arrest back in February(BRW 2/13) was dismissed a couple weeks ago. However, he still faces a civil charge of driving thru a red light reports MetroDaily News.
MJ Salute continues : While Globe's Scott Lehigh thinks that all the Michael Jackson tributes and discussions all over the dial, even on public radio stations, had gone overboard. One spot on the local dial that has definitely embraced Jackson's music legacy is Mix 98-5 which will still crank out one of his big hits throughout the day. Mix 98-5's HD2 subchannel 'Boston 80's Channel' has been going strong with a continuous Michael Jackson salute. Mix is even throwing a Michael Jackson Dance Party at a local dance club on 4th of July.
If it's free, it's for me : Here's your chance to do some serious urban partying and hear a slew of bands for nothing, kids. And you may have one of the richest musicians in the world to thank for it being a freebie. On Saturday August 1 from 4:30pm to 11pm, the Boston Phoenix and sister station WFNX-FM 101.7FM take over City Hall Plaza for their 21st annual Best Music Poll festival which unlike years past will be free of charge. The list of bands includes Ra Ra Riot, Passion Pit, Metric , Gaslight Anthem, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Bravery.