Raines out at the River
WXRV/The River 92.5 program director and morning personality Beau Raines has exited the Haverhill-based AAA(Adult Album Alternative) station earlier this week. Raines, a 37-year radio industry veteran took over as River's programmer and morning voice in mid-January. As was first reported here(BRW 1/12), former WROR 105.7FM(1999-2002) and WZLX 100.7FM(2002-2005) programmer who started his radio career at then-Top 40 WRKO AM 680 in the late 60's while studying at Northeastern University, became River's fifth fulltime program director in 14 years. Raines replaced Ron Bowen who left in June 2008. No word yet on who will be named River's new program director but for now music director/assistant PD Catie Wilber has been named the acting PD.
BRW Notebook :
Holiday concerts are rolling : 'Tis the time of year when listeners are inundated with radio station holiday concerts and benefit shows. You know the drill, big-label artits turn up and sing a few tunes for charity or/and promote the sponsoring station. WXRV-FM/The River 92.5 hosts its annual RiverFeast to benefit Greater Boston Foodbank on Fri. November 20 at Peabody Essex Museum with Marc Cohn, Needtobreathe and Eli "Paperboy" Reed. WFNX's annual "Miracle on Tremont Street" returns to the Orpheum on Friday, December 4th with Sppon, Phoenix and Passion Pit. This year's WXKS/Kiss 108's Jingle Ball at Tsongas Arena in Lowell on Thu. December 10th is already a sell-out despite no-flash line-up - Boys Like Girls, The Fray, Jordin Sparks, Sean Kingston, Justin Bieber and Jay Sean. Boys Like Girls, Kingston and Sparks all performed at the Jingle Ball concert in 2007, while The Fray performed in 2006.
One notable absence on the local seasonal radio concert circuit is Mix 104.1's annual MixFest concert. WBMX which moved its format from 98.5FM frequency to a more powerful 104.1FM this past August has apparently left its major annual station promotion on its former frequency. MixFest dates back to 1993 when Mix started it out as the FallFest.
The American Invasion : Tomorrow's Patriots-Bucs game from Wembley Stadium will be streamed live on SportsHub 98.5's website. Gil Santos and Gino Capelletti will deliver the play-by-play from London at 1pm. If you prefer to hear the British commentary from BBC 5 Sports Extra's Neil Reynolds, it will be found here.
The Pirates From Oz : Pirate radio will be back in the news, thanks to the upcoming comedy flick Pirate Radio (released as The Boat that Rocked). It's a comedy about 1960's Britain where there was no commercial radio and the stuffy old BBC was depriving the nation of the swinging sounds of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Who. Pirate radio stations sailed to the rescue, dropping anchor in international waters and blasting the mainland with the latest groovy sounds. Pirate Radio opens at a theater near you on November 13.