'GBH makes a strong pledge to local classical music programming
Come December 1st, there will be some noticeable changes on Boston's lone 24/7 classical music outlet WCRB 99.5FM as the station joins WGBH's public broadcasting family. Pledge drives and underwriting announcements will replace commercials. WCRB will re-brand itself from "Boston's Classical Station" to "99.5 All Classical". Because of the fact that there won't be commercials means WCRB's presentation and sound will change somewhat allowing the station to play longer movements from symphonies. Many of WCRB's current on-air and off-air staffers at longtime Waltham's South Street location will not be following the station to its new studios at WGBH facilities at Brighton Landing. WCRB's morning voice for the past 12 years, Lauro Carlo , is one of the few who are moving to Brighton studios. WGBH's current classical music hosts Clay Fuller, Ray Brown, Brian McCreath and Suzanne Bona will come on-board at the re-launched WCRB.
The change follows a deal between Nassau Broadcasting and WGBH Educational Foundation, which was announced in late September(BRW 9/21).As part of the transaction, WGBH is purchasing the FCC broadcast license for 99.5FM, all related transmitting equipment and WCRB's call letters and Web site from Nassau for $14 million. FCC approved the deal last Friday(BRW 11/14).
WGBH has released WCRB's new schedule :
5:00am-9:00am Classical music with Laura Carlo - includes leading stories and weather from the WGBH newsroom
9:00am-2:00pm Classical music with Cathy Fuller -includes 1:00-2:00pm “In Performance” (daily spotlight on WGBH live recordings)
2:00pm-6:00pm Classical music with Ray Brown - includes leading stories and weather from the WGBH newsroom6:00pm-5:00am Classical music
Thursdays: 7:00-8:00pm performances from WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio
7:00am-11:00am Classical music with Brian McCreath - includes ‘Kid’s Classical Hour’(9-10am)
11:00am-12:00pm From the Top (featuring the nation’s best young classical musicians)
12:00pm-7:00am Classical music
8pm The Boston Symphony Orchestra
7:00am-11:00am Classical music with Brian McCreath
11:00am-2:00pm Sunday Baroque with Suzanne Bona
2:00pm-5:00pm The BSO on Record, and Sunday Concerts, including Tanglewood
5:00pm-6:00pm From the Top
6:00pm-8:00pm Classical music
8:00pm-9:00pm The Bach Hour, produced and hosted by Brian McCreath
9:00pm-5:00am Classical music
BRW Notebook :
What's New in the Hub : Channel 5's nightly news magazine "Chronicle" profiled the new Sports Hub 98-5 as part of its "What's New?" program this week. You can watch the segment right here.
WTKK resets Saturday schedule : WTKK 96.9FM is pulling "The Money Show" with Rick Schaffer and Susan Kaplan out of its Saturday line-up(1-4pm) to make room for WPHT AM/Philly's "The Big Money Show" beginning Thanksgiving Day weekend. The Money Show will still be heard in its Sunday's 9am-Noon slot. WTKK's new Saturday line-up announced today looks like this :
Hire it Done with Adam Helfman 6-8am
The Big Money Show 8-10am,
Mel Robbins 10am-1pm
Joe and Huggy 1-4pm
The Phantom Gourmet 4-7pm
Jay Severin Rewind 7-10pm
John Batchelor 10-1am
Quinn exits 'UMB : After 22 years at WUMB 91.9FM and nearly 20 years as the station's Program Director, good guy Brian Quinn was laid off last Tuesday(11/10) due to budget cutbacks. Quinn told BRW : "I would like to stay in the biz, but now looking for anything, it's a new start right?" Brian's e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wanting to be heard : In the wake of WGBH 89.7FM's decision to cancel weekend speciality music programming - "Folk on WGBH" and "Blues on WGBH" - a grassroots effort to reinstate these shows has begun. Folk and Blues shows have aired on WGBH for the past 31 years. You can read more about the effort to bring them back on the facebook page here.