Thursday, December 17, 2009

The River flows with an All-Acoustic special on Christmas
There will be some holiday specials all over the Boston radio dial next week. One of them will be on WXRV-FM/River 92.5 starting at 4pm on Christmas Eve(Thursday Dec.24). The Haverhill-bsaed Adult Album Alternative station will present "A Very Acoustic Christmas" as it tapes into its audio vaults from River's Musical Hall recordings.
Here's the official press release :

92.5 The River brings you “A Very Acoustic Christmas” for the Holiday Season!

Boston’s Independent Radio, 92.5 The River brings the greater Boston area some special holiday programming with “A Very Acoustic Christmas." Be sure to tune in for 24 hours of exclusive and unplugged holiday tunes from your favorite artists, including Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, and many more.

92.5 the River’s Program Director Catie Wilber said, “We'll be digging into the River Music Hall archives and unearthing Christmas gems from countless River artists, for a relaxing Christmas day soundtrack.”

92.5 The River is Boston’s Independent Radio station, unfettered by the chains of big corporate radio and serving savvy listeners with great music on-air and online. The River is home of the historic “River Musical Hall”, home to live performances since 1947. Music Hall alums include Coldplay, Jack Johnson, The Fray, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Barenaked Ladies, Paula Cole, David Gray, Ben Harper, Matchbox 20, and countless more.
A Very Acoustic Christmas will be featured with very limited commercial interruption beginning Christmas eve, at 4pm. 92.5 The River, Boston’s Independent Radio on the dial at 92.5-FM and online at
BRW Notebook :
Holiday-drive time around the dial : It's that time of air again. Here are some money-raising holiday drives by stations taking place in the next few days :
-WAAF 107.3FM's 17th annual 3-day "Walk and Rock For Change" is underway thru Friday(12/18). Morning show personalities Lyndon "LB" Byers and Anthony "Spaz" Partziale are walking thru 22 Mass. and NH towns to raise money for Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester Country Foodbank and NH Food Bank.
-WBOS-FM/Radio 92.9 is sponsoring its annual Fill-A-Bus Holiday Toy Drive to benefit Boston area youth charities through tomorrow(12/18). At the UMass/JFK train station, Radio 92.9's elves are accepting donations of new, unrwapped toys between 7am and 7pm.

-WTKK 96.9FM is hosting a radiothon for the Fisher House Boston on Monday, December 21 from 10:00am to 6:00pm as well as an online auction which is now underway through Monday, December 21. The radiothon host, Michael Graham, will be joined by former governor Mitt Romney, actor and comedian Mike O’Malley, Fox25 personality Doug "VB" Goudie, senator John McCain, retired marine and blogger Michael Yon, Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart, and Lt Col (Ret) Ralph Peters.
The best of the decade : Beginning on Friday(12/18) at 1pm WFNX 101.7FM will count down the biggest Top 101 alternative albums of the decade. The countdown will repeated a few times throughout the weekend. Oracular Spectacular, the 2007 album by Brooklyn-based duo MGMT topped WFNX's list of the best alternative albums of the decade, as voted by its listeners.
Over the past few weeks, WFNX listeners cast more than five hundred thousand votes at , using the website’s “album generator.” The on-line application pitted four hundred and four of the decade’s albums in competition, keeping a running tally of votes cast and percentages of head-to-head “battles” won by each album.
The listeners’ top ten albums included, in order: 1) MGMT's Oracular Spectacular;2) The Killers’ Hot Fuss; 3) Modest Mouse’s Good News For People Who Love Bad News; 4) Radiohead’s In Rainbows; 5) Radiohead’s Kid A; 6) The White Stripes’ White Blood Cells; 7) Muse’s Black Holes & Revelations; 8) Franz Ferdinand’s Franz Ferdinand; 9) The White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan; and 10) The White Stripes’ Elephant.
Sports Saturday : WBNW AM 1120/"Money Matters Radio" which features business and financial format during the week has assembled a Sports Saturday line-up which includes some old and new sports talk voices in the market
10am-11am Celtic Pride Radio Show (Jeff Hickman,Patrick Gilroy) previously heard on WWZN AM 1510 and ESPN 890, 11-12pm Boston Sports Review previously on ESPN 890, 12:00-2:00PM Sports Blast with Joey Murr, 2-4pm Game Time with Mike Riley who can be also heard doing sports flashes on WEEI 4-6pm The Alex Reimer Show (16 year old sports genius on radio). WBNW's programming is also simulcast on WPLM AM 1390 in Plymouth and WESO AM 790 in Southbridge.
Thought-provoking radio : Starting this week, WTKK 96.9FM picked up the John Batchelor Show to replace shortlived syndication effort by former Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa. Batchelor is heard from 10pm to 1am weeknights. He's also heard on Saturdays in the same timeslot. The previous incarnation of his show was heard on the Boston dial on WRKO AM 680 from 2001 to 2005.

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