Monday, February 23, 2009

Radio Day conference comes to Boston

Tomorow(2/25), Arbitron will be sponsoring "Radio Day", radio industry conference on the state and future of radio as an advertising medium. The five-hour event is going to be held at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Boston and will feature a number of corporate radio's biggest mucky mucks including Peter Smyth, Chairman & CEO of Greater Media, David Field, President & CEO of Entercom, and John Hogan, President & CEO of Clear Channel Radio. In addition, some of the most popular local personalities including Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie, hosts of "The K&M Show" on WZLX, Matt Siegel, host of "Matty in the Morning" on KISS 108, Greg Hill, host of "The Hill-Man Morning Show" on WAAF, and Michael Graham, host of "The Natural Truth" on WTKK, will be participating in a panel discussion.

Pierre Bouvard, Abitron's president of sales and marketing, will give a brief overview of the Arbitron's Portable People Meter(PPM) which is currently is into its second month of testing in the Boston market. Local radio stations are eagerly awaiting the results of the first pre-currency PPM ratings which will be delivered this Thursday(2/26) at Noon. The first ever PPM measurement for Boston will cover the month of January(Jan.8-Feb4), and won't be used to buy and sell radio time. After a two-month(January and February) transition period, Boston market will go live with Arbitron's PPM ratings beginning next week(March 5). Arbitron is currently using PPM technology in 14 radio markets.

The Radio Day conference starts at 2:30 tomorrow(2/25) and will be streamcast on Ad Club's website.

BRW Notebook :

Joblessville, USA : While the corporate radio heads will be getting the first-class treatment at the Ritz Carlton tomorrow, the life in the unemployment line is becoming a harsh reality for those in the radio business. The Herald's Joe Fitzgerald catches up with former WBZ sports anchor/producer Alan Segal who after 23 years at the station was laid off last November.

Get off my lawn : Despite a warning from local CBS TV/Radio rep to stay off their property, pastor/activist Rev. Bruce Wall and members of his Global Ministries are planning a protest march in front of WBZ studios on Soldiers Field Rd. in Brighton this Friday evening at 6pm. Wall is unhappy that WBZ has brought back former Saturday night talkshow host Lovell Dyett to a 4:30am Sunday morning timeslot via taped 30-minute public affairs show. Wahl wants to hear Dyett back in the 9pm-Midnight Saturday slot where the syndicated Kim Komando Show now airs.

Rockin' Shamrocks : 'FNX Radio listeners, what will be in your coffee on St. Patty's Day? WFNX 101.7FM morning show, The Sandbox, will be broadcasting live from the Black Rose in Faneuil Hall on St. Patrick's Day. The first 100 people in the door with receive free Irish breakfast from the Black Rose, and take in a very special performance by Irish rock legends, Black 47 on Tuesday, March 17th.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Boston hosts talk themselves onto radio's "Heavy 100"

Talkers Magazine, a trade journal for news/talk radio, has named Boston's three afternoon talk hosts to its annual "Heavy Hundred," a list of the 100 most important radio talk show hosts in the country. WRKO AM 680's Howie Carr(56), WTKK 96.9FM's Jay Severin(57) and WEEI AM 850's Glenn Ordway(87) are in some pretty powerful company - the list includes such big names as Rush Limbaugh(1), Sean Hannity(2), Michael Savage(3) and, yes, even Howard Stern(32). The magazine describes Carr as "The dean of Boston talk radio. Huge revenue generator in PM drive". Severin got your standard conservative billing - "Republican political operative with strong afternoon drive numbers in Boston". And, WEEI's Big O scored "Host of Boston sports outlet's ratings and revenue monster "The Big Show" Regionally syndicated."

Criteria for the list, according to the magazine, include ratings, longevity, impact, courage, effort and talent.

In addition, on the name-only "honorable mention" list of the #101-250 talk shows hosts, other Boston personalities showed up - WEEI's Gerry Callahan and John Dennis, WTKK's Michael Graham, Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, WRKO's Todd Feinburg and Tom Finneran. (Ed. Note : It's somewhat unexplainable as to how Finneran was chosen(he doesn't match any of the criteria above) and WBZ AM 1030's Dan Rea who hosts an excellent "Nightside" show was left out of the Talkers survey. Go figure.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

WEEI network spreads to the Cape

WEEI Sports Radio network and Qantum Communications on the Cape today announced that Qantum’s 96.3FM frequency will begin syndicating WEEI's talkshows on April 1st. Currently, 96.3FM is known as the "The Rose 96.3" and runs Top40 format but come April Fool's Day, it'll be nothing but sports talk from Boston's sports kingpin WEEI AM 850. Here's the official press release :


WEEI Sports Radio Network Expands Footprint on Cape Cod
Entercom’s leading sports station to be syndicated on Qantum’s 96.3 FM


Boston, Mass. (February 18, 2009) -- Entercom New England and Qantum Communications today announced that WEEI Sports Radio will be syndicated on 96.3 FM on Cape Cod starting this spring. The station, currently WRZE “The Rose”, will become WEII and will carry WEEI’s sports talk programming on a full-time basis beginning on or about April 1, 2009.

WEEI is the nation’s leading sports talk radio station. Entercom has successfully extended the WEEI brand to three markets on its wholly owned stations: WEEI-FM in Providence, WVEI-FM in Springfield, and WVEI-AM in Worcester. Last fall, it made a significant expansion into Maine and New Hampshire, with the addition of four new syndicated stations. These new agreements are consistent with Entercom’s long-term plan to bring WEEI programming to all of New England.

“Expanding our great brand to the Cape and the islands is another solid step in our continued growth” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom New England Vice President of AM Programming. “WEEI’s content plays perfectly to this new audience and with a full market signal, our fans will be able to hear the shows from Bourne to Provincetown without changing the station. I’m thrilled to welcome 96.3 WEII to the WEEI Network.”

Entercom New England Vice President of Sales, Jim Rushton, who negotiated the Network Agreements, added: “The continued expansion of the WEEI Network fits into our overall business strategy to mirror the New England marketing footprint of the Boston professional sports teams and enhance the promotional platform of the burgeoning WEEI.com. Adding Cape Cod to the WEEI Network will allow advertisers to reach consumers in 13 of the 17 rated Arbitron Radio Markets in New England (over 8 of the 12 million total consumers). This was phase III of our WEEI Network expansion (WEEI wholly owned properties was phase I and Northern New England Affiliates (Keane, Bangor, Portland, Lewiston) was phase II) and we will be adding additional stations during phase IV in the future. The WEEI Brand now reaches over 1,000,000 weekly listeners thru the WEEI Network and over 400,000 monthly unique visitors thru WEEI.com.”

Added Allison Makkay Davis, Vice President/Market Manager of Qantum: “The addition of WEEI to our line-up of stations solidifies our leadership of the Cape Cod radio market. It will provide significant marketing opportunities to our local businesses to tap into a tremendously loyal listener base. We are excited to be WEEI’s newest affiliate.”

The WEEI Sports Radio Network, which regularly dominates the ratings in its markets, is also the radio home of the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox Wednesday Night Baseball, Patriots Monday, Patriots Friday and Patriots Saturday Rewind.


Station List

WEEI Affiliate Location
WEEI-850 AM Boston
WEEI-103.7 FM Providence
WVEI-105.5 FM Springfield
WVEI-1440 AM Worcester
WTEI-95.5 / WPEI 95.9 FM Portland
WAEI-910 AM / 97.1 FM Bangor
WEEY-93.5 FM Keene
WEII-96.3 FM Cape Cod


BRW Notebook :

The Wheeler and the Dealer : You can take a sales guy out of Ernie Boch Jr. but apparently you can't take a musician out of him. In an effort to promote his band "Ernie and the Automatics"' new release titled "Low Expectations", the local auto czar has bought two weeks of airtime on Clear Channel's tiny WXKS AM 1430 which normally simulcasts Latin music from sister station WKOX AM/Rumba 1200. The station is now all "Ernie and the Automatics" all the time. It will resume Rumba's simulcast on Monday(3/2).

"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses..." : Brother Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers, better known as Dan Aykroyd, will be in studio with "Loren and Wally" on WROR 105.7FM on Thursday morning at 8:25am to promote the return of the new House of Blues on Lansdowne Street. The Blues Brothers will be performing at the HOB opening night party this Saturday night(2/21).

There will be no iterruption of service : Good...no..great news, for us satellite radio fans. Media baron John Malone and his Liberty Media company have bought some time for Sirius XM Radio to get its act together and to prevent an unfriendly takeover that could have dismantled the company. Yesterday, on the morning $175 million in loans were due to Echostar/Dish Network CEO Charles Ergen, Malone agreed to pump $530 million into the satellite radio operation. First infusion will be a $280 million loan at 15%, due in 2012. Later this year will come a second transfer of $150 million in loans, plus the offer to buy up $100 million in Sirius XM debt. That's far short of the nearly $1 billion in total obligations the satellite radio broadcaster has coming due this year, but it might be enough to convince other lenders that the company is stabilizing. Besides earning serious interest on his money, Malone (who also controls DirecTV) gets 40% stake in the company. And Malone takes over 40% of the seats on the satellite radio company's board. Even star host and major shareholder Howard Stern doesn't enjoy that kind of clout.Like his archrival Ergen, Malone can see long-term value in Sirius XM's customer base and hard assets, including a fleet of satellites and (federally licensed) orbiting slots/frequencies worth several billion dollars(that's billion with a b), plus a ground signal repeater system that's valued at $1 billion alone.There's no guarantee Malone might not turn around someday and unload all that hardware, as Ergen was contemplating and shut down the entire radio operation in the process. But for the foreseeable future, Malone will leave his deal partner and Sirius XM chief Mel Karmazin at the helm. And they'll try to squeeze out synergies between the satellite radio and DirecTV operations.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Police blotter : WTKK's Graham gets arrested after traffic stop

After getting pulled over by a Framingham police officer for failure to stop on red light, WTKK's talker Michael Graham was detained, handcuffed and arrested early this morning for operating a vehicle after his driver's license had been revoked. Graham was observed and then stopped by Framingham PD around 5:30am after proceeding to make a U-turn on Route 9 as the traffic light remained red. The police officer ran Graham's licesnse which came back with a revoked status because Graham failed to properly cancel his insurance in Virginia where he lived prior to relocating to Boston in 2005.

While not discussing the real issue at hand which he termed "minor traffic infraction"(proceeding on red while trying to make U-turn on the busy Route 9 as he was headed to work at WTKK in Boston via MassPike) , Graham went on the air this morning addressing his run-in with police and his subsequent arrest. On his 3-hour show, he proceeded to blast RMV Registrar and Governor Patrick for not notifying Mass. motorists about their upcoming licesnse expirations. In his on-air rant, Graham never explained whether or not he actually cancelled his Virginia plates and insurance after registering his vehicle in Mass. in early 2006.



BRW Notebook :

More changes at WBZ : As if there was not enough going on at the local CBS Radio cluser and more specifically, WBZ AM 1030, over the last few weeks, anohter personnel move took place there yesterday. Station's General Manager/VP Ted Jordan announced his plans to retire to the staffers. Jordan who started as a sales person at WBZ back in 1975, he came back to the station in 1996 from KDKA/Pittsburgh. A year later he also added GM duties for WODS/Oldies 103.3FM. Jordan was with CBS/Westinghouse radio division for the past 34 years. CBS Radio Boston market manager Mark Hannon will now oversee WBZ AM, in addition to presiding over WBCN 104.1FM and WBMX/Mix 98.5FM. Baraba Jean Scannel who manages WZLX 100.7FM will add duties for WODS/Oldies 103.3FM.


Award Time : WKLB-FM/Country 102.5 has been nominated in the “Radio Station of the Year”/Major Market category by the Academy of Country Music (ACM). The 44th annual ACM Awards show will be televised live on April 5th from Las Vegas on CBS-TV. WKLB’s PD Michael Brophey commented in a press release : “"This is an exciting award for which to be nominated for Greater Media and Country 102.5 WKLB. To be recognized by our peers for our charity work in the community, ratings success, and promotional efforts is gratifying for our staff."

It's not over until the Fat Lady finishes all her Valentine's Day chocolates : The latest word on Sirius XM is that the satcaster could file for bankruptcy Tuesday (2/17) if it fails to come to an agreement with holders of its $175 million debt due by then. Charlie Ergen, CEO of Dish Network and EchoStar, purchased most of that debt to possibly enable a takeover. The Associated Press reports that a bankruptcy filing by Sirius XM would allow the troubled satellite radio company to free itself of high priced contracts, such as its five-year, $500 million deal with Howard Stern. Overall, Sirius has more than $3 billion in debt due in the next five years. Meanwhile, according to the Wall Street Journal, the radio satcaster is reportedly negotiating with Ergen, who is said to be seeking an agreement with Sirius that would keep the company operating and would allow Mel Karmazin stay on as CEO. Some reports suggest these negotiations are thwarting a potential deal with John Malone's Liberty Media which owns Dish competitor DirecTV. Despite reports that say Howard Stern could be out with a Sirius XM bankruptcy, Stern himself doesn't seem to be even a little worried worried(as it stands now, his Sirius deal will expire in 2010). "I'm not concerned. I think satellite radio is great and will be a successful business and it will survive." At least that's what he was saying before some of the latest developments. Meanwhile, Business Week reports that Mel Karmazin is hoping to renegotiate some of the more expensive Sirius XM contracts such as NFL, MLB, Stern and Oprah.

Nothing but Paul : Speaking of Sirius XM Radio, the satellite service will launch a limited-run channel devoted to the music of Paul McCartney, in celebration of his album recorded under the guise of his alter ego, The Fireman. McCartney's "Fireman Radio" will premiere on Valentine's Day and will air through March 13 on The Bridge, Sirius Channel 33 and XM Channel 27. The channel will feature an interview with McCartney during which he will share the inspiration behind his Fireman projects.


"Fireman Radio" is a commercial-free channel devoted to McCartney's post-Beatles music-making and will include music from his solo records, tracks from every Wings album and the three Fireman albums — 1993's "Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest," 1998's "Rushes" and 2008's "Electric Arguments."

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Report : WBZ and Bruins are skating apart

Will the Boston Bruins and WBZ pick money over tradition by parting aways after the current season ends? According to a report in this morning's Boston Globe, WBZ AM 1030, which is currently into its 14th straight year of broadcasting the Bruins games informed the NHL club that the CBS Radio-owned station wouldn't be extending its option prior to January 15th deadline for the exclusive negotiations window. The Bruins are now open to negotiate with any local radio station, including WBZ, to be its radio home for 2009-10 season. One of the options being considered is a time-buy arrangement where New England Sports Network's TV feed(the Bruins own 20% of the regional sports network) feed of the Bruins broadcasts would be heard on a local radio station.

WBZ Radio, which broadcast its first Bruin game back in 1925, has been associated with the NHL's Original Six franchise for more than 50 seasons(1925-1951, 1969-1978, 1995-present) and aired all of its five Stanley Cup wins(1929,1939 1941, 1970 and 1972).

BRW Notebook :

Traffic Watch : WEEI.com has announced a 95% growth in unique visitors over the last 12 months to reach an all-time high for the site. In January 09 the site had 426,879 unique visitors and garnered additional impressive growth and engagement numbers over the last year, all detailed in the press release. WEEI's press release from this morning :

For Immediate Release

Boston (February 11, 2009) – WEEI.com, the web site of the nation’s top rated sports radio station WEEI-AM, saw its total number of unique visitors increase to an all-time high in January 2009, with growth of 95% compared to the same month in 2008, according to Web analytics service
OneStat.com.

In January 2009, WEEI.com had 426,879 unique visitors, up from 219,559 in January 2008. In addition to the increasing number of unique visitors, overall site traffic jumped to 3.3 million Page Views during January 2009, an increase of 88% when compared with the same month one year earlier.

According to web analytics service
Compete.com, users are extremely engaged at WEEI.com:

The average user’s stay on WEEI.com was more than 21 minutes during each visit to the site in the month of December 2008.
This engagement number is up an impressive 579% from December 2007.
In 2008 more than 10 million hours of live streaming audio in 2008 was consumed over 3.3 million sessions.
The average WEEI.com visitor session for Internet Radio was over 3.2 hours per visit.
WEEI.com users listened to more than 1.8 million audio OnDemand clips in 2008.

“Our goal for WEEI.com has been to take our unique, authentically local content assets to create the number one online destination for New England sports fans,” said Tim Murphy, Vice President/General Manager of WEEI.com. “We’re pleased with the increase in traffic and engagement. With our imminent plans to add even more rich content, as well as major improvements in the design and functionality of the site, I’m confident that our numbers will continue to trend upward.”

“This is important for our great advertising partners,” Murphy continued. “Digital platforms whose local content reaches deeply engaged consumers create phenomenal opportunities for effective and efficient audio and visual marketing campaigns.”

Visitors are also consuming WEEI.com content in non-traditional means, evidenced by the 4,500 unique visitors to the website’s mobile WAP site. In addition, the WEEI newsletter has 182,000 subscribers and the WEEI.com Facebook page now has over 1,900 members.

In August 2008, WEEI.com made significant upgrades to the website’s design and content by hiring two of the best-known journalists in Boston sports, WEEI.com editor-in-chief Rob Bradford and Patriots reporter Michael Felger. Since then, WEEI.com has hired over 10 contributors to the site, including former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

WEEI.com plans more major website upgrades in March.

“The way you could look at it is that August was the groundbreaking for the new WEEI.com. March will be the ribbon-cutting,” said Murphy. “Stay tuned.”



Radio kiss-off : It's that time of year. With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, CBS Radio Boston — WBZ AM 1030, WBCN 104.1FM, WBMX 98.5FM, WODS 103.3FM and WZLX 100.7FM — has launched "The Love Lists" website at boston.radioholidays.com. The site offers marketing features related to relationships, love and break-ups, with a focus on Valentine's Day. It also houses multiple radio stations including AOL-powered Love List Radio, which plays romantic songs from throughout the decades, as well as Love Stinks Radio, which plays lamenting love songs and breakup ballads. "

The Fallout : The Weekly Dig's Media Farm gives its spin on WRKO's Howie Carr trying to act as a hero when he tried to talk a caller out of taking her life. But was it a heroic act as his paper made it seem?

Friday, February 6, 2009

It's Truck Day!!!!

Walt Perkins takes over for retired Gil Santos at WBZ

WBZ AM 1030 made it official this morning. The CBS-owned news/talk station has promoted weekend sports anchor Walt Perkis to take over for retired Gil Santos as announced in its press release below. Perkins has been working as the weekend sports anchor at WBZ since 2001. Previously, he also served as WCVB-TV5's weekend sports anchor and host of Bruins telecasts on Channel 38 as well as a number of other media outlets in Boston and New England :

A New Voice of Sports in New England

(Boston) WBZ News Radio 1030 is pleased to introduce a new voice of morning sports to the New England audience. Walt Perkins will be the new morning sports anchor on WBZ News Radio 1030. Perkins takes over the morning role at WBZ News Radio following last week’s retirement of legendary sports anchor Gil Santos. Perkins has been a weekend sports anchor at WBZ since 2001 where he also led the station’s on-line sports reporting efforts for WBZ’s website (
www.wbz.com).

Walt Perkins is a 30 year broadcast veteran and is also a native New Englander and with that come the experience of being a sports fan as well as a broadcaster who has covered all the major local teams highs and lows during his career.

“First, I am extremely honored to be following a sports legend in Gil.” Perkins said. “He was one-of-a-kind and cannot be replaced. I pledge to do my best to keep up the high standard he set in this job for the past 38 years. Second, I look forward to working with the top-notch crew that is in place – on air and off - bringing New England the latest sports news and information.”

Perkins will anchor all of WBZ’s morning sportscasts beginning at 5:15 each week day. He will also cover the local sports teams as a reporter and for WBZ’s website. “Walt has proven to be a tremendous asset to WBZ’s sports coverage during the last few years” said Peter Casey, Director of news and Programming for WBZ, “his efforts in producing sports coverage for our website have helped make it one of the most popular sections of the site. We’re thrilled to now have him on board in the morning.”

Perkins has experience covering sports for television as well as radio. He has worked at TV stations in Boston and providence.


WBZ News Radio 1030 is owned by CBS Radio Incorporated, a unit of CBS, Inc.


BRW Notebook :

Howie to the rescue : Even for talk radio, in which people of all stripes eagerly display private grief for public scrutiny, it was a very uncomfortable situation. WRKO's talk-show host Howie Carr tried talk a distraught caller out of taking her life on his afternoon show last week, the Herald reports.
(Audio of the call is here)

Your mama dressed you funny : An article about male friendships(termed 'bromance') on campus in Boston College's student newspaper BC Heights became a major topic of discussion(audio is here) during WEEI AM 850's "Headlines...Headlines...Headlines" segment on "Dennis and Callahan"(Mike Felger was subbing for Gerry Callahan) show this past Tuesday. BC Heights took exception to WEEI's take on things. [Ed. Note : I never understood WEEI's need to cover non-sports topics every morning. Of course, from the business standpoint, the "Headlines" segment presents a sponshorship opportunity for the station's advertisers just like its sportsflashes or wildly popular "Whiner Line". But when you discuss topics like 'bromance' on a sports talker you're going to go places where you probably shouldn't be going.]

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Report : ESPN 890 cuts local sports talk as more changes loom ahead

Going, going but not quite gone. As a sign of the major changes ahead, one of the two local sports talk shows heard on ESPN 890, got eliminated today. Sports media writer David Scott, the publisher of Scott's Shots column at http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/ , reports that "Salk and Halloran" midday show(Noon-2pm) on ESPN 890 has been scrubbed after five months on the air. WCVB's news/sports anchor Bob Halloran who co-hosted with station's sports flasher Mike Salk and producer Ross Carey have all been let go after today's broadcast. They will be replaced by ESPN Radio's programming starting tomorrow. Scott sent out the following report to this address earlier today :

"David Scott of Scott's Shots is reporting that the Mike Salk and Bob Halloran midday show (Noon-2 p.m.) at ESPN 890 has been cancelled, effective immediately. The show, which launched in August will likely be replaced by ESPN national programming. Salk, who was full-time at the station and the show's producer, Ross Carey (also full-time) have been let go from the station all together. Halloran was part-time. The trio was told of the show's cancellation at the end of Tuesday's show.

At the present time, there doesn't appear to be any further cuts at the station and the only other local programming, the dreadful "Lew and Mike" show is likely to remain. (Giving legitimacy to whispers the show is either a time-buy or a revenue share, likely in conjunction with major station advertiser Kelly Automotive Group, where Lew (Goldstein) is the marketing director)

The move is an indication that ESPN 890 is stepping further into the abyss realm of what WWZN 1510 AM has become, which is a time-buy based operation augmented by national programming. The question now is, how long will ESPN national allow the Little Station That Can't to continue sullying the brand name of ESPN. To have such a weak station in one of the nation's top sports markets does nothing but embarrass the Worldwide Leader, especially as 890 continues to make no perceivable dent whatsoever in WEEI 850 AM's stranglehold in the region.

Salk, Shots is told, will continue his weekly national work for ESPN Radio in Bristol while he and his newly-hired agent pursue other opportunities for the rising talent who made a name for himself in three and a half years at 890. [DISCLAIMER: Shots had a short-lived Saturday morning show with Salk in 2007 and we have remained professional acquaintances since.]

Carey will also be looking for work, but should have little trouble (economic turmoil notwithstanding) as he has been considered one of the top radio producers ever since guiding the Mike Felger radio ship at 890.


Two other on-air talents, Kevin Winter (afternoon updates) and Adam Jones (morning updates), appear to be unaffected by the cuts.

One other thing pertaining to 890 - it seems the station's rumored move out of the Schraffts Building in Charlestown is just that, and the station will remain in its current location. Perhaps it will be buried there as well."

BRW Notebook :

"...and it started with a little kiss, like this" : When Run-DMC teamed with Aerosmith in 1986 to recast "Walk This Way" as a rap-rock fusion (thus gaining access to MTV's mostly suburban young audience), commercial radio and record labels finally understood that rap was a good prospect for mainstreaming and mass consumption. And, boy, were they right?! Fast-forwarding 23 years, Aerosmith members will be inducting Run DMC into the Rock'n'roll Hall of Fame in two months as made official on WAAF's Hillman morning show. Here's WAAF's release :

Boston (February 3, 2009) -- Run DMC (Darryl McDaniels) and Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer made a surprise Hall of Fame Announcement this morning during an impromptu interview on the Hill-Man Morning Show on 97.7/107.3 WAAF in Boston.

WAAF host Greg Hill was interviewing DMC in-studio about their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this coming April. When Hill (aka, The Hill-Man) asked DMC who he would like to have induct them, DMC answered: “It’s a no-brainer if Aerosmith does it. I hope they’re listening. It’s their hometown.” The WAAF producers immediately got Joey Kramer on the phone with DMC during the live interview and asked if Kramer would do the induction. Kramer accepted.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for April 4, 2009 in Cleveland.

To view the video and hear the interview, visit
http://www.waaf.com/pages/3777999.php

Not a match made in heaven : Is it me or is there something really not quite right in having former WBZ-TV4's sports icon Bob Lobel delivering sports reports during WBZ's morning news this week? I tuned away from Howard on Sirius during a break to check out Lobel a couple times today. Sorry for being honest, but he seems unfocused, unfunny and is all over the place as his reports just drag on forever during fast-paced morning news blocks. While there was no local pro sports action last night and just a couple of Beanpot scores, he still managed to take three minutes to cover all the bases. Three minutes in an all-news radio format, just like in TV news as any media professional will tell you, is forever. I don't think I am alone in my observation. For what its worth, WBZ is not even archiving Lobel's reports on its website.