Friday, March 27, 2009

Boston radio legend Larry Glick dies

254-5678....One of Boston radio's true greats Larry Glick passed away last night at the age of 87. Glick retired from Boston radio in 1992 but in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s he was a household name with a cult-like following among late night radio buffs with his overnight talk show reaching close to 40 states and eastern Canada thanks to the powerful, clear-channel WBZ AM 1030’s 50,00watt signal.

Glick was born in Roxbury and drove a cab while studying radio at Emerson College. After his graduation in 1948, he began radio career working for WLMH radio in Laconia, NH.


Most of the 1950's Glick worked in sales and management jobs at stations in the Jacksonville, FL market. In 1958, he bought a weak FM station WZOK-FM in Jacksonville. His first big on-air job came in 1960 when became a talk show host at Miami's WINZ AM. He came to Boston four years later as host of a talk show on WMEX AM 1510. After a dispute with management, he signed on with WBZ in 1967.

WBZ AM where Glick worked until 1987 is
reporting this morning that he passed away after undergoing 10 hours of open heart surgery in Florida where he lived since his retirement. During his WBZ tenure Glick worked mostly overnight shift but later moved to other dayparts including evenings and mid-afternoons.

In 1987, Glick parted ways with WBZ when he accepted a very lucrative 5-year offer from a rival WHDH AM 850(now WEEI) to host 10pm to 2am show. However, due to a non-compete clause in his WBZ contract, Glick had to sit out a full year. While waiting on the sidlines between radio jobs, and being paid by WHDH, Glick launched a popular cable access "The Larry Glick Show" carried by most local cable systems.

After retiring from WHDH in May 1992, Glick retired to Boca Raton,Florida where he worked as a greeter at Legal Seafoods.


Glick was also a US Army veteran. He actually re-enlisted in the late early 50's to take a job as a country music DJ at Armed Forced Radio in Munich, Germany.

WBZ has set up a
tribute page where Glick's former listeners can leave comments and memories of the great radio host.

BRW Notebook :

Harvard radio adds Iphone app : The latest local radio station to be heard via Iphone is Harvard Radio's WHRB 95.3FM. The student-staffed and operated radio station released their new iPhone App today. The application allows iPhone users to listen to a live stream of WHRB’s broadcast from anywhere in the world. The stream is among the most high-quality streams available for iPhone users, at 64kbps. The app is available to download for free in the iTunes app store and via iPhones anywhere in the world.

General Manager Joseph Poirier of WHRB commented on the release of the iPhone app: “I’m very excited to see where this app can take WHRB. I’m pretty sure we are the first college radio station in the country to release an iPhone app dedicated to streaming our programming, so I look forward to seeing WHRB lead the way for other college stations when it comes to exploring new audiences.”


Boston sports media madness : Comcast SportsNet's 3rd annual Media Madness tournament is now into Elite 8 which runs thru Tuesday(3/31) and then off to semi's and the Finals later next week. WEEI's midday co-host Michael Holley and afternoon king Glenn Ordway are among the Elite 8 pairings which can be viewed here.

Rolodex update : Former WBCN and WFNX personality Nik Carter is now heard on NYC's rock station WRXP-FM 101.9FM in the afternoons from 3 to 7pm. Carter was at WXRK/Krock since July 2005 but the station converted to a Top 40 earlier this month and Carter was out of a job. Carter, a Camridge native, was with WFNX from 1987 to 1995 and WBCN from 1996 to 2004.

Radio on TV : "Free Radio" is on its way back. Comedian Lance Krall will return as the "moronic" morning deejay on VH1's "Free Radio" 11 p.m. this coming Thursday(4/2). The improvisational cable television comedy chronicles the story of Lance (Krall), a radio show intern who answers his call to greatness by filling the role of host of the popular L.A. morning show "Moron in the Morning," after the original host defects to satellite radio. The second season's debut will feature Ed Helms ("The Office"), Dominic Monaghan ("X Men Origins: Wolverine") and comedian Neil Hamburger. Other celebrities scheduled to appear this season include Kathy Griffin, Emily Procter, John Stamos, Bai Ling, Hank Azaria, David Cook and Akon.

Living in the Stern shadow : Speaking of radio personalities who defected to satellite radio, an absolutely great article in the NY Daily News this week on what the loss of Howard Stern meant to the industry, CBS Radio and more specifically to his former flagship rock station WXRK/Krock which got flipped to a Top 40 format on March 11.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bruins are still looking for a new radio deal

After being heard on one of the country's most strongest radio signals for the last 14 seasons, NHL's Boston Bruins are still serious about moving next season to another Boston radio station according to the Boston Globe's report over the weekend.

In mid-February, the newspaper first reported that team's current radio rights holder WBZ AM 1030 was undecided whether to carry Bruins games after this season as the station passed on extending the deal beyond this season during the exclusive negotiating period which expired on January 15. This prompted the hockey club to reach out to other potential radio suitors to broadcast its games beginning with 2009/2010 season.

In his Sunday hockey column, Globe's Kevin Paul DuPont reports that B's current radio rights holder WBZ AM 1030 is still in the play, but at least two other unnamed radio outlets are now interested.

In a related move, WBZ AM's programming is now being simulcast via new digital FM technology. Sister station WODS 103.3FM recently began airing WBZ's news/talk format, as well as all the Bruins broadcasts, on its third HD subchannel. But listeners need to buy an HD radio receiver to get access to the new evolving technology.

The Bruins are expected to announce by May 1st which of the prospective bidders will get the team's next radio contract. The Bruins may be a beneficiary of perfect timing during what appears to be an amazing turnaround season. They are on the rise and could be headed into an extended post-season, lifted largely by the play of young superstars Phil Kessel and Blake Wheeler as well as veterans like Tim Thomas, Marc Savard and Michael Ryder.

BRW Notebook :

Crusin' and playing the radio with no particular place to go : WTKK 96.9FM's midmorning host Michael Graham will get his wish after all but he'll spend/waste Mass. taxpayers in the process. Graham's case of driving with a revoked license which resulted in him being arrested in Framingham on February 13 will go to a jury trial on June 29th reports the Herald. He is complaining that the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles neglects to tell drivers when their driver’s license has been revoked or is expired.

NPR listenership surges : National Public Radio reported yesterday that its daily programs like "All Thinsg Considered" and "Morning Edition" now reach 21 million listeners. Speaking of NPR programming, WBUR 90.9FM added an extra hour of "Talk of the Nation" as of this week. The change in the schedule comes as the result of NPR's "Day to Day" ceasing production last Friday(3/20). "Talk of The Nation" is now heard on WBUR from 2 to 4pm.

Keeping it Weird : As the premier satirist in modern pop music, "Weird" Al Yankovic has poked fun at some of the biggest names in the music business, from Michael Jackson to Madonna, and has made some pretty funny albums in the process. Hear more from Weird Al himself this Sunday night as he co-hosts Barry Scott's Lost 45's from 7pm to Midnight on Oldies 103.3FM.

The change will do you good : David Scott is back from his book project with his thumbs-up review of the redesigned WEEI.com. [Ed. Note : You may have an opinion or two about WEEI's radio content, but their on-line platform is numero uno for a Boston sports fan. It makes Boston.com's sports site look like an amateur hour]

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Imus jokes and misses...again

Don Imus, the syndicated morning radio personality, announced on his show(heard locally on WTKK 96.9FM) on Monday(3/16) that he has stage two prostate cancer. He offered no indication on his prognosis or what kind of treatment options(surgery, radiatioan or seeds) he'd be choosing, saying only he is confident his doctors will beat the disease.

However, Imus’ announcement has done little to change his unfunny, boring morning routine and as well as his ability to insert his his foot in his mouth. That's why when Imus' rep insisted in the press that he was joking when he threatened(the Globe captured the confrontation between the bickering hosts right here) WTKK's afternooner Jay Severin during Tuesday's 10th annual St. Patricks Day remote broadcast at Wilbur Theater, you just know the man needs a new watch(preferably a gold one as a retirement present) since his time behind the mic has expired long time ago.

Severin who wasn't invited to "Kiss Me, I'm Imus" decided to show up at WTKK's remote event and wish Imus well with his prostate cancer battle. Their feud stems from October's dustup when Severin decided to stop going on Imus' morning show where he was being humiliated with unfunny insults and lame jokes thrown his way. After breaking off his 10-year association with Imus' program, Severin then disclosed his displeasure to the Herald making the off-air issue a public one. That apparently enraged Imus who felt that Severin betrayed him.

Severin is not the only radio personality who's been feeling sorry for Imus' life-and-death health issue revealed this week. On his Sirius XM Radio show few days ago, even the longtime I-man detractor Howard Stern has been a mixed bag of emotions. Stern said he's been feeling sad for Imus but reminded his audience that the man has been nothing short of an on-air bully and wasn't a nice guy to anyone in the radio business for all these years. Stern then proceeded to tell his producer Gary Dell'abate to cancel the Teddy-Gram he was going to send to Imus. Stern also suggested that this may be a good opportunity for Imus to walk a way from radio permanently.

And, who could disagree?!

BRW Notebook :

What's in your garden? : In other WTKK news, the station announced the "Graden Guys" will be moving from WRKO AM 680 to 96.9FM on Sunday, April 26th. The show will add an hour(6am-9am) and replace Paul Parent's gardening program which has been part of WTKK's line-up since the station launced in 1999. Before moving to WTKK in 1999, Parent gave out garden advice on WRKO for 15 years. Whether his syndicated show will move back to AM 680 is anyone's guess. WRKO has announced what it will program in the 6am-8am Sunday morning slot. Parent is still heard on a number of suburban signals like Worcester's WCRN AM 830 or Beverly's WBOQ 104.9FM.

Kids country : WKLB 102.5FM's annual St. Jude Children's Research Hospital radiothon raised more $421,000 last weekend. The event took place on Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th at Jordan ’s Furniture in Reading . St. Jude is a world leader in catastrophic illness in children

“The Country 102.5 staff is extremely proud of the generosity of the country music audience in and around Boston ,” says Country 102.5 Program Director Mike Brophey. “To raise close to 6 million dollars since inception is truly remarkable.”

Where will he show up next? : Former WBZ-TV4 sportscaster Bob Lobel's post-anchordesk media career can only be compared to a bouncing beach ball in the bleachers at Fenway. He's been showing up all over the place over the past few months including stints as co-host at Oldies 103.3, morning sports anchor at NewsRadio 1030, columnist at Boston.com's failed OT magazine, guest host at WTPL/Pulse 107 in NH, etc. Earlier this week he began guest-hosting at ESPN 890's new afternoon entry "Boston Sports Show"(4-7pm) which officially replaced "Lew and Mike Show" after Lew Goldstein departed at the end of last week to add more responsibilities to his day job as marketing boss at Kelley Automotive Group. Lobel's three-day stint is over for this week as ESPN 890 will carry NCAA's March Madness broadcasts today and Friday but he's expected to return on Monday(3/23). Mike "And No Lew" Vallee, Kevin Winter and Lobel will hold fort until the station officially relaunches Boston Sports Show on April 6(Sox opening day) from 4 to 6pm with the new regular co-host to be named later. Boston Baseball Pre-Game Show from 6-7pm will also return on April 6 and it will be once again hosted by Kevin Winter.

It's that time of year : You favorite spring and summer Boston radio traditions are returning and/or in the process of being planned...WBCN 104.1FM's Rock'n'Roll Rumle kicks off next month with the Finals taking place on April 24th at the Middle East in Cambridge...WBOS 92.9FM's 16th annual EarthFest will come back to the Hatch Shell on Saturday, May 30 with musical acts to be announced next month...Oldies 103.3FM's will bring back its Summer Music Series to the Hatch Shell starting in June. (The Beach Boys are already booked for one of the dates in July(7/25)...As mentioned previously, Kiss 108's biggest event of the year "Kiss Concert" will celebrate its 30th edition on May 17 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield. The station will announce preliminary line-up on Matty In The Morning Show this Friday(3/20) at 7:10am with tickets going on sale to the general public next Monday(3/23).

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ordway's winless radio award streak continues

WEEI's afternoon radio virtuoso Glenn "Big O" Ordway knows a thing or two about major radio award nominations, but he knows nothing about winning one.

His infamous Marconi-less streak at NAB Convetions(0 wins in 3 nominations) could be compared to soap opera star Susan Lucci, who finally won a best-actress Daytime Emmy after losing for 18 years straight.(BRW 9/19/08)

This weekend, Ordway was up for trade magazine Radio&Record's Achievement Award in the News/Talk/Sports local personality of the year category but, unfortunately, his winless streak is still perfectly in tact. He got beat out by Michael Smerconish from Philadelphia's news talker WPHT AM.

WEEI AM 850 was also up for the best News/Talk/Sports station in the major market category but came up short as SF's news/talker KGO AM took the honors during this afternoon's award presentation hosted by CNN's suspender man Larry King in LA.


BRW Notebook:

WEEI.com relaunches : Speaking of WEEI, the station's website is getting major makeover this weekend. You'll see an ESPN-like score crawl at the top of the page and a much more cleaner, well-organized overall look.

Give him back that Fillet-O-Felon, Howie! : Their ongoing feud is public again. In his Herald column this morning, WRKO AM 680's afternoon kingpin Howie Carr takes another moment to dump all over station's poor excuse for a morning co-host Tom Finneran whose legal career hit a major roadblock yesterday. Herald's media column is also in agreement that WRKO is stuck with Finneran for the rest of this year.

No Kiss for you, Jay : Speaking of cat fights among station's morning and afternoon personalities, it looks like WTKK 96.9FM's afternooner Jay Severin and the syndicated grumpy trashtalking morning crank Don Imus are definitely embroiled in some kind of an off-air feud. The Herald reports today that Severin will not be partaking in WTKK's 10th annual St. Patrick's Day "Kiss Me, I'm Imus" radiocast from Wilbur Theater on Tuesday morning. [Ed. Note : Still can't believe WTKK settled on Imus after they lost their chance to land Carr. Wasn't there a more qualified morning drive host(local or syndicated) available out there other than Imus? Think how much better WTKK could be without Imus.]

Friday, March 13, 2009

CBS cuts ties with Opie and Anthony, officially gives up on Stern-cloned "Hot Talk" personalities and format

Ever since Howard Stern left in December 2005, CBS Radio has been in a tailspin of sorts. It added former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth to take over from Stern in January 2006. It even reformatted a number of its stations that carried Stern to a shortlived "Hot Talk" format known as "Free FM". Roth only lasted three months as CBS swiftly replaced him with former WAAF afternoon hosts "Opie and Anthony"(Gregg Hughes and Anthony Cumia) to take over mornings on its stations, including WBCN 104.1FM locally. Their new syndicated show on CBS stations was supposed to serve as a promotional vehicle for XM Radio where they've been heard since 2004. CBS was using them to build around its "Free FM" format.

However, with corporate radio revenues steadily sinking for the past few years and with the 'Free FM' format already in its rear view mirror(the format was cancelled in most markets in May 2007), late last year CBS began to pull the plug on O&A syndication deals with its local stations and re-formatting its FM talkers. The impact locally was not as great as in other CBS markets where formats were drastically changed and many staffers got laid off.

After Stern left CBS at the end of 2005, WBCN 104.1FM kept its 41-year rock format and unlike its CBS rock counterparts in NYC and Philly never got converted into "Free FM' format. So when WBCN's management cancelled O&A this past December and moved "Toucher and Rich" from afternoons to morning drive, it didn't seem like a major shift in station's overall programming direction.

Earlier this week, O&A lost their final CBS outlet - their New York flagship WXRK 92.3FM - which flipped to teen-oriented Top 40 hit radio format. With the flip of the former K-Rock, that is it for their CBS syndication of their show. But Opie and Anthony will continue via their Sirius XM satellite gig. The loss of the show on CBS signals that the company has virtually cut ties with the Howard Stern shock-jock era as a whole, though they still have one 'hot talker' in Washington DC market(WJFK 106.7FM), and still syndicate that station's Mike O'Meara (one half of the former "Don and Mike" show. Other than that, there's not much left.

Opie And Anthony still have one sole terrestrial outlet left. It's WROX/96X in Norfolk, VA, though the station delays the show and airs it on tape-delay.


BRW Notebook :


Rush in Review : Starting this Saturday(3/14), WRKO AM 680 will be adding “Rush’s Week in Review” to its weekend lineup. The three-hour show will feature the best of Rush Limbaugh throughout the prior week. It will air 11 AM to 2 PM each Saturday.

“Rush’s incredible ratings are indicative of his power to incite conversation and passionate debate. Love him or hate him, people on all sides of the issues tune in. This show will recap the best, and most rousing moments of the prior week’s shows,” said Entercom New England Vice President of AM Programming and Operations Jason Wolfe.


Sports shorts : Mike Salk who lost his midday gig at ESPN 890 last month lands on his feet in Seattle. Salk has been named as co-host at Seattle's brand new sports talk entry 710 ESPN which debuts next month. ...In other ESPN 890 news, the all-sports talk station is adding an extra hour of ESPN Radio's "The Herd With Colin Cowherd" to its weekday lineup, effective Monday(3/16)....."Sports Blast" with Joe Murray heard on WBNW AM 1120 every morning is now on the air from 6am to 8am. His show can also be heard on Zone 1510 from 5 to 6pm on Thursdays....Speaking of the Zone, the Young Guns has switched to a postgame show format and is now heard AM 1510 from 10pm to Midnight.

U8? : At least 8 Boston radio stations were running U2's little promo show form Somerville Theater this past Wednesday. Here's a list of the locals running U2's hype machine : WBOS 92.9, WMKK 93.7, WKAF 97.7, WBMX 98.5FM, WZLX 100.7FM, WFNX 101.7, WBCN 104.1FM and WAAF 107.3FM. A number of suburban signals like Worcester's WXLO 104.5FM, Providence's WHJY 94.1FM and Manchester's Rock 101 also fed the Somerville gig.

Radio hack watch : Looks like Tom Finneran, a political hack caught in a radio exile, will be serving out the remainder of his 3-year WRKO contract as his professional career as an attorney is pretty much done reports today's Herald.(Ed. Note : Also, in the Herald's piece check out the "Should Finneran be disbarred from radio,too?" poll. Funny stuff.). But first, there's the annual St. Patty's Day Breakfast from Boston Convention Center this Sunday. Finneran and Todd Feinburg will be doing their 2-hour pre-show before the granddaddy of all Mass. political hackarama events airs from 10am to 12:30pm on AM 680.

Big 3-0 : This year, Kiss 108's annual Kiss Concert celebrates the station's 30-year heritage as one of the nation's Top 40 signals. Kiss Concert 2009 is scheduled for Sunday, May 17 at Comcast Center in Mansfield. The ticket pre-sale begins this week(3/18) as the station will be announcing big-name performers at this year's event.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

WRKO urges listeners to push for Rush-Obama debate

These are trying time for the Republican Party. President Obama's election, Democratic control of Congress and now, in exile, a power struggle between Michael Steele, the new Republican Party Chairman and Rush Limbaugh, the volcano of conservative talk radio, who has openly called for the new president to fail and has challenged him to on-air debate.

At the end, this is kind of political circus surrounded by lots of media publicity is good for business, ratings, and most definitely for Rush and his network of 600 stations including Boston's WRKO AM 680 who are cashing in on the all brouhaha. Here's today's press release from WRKO announcing its on-line listener campaign to push for Rush-President Obama debate :

WRKO Asks Listeners to Urge President Obama to debate Rush Limbaugh

BOSTON, MA (March 5, 2009) – Boston’s Talk Station WRKO AM 680 today launched an online campaign encouraging listeners to contact President Obama’s office asking the President to accept Mr. Limbaugh’s invitation to a debate.

Limbaugh, who has been dubbed the face of the GOP by Democrats, yesterday publically challenged President Obama to a debate on his nationally syndicated radio show. The show airs locally on WRKO each weekday from 12- 3 PM.

While the White House has not responded, WRKO has taken a lead role in trying to ensure that the debate happens. Today the station launched an online campaign for listeners to email the President encouraging his participation in the debate. Listeners can log on to
wrko.com and visit the Rush Limbaugh page. There, they will be linked to an online contact form, which goes directly to the press department of the White House.

“WRKO has a long-standing relationship with Rush and we wholeheartedly support him in this challenge,” said Entercom New England Vice President of AM Programming & Operations Jason Wolfe. “We encourage all of our listeners to weigh in and urge President Obama to debate Rush on all of the issues facing our country today. The President’s staff opened the door for this by tapping Rush as the leader of the Republican party. If they believe that, then they should have the President accept this offer from Rush and engage in an open dialogue about all issues. It is my hope that all Rush Limbaugh affiliates across the country will join WRKO in this effort. The American people deserve to hear the debate.”


BRW Notebook :

Live from Boston...it's PPM's : As today(3/5), Arbitron's new PPM system is officially live in the Boston radio market. Unfortunately, the ratings company will not be providing numbers for two transition months - January or February. Abitron spokesperson told BRW that PPM data won't be officially commercial until end of April(4/23) when March numbers are released. Arbitron isn't releasing any Boston PPM data until then. March survey runs from today(3/5) until April 1. Make sure to come back then for the numbers and analysis in this space.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Big O launches foundation for newborn intensive units

WEEI’s Glenn Ordway and his wife have launched “The Miracle Mia Foundation” in honor of their daughter who was born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital last February (2008) and suffered serious complications. Below is a press release from Ordway announcing the foundation and its mission. (The Ordway’s story will be featured on the Channel 5 news tonight at 5 PM) :

WEEI’s Glenn Ordway launches “The Miracle Mia Foundation” in honor of his daughter

March 2, 2009 (Boston, MA) -- This past weekend, Glenn Ordway of Sports Radio 850 WEEI and his wife, Sarah, celebrated their daughter Mia Grace Ordway’s 1st birthday at Davio’s in Boston. The Ordway’s privately announced the kickoff of The Miracle Mia Foundation in honor of their daughter who was born at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on February 28th, 2008. In an intimate setting at Brigham and Women’s earlier in the week, the Ordways donated one of Cincinnati Sub-Zero’s cooling units to the hospital’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).

Due to complications during delivery, Mia suffered from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), which, in lay terms, is a lack of oxygen to the brain. The condition often leads to severe brain damage, cerebral palsy and delayed development. Luckily, Dr. Robert Insoft, Medical Director of BWH’s NICU, was on duty that night. Dr. Insoft called upon neighboring Children’s Hospital Boston, the first New England Hospital to have Cincinnati Sub-Zero’s “cooling unit,” used to induce therapeutic hypothermia. Therapeutic Hypothermia cools the body and can prevent and minimize brain damage. In Mia’s case allowing her newborn brain to repair the damage.

The mission of The Miracle Mia Foundation is two-fold:

The foundation will work with Cincinnati Sub-Zero Products, Inc. (
www.cszinc.com), to ensure that every hospital has these temperature management solutions that are used for infants, cardiac arrest, spinal cord injuries (former Buffalo Bills player, Kevin Everett), and stroke victims.

The foundation will also work with David Acker, BWH’s Chief of Obstetrics, to support a multidisciplinary lectureship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital that continues to advance the safest patient and family-oriented care in Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Nursing and Anesthesiology. Topics to be addressed include communication, teamwork, and safety simulations.

Donations to The Miracle Mia Foundation can be sent to:

Wayne, Richard & Hurwitz LLP
c/o Neil A. Mooney, Esq.
One Boston Place
Suite 3620
Boston, MA 02108




U2 mania has Boston stations in a promotional frenzy…again

This happens every 3 or 4 years. Some of the biggest Boston radio stations go absolutely ga-ga over Ireland’s biggest rock export - U2.

The Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame band is about to release its 12th studio album(“No Line On the Horizon”) followed by a world mega-tour that will stop in Foxboro sometime in September. And, as of today, nearly every major Boston rock and pop radio station that has U2 on its playlist has officially gone into promotional overdrive. But, first, there’s a little concert at yet-to-be-named Boston area venue(CBS' Showcase Live at Patriots Place?) next Wednesday(3/11) night which will be a 60-minute set to be distributed to major radio stations here and all over the country.

Tickets to the event will be given away free through radio contests on the stations that carry the next week’s Boston club show locally : Mix 98.5,
WBCN 104.1FM(historically, the station of record as far as discovering U2's sound on the radio in the US goes), WBOS/Radio 92.9FM, WFNX 101.7FM, WZLX 100.7FM and WAAF 107.3FM.

U2's tour expected to begin in Europe this summer and roll into the States sometime in early September. Gillette Stadium is going to be one of the first stadium dates in US. To promote "No Line On the Horizon" which will be released tomorrow, U2 will serve as the musical guest on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman every night this week. On Friday, U2 will perform ABC's "Good Morning America".

BRW Notebook :


New marketing boss named at 'TKK : Ben Kulis has been named as the new Marketing Director of Boston 's Talk Evolution, 96.9 FM, WTKK. He will be responsible for continuing to evolve the stations marketing department, including the website and interactive business model. He most recently served as a New Media Consultant for the New England Sports Network and spent six years as the Director of Digital for Entercom's New England based radio properties.


I-man returns : For the 10th straight year, talker WTKK 96.9FM will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a live "Kiss Me, I'm Imus"
broadcast. "Imus in the Morning" will broadcast on Tuesday, March 17th from 1200-seat Wilbur Theater. Imus will be joined by regular cast and crew plus his wife Deidre. WTKK's hosts Jay Severin, Michael Graham, Jim Braude, Margery Eagan, and Michele McPhee will be on hand. WTKK and MSNBC personality Mike Barnicle will have a significant role in the show. London ’s Irish rock band, The Bible Code Sundays will perform live.

Tickets are $5.00($29.69 in the upfront-and-personal gold circle section) with all proceeds benefiting Boston's Camp Harbor View.

End of the story : Paul Harvey, radio's most famous newsman died over the weekend at the age of 90. The writing, the trust, the storytelling, the voice, and the ability to sell products like no other made Harvey a media legend over the decades. Page two. For years WBZ AM 1030 carried his commentaries in the Boston market but didn't renew the contract with ABC Radio at the end of 2005. Conservative talker WTTT AM 1150 then picked him up in early 2006 and carried his segments until early next year when the station became Spanish-language religious outlet "Radio Luz".