Friday, August 28, 2009

Hub radio to air Kennedy funeral

As of now, here is the partial list of local radio stations which will provide live coverage tomorrow(8/29) of Senator Ted Kennedy's funeral service from Our Lady of Prepetual Basilica in Mission Hill :

WRKO AM 680 will have live programming starting at 10am. From 10 AM to 10:30 AM, host Avi Nelson will be in-studio taking calls from callers. WRKO will pick up Fox News Radio's feed of the funeral service from Our Lady of Perpetual Basilica in Mission Hill from 10:30am to 12:30pm. From 12:30 to 2 PM, Nelson will be providing follow-up coverage and talkingto callers.

WBUR 90.9FM will broadcast the funeral live starting at around 9:40am. Weekday morning host Bob Oakes will host WBUR's coverage with political consultant Dan Payne and Harvard Kennedy School's lecturer Richard Parker who will provide expertise and commentary on the actual church service. WBUR is also planning to broadcast tonight's(8/28) memorial service from the Kennedy Library from 7-9pm. Friday night's special broadcast will be hosted by Bob Oakes will host that as well.

WTKK 96.9FM will run its regular Saturday morning block with Hank Morse(6am-8am), Mel Robbins(8am-10am), Joe and Huggy(10am-1pm). It will pick up the live coverage of the funeral from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Later in the afternoon, it plans to carry the live network coverage of Senator Kennedy's burial at Arlington National Cemetery starting at 5:30pm.

WBZ AM 1030 will have live continuing coverage of Kennedy funeral throughout the day.

BRW Notebook :

The World Wide Web of Sports. Boston sytle : ESPN has its eyes on the local market. The CT-based sports media behemoth, which found success with its initial hometown sports coverage on ESPN Chicago now plans to roll the same concept out to Boston on September 14th, it was officially announced yesterday. While ESPN was spinning its hyperlocal sports coverage entry into Boston, the big sports radio kahuna WEEI AM 850, is taking the matter seriously. WEEI which will now face serious challenges both on the air - in the form of recently built 98.5 the SportsHub and a crowded field of local on-line sports content providers(ESPNBoston.com, Boston.com, New England Comcast Sports Net, NESN.com as well as locla pro team's own sites), put out its own release hyping station's year-old WEEI.com portal registring very impressive numbers and showing a massive growth in web site traffic and digital audio consumption. Unique visitors to WEEI.com increased 173% and page visits jumped 90% and cracked the 4 million mark for the first time last month.


ESPN Radio's local radio affiliate 890 ESPN which produces five hours of local programming on weekdays(4-7pm and 10pm-Midnight) will now be also incorporated into the new ESPN Boston site. The AM station will also be streamed on the new local sports portal which may actually help in extendsing its reach on-line.

Executive Shuffle : Salem Media Boston has named Pat Ryan as the General Manager of its 3 local AM's(WEZE AM 590, WROL AM 950 and WWDJ AM 1150)...Greater Media Boston names Susan Remkiewicz as Local Sales Manager of WKLB-FM, Boston, beginning in early September. She most recently was Director of Sponsorship Sales for Live Nation. Previously, she was Director of National Sales at Boston stations WJMN-FM, WKOX-AM, WXKS-FM as well as WBZ-AM and WODS-FM. "Susan is a well respected veteran in Boston radio with an amazing reputation," says WMJX GSM Jackie Landry. "She has great passion for the business. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious. I am looking forward to having her as a partner and a part of our WKLB-FM sales team."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sox games shift back to WEEI AM 850 fulltime

Entercom just sent out an announcement that effective tomorrow all Red Sox radio broadcasts will be on WEEI AM 850. Majority of the Sox games have been airing on WEEI's sister station talker WRKO AM 680 for the past 2 1/2 seasons.

Here's an official announcement from Entercom on flagship changes :

Red Sox Radio Broadcasts Return to WEEI

August 25, 2009 (Boston) — Entercom New England announced today that, effective with the team’s game against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday evening, August 26th, all future Boston Red Sox games will be carried on WEEI 850 AM in Boston, the flagship station of the WEEI Sports Radio Network.

From 1995 to 2006, Red Sox games were carried exclusively on WEEI. In 2006, the games were shifted to Entercom sister station WRKO AM 680.

“We have a tremendously close partnership with the Red Sox, and are very excited to bring them back to WEEI,” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom New England’s Vice President of AM Programming. “This move will add consistency to our lineup, whereby all of our sports assets will be consolidated in the same place. There’s no better compliment to the Boston Celtics, Patriots Monday and Patriots Friday, Sunday Night and Monday Night NFL football, the Super Bowl and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, than adding Red Sox baseball back to nation’s biggest sports radio station.”

Added Julie Kahn, Entercom New England Market Manager/VP: “We’re delighted to bring the Red Sox back to their original home on WEEI. The Red Sox and WEEI have a long history together and it’s a partnership that’s a win for all – WEEI, the Sox and the Boston sports fans.”

“Our partnership with Entercom ensures that Red Sox fans know where to go for the best, most compelling sports news and features on radio,” said Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino. “Today’s announcement marks a return home for us, and now all of Red Sox Nation will know they can turn to WEEI to catch every Red Sox game all season long.”

WEEI is the nation’s highest rated sports radio station, a three time Marconi Award Winner, and home to Dennis and Callahan, Dale and Holley, The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Planet Mikey with Mike Adams. The WEEI sports radio network includes the following stations:

WEEI-850 AM Boston, MA
WEII-96.3 FM Cape Cod, MA
WEEI-103.7 FM Providence, RI
WVEI-105.5 FM Springfield, MA
WVEI-1440 AM Worcester, MA
WPEI 95.9 FM Portland, ME
WEEY-93.5 FM Keene, NH
WAEI-AM-910 AM / WAEI 97.1 FM Bangor, ME


Entercom is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasters with operations, pro forma for pending acquisitions, in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, Norfolk, Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Memphis, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Madison, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and Gainesville/Ocala.

Monday, August 24, 2009

WBCN call letters find a new home

It's been nearly two weeks since the legendary WBCN name and format disappeared from the Boston radio dial, but that the call letters which were synonymous with the Boston rock station for over 40 years are still very much in existence. Some 900 miles south of Boston, WBCN call letters are now in use by a Charlotte AM station owned by corporate parent CBS Radio.

From Charlotte Observer, Sat. August 22nd :


CBS Radio's WFNA-AM (1660) is now WBCN-AM.

Other than that, the sports station, which carries much of the programming of sister station WFNZ-AM (610), is the same. Swapping the call letters was a defensive strategy by CBS Radio, which recently changed the format and name of its long-time Boston classic rock station, WBCN-FM. CBS didn't want some other station in Boston to take the call letters and pick up WBCN's valuable identity. So it parked the name in Charlotte.

“It's very common in the business,” says Bill Schoening, market manager for CBS's Charlotte stations. “It was a major signal with call letters that still have value and
heritage.”


For much of their existence radio stations' call letters seem to live simple lives. Station owners obtain a set, and occasionally exchange it for another when the station changes direction or format. Then the old calls head back to the FCC database. But the process could be far more complicated than that. And occasionally, when marketplace competition warrants it, some call letters need to be warehoused, or more commonly referred to in the industry - "parked". Parking call letters is one of those quirky radio rituals that surround format changes every now and then.

An objective for CBS Radio in parking WBCN calls in Charlotte was clearly to prevent another local or regional broadcaster from grabbing one of the best known names in the business. Using the old, familiar call letters to help with a launch of a new station/format is one of radio marketing's tricks . Back in the early 1991, American Radio Systems replaced the historic WROR call letters and dusty AC oldies format with WBMX(and its Mix moniker) and the emerging Hot AC sound. A little more than five years later, WROR call letters returned to the market on 105.7FM frequency as Greater Media launched its new classic hits station which is now one of the most popular FM stations in the market. Of course, not every time someone brought back an old familiar set of call letters to the market, it ensured the success of the new format/station. The legendary WMEX name came back to Boston dial twice in recent memory - first, as an all-business format on AM 1150 in 1994 and later as a talk station on AM 1060 in 2000. In both instances the end result was a quick flop, but the marketing element of using station's call letters to attract attention from a potential audience has been part of the radio's playbook for years.

Just in case CBS Radui ever decides to bring WBCN calls back to Boston dial, it always has an option to do so. Parking call letters to try to keep them out of the hands of marketplace competitors such as Entercom, Greater Media, Clear Channel, Nassau or Phoenix Media Group is the reason behind WBCN moving down South.

BRW Notebook :

Early reviews : So far, the new Sports Hub 98.5 is without a doubt a work in progress. The early positive signs include, as Boston Globe's sports media columnist Chad Finn agrees, the addition of the new voice to Boston radio - station's night guy Damon Amendolara. Good pickup. The weekend duo of former WBCN afternooner Rob "Hardy" Poole and former Red Sox announcer Jerry Trupiano has been pretty entertaining. Also, SportsHub's FM signal is crisp and clear - hard to go back to the drowsy AM sound of WEEI. The true sports nuts are not likely to switch away from WEEI in the morning drive, but the lack of all-sports talk in the AM drive has logic behind it. CBS is using the well-established "Toucher and Rich" brand to maintain its high ranking among the younger 18-34 male listener demo. In middays, "Tanguay and Zolak" is a perfect example as to why ex-jocks don't often translate into entertaining full time co-hosts. There is some potential energy for the sparks to fly during the afternoon "Felger and Massarotti" show, but when one of the co-hosts is sitting some 17 miles away in a Burlington office/studio, it definitely takes a lot away from the timing and the chemistry between the co-hosts.

Building Sand castles in Lynn : The morning drive show "The Sandbox" on WFNX 101.7FM recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary. Speaking of WFNX, the station has been running on-air promo wooing former WBCN listeners. Needless to say, every remaining Boston rock station is eagerly awaiting August ratings.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


The gloves come off tomorrow as Sports Hub launches

As of 1pm tomorrow Boston will have a good, old-fashioned radio war brewing.

WEEI AM 850 faces the first serious threat to its 18-year dominance of Boston's sports radio scene, but execs from CBS Radio vow they're going for a win.

For starters, The Sports Hub 98-5/WBZ-FM plans to tackle WEEI by putting all local shows up against ratings heavy-hitters like "Dennis and Callahan" and the "Big Show". Moreover, the upstart FM sports talker will make a run at WEEI with the play-by-play broadcasts of Patriots and Bruins.

On Thursday(8/13), The Sports Hub will have a 3am soft-launch with a replay of New England Patriots' three Super Bowl wins. According to a CBS Radio's press release, Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti will kick off the station's official debut at 1:00 pm. They will serve as a lead-in for the Patriots pregame show at 4 pm which airs before tomorrow's preseason opener in Philadelphia. The game broadcast starts at 7:30 p.m with Gil Santos and Gino Capelletti returning behind the mic on the Patriots Radio Network.

But, starting on Friday(8/14), Sports Hub's full line-up will do battle against WEEI. Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb, better known as "Toucher and Rich", who moved from the defunct WBCN 104.1FM, will host the morning drive show on the new sports station from 6 am to 10 am. They'll go up against "Dennis and Callahan" on WEEI AM 850. In the midday shift(10am-2pm), Sports Hub will team up Patriots Radio Network's personalities - Gary Tanguay and Scott Zolak - who will face against "Dale and Holley" over on WEEI. The most key battle, without a question, will be take place in the afternoon drive - Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti from 2 pm to 6 pm. Felgie and Mazz, both WEEI defectors, will line up against the "Big Show". And that's where the radio war will be won or lost, folks. At night, a newcomer Damon "D.A." Amendolara will be on from 6 pm to 11 pm He'll challenge "Planet Mikey" with Mike Adams on AM 850. On the overnights, it will be a battle of national LA-based sports networks - SportsHub will run Sporting News Radio, previously heard on the defunct Zone 1510, countering Fox Sports Radio heard on WEEI AM 850.

More talent notes. Sports Hub managed to lure away one of WEEI's A-list staffers. Jon Wallach who delivered his last sports flash on "Dale and Holley" last Friday will now do the same for "Toucher and Rich" on the SportsHub.

Mike Thomas who is the program director for classic rocker WZLX 100.7FM, and up until yesterday oversaw programming at WBCN 104.1FM, now adds programming chores for the new Sports Hub.

Some of WBCN's personalities and shows have also moved to the Sports Hub. Former WBCN afternoon driver Rob "Hardy" Poole will team up with former Red Sox play-by-play Jerry Truppiano to host a talk show on Saturday mornings at 8am. WBCN's long-running public affairs program "Boston Sunday Review" hosted by Matt Schaffer will be heard in the same 6am-8am time slot on the Sports Hub.

While WEEI is a heritage sports radio station, there are countless sports fans in the Boston market. CBS Radio beleives there's a major opportunity for the SportsHub 98-5 to grab a share of them, especially on FM with its younger male demographics. WEEI currently airs the full schedules of NBA's Celtics, Boston College football and a weekly Red Sox game. The station also has content deals with the Patriots("Patriots Monday" and "Patriots Friday") and the Celtics. The station also runs Westwood One's NFL package.
Here's the official Sports Hub 98-5 release :

98.5 THE SPORTS HUB DEBUTS THURSDAY AUG 13TH
On-Air Line-Up Announced Patriots Flagship station kicks-off with first preseason game

Boston—98.5 THE SPORTS HUB, WBZ-FM, Boston will debut with a full talent and programming schedule this Thursday, August 13th.

The complete weekday on-air schedule includes:
-Toucher and Rich (6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
-Gary Tanguay and Scott Zolak (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
-Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti (2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
-Damon Amendolara, “D.A.” (6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.)

Toucher & Rich move from mornings at WBCN to anchor the same position on The Sports Hub. Comcast SportsNet New England’s Gary Tanguay is teamed with former New England Patriots’ quarterback Scott Zolak in middays. Comcast SportsNet New England’s Michael Felger joins long-time Boston sportswriter Tony Massarotti in afternoon drive. Massarotti will continue to write for the Boston Globe, in addition to his radio show. Damon Amendolara (“DA”), most recently from WQAM in Miami, will hold down nights. 98.5 The Sports Hub will also become Sporting News Radio’s affiliate in Boston and will feature some of Sporting News’ talk shows and play-by-play programming. Additional talk show talent and contributors will be announced in the coming days and weeks 98.5 The Sports Hub is proud to serve as home of the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and the NHL’s Boston Bruins.

The Patriots games will continue to be called by the legendary team of Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti. Gil and Gino kick off their 26th season together in the broadcast booth. Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will continue to call the Bruins games. They have been calling the games together since 2000.

On Thursday, August 13, 98.5 The Sports Hub will debut at 6:00 a.m. and the day will culminate with the broadcast of The New England Patriots’ first pre-season game of the year against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Safety Insurance Patriots Radio Network Pre-Game Show will begin at 4:00 p.m. on 98.5 The Sports Hub hosted by Gary Tanguay, Scott Zolak and Andy Gresh, live from the CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar at Gillette Stadium.

A destination for any Boston sports fan,
www.985thesportshub.com will be the place to go for everything related to Boston sports featuring an array of local and national content including live streaming, fantasy sports, video, scores, polls, podcasts, message boards, team schedules and the most up-to-date sports news.

“Boston is the greatest sports town in America and we are very excited to bring Boston sports fans a new content experience, both on-air and on-line with 98.5 The Sports Hub,” said Mark Hannon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio Boston.

“98.5 The Sports Hub is going to be a fun, fast-paced FM Sports radio station with a rock edge to it,” added Mike Thomas, 98.5 The Sports Hub Program Director.

“The talent lineup and the support staff are some of the best in the business and ready to give Boston sports fans a great alternative to the same old same old.”

98.5 The Sports Hub is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 134 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WZLX-FM, WODS-FM, WBMX-FM, and WBZ-AM in Boston.


The End : WBCN signs off for the final time

The Rock is dead. At least it is at WBCN 104.1FM, the pioneering Boston station that helped invent the album-oriented radio format in the late 1960s and early 1970's and made "The Rock of Boston" its slogan.

A few minutes after midnight this morning, the last notes of the Pink Floyd's "Shine On Your Crazy Diamond" classic and brief audio montage signaled the close of an era.


Ed. Note : Let's hope years from now, when people are thinking back on their memories of Boston, they'll think of WBCN and remember the station as a collective of great people and great music and just a wonderful time. Goodbye, old friend and thank you for a ride!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Larry Glick award established at Emerson College

This morning, Emerson College and family and friends of the late Boston talkmaster Larry Glick announced the establishment of the Glick Memorial Radio Award at the school. Glick passed away five months ago at the age of 87(BRW 3/27). His friends and family have established the award to pay tribute to his memory and advance the training of the next generation of radio talent. Here's the official release :

LARRY GLICK MEMORIAL RADIO AWARD ESTABLISHED AT EMERSON COLLEGE



August 10, 2009

Boston - The Larry Glick Memorial Award has been established at Emerson College in Boston by friends and family of the legendary talk-master Larry Glick, who died in March 2009 during heart surgery. He was 86.

A pioneer of talk radio, Larry was based in Boston from 1964-1992 first at WMEX for four years, followed by nearly 20 years at WBZ and, finally, at WHDH. Devoted “Glicknics,” across the U.S. and in eastern Canada tuned in for his late night/early morning broadcasts, many listening with radios hidden beneath their pillows so as to not disturb their spouses or let parents in on the secret. A Glick University T-shirt was a coveted status symbol; many fans claim they still have them.

Known for his wit and sense of fun, Glick often tracked down celebrities by phone as well as made ‘celebrities’ of his regular callers. A licensed pilot and hypnotist, he lived in Florida during his retirement and reconnected with many of his fans while working at a Legal Sea Foods restaurant as a greeter. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame last fall.

Glick received formal training in broadcasting while attending night classes at Emerson College in Boston. The College continues the tradition of training students in all aspects of radio broadcast, satellite, and Internet transmission including through coursework and hands-on experience on award-winning WERS (88.9 FM; http://www.wers.org/) and the Emerson Talk & Information Network.

The Larry Glick Memorial Radio Award will be used to encourage students to pursue careers in radio and to support their attendance at professional workshops/conferences to further their training and create a network of contacts. Those interested in paying tribute to Larry Glick and advancing the careers of aspiring professionals can send their tax-deductible contributions payable to Emerson College to:

Emerson College
Larry Glick Memorial Radio Award
120 Boylston St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02116-4624



Please make a note in the memo section of your check that the gift is for the Glick Award.

Located on Boston Common in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson is the only four-year private college in the United States devoted to communication and the performing arts. With 3,000 undergraduates and 900 graduate students from across the United States and 40 countries, Emerson is teaching the next generation of leaders in communication and the arts. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 60 student organizations and performance groups, 15 NCAA teams, student publications, honor societies, television stations including the Emerson Channel, and WERS-FM, Boston’s award-winning noncommercial radio station.


Contact: Amy Meyers at
617-824-8918 or amy_meyers@emerson.edu


Friday, August 7, 2009


WBCN's 4-day tribute is set

Tomorrow morning(8/8) at 9:50am WBCN 104.1FM will kick off the 4-day long retrospective on its 41 years as Boston's rock music institution. The station has released a list of guest scheduled to appear during its goodbye party. Among the highlights, Howard Stern who ruled Boston's morning drive from 1996 to 2005 is scheduled to link up live during Monday(8/10)'s morning drive.

WBCN's press alert is below :

WBCN RETROSPECTIVE – 4 DAY FAREWLL TO THE ROCK OF BOSTON

Tune in for the four-day farewell to WBCN 104.1FM, beginning this Saturday morning at 9:50 a.m. with a presentation of a classic “Mattress Mishegas” hosted by Charles Laquidara and Co.”Mattress Mishegas” will kick off four days of recollections, rare concert replays and past members of WBCN calling-in and stopping by the studio.

Below is a partial list of what to expect:
Visits by Charles Laquidara, Ken Shelton, Howard Stern, Billy West, Steven Clean, Albert O, Bradley Jay, James Montgomery, Sam Kopper, Mississippi Fats, Ray Repien Original WBCN General Manager, Maxanne Satori, Shred, Mark Hamilton, Bill Abbate, Dickie Barrett of the Mighty Bosstones, Greg Hawkes of the Cars, Robin Young, Carter Alan, Oedipus, Jerry Goodwin, Steven Nelson, Nik Carter, Tami Heide, Cha-Chi Loprete, Jay Leno, Steven Strick, Tony Berardini and many more!

Hear such memorable events as Maxanne Satori interviewing Bruce Springsteen in 1973, Carter Alan interviewing U2 in 1983, and many celebrity visits including Bill Murray with Ken Shelton and many, many more!!

BRW Notebook :

Kumbaya moment : This past Tuesday(8/4) at 3:40pm, Boston Globe's veteran writer Bob Ryan returned(via a phone-in) to the Big Show airwaves as WEEI and the newspaper signaling the end of the decade-long spat between local media giants. In addition, Dan Shaughnessy was also back on "Dennis and Callahan"(with fill-ins Jon Meterparel and Bob Neumier) yesterday. The Globe's sports media beat writer Chad Finn tries to make sense of the new Globe-WEEI alliance as the SportsHub 98-5 prepares to drop on the airwaves next Thursday(8/13). Meanwhile, Boston Sports Media's Bruce Allen had the first scoop of Globe's columnist Tony "Mazz" Massarotti joining Michael Felger as the co-host during afternoon drive. Massaroti is expected to remain as the Globe sports columnist according to sources. In addition, former Patriots backup QB Scott Zolak is expected to be named as the midday co-host with Gary Tanguay. Both, Zolak and Tanguay, are part of the Patriots Radio Network's pre-game and post-game broadcast team.

Update : According to the report in today's Miami Herald, Damon Amendolara has been hired as Sports Hub 98.5's everning host. Amendolara has been hosting a nigh show on WQAM AM 560 in Miami since January 2008. In addition, he frequently fills in at nation's number one sports station WFAN AM/The Fan 660 in NYC. His first night on the air will be next Friday, August 14th.

Special note : Condolences to the Boston Herald's media writer Jessica Heslam and her family on their recent loss.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Media truce : The Boston Globe's sports writers are allowed back on WEEI's airwaves

First, a little background on the Boston Globe's decade-long media blockade of WEEI AM 850. In 1999, the Globe banned its sports writers from appearing on WEEI's afternoon drive Big Show. In 2001, a full-station ban was put in place as the newspaper's editors objected to what they deemed to be an offensive "guy radio" content :

For the second time in two years, The Boston Globe has banned staffers from a WEEI-AM talk show. Last Friday, sports editor Don Skwar issued a memo saying that after reviewing the morning show hosted by John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, "we've decided that the show's tone and content are not up to the Globe's standards and that any appearance on the show by Globe staff members would impair the integrity and credibility of the Globe." The memo cited "inappropriate references to female anatomy, oral sex, and gay men."

In 1999 Globe staffers were barred from appearing on WEEI's "The Big Show" with Glenn Ordway in the afternoon "because the content of the show was offensive," said Skwar. He said the bans could be lifted if the station made changes in either show.


Source : The Boston Globe, March 21,
2001

With last month's announcement that CBS Radio would be launching a new FM sports talker 98.5 the Sports Hub on August 13, the competitive landscape in the Boston sports media was going in for a major shake-up. To gain an edge, CBS Radio's new sports radio entry was widely expected to align itself with the Globe's sports department and its on-line content platform. But this morning, it was WEEI, not the rookie sports talker, who made the big media splash. WEEI's owner Entercom pulled a large size rabbit out of a hat as The Globe and the sports radio giant announced that the newspaper's sports writers will be allowed back as guests on all station's shows effective immediately.

Here's WEEI's media alert(Clarification to the press release below : Globe's writers can only appear live in-studio guests on midday's "Dale and Holley" show. They can only call into morning "Dennis and Callahan" and afternoon "Big Show" programs)

For Immediate Release
August 4,
2009

WEEI Media Alert

WEEI announced today that the station and The Boston Globe have agreed that Globe sports writers will appear as guests on all WEEI talk shows, effective immediately.

“I think this is a great win for WEEI and the Globe,” said VP of Programming Jason Wolfe. “The Globe’s sports department has a deep tradition of exceptional coverage of the Boston sports scene and it is my pleasure to welcome them back to our airwaves. I know our listeners will appreciate their insight and expertise.”

Entercom is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasters with operations, pro forma for pending acquisitions, in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento,
Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, Norfolk,
Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Memphis, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Madison, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and
Gainesville/Ocala.

# # #

BRW Notebook :

Former WBCN owner passes away : Michael Wiener, co-founder of Infinity Broadcasting, died Sunday of cancer. Hewas 71. He quit his Metromedia sales job and founded Infinity 1972 with Gerald Carrus, buying a San Francisco FM. Later on, Infinity bought WBCN 104.1FM in 1979. In 1996, Westinghouse acquired Infinity for $3.9 billion.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Former Boston rock radio vet passes away

Many longtime Boston radio listeners will remember George Taylor Morris as the programmer and personality at the old WCOZ 94.5FM in the mid 1970's. At the time, the upstart rock station WCOZ gave plenty of stiff competition to then-powerhouse WBCN 104.1FM. The two stations were embroiled in a seesaw battle for the allegiances of progressive rock fans from mid-70's to the early 80's.

It was announced this morning that GTM passed away from his battle with throat cancer. He was 62.

Morris left Boston in 1977 to take a job at WPIX-FM in NYC followed by a number of other radio gigs. He returned to the Hub in 1995 to become a morning personality at classic rocker WZLX 100.7FM. In April 1996, he shifted from mornings to middays to make room for legendary Charles Laquidara who moved over from WBCN 104.1FM to make room for Howard Stern. In 1998, Morris left WZLX to take over programming duties at WBOS 92.9FM and briefly serve as station's morning personality.

After ending his WBOS run, GTM left terrestrial radio to take a programming job at XM Satellite Radio in 2001. Until late last year, Morris served as host of XM Satellite Radio's interview and performance show "Artist Confidential" and program director of its Deep Tracks rock channel.