WRKO unplugs "Coast to Coast", opts for more Howie Carr
WRKO AM 680 which is in the process of ending its affilation relationship with programming distributor Premiere Radio Networks has dropped the nationally syndicated overnight show "Coast to Coast" it has carried since October 1997. The show which is heard on over 500 stations nationally is getting a new spot on the local dial as of tonight. "Coast to Coast" will now air on WKOX AM 1200 which is in the process of converting to fulltime news/talk station from its current Spasnih music format as first mentioned in this space(BRW 1/13). Texas-based radio giant Clear Channel Communications which owns AM 1200 also owns syndicator Premiere Radio. In addition to "Coast to Coast", Clear Channel/Premiere's national big-ticket shows hosted by Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh will make up AM 1200's line-up when the format launches in April. The new station has registered a new website "RushRadio1200.com".
With "Coast to Coast" departure from the line-up, WRKO is filling the 1am-5am slot with repeats of its popular afternoon drive host Howie Carr.
BRW Notebook :
Rock for geriatric Gen-Xers : Since WBCN's exit six months ago not much has changed for the surviving rock stations - WFNX 101.7FM, WAAF 107.3FM, WBOS 92.9FM and WXRV 92.5FM/River - all catering to 30 and 40-somethings and musically still deeply rooted in the past reports the Globe.