Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Red Sox radio broadcasts in Spanish move to WWZN

Full details are still forthcoming but BRW has learned that Spanish Beisbol Network(SBN) has signed a 3-year agreement with Blackstrap Broadcasting's WWZN AM 1510 for Spanish-language, play-by-play broadcasts of the Red Sox.

WWZN will feature all 162 home and away games, as well as any postseason contests, with regular season coverage beginning this Sunday(4/4) when the Red Sox take on the NY Yankees in the home opener at Fenway Park. WWZN is also expected to add some additional baseball programming and content very shortly.

SBN's Sox package is moving to AM 1510 after two years at WWDJ AM 1150/Radio Luz. SBN's announcers Uri Berenguer and Juan Oscar Baez will be back in the booth. Their call is not only limited to radio. All NESN telecasts have carried the SBN Spanish- language audio on the SAP (second audio program) function since 2004 season.

BRW Notebook :

And in the other Zone news : And speaking of WWZN AM 1510, one of station's original concept sports shows that dates back to its days as a full-time sports talker("Zone 1510") is about to launch into regional syndication. Mouthpiece Boxing which has grown into a 3-hour "fight" block of boxing, wrestling and MMA will land on stations in Manchester/Nashua NH(WGAM), Providence(WARL) and Florence, NJ(WIFI) starting in April. The show is currently heard on WWZN on Saturday nights will likely move to another timeslot due to addition of Red Sox games.

"One" less talk show? : The future of "One in Ten", the weekly gay and lesbian talk program that has been heard on WFNX 101.7FM since 1992, remains unclear after co-hosts Sue O'Connell and Keith Orr signed off for the final time last Sunday night. In her column today, O'Connell who co-publishes Bay Windows implied that the show will continue in a different format on Lynn's alternative rock station.

MadMoney is bullish on the radio : Last week, CNBC's stock gabber Jim Cramer did a piece on the growth of the radio industry, with a big emphasis on Entercom which owns WRKO-AM 680, WEEI AM 850, WAAF 107.3FM and WMKK 93.7 in the Boston market. Cramer's prediction is here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

WODS shakes up its morning show

WODS 103.3FM has dropped one member of its morning show today. Chris Zito, who had been paired with Karen Blake as morning co-host, is no longer with the station, as he confirmed via his Twitter account earlier tonight.

Blake will continue solo as morning host at CBS Radio-owned oldies station. She orginally joined WODS in October 2005 as an afternoon DJ but when Boston radio's icon Dale Dorman retired in September 2008 she moved to mornings. Zito, a longtime Boston area radio personality and stand-up comic, joined her as co-host at WODS in November 2008(BRW 11/11/08) after he spent five years in the morning drive at Worcester's WXLO 104.5FM.

BRW Notebook :

WBZ picks up AP awards : WBZ AM 1030 earned seven awards in the annual Massachusetts/Rhode Island Associated Press radio and TV competition which will be presented next month.

Carr is out of action : WRKO AM 680's afternoon driver Howie Carr had a rough stretch recently with a total hip replacement surgery last summer which followed smashing his car into a telphone pole in late September. This past weekend, Carr ended up at MGH after passing out at a Wellesley restaurant. He's been off the air for the past two days as the President of Howie Nation, Col. David Hunt filled in.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Revolution's multi-year radio deal lands them on FM

WBZ-FM/98.5 The SportsHub, the rookie all-sports radio station that began broadcasting in Boston last August has landed play-by-play rights for Kraft family's "other" team - Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution - it was
announced this morning. The station will cover the club's entire 30-game regular season, both home and away games, beginning this Saturday(3/27) night when the team opens in Los Angeles. The SportsHub also serves as the flagship of NFL's New England Patriots and NHL's Boston Bruins.

Revolution’s games are moving to WBZ-FM from WEEI AM 850/WRKO AM 680 combo where they were heard for the past 8 years. Brad Feldman returns as team’s play-by-play voice and will be joined by recently retired Rev defender Jay Heaps.

BRW Notebook :

New voices, same old voices : The Patriots Ledger profiles WRKO's new midday voice Charley Manning while the Herald talks to WRKO's former personality and Rush Radio's new morning guy Jeff Katz.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Katz retruns to host new morning show on Rush Radio 1200

The new talk station in the market - Rush Radio 1200/WXKS AM - has officially named its morning drive host earlier this afternoon. Jeff Katz who worked at WRKO AM 680 between January 1997 to October 1999, first as night host(10pm-2am) and later as morning drive co-host(with Darlene McCarthy) will take over RushRadio's 5am-9am slot beginning Monday, April 5th.

Since leaving WRKO AM 680 in 1999, Katz has bounced around a few markets including Las Vegas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Charlotte and most recently West Palm Beach, Florida where he has been hosting afternoon drive show for the past five months at WTFL AM 850. He actually filled in for WRKO's Howie Carr as recently as last month.

Here's the official press release on hiring of Jeff Katz to be new morning host for RushRadio 1200 :


BOSTON, MA – March 23, 2010 – Boston’s new conservative talk radio station, “Rush Radio 1200” WXKS-AM has announced the addition of a new local morning show.

Jeff Katz will begin hosting the weekday morning show, 5am to 9am, on Monday, April 5th. Katz has extensive experience as a talk show host in Boston. He has most recently been a consistent fill-in host for WRKO’s Howie Carr, while hosting afternoon on WFTL-AM in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jeff Katz also hosted the WRKO morning show for several years in the late 1990’s. Katz has hosted award winning talk shows at radio stations in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.

Jeff has made countless television appearances on such programs as The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, Showbiz Tonight, Daily Buzz and American Morning. Over the years he has guest hosted on many national radio shows including Glenn Beck, Jim Bohannon, Bob Grant, Rusty Humphries and Mike McConnell among others. Jeff Katz has also filled in on many of America’s best radio stations including KFI (Los Angeles), WIOD (Miami) and KLIF (Dallas).

“Jeff is a uniquely talented talk show host. He does a fantastic job of presenting major issues and discussing how they affect our local communities. He’ll be the perfect complement to our incredible talk show lineup, which already includes superstars like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity,” says Rush Radio 1200 Program Director Bill George.

Katz adds, “I am thrilled to know that as Bostonians head to work each morning, they will finally be able to hear a live, local conservative voice concerned about our community, in love with New England and dedicated to helping our children live the American dream!”

Jeff Katz has consistently been ranked by TALKERS Magazine as one of the 100 most important talk show hosts in America. Radio & Records named Jeff a Talk Radio All-Star and he was voted one of the five best local talk show hosts in the USA by the readers of R&R.
About Clear Channel Radio:

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Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may
cause the actual results performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance
or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement

Monday, March 22, 2010

The River sets an Earth Day concert on the Greenway :

WXRV 92.5/the River will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earthday, Thursday, April 22nd from noon to 3PM in a free lunch time concert with special guests They Might Be Giants and Citizen Cope. It all takes place at The Rose Kennedy Greenway, between Rose Wharf and The Aquarium in downtown Boston. More info at

Here's the official press release from the station :

92.5 The River celebrates the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a FREE lunch time concert featuring They Might Be Giants and Citizen Cope!

Boston, MA March 22nd, 2009 –One month from today, on April 22nd, 92.5 The River, Boston’s independent and solar-powered radio station is gearing up for a free lunch time concert in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The concert begins at 12 noon and concludes at 3pm. It will take place on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a new model of dynamic outdoor space that brings Bostonians together to enjoy everything that’s great about the city. The Greenway will be transformed into a fun outdoor atmosphere that includes free music, a kids’ zone and other activities.

This celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day will feature live performances from Citizen Cope and They Might be Giants. "We’re so psyched to welcome They Might Be Giants to The River’s Earth Day Concert. They’re true indie trailblazers that so many Bostonians came of age to. Add Citizen Cope, and it’s going to be quite a fun day for two prolific bands and their many rabid followers!" said Catie Wilber, 92.5 The River’s Program and Music Director.

The concert is conveniently located in the Greenway’s Wharf District Parks near the New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall, and the Financial District, and is easily accessible by the MBTA Blue Line, commuter boats at Rowes Wharf or by train at South Station.

"We are thrilled to host this free family-friendly, earth-friendly event with our partners at 92.5 The River," said Nancy Brennan, Executive Director, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. "The Greenway is fast becoming a special place in the city – a place where friends, co-workers, and families gather to enjoy the sunshine and appreciate Boston’s beautiful downtown area. Thanks to The River, visitors to the Greenway on April 22nd will have a fantastic opportunity to shake off the doldrums of winter, celebrate Earth Day, and enjoy some terrific music."

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, a private, non-profit organization, operates, maintains, preserves and manages the parks on behalf of the general public.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Local radio revenue declines 19% in 2009

Although Boston radio stations rang up more than $228 million in advertising sales in 2009, it still was considered a pretty bad year for the business.

That's because the total was down 19 percent from the $283 million posted in 2008(BRW 4/2/08), according to market revenue estimates released this week by BIA/Kelsey.

Virginia-based BIA/Kelsey which tracks radio revenues for all stations shows that almost no one escaped harsh advertising environment - though some were hurt worse than others.

For 2009, BIA/Kelsey once again puts CBS Radio-owned news/talk WBZ AM 1030 at the top of the list with $25.3 million. Entercom’s sports talker WEEI AM 850 was right behind it with $23.2 million. In 2008, WBZ AM and WEEI AM collected $31.7 and $31.2 million, respectively.

Among four big radio groups(CBS, Entercom, Greater Media and Clear Channel) operating in Boston, CBS Radio's five stations sill topped all other owners by generating a $75.7 million which represented 33% of the entire market’s revenue pie.

Here are BIA/Kelsey's estimated 2009 ad revenues for Boston stations. The number in parenthesis is where that station finished in the last Arbitron PPM ratings period(Jan.7-Feb.3rd) :

1. WBZ 1030 - $25.3 million (2)

2. WEEI 850 - $23.2 million (tied 11)

3. WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108 - $19.7 million(1)

4. WMJX 106.7/Magic 106.7 - $18.9 million(3)

5. WJMN 94.5/Jamn - $14.5 million(4)

6. WBMX 104.1/Mix - $13.1 million( tied 11)

7. WODS 103.3 - $12.6million(9)
WZLX 100.7 - $12.6million(6)

9. WBZ 98.5/SportsHub - $12.1 million(tied 16)

10. WMKK 93.7/Mike-FM - $10.1 million(14)

11. WROR 105.7 - $9.175 million(5)

12. WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7 - $8.4 million(tied 16)

13. WKLB 102.5/Country 102.5 - $8.325million(10)

14. WTKK 96.9 - $6.875 million(tied 11)

15.WRKO 680 - $6 million(8)

Other : WBOS 92.9 - $4.025 million, WXRV 92.5/The River - $3.6 million, WFNX 101.7FM - $3.0 million

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Alternative Rock, who goes there? Only WFNX

On the surface, things have looked a little choppy lately at WFNX 101.7FM, with a lineup shake-up (BRW 1/4) and an evolving playlist that shuttles between alternative classics, the 90's grunge and today's new acts to go with a new operations boss(BRW 10/5/09) to oversee heritage alternative rocker. But in the big picture things actually look pretty bright in large part because, for the first time in a while, no big station(WBCN) is trying to stomp on its alternative-music format.

WFNX started playing new-wave music in March 1983 when the movement that produced bands like REM, the Pretenders and the Talking Heads really was an alternative to mainstream. As a station on the fringe of the city, WFNX learned to survive by staying ahead of city stations playing music too risky for big stations that need big audiences. In the 1990s, however, as the line between mainstream and alternative music broke down, with WBCN and later WBOS 92.9 borrowing from WFNX's playbook. Even contemporary signals like WBMX 104.1(then at 98.5) and WXKS 107.9 both at times crossed into the alternative Top 40 field. This forced WFNX to move away from its long-time music core, and drove away some listeners.

But now, with WBCN vanishing from the airwaves last August and next closest challenger WBOS 92.9 pretty much sticking to strictly well-tested alt-rock 90's artists, WFNX has its niche largely to itself again.

Technically, WFNX was born on March 15, 1983 as "Let's Go" by the Cure replaced the head-banging rock at the old WLYN-FM. The current call letters WFNX were adopted on April 1st, 1983 and the full "Boston Phoenix Radio" launch didn't actually happen until April 11, 1983 which is now known as the the official WFNX birthday.

To celebrate its 27th year on the air, WFNX today announced that its launching Top 101 Alternative Artists of all time promotion which will run from April 12th thru Friday, September 3. Read full details in station's press release below :

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WFNX Listeners to Select the Top 101 Alternative Artists of All-Time

Boston radio station WFNX is inviting its listeners to vote for their favorite alternative artists of all-time at The station has loaded over four hundred artists into its online “Artist Generator,” which pits two randomly selected artists in head-to-head battles. Listeners can click on their favorites and keep track of the results in real time.

“Our ultimate goal is to take every musical argument we ever have here at the station, let our listeners settle it online, and countdown the results on-air,” said Mike Tierney, vice-president of broadcast operations for WFNX. “The listeners used our Album Generator to decide the best albums of the ‘00s, voting over half a million times. This should get an even bigger response. The station has been here twenty-seven years, so our listeners have pretty much the entire history of Alternative music to choose from.”

On April 12th – a day after its twenty-seventh anniversary – WFNX will kick off a countdown of the results with artist number 101. The station will add another artist to the list every weekday, culminating Friday, September 3rd, with the revelation of the number one WFNX artist of all-time. Each day the station will highlight music by the Artist of the Day, along with interview footage, factoids, and a musical buying guide for each day’s artist.

WFNX can be heard on 101.7 FM in Greater Boston, 92.1 FM in New Hampshire , and streaming live over the station’s website.

The FNX Radio Network is part of a consortium of three alternative radio stations owned by the privately held Phoenix Media / Communications Group. WFNX-FM (101.7FNX)/ Boston , MA ; WFEX-FM (92.1FNX) / Manchester , NH and WPHX-FM (92.1FNX) / Portsmouth , NH form the network. FNX Radio also owns WPHX-AM (ESPN1220) in Sanford , ME an ESPN affilia ted sports station. Its parent company, The Phoenix Media/Communications Group also owns and operates the Boston Phoenix newspaper along with other New England newspapers, magazines and specialty publications such as the Portland Phoenix and Providence Phoenix newspapers and Stuff at Night magazine.

BRW Notebook :

The blog club : Bingo Bar Blog's latest entry "98.5 vs WEEI" reads like a doctoral theses of Boston sports radio but if "American Idol" is not your thing tonight, this is actually a pretty entertaining, but long, piece.

Another Brick out of the Wall : As mentioned here last fall(BRW 10/30/09), WEEI AM 850 brought back ESPN Radio programming to fill its dead non-local hours(overnights and weekend nights). And, Fox Radio moved over to the SportsHub 98.5 after a 4-year run on WEEI. As of this week, rest of WEEI's network stations in Providence, Worcester and Springfield are following suit and switching to ESPN Radio from Fox.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Ted Nation" signs back on

It's the return of the Ted Nation on the new sports station. Ted Sarandis, a veteran radio broadcaster who's hosted the "Ted Nation" evening show on WEEI-AM/Sports Radio 850 for 12 years is returning to the airwaves with a new weekend show on WBZ-FM/98.5 The SportsHub it was announced this afternoon. Saradnis debut on the SportsHub is fittingly scheduled this coming Sunday night("Selection Sunday") at 7pm. Sarandis will appear regularly on Sunday afternoons(1pm-5pm) starting on April 11th.

Sarandis has been a longtime fixture on Boston's sports radio scene which predates WEEI's sign-on as city's first fulltime sports station back in September 1991. He joined WEEI in 1992 and took over night-show duties in September 1993 replacing Jimmy Myers(now at WTKK 96.9FM). He exited WEEI in September 20005 but continues to be heard on the station as the voice of Boston College basketball, a job he's held since 1995. Since his WEEI departure, he has also appeared regularly on Eddie Andelman's "New Sports Huddle" which is heard on WTKK 96.9FM every Sunday night(7pm-10pm).

Here's press release on Ted Sarandis' new show at the Sports Hub 98-5 :


Boston---98.5 The Sports Hub is proud to announce veteran sportscaster Ted Sarandis has joined the airstaff at 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBZ-FM effective immediately.
Sarandis’ TED NATION SHOW will debut this Sunday, March 14 from 7:00p-10:00pm. His first program on 98.5 will focus on the NCAA College Basketball Tournament selections. His regular Sunday afternoon schedule will begin in April.

Sarandis’ lengthy broadcast career includes stints as a sports talk show host and play-by-play broadcaster in Boston for more then thirty years. He has served as the play-by-play voice of Boston College Basketball for the last fifteen seasons and was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October of 2009. Sarandis was the sixth play-by-play announcer to earn the prestigious honor from the 6 state region.

Sarandis holds the unique distinction of having called play-by play for all four Division 1 Basketball institutions in Boston - Boston College, Harvard University, Northeastern University as well as Holy Cross. His additional play-by-play credits include Boston Celtics Basketball, Harvard University Hockey and the Beanpot Hockey Tournament, the ECAC Basketball Game of the Week, UMass Basketball and the Lowell Loch Monsters Hockey on television.

“I am thrilled to be joining what I consider to be the best sports radio station in the country, exclaimed Sarandis. It’s my hope that my TED NATION audience will turn out big time to 98.5 The Sports Hub. I can assure one and all we will cover the Boston sports scene in a comprehensive manner and do it with dignity and class.”

"We saw a unique opportunity to get Ted on our team. said Mike Thomas 98.5 The Sports Hub Program Director. He is incredibly knowledgeable about Boston sports, especially college sports and with the men's basketball tournament starting up, the timing is perfect."

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 130 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.

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BRW Notebook :

Radiothon time : Country music WKLB 102.5FM hosts its annual Country Cares For St. Jude's Kids Radiothon tomorrow and Friday at Jordan's in Reading. Deejays from the station will be broadcasting live from 6am-7 pm on Thursday and 6am-9pm on Friday. Artists such as The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia, Easton Corbin and Danny Gokey will perform live Proceeds from the radiothon benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., which is dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic childhood diseases. Listen to the station or go to for more details.

Hack Radio : WRKO AM 680 will do a special 2-hour broadcast from Sunday's annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast from Boston Convention Center in South Boston. Morning show hosts Tom Finneran and Todd Feinburg will be on from 8am to 10am but WRKO won't carry the event which will only seen on regional cable news outlet NECN.

Charles and Howie Hour : WBCN may be gone off the airwaves for good but not its former morning icon Charles Laquidara who will be live in studio with WRKO's afternoon king Howie Carr this Friday(3/12) from 6pm to 7pm.

Earthfest : WBOS/My Radio 92.9 will be hosting its 17th annual free EarthFest concert on Saturday, May 22nd(12-5pm). NYC's alt rockers Marcy Playground is expected to be announced as the headline act very shortly.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Rush move : Daytime talk titan to debut on new signal next week

Boston's brand new talk radio station Rush Radio 1200/WXKS AM, in the works for months for April 1st launch, will push up its start time by 3 weeks as it kicks off with a major piece of its new sound starting at Noon next Monday(3/8), BRW has learned. Rush Limbaugh, for 15 years the pivot man of WRKO AM 680's daytime schedule, will now air from 12pm to 3pm on WXKS AM 1200(as of last night, the old WKOX call letters now reside on AM 1430 frequency).

Sean Hannity will follow Limbaugh from 3 to 6pm. Landing Limbaugh makes AM 1200 the Boston outlet for the nation's three most-listened-to syndicated talk hosts, according to the radio trade journal Talkers Magazine, which counts Limbaugh's cumulative weekly national audience at 15 million, Hannity's at 14 million and Glenn Beck at 9 million. WRKO AM 680 will counter deferctor Rush with a new local show hosted by Charley Manning(see story below).

Beyond Limbaugh and Hannity, Rush Radio's new lineup will have Glenn Beck(9am-Noon), Jason Lewish(6pm-9pm), Mark Levin(9pm-Midnight) and Coast to Coast(12am-5am).

The new local morning show is yet to be announced and will debut on April 1st according to sources. WRKO's early Rush pull-out this week caught the new talker off guard as it's rushing(no pun, intended) to air with its new line-up. Rush' reruns will air in the AM drive until local show show is ready to debut in three weeks.

Here's official release from Clear Channel Radio Boston :

The new home of Rush Limbaugh: Rush Radio 1200/ WXKS-AM

BOSTON, MA – March 2, 2010 – A Boston radio revolution months in the making will take place on Monday, March 8, 2010 at noon as “Rush Radio 1200/WXKS” becomes the new home of The Rush Limbaugh Show.

The historic launch will be led by radio giant and conservative talk master Rush Limbaugh, weekdays 12pm-3pm, followed by The Sean Hannity Show 3pm-6pm, The Jason Lewis Show 6pm-9pm, The Mark Levin Show 9p-12mid, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory midnight - 6am and The Glenn Beck Program 9am -12noon.

“Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution,” says Bill George, Program Director of Rush Radio 1200/WXKS. “Rush Radio will lead a new revolution beginning Monday, March 8th at noon. From our months of research and planning to Scott Brown’s recent Senate win, it’s clear that there is a changing tide in Massachusetts. People are ready to embrace the type of conservative ideals that Rush Radio 1200 and its hosts embrace

About Clear Channel Radio:
Clear Channel Radio is a leading radio company focused on serving local communities across the U.S. with more than 110 million listeners choosing Clear Channel Radio programming each week. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation. Clear Channel Radio is a division of Clear Channel Communications, Inc. (NYSE:CCU), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at

Certain statements in this release constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statement

As Rush gets ready to jump to a new signal, WRKO installs a new local show

Big changes are coming to Boston heritage talk station WRKO 680 AM starting next Monday(3/8). The Talk Station will change its midday schedule as it loses the Rush Limbaugh Show after more than 15 years. Earlier this morning, WRKO announced that a veteran Republican strategist Charley Manning will host a new local 3-hour show in Limbaugh's familiar Noon-3pm slot. Manning had a weekly Sunday night show called "The SpinDoctors" on WRKO which he co-hosted with Democratic stategist Michael Goldman from September 1995 to January 1997. Manning has alss appeared as a fill-in on WRKO's local shows.

WRKO's change comes after Clear Channel Communications, the company that produces Limbaugh's show, opted not to renew its contract with WRKO and instead moving the show to WXKS 1200 AM which is owned by Clear Channel.

As mentioned here previously(BRW 1/13), 1200 AM is changing from a Spanish-language music format branded as "Rumba 1200" to a conservative news talk line-up to be marketed as "RushRadio 1200" beginning April 1st. With WRKO unplugging Rush four weeks early, the station may move up its launch date.

Rush Radio 1200 will carry nation's top 3 syndicated hosts - Limbaugh from noon to 3 p.m, The Glenn Beck Show from 9 a.m. to noon and Sean Hannity from 3pm to 6pm. Clear Channel's The Jason Lewis Show will run from 6pm to 9pm. 1200 AM has already added another Clear Channel show - "Coast to Coast" to its overnight schedule(Midnight-5am) last month(BRW 2/11). Still to be announced is a new local morning show for the new Rush Radio 1200. The new station is being progammed by Bill George who also runs Clear Channel's Providence talker WHJJ AM 920 which also runs Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity in its line-up.

Here's WRKO's official press release on the launch of the Charley Manning Show :

Charley Manning Show to debut on WRKO March 8th
Boston’s premier Republican strategist returns to ‘RKO with local political perspective

Boston, MA (March 2, 2010) – WRKO AM 680 today announced the launch of a new program – The Charley Manning Show – which will air from 12 -3 PM each weekday beginning March 8. One of Boston’s most respected political analysts, Manning has been a fixture on the local political landscape for two decades. The Charley Manning Show will replace Rush Limbaugh.

“Folks around here are the smartest and most sophisticated in the country when it comes to politics,” said Manning. “Just look at how they shocked the country by electing Scott Brown. I wasn’t surprised, but the national pundits still haven’t figured out what happened.”

Manning continued: “Now that we’ll be local all afternoon, on WRKO, our listeners will be able to find out what is really going on. They won’t have to listen to Clem calling in from California who doesn’t have a clue. This is going to be the most exciting year in politics in our lifetimes. And we’ll be on top of it every step of the way on WRKO. I can’t wait to talk all about it with our callers.”

The premier Republican strategist in the city, Manning has deep ties to the scene on Beacon Hill. The show will provide listeners with the most up-to-date political news, particularly surrounding the candidates and races coming up this fall.

“The addition of Charley Manning further strengthens our position as THE preeminent talk radio station in Boston,” said Entercom New England VP/Market Manager Julie Kahn. “Charley brings tremendous knowledge and credentials to the station and will provide great new entertainment to our audience.”

“Charley is as well respected as anyone who is involved in the Boston political scene,” said Entercom New England Vice President of AM Programming Jason Wolfe. “He brings great credibility and superior knowledge to this arena, one that will be top of mind for our listeners through the remainder of this year. He is a veteran of the Boston media circles having hosted his own show years ago right here on WRKO and his reputation has earned him spots on multiple TV outlets analyzing the election season. I’m proud to welcome him back to WRKO.”

The new program marks a return to WRKO for Manning, who co-hosted “The Spin Doctors”, one of Boston’s most popular political talk shows, from 1995 to 1997 on the station. He is currently the lead political analyst on WCVB, Channel 5 in Boston, playing a prominent role during the recent U.S. Senate race in which he predicted Scott Brown’s win long before all of “the experts” and has a regular role on Channel 5’s Sunday morning political program “On The Record”. Manning was also the morning drive time political commentator on Boston’s WBZ-News Radio, during both the 2008 Presidential election and the 2009-2010 U.S. Senate race, before joining WRKO to host the Charley Manning Show. He has served as an advisor to Governor William Weld, a senior advisor to Governor to Mitt Romney, and an advisor to the Romney for President Campaign.

Monday, March 1, 2010

WBUR takes "Radio Boston" daily

Good news for fans of local public radio news and information programming. Boston University's NPR affiliate WBUR 90.9FM is taking its weekly show "Radio Boston" to a daily format beginning May 3rd, station's General Manager Paul La Camera announced today. "Radio Boston", one-hour news and public affairs program has been airing every Friday at 1pm since September 2007. Megna Chakrabarti who has been with WBUR in the number of on-air and off-air roles since 2002 will be the new host replacing Jane Clayson who bid farewell last Friday. The new timeslot for "Radio Boston" is yet to be determined but it's expected to air in either the 1-2pm or the 3-4pm slot.

According to the lastest January(Jan.7-Feb.3) ratings for the Boston radio market, for now, WBUR is cofmortably ahead of its newly found rival - WGBH 89.7FM - almost doubling the average number of weekly listeners - 529,900 to 253,500. However, when WGBH launched its two-hour local program block on Jan.11(BRW 12/28/09) it clearly signalled that it's going after WBUR's longtime dominance in Boston's public radio news and information landscape.

BRW Notebook :

The signs of spring : They're not quite as dramatic as the first appearance of robins, flowers or green grass, but radio broadcasts of Red Sox games are the next best thing when it comes to sure signs of spring. There will be 15 spring training radio broadcasts with 14 of them airing on WEEI AM 850 and one on WRKO(due to WEEI's Celtics conflict) starting this Thursday(3/4) vs Twins at 7pm. See spring training broadcast schedule here.

Job openings : After two years as program director and morning host, local radio veteran Frank Mitchell is out at Plymouth's WPLM-FM/Easy 99.1. The 50,000-watt station has been programming its current adult contemporary format since January 1999 when it replaced Smooth Jazz 99.1.

WPLM's general manager Alan Anderson is programming the station on iterim basis as sales maner Chris Stevens holds down morning drive shift. The station has placed a help wanted ad to fill WPLM vacant PD/morning host slot.

What's in the logo? : As first mentioned in the space, after airing on WRKO AM 680 for the past 15 1/2 years, nation's top syndicated talkshow host Rush Limbaugh is moving to Clear Channel-owned WXKS AM 1200 to be a part of the new conservative talk line-up being launched on April 1st.(BRW 1/13). Also, as first mentioned here, the station will be known as "RushRadio 1200"(BRW 1/28). Today, trade website has the first look at RushRadio1200's new logo. See it here.