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 RadioInsight.com has the first look at RushRadio1200's new logo. See it here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, Radio Boston had a high fluff factor and I found it very easy to stop tuning in when Emily Rooney's new show started on WGBH; the 1 - 2 PM hour is still a local lost cause. My complaint about WGBH vrs WBUR is that it seems as though there is a lot of shared content - same authors, personalities, political figures, hopping down the radio trail telling the same stories in pubcaster venues. Ref RUSH moves on - there goes 1/2 of Howie's lead in stories - the humanity ... ohh the Humanity!