Thursday, August 26, 2010

WRKO gives listeners "Lunch Money"

WRKO 680 announced today that Boston's popular financial talk personality Barry Armstrong has joined its ranks with a new midday show. His new one-hour long "Lunch Money" program will debut on Thursday, September 9 and will be heard every weekday from Noon to 1pm. Until recently, Armstrong was hosting "Money Matters Radio" show which is heard on a business talk station WBNW AM 1120 which he has owned since 1998. WRKO's press release and revised WRKO schedule is listed below :

Lunch Money with Barry Armstrong to debut on WRKO September 9th

Boston's midday money hour will provide listeners with essential financial and business news of the day

Boston, MA (August 25, 2010) – WRKO AM 680 today announced the launch of a new program – Lunch Money with Barry Armstrong – which will air from 12 noon to 1 PM each weekday beginning September 9th. The show will offer daily business and financial news, and will feature several regularly scheduled guests including Larry Kudlow from CNBC who will join Armstrong for a regular segment on Fridays. In addition, experts from Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal will make weekly appearances on the show. Charley Manning's show continues from 1p-3p leading into Howie Carr.

“WRKO will provide the most up to date business and financial news during a time when we need it the most,” said Armstrong regarding his show. “I'm honored to join the ranks of such legendary WRKO broadcasters as Jerry Williams, Gene Burns and of course, my pal, Hall of Famer Howie Carr. I can't wait to go after some of the crooks on Wall Street and hear what our listeners have to say about them! Expect a fast-paced, jam-packed hour that will certainly fill up your financial appetite!”

“The content of this show is extremely important to our listeners. The business and financial arena is one that is still very top of mind given the current state of the economy, and Barry’s knowledge and expertise will provide a terrific forum for the WRKO audience,” said Jason Wolfe, VP of AM Programming for Entercom New England.

Barry Armstrong is the founder and owner of Armstrong Advisory Group in Needham , Massachusetts . His strength lies in his ability to interpret important financial information to his audience and clients in layman’s terms. Armstrong insists that every client has a clear understanding of their financial options when making decisions regarding their future financial security. Barry has been a credible resource for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Money Magazine, CNBC, and Forbes Magazine. Barry is featured on numerous local television news programs including FOX 25 and NECN as an expert on the day's financial events, in addition to being a contributor to the Boston Herald.

WRKO Daily Lineup:
Tom and Todd 5:30a-9a
Laura Ingraham 9a-12p
Lunch Money - Boston 's Mid-Day Money Hour with Barry Armstrong 12p-1p
Charley Manning 1p-3p
Howie Carr 3p-7p
Michael Savage 7p-10p
Jerry Doyle 10p-1a
Howie Carr Replay 1a-5a
Wall Street Journal this morning 5a-

BRW Notebook :

Radio Baby : WBUR 90.9 announced today that "Radio Boston"(3-4pm) host Meghna Chakrabarti is taking maternity leave until January. Station's award-winning health/science reporter Sacha Pfeiffer will be filling until Chakrabarti returns in four months. Here's WBUR's official release

BOSTON, August 26, 2010 – WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston ’s NPR news station, announced today that “Radio Boston” Host Meghna Chakrabarti will be out on maternity leave until January 2011. She and her husband, Keith Parker, welcomed a new baby yesterday (Aug. 25). WBUR has tapped newsroom reporter Sacha Pfeiffer, the station’s Pulitzer prize-winning health and science reporter and former Boston Globe journalist, as a full-time, temporary host for “Radio Boston” until Chakrabarti returns in the new year. Pfeiffer will begin hosting the program immediately, according to WBUR Director of News & Programming Sam Fleming.

“We’re thrilled for Meghna, and lucky to have someone who is as bright, talented and enthusiastic as Sacha, ready to step-in and fill this critical hosting role,” said Fleming. “‘Radio Boston’ has grown substantially since it debuted as a daily program in May and I’ve got a lot of confidence that Sacha and the rest of the team will sustain that forward momentum as the program continues its evolution.”

“Radio Boston ,” weekdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., began its broadcast as a daily program focused on Boston and regional issues, on May 10, 2010 with Chakrabarti as the host. Prior to her current role, she was WBUR’s transportation and energy reporter and fill-in host for WBUR’s daily news magazine ‘Here & Now,’ a nationally syndicated mid-day broadcast. Previously, Chakrabarti produced and directed ‘On Point,’ WBUR’s nationally distributed daily call-in program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University , and a master’s degree from Harvard University .

Pfeiffer joined WBUR in 2008 after more than a decade of reporting for The Boston Globe, where she was on the Spotlight investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on sex abuse in the Catholic church. At WBUR, she is the on-air reporter covering health, science, medicine and the environment. She was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University , where she studied at Stanford Law School , and holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University . She is the co-author of ‘Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church’ and is an adjunct faculty member at Boston University 's College of Communication .

About WBUR, 90.9 FM
WBUR, 90.9 FM and, is one of the largest and most prolific public radio stations in the country. A National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR broadcasts a selection of NPR, BBC and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR is located on the campus of Boston University , which holds the license for the public radio station.

Radio, radio on the wall, who is the greatest of them all? : WFNX 101.7 will disclose its listeners’ selections as the five greatest alternative artists in history, as its countdown of Top 101 WFNX Artists of All-Time reaches its culmination next week. After five-and-a-half months and over two million total votes, the battle for the top spot will be decided from among David Bowie, The Clash, The Cure, Pearl Jam, and Radiohead.

The station will continue to reveal one artist per day, with number five on the list set to bow on Friday, August 27th, and the last artist standing set to take center stage on Thursday, September 2nd. Disc jockeys will feature one song by each day’s artist at 7am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm daily.

WFNX will begin counting down songs by the Top 101 artists on Friday, September 3rd at 1pm, and repeat the countdown continuously during Labor Day Weekend.

The rest of top twenty artists in the list were (in reverse order of rank, beginning with number twenty): the Violent Femmes, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Beck, the White Stripes, Smashing Pumpkins, U2, the Police, the Smiths, Nirvana, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, R.E.M., the Ramones, and the Pixies.

The final five artists have been chosen from among over four hundred from the station’s twenty-seven year history. Listeners have been voting since March for their favorites in head-to-head “battles” in an online “artist generator,” and keeping track of a running tally in real time at

Voting will continue, and the order of the last five bands will be subject to change, through September 1st, when the final two bands will be locked into their final rankings. The station revealed artist number 101 on April 12th, and has revealed another artist each weekday since. For the listeners’ complete list, go to

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Classical music radio veteran joins WCRB staff

WGBH Radio General Manager John Voci has announced that musician and former New York public radio host James David Jacobs has joined the 99.5 All-Classical broadcast team as the new voice of Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7-11am. Jacobs began his new hosting assignment on Saturday, August 21 and may already be familiar to 99.5 listeners, as he has been filling in on air from time to time in recent months.

“We’re thrilled to officially welcome James to the 99.5 All-Classical family,” said Voci. “His extensive experience in radio, as a classical musician and as an educator will be a wonderful addition to our strong lineup for our listeners.”

Jacobs worked for eight years as a radio host and producer for public radio stations WNYC and WNYE in New York. A professional musician for more than 30 years, he plays cello, recorder and double bass, taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and has performed on Prairie Home Companion and Saturday Night Live as well as in a wide variety of other settings. Additional credits include writing scores for PBS and HBO.

Brian McCreath, who has been hosting weekends, moves to weekdays in the 1-4pm slot, while Ray Brown will now host from 4-8pm. The schedule shift moves Brown’s “3 O’Clock Request” segment, in which he plays listeners’ submissions, to 4pm. The morning schedule remains unchanged, with Laura Carlo hosting from 5-9am and Cathy Fuller on-air during the 9am-1pm time period. Visit for more information.

BRW Notebook :

Old time radio : In 1970's, Ken Meyer served as producer for Larry Glick on WBZ 1030. He also hosted his own weekend talk and sports shows on WBZ. In the 1980's, he was also a host of WEEI 590's old-time radio series. has a (long) interview with Meyer.

People on the move : Barry Armstrong, a financial planner and 13-year talk radio veteran and host of "Money Matters Radio" show since its first broadcast, announced last week that he will be stepping down as host of the regionally syndicated program. The show will remain intact with its cast of experts in various different financial sectors.

"It has been an honor to serve our listeners for 13 years on Money Matters." said Armstrong in a press release. "The show has surpassed all of my expectations and will continue to provide the most up to date business and financial news in New England."
Armstrong has yet to formally announce his next media venture bus has no plans to exit the world of talk radio. "You can't get rid of me that easily," he said. "I'm sure I'll be back on the dial talking finance soon."
Money Matters is heard each weekday from 9 to 11am on 8 stations throughout New England including its Boston area flagship WBNW AM 1120 which Armstrong has owned since 1998. Armstrong plans to devote more time to his role as Preident of Armstron Advisory Group and Money Matters Radio in Needham.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

After one year, Sports Hub brings the heat on 'EEI

WEEI/Sports Radio 850, was the first all-sports station in Boston and has dominated all newcomers/pretenders since then, first on 890(1995), then on 1510(2001) and then again on 890(2001).

But, finally, WEEI is facing a serious challenge as WBZ 98.5/the Sports Hub, has significantly closed the gap between the two all-sports stations in the past tweleve months.

So, who's winning the battle after Sports Hub's first year on the air? According to July ratings(June 24-July 21) released today, the sports originator WEEI 850 is somewhat comfortably ahead of WBZ 98.5 in the overall listeners ages 6 and over. WEEI's share of listeners declided, dropping from 4.5(in June) to 3.8. Red Sox' collapse on the field is a huge factor behind WEEI's July dip as the station dropped to 11th place while WBZ 98.5 was in 17th with 2.1(down from 2.2). WEEI averaged 497,000 weekly listeners to WBZ's 397,000. However, WBZ 98.5 scored some major victories in both drivetime commute dayparts among its target male demographics. "Toucher and Rich" on 98.5 won the 18-49 male listeners demographic over "Dennis and Callahan" on 850. And, "Felger and Massaroti" bested the "Big Show" in both key male demos - 18-49 and 25-54.

While WEEI and WBZ battle it out, the biggest winner in all of this is Boston sports radio listeners. There are now two very different sports radio alternatives/products/styles in this market. And that's a good thing.

BRW Notebook :

Say "Cheese" : Yes, hard to believe but WBCN 104.1 has been gone a full year now. But you won't find any tears being shed at CBS Radio's local and corporate offices these days. Actually, it's nothing but smiles. In the last ratings period of its life, WBCN scored a 2.8 share ranking 17th place in the male 25-54 category. The Sports Hub placed 7th with a 4.8 audience share a year later. If you're not a math whiz, it's a whopping 71% increase.

Identity crisis : Earlier this week, the Globe ran a pretty balanced piece on the SportsHub's first year on the air and its impact on the change in Boston sports radio landacape. The next day, the paper printed a correction for referring to Boston listeners who tuned in to WEEI's shows via the Providence FM station 103.7 as "Providence listeners". The next day a sarcastic shot from WEEI's programmer who mocked the Globe.(Ed. Note : What do you call a Providence listener listening to Boston's WEEI 850? )

Lunch by the River : WXRV 92.5/The River which just celebrated its 15th anniversary(Aug.1) is bringing David Gray to the Bridge Sound & Stage in Cambridge for an exclusive performance for River listeners on Wednesday August 18th with lunch provided by The Upper Crust Pizzeria. David Gray will perform live for a handful of listeners from noon to 2pm, as well as extend an autograph/picture session with all attendees. David Gray is currently touring with Ray Lamontagne and is playing the Bank of America Pavilion Tuesday(8/17) and Wednesday(8/18). All details regarding winning tickets to this exclusive concert can be found at

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Local hosts make Talkers Magazine's Top 100 of all time
As part of its 20th anniversary issue, the Springfield, MA-based Talkers Magazine has announced its "Heviest 100" - a list of on-air personalities it considers to be the 100 most important talk-show hosts in America.

Do we really care? Well, lists are always kind of fun, although by naming 100 hosts, there's always room to question and debate the selection of choices and their rankings.

Rush Limbaugh(heard locally on WXKS 1200/"Rush Radio") is ranked at #1, ahead of Howard Stern at #2. And then there's always that questinable call which comes in the form of Larry King at #3(go figure!).

A few local names in the mix. The two late great Boston talk radio legends - Jerry Williams(#18) and David Brudnoy(#25) got the much deserved recognition. Among the present time local talk masters, Howie Carr WRKO 680's afternoon drive ratings monster described as "contemporary news/talk giant in Boston" ranked at #68. WTKK 96.9's afternoon boat shaker Jay Severin made the cut at #97 with "controversial conservative perennial wavemaker" blurb. On the lighter end of the talk spectrum, Tom and Ray Magliozzi of WBUR 90.9-produced "Car Talk" fame, parked themselves at #82.

Oh, and by the way, the criteria by which the magazine made its decisions were ratings, longevity, uniqueness, potential, social impact, service, industry recognition, revenue, effort and talent. In case of this special list, 'historical relevance' played a major factor in choosing the names.

BRW Notebook :

Programming Notes : WBUR 90.9's sports program "Only A Game" program changed its Saturday evening timeslot. OAG used to air at 7:00am and 6:00pm. Now it airs at 7:00am and 7:00pm on Saturdays. WBUR has added a national food show "The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper" in the 6:00pm timeslot. Speaking of "Only A Game", it has recently added 17 affiliates from Georgia Public Broadcasting which brings its national syndication total to 209.

Chalres comes up short in hall of fame bid : A local broadcast legend missed his first shot at induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. In the local radio pioneer category The legendary morning host Charles Laquidara on WBCN 104.1 was beat out by Ralph Emery, a country music radio DJ and TV host from Nashville, as the voting results were announced yesterday by Chicago-based Radio Hall of Fame. Not a great day for former WBCN personalities, Howard Stern also got the short end of the stick from RHOF's voters as he was bested by NPR's broadcaster Carl Kasell in the national category. The good news for Laquidara and Stern, one can be nominated five times so they have a few more cracks at getting in.

Fully insured : WBZ 98.5 /the Sports Hub announced earlier this week that the Safety Insurance Group, Inc has renewed its exclusive title sponsorship of the New England Patriots Radio Network, continuing a relationship that began in 2007. This multi-year deal includes designation as The Exclusive Property & Casualty Insurance Company of the New England Patriots Radio Network

Monday, August 2, 2010

WFNX adds new Boston Accents to Sunday nights

For many years now Sunday night on Boston rock radio continues to be the bastion of new and local music scene. Longtime commercial radio outlets are still showing support for the up-and-coming acts with their weekly shows. WFNX 101.7 announced this morning that its New England Product program will be moving out of the crowded 10pm-Midnight block where it has been competing with Boston Emissions on WZLX 100.7 and Baystate Rock on WAAF 107.3. WFNX's New England Product will now be named Boston Accents, will pick up an extra hour and will move to an earlier time slot 8pm-10pm(from 11pm-Midnight) starting this Sunday(8/8). Here's the official WFNX release :

WFNX Expands Local Music Show with New Name, Earlier Time Slot

Boston Accents” Bows Sunday at 8pm

( Boston , Massachusetts ) Musicians around New England will get more exposure on Sunday nights and be better rested on Monday mornings, after WFNX re-launches its long-running Boston music show in an expanded, earlier time slot beginning Sunday, August 8th. The newly branded Boston Accents will air from 8-10pm and feature music by artists from Greater Boston, Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire , Maine , and Rhode Island .

Boston Accents will be hosted and produced by Dave Duncan, a twelve-year veteran of the Boston music scene. The New Hampshire native has worked with area bands as a talent booker, freelance writer, promoter, and the host of the latest WFNX local music show, “New England Product.” The station has featured a weekly local music show since 1984.

“ Boston music began defining itself for the world decades ago, as smart, edgy, and – regardless of the era or genre – unapologetic ally New England ,” said Mike Tierney, WFNX Vice-President of Broadcast Operations. “Today’s artists continue to reflect those attributes. Dave Duncan has it all too. He’s equal parts music fan, broadcaster, cheerleader, and ambassador to the people making the music. We’re lucky to have him on our team, and excited to hear him on the new Boston Accents.”

Duncan said: “For Bostonians, local music is as much a part of our identity as the Red Sox or aggressive driving. Whether you hit the clubs seven nights a week or just know a few cool bands and want to know more, Boston Accents will be for you. Each week's playlist will be loaded with bands that WFNX listeners know and love – and bands they'll soon love.”

“New England Product” had been airing Sunday nights from 11pm-12am.

WFNX broadcasts at 101.7 FM in Greater Boston, 92.1 FM in New Hampshire , and streams live worldwide online at