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


Anonymous said...

is this the reason Barry Armstrong gave up his little "regional network" of stations?

Anonymous said...

not sure

is this a "paid program" an infomercial?

Anonymous said...

"is this a 'paid program' an infomercial?"

^ winner winner chicken dinner.

Lynnrockets said...

Nice! Every station could do better with a little less Charley Manning.

Anonymous said...

Obviously Charlie Manning ain't bringing in the benjamins when it comes to attracting advertisers and WRKO is going with the sure revenue stream. I wonder if Manning is taking a 1/3 pay cut?

Anonymous said...

This is not a brokered show
-someone in the know

Lynnrockets said...

It has cost me about a third of my brain cells, listening to him.

Anonymous said...

Barry cheapens his intellect with perceived infomercial status. Whether it's annuities, Long Term Care insurance, hocking life insurance polices "on the used market", and in-house referrals, I never got the sense all was above board and there should have been some disclosures. I listened a lot and learned a lot. Now, need to be convinced this is HIS show and no biases/referrals and he has fiduciary responsibilty this go round. When he's alone, I trust him. I hope he's alone at RKO