Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Celtics, Entercom extend radio deal

The Boston Celtics and Entecom Communications on Monday(9/27) announced a new radio broadcast agreement that will extend past this season. Length and financial terms were not disclosed. Entercom's all-sports station WEEI 850 has carried the Celtics' preseason, regular season and playoff games since the fall of 2007. Prior to that, WEEI-produced games were boradcast on sister station WRKO 680 for two seasons.

Under the agreement, announcers Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will continue to handle the play-by-play broadcast which will add interactive fan elements starting this season according to a press release. Grande and Maxwell will return for their 10th season as C's radio tandem. This will be Maxwell's 16th season working as game analyst. Morever, new programming feature on WEEI 850 this season will be a live call-in segment during the postgame show. Another addition is "Celtics Thursday," which will feature information from team personnel such as coach Doc Rivers will call into morning's "Dennis and Callahan" show, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge will appear on the afternoon drive's "The Big Show". Also, a rotation of Celtics players will be on the phone with miday "Dale and Holley Show" every Thursday.

BRW Notebook :

It's the season... : Today, WRKO 680 has announced the launch of a new program, "Political Week in Review", hosted by political reporter, Joe Battenfeld, beginning October 1st and will have a 6-week run during the election season. During his weekly program, Battenfeld will summarize the week in both local and national politics and will conduct interviews with key newsmakers and media personnel as the November elections approach. The show debuts this Friday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and will run each Friday through November 5th. WRKO's PD Jason Wolfe stated in a press release : "Joe is one of the best political reporters in the city and he does an outstanding job on FOX25. He’s been an excellent guest with Finneran and Feinburg for the past several months and I know he’ll provide our audience with unique insights and the most up to date information on a weekly basis, about the upcoming elections.” Wolfe continued, “WRKO is committed to providing our listeners with the most comprehensive and credible information regarding the November elections, and this new weekly show with Joe will do just that.”

Cadillac back on the lot : Technically, he never left the building, but it was announced this week that a 20-year Boston's Top 40 radio veteran progammer "Cadillac" Jack McCartney will now focus exclsuively on managing operations of Clear Channel's Boston and Providence FM music stations. McCartney gave up his progamming post at WXKS/Kiss 108 and WJMN/Jamn 94-5 back in February 2008 to become new progammer director at sister station Power 105 in NYC. While Chris Tyler became the new PD at Kiss and Jamn, McCartney still kept his local role as Operations Manager for the two Top 40 outlets as he was splitting time between Boston and NYC. In March 2002 issue, Boston Magazine's "Radio Daze" article referred to McCartney (and WBCN's icon Oedipus) as radio programmers "who are watched and copied by programmers across the country". McCartney's association with Kiss 108 dates back to June 1991 when he began as station's music director after jumping from rival WZOU(which later became Jamn). After Kiss 108's parent company bought Jamn 94-5, he became its program director in 1994. He worked as program director for both Kiss 108 and Jamn 94-5 from 2001 to 2008.


Laurence Glavin said...

I don't know how WRKO escapes any equal-time rules that may be in effect, but their CLEAR policy is to allow ONLY Republican candidates to appear on their roster of right-wing shows, either as guests or call-ins. If Joe Battenfeld has any Democratic candidates on his show, after dark on an AM signal that constricts itself fairly starkly after sunset, and at a time when the listenership to the station (pretty meager at best) drops even more, will they then regard this as sufficient exposure for Democrats?

Anonymous said...

It's not a CLEAR policy.

Most of the Dems don't want to appear on WRKO.

Martha Coakley, John Kerry, Deval, etc., etc....ALL have/had open invitations...they choose not to.

All that's required for equal time is a "request for equal time" to be made. How many Dems have made that request?

Anonymous said...

Doc on D&C is a waste. Neither of those guys has a clue when it comes to basketball.