Thursday, September 16, 2010

Local legends of the airwaves honored

Among who were inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Thursday(9/16) were radio personality Dale Dorman of WXKS/Kiss 108, WRKO 680 and WODS 103.3 fame, former WBZ 1030 news anchor Gary LaPierre, WBUR 90.9's "Here and Now" host Robin Young, former radio personality Bruce Arnold, on-air radio personality and station executive Phil D. (Phil G. Drumheller), WBUR 90.9's 35-year host of "¡Con Salsa!" Jose Masso, radio executive and manager Philip A. Weiner, and 102-year-old former Regional Vice President of Westinghouse Wilmer "Bill" C. Swartley, Jr. Those being honored posthumously included Celtics voice Johny Most and Red Sox play-by-play man Ken Coleman.

BRW Notebook :

Something to Crow about : WXRV 92.5/The River is bringing nine time Grammy Award Winner Sheryl Crow to the Bridge Sound & Stage in Cambridge for an intimate/private performance for River listeners next Thursday(9/23) from 4pm to 5pm. Crow is also scheduled to perform at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre that same night. The private show isn’t open to the public and all details regarding winning tickets to this exclusive concert can be found at or heard on the FM dial at 92.5. The station's PD Catie Wilber commented in a press release : "It's a pleasure to welcome Sheryl Crow to perform for River listeners. She is amongst a small group of artists who blazed the way on a then new Adult Album Alternative radio format in the 90's... It's a thrill to host her as 92.5 The River celebrates its fifteenth year." Morning Show host Rita Cary will conduct a one on one interview in between songs.

Quick hits : Some familiar voices back on the air...There was some talk that his face may soon pop up on milk cartons at a supermarket near you, but after 8 months of being missing in action former WEEI 850's Big Show co-host Pete Sheppard returns to the airwaves and on your computer. First, on the big box, Sheppard will be do a call-in segment with Jeff Katz every Friday morning(starting today) at 8:35am. But his new big gig will involve on-line broadcasting effort by New England Patriots, more specifically, he will host “The Pete Sheppard Show” from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. every Tuesday on starting on 9/21. As you recall back in January, after 10 years at WEEI, Sheppard was let go due to a budget squeeze(BRW 1/20)....While on topic of WEEI and Sheppard, his replacement on WEEI 850's "Real Postgame" show is station's former midday co-host Bob Neumeier who is about take on more chores at the sports talker. Neumeier will also be part of the Big Show co-host bench and will sit in with Mike Adams on "Planet Mikey" show before all Monday Night Football game broadcasts...And yes, that's Sue Tabb former "Matty in the Morning" co-host who has been filling for Lisa Donovan on Kiss 108's #1 morning show since mid-August. Tabb who works as a PR consultant these days is currently on a 7-week retainer while Donovan is on a maternity leave...Living up to its name, Rush Radio 1200 has added another hour of Rush Limbaugh starting this week. While he's still heard in his usual 12-3pm slot, listeners can also hear him during afternoon commute from 6-7pm. That pushes syndicated host Jason Lewis to 7-10pm while Mark Levin loses an hour(10pm-Midnight)....In case you were curious to see how your favorite station did in August ratings, here they are.

Face-off : I'm sure the debate whether or not to include Providence station's ratings with Boston WEEI 850's totals will rage on forever. This week, the Globe's Chad Finn presented readers with two ratings versions for August - the one that didn't include Providence numbers and the other that did. Non-Providence book greatly favors WBZ 98.5/SportsHub. The Providence one clear puts WEEI 850 in front. It's all about the spin.

Bless this sale : The sale of WBIX 1060 to Holy Family Communications officially closed on Wednesday(9/16). The current business format will be converted to religious programming starting this weekend according to a source.

More web for NPR : NPR, in collaboration with 12 NPR member stations (including Boston's WBUR 90.9), has launched a dozen topic-focused news websites, marking the debut of NPR's ARGO Network – an online journalism venture created to produce local coverage on subjects important to communities and the nation. Each ARGO site is anchored by a news-blog that features multiple stories each day, with an accompanying set of community features. The individual stations will decide how to integrate the ARGO site with their primary station websites

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