Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Longtime NYC rock radio DJ joins Boston's WUMB line-up

Former NYC rock radio veteran Meg Griffin has joined Boston's non-commercial AAA/folk station WUMB 91.9FM, 7-10pm weekdays. Griffin is well known to New York radio and Sirius Satellite radio listeners. During her 35 years in the business she has hosted the afternoon drive, midday, and evening shifts on New York's WXRK-FM 92.3/K-Rock from 1986to 1993. At the legendary WNEW-FM 102.7, she was evening host and produced "Prisonerof Rock 'n Roll" 1981-84 . Griffin was also a vee-jay on VH1 in 1992 and 1993. Since 2000, she's been working at Sirius Satellite Radio where she still holds an afternoon shift at the Loft channel. Griffin who moved to Massachusetts a couple years ago made her WUMB debut last Monday(2/15) with a new evening show called "Music Mix with Meg".(NPR's World Cafe has shifted to 10pm-Midnight slot).

BRW Notebook :

Mircale on Ice with a Tan : WBZ-FM 98.5 The SportsHub will be broadcasting all of the remaining US Men's Olympic hockey games including tomorrow afternoon's quaterfinal against Switzerland live at 3pm. If Team USA advances to the semifinal, it will be heard on the SportsHub on Friday(2/26) at 3pm. The station will also carry the Gold Medal game on Sunday at 3:15pm regardless of the teams involved....Speaking of the SportsHub, station's morning funny guys Toucher and Rich will be spray tanning Celtics center Brian Scalibrine Wednesday morning(2/24) at 9am. Scalabrine will debut his new tan the following evening when the Celtics take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Boston Garden in a nationally televised game.

Honor roll : WKLB 102.5FM's program director Mike Brophey has been named one of the top country radio programmers in the country for the 4th straight year by trade magazine Radio Ink. He'll be accepting the honor at this week's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Brophey has been programming WKLB since September 1996.

Travel advisory : CBS Radio has reportedly stopped streaming its terrestrial stations online outside the U.S., presumably due to online royalty issues. If listeners outside the States attempt to listen online, they are given a message citing costs and regulations that prevent the station from streaming. Local CBS Radio outlets are WBZ-FM 98.5/SportsHub, WBZ AM 1030, WZLX -FM 100.7, WODS-FM 103.3 and WBMX-FM/Mix 104.1.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

WRKO unplugs "Coast to Coast", opts for more Howie Carr

WRKO AM 680 which is in the process of ending its affilation relationship with programming distributor Premiere Radio Networks has dropped the nationally syndicated overnight show "Coast to Coast" it has carried since October 1997. The show which is heard on over 500 stations nationally is getting a new spot on the local dial as of tonight. "Coast to Coast" will now air on WKOX AM 1200 which is in the process of converting to fulltime news/talk station from its current Spasnih music format as first mentioned in this space(BRW 1/13). Texas-based radio giant Clear Channel Communications which owns AM 1200 also owns syndicator Premiere Radio. In addition to "Coast to Coast", Clear Channel/Premiere's national big-ticket shows hosted by Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh will make up AM 1200's line-up when the format launches in April. The new station has registered a new website "RushRadio1200.com".

With "Coast to Coast" departure from the line-up, WRKO is filling the 1am-5am slot with repeats of its popular afternoon drive host Howie Carr.

BRW Notebook :

Rock for geriatric Gen-Xers : Since WBCN's exit six months ago not much has changed for the surviving rock stations - WFNX 101.7FM, WAAF 107.3FM, WBOS 92.9FM and WXRV 92.5FM/River - all catering to 30 and 40-somethings and musically still deeply rooted in the past reports the Globe.