Sunday, June 20, 2010

WKOX 1430 scores World Cup gooooooal

Few know his name. Fewer know his face. But everyone - everyone - knows his voice.

Or, more specifically, his call. Andres Cantor has been the voice of soccer games for over two decades and for the next three weeks he's calingl the World Cup games live on "FĂștbol de Primera" network which you can hear locally on WKOX/Mia 1430. Cantor also happens to be the chairman of the San Francicso-based Futbol De Primera.

The familiar cry of "Gooooooooooal!" has been ringing out on WKOX 1430 on daily basis since June 11th as part of the deal with Futbol de Primera which produces the broadcasts including the final game on Sunday, July 11th.

When it doesn't air World Cup, WKOX normally airs mostly love songs and ballads in Spanish.

BRW Notebook :

So you wanna be a contender? : The May(April 29-May 26) radio ratings for Boston market came out last Thursday(6/17) and you can see the general numbers here. Boston Globe's sports media report Chad Finn looks at the latest numbers for Boston sports duel between WBZ 98.5 and WEEI .

Pursuit of excellence : Last week, the Radio Television Digital News Association(RTNDA) announced the 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners. The awards honor excellence in electronic journalism. Big wins for three local radio outlets : WBUR 90.9FM won the Overall Excellence category in Large Market while Marshfield's WATD 95.9FM claimed the Small Market. WATD also cleaned up in the best Newscast category(for a small makret). In addition, WBZ 1030 won in the Breaking News Coverage category(Large Market). 59 news organizations will be presented with 89 award on October 11 in NYC.

All that Jazz : Former WBUR overnight jazz show host Tony Cennamo passed away June 8 following a seizure in April. He was 76. Cennamo retired from WBUR in 1997. His radio career began at Boston’s WCAS 740 in 1967 and five years later WBUR offered him a weekly jazz show. He eventually hosted morning drive, nights and then overnights.

Cup Fever : Sirius XM Radio is broadcasting all 64 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup live from South Africa from June 11 through July 11. English-language broadcasts of every World Cup match, produced by ESPN Radio, are available nationwide on Sirius XM. When multiple matches are played simultaneously, additional Sirius XM channels will be devoted to play-by-play, allowing listeners to hear any one match in its entirety.

New line-up for Money Matters net : MoneyMatters Radio network which originates its programming out of its Needham studios and is heard locally on WBNW AM 1120 has launched a new line-up last week. The new 9am to 6pm line-up consists of "Money Matters w/Barry Armstrong" from 9am-11am with Joe Mangiacotti anchoring 9am-12pm block. Former Kiss 108 and WODS 103.3 personality June Knight is now heard from Noon to 3pm . Denis Vaughan now handles 3-6pm slot.

Hole gets stripped : WFNX 101.7 will invite 20 listeners and their guests to Ames for a stripped-down performance by Hole this Wed. June 23rd. The band’s set will be the latest in a series of invite-only Ames Acoustic Sessions presented by the station and the new Ames hotel in downtown Boston . Fans must win their way into the Hole Ames Acoustic Session by listening to WFNX. The station will record the session and broadcast it on-air and at on Tuesday, June 29th at 11:00 pm, during its new music feature “The Nightly News.” Past guests at Ames Acoustic Sessions have included Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, and Silversun Pickups. Hole is a rock band fronted by Courtney Love. Their latest album Nobody’s Daughter includes the singles “Skinny Little Bitch” and “ Pacific Coast Highway .” The band’s past hits include “Violet,” “Celebrity Skin,” “Doll Parts.” They will perform at Boston ’s House of Blues on June 23rd.

The River Fest : WXRV 92.5 The River will be holding 9th Annual RiverFront Festival on Saturday July 10th 2010. The Riverfront Festival is a free show and will take place at Waterfront Park in Newburyport starting at 1pm with performances from The Lemonheads, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Sarah Harmer & The Candles. Festival has drawn an average of 20,000+ people annually for the past 8 years.

Time to say good night : And finally, Dr. Demento (Barrett Hansen) is ending his syndicated radio show after 40 years. The doctor introduced the world to many classic comedy and novelty tunes. He will continue to broadcast online at

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wilber named River's program director

Catie Wilber has been named WXRV/River 92.5's new program director. Wilber, Boston area native, began her radio career in 1993 while attending Emerson College as in intern at WFNX 101.7. She joined WXRV in 2002 and was named station's music director in 2006. She was appointed to the role acting program director/music director in October 2009 replacing Beau Raines(BRW 10/24)

Here's official release from WXRV :

92.5 The River/WXRV Announces New Program Director Longtime Music Director, Catie Wilber to Lead Northeast Broadcasting’s Triple A Radio Station.

BOSTON, MA., June 1st, 2010 – 92.5 The River/WXRV, Boston’s exclusive Triple A radio station, has appointed longtime Music Director and Acting PD, Catie Wilber to lead the radio station as Program Director. Wilber began her career in 1993 while attending Emerson College as in intern at WFNX (Boston’s heritage Alternative radio station). She joined 92.5 The River in 2002 and advanced to the position of Music Director in 2006. She was recently promoted to Acting PD/MD in October 2009.

"Catie’s been carrying the torch and lighting the way for adult alternative music in Boston for over five years," stated Donald St. Sauveur, General Manager of WXRV. After a nationwide search, I realized that the most capable and trusted PD in the country was right here all the time. Catie grew up in the Boston area. She knows the music scene, lives the lifestyle of our listeners and reflects this independent radio station’s identity. She’s worked with some of the biggest names in Triple A over the past decade, and now she rightly joins their ranks as the PD of 92.5 The River, added St. Sauveur."

"I could not be more proud to work for such a creative and independently-minded company, added Wilber." It’s a joy to go to work every day with some of the brightest and kindest people you could meet. And to be entrusted with the responsibility of carrying on the vision of 92.5 The River as it celebrates its 15th year in format is a humbling honor," related Wilber.

92.5 The River/WXRV is part of the Northeast Radio Network which provides advertisers with maximum exposure and the broadest reach in New England. The Northeast Radio Network has spent years providing music that its listeners actually care about. The Network’s listeners are highly educated, motivated and community oriented professionals. As a locally owned media network, the Northeast Radio Network truly provides a "Main Street," and not a Wall Street approach to its relationship with its audience and advertisers. The Northeast Radio Network has a 25-year track record of providing the highest results to its clients providing access to over 435,000 listeners per week from Boston, MA to Burlington, VT.