Thursday, September 30, 2010

WBZ 1030 and Magic 106.7 win top awards in radio industry

Earlier this evening, WBZ 1030 was named as a ''Legendary Station'', radio broadcasting's most prestigous honor, at the annual Marconi Radio Awards of the National Association of Broadcasters. The event was being held in Washington in conjuction with NAB conference going there this week. With the award, WBZ has won the three major honors a station can receive. The other major awards WBZ has received are Major Market Station of the Year in 1995 and 1998 , and News/Talk Station of the Year in 1999.

Another local winner tonight was WMJX/Magic 106.7 which won for the best Adult Contemporary station of the Year category. The home of Boston's "Continuous Soft Rock", signed on with its current format in January 1982. Ironically, WMJX was nominated in the Legendary Station category last year, but lost out to an Albuquerque, NM station.

In addition, WAAF 107.3 was honored with Marconi nomination in the Rock Station of the Year category, however, it take didn't home any hardware tonight.

The NAB awards are given annually for excellence in American radio in the name of Guglielmo Marconi, who invented the wireless telegraph.

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.

Friday, September 24, 2010

River turns 15

WXRV/92.5 The River, Boston’s independent and solar-powered radio, is celebrating 15 years on the air with a special free concert featuring home town favorites Guster at Club Royale, located in Boston’s theatre district on October 6th. This concert will be exclusive to River winners and guests. Headlining the River’s Birthday party is Boston’s own Guster, who just recently played the life is good Festival in Canton, Ma. Guster is due to release its album Easy Wonderful October 5th. Here's station's press release :

For Immediate Release
Friday September 24th 2010


92.5 The River celebrates 15 years of independent radio with VIP Birthday Party at the Royale in Boston featuring Guster!

Boston, MA – WXRV/92.5 The River, Boston’s Independent and solar-powered radio, is celebrating 15 years of Independent Radio with a special free concert featuring home town favorites Guster at Club Royale, located in Boston’s theatre district on Wednesday October 6th Presented by Redhook Ale Brewery. This concert will be exclusive to River winners and guests. Headlining the River’s Birthday party is Boston’s own Guster, who just recently played the life is good Festival in Canton, Ma. Guster are due to release their album Easy Wonderful October 5th.

Guster is an American alternative rock band that is known for its live performances, humor, and cult following. It was formed by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel in 1991 while attending Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The members met during the freshmen Wilderness Orientation program in August 1991, playing publicly together as a trio two months later at the Midnight Cafe coffee house set in the common area of the Lewis Hall dormitory. While attending Tufts, the band lived at 139 College Avenue in Somerville, MA.

"What a joy it is to welcome Guster back for the River’s 15th birthday party. Guster are station and listener faves…..local heroes…and hugely representative of our audience’s eco-friendly sensibilities.", says 92.5 The River’s Program Director Catie Wilber. "and…they played our historic River Music Hall when they were still called Gus!"


The Royale Nightclub (The former Roxy) brings to you an unparalleled experience for any private event held in downtown Boston. Built in 1918 this former opera hall boasts a gigantic 33,000 sq foot total available to handle any and every special event need. By taking the original fundamental beauty of the room and combining it with state of the art upgrades in sound and lighting, Royale truly is a venue like no other.

Located at 279 Tremont Street in the historic theater district and the epicenter of downtown Boston, Royale is your ultimate event destination.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New boss in charge of Entercom Boston

On Friday(9/17), Entercom announced realignment of its Boston cluster management with the appointment of new general manager of its four stations : WEEI 850, WRKO 680, WAAF 107.3 and WMKK 93.7/MikeFM. After two years of running a highly successful WEEI.com site, Tim Murphy adds on the duties of running day-to-day operations of Entrecom's Boston radio cluster. Here's the official release from Entercom New England :

TIM MURPHY NAMED VICE PRESIDENT/GM ENTERCOM BOSTON

Boston, MA (September 17, 2010) – Entercom Boston today announced the appointment of Tim Murphy to the position of Vice President/ General Manager of Entercom Boston, Murphy will be reporting to Julie Kahn, Vice President/New England Market Manager. Previously Murphy had been the Vice President/General Manager for WEEI.com.

In his new role, Murphy will oversee all digital initiatives for Entercom Boston. Additionally, he will spearhead sales strategy and processes, day-to-day business operations and oversee engineering and IT operations on all radio initiatives. Murphy will also head up Entercom’s eCommerce and database marketing initiatives, including the popular and successful PERKs program for Entercom Boston.

Murphy assumes his new position after having served as Vice President/General Manager for WEEI.com for the past two years. In that role, he directed the aggressive expansion of WEEI content distribution across digital platforms. Under Tim’s direction unique visitors to WEEI.com grew over 173% in its first year since the re-launch and the WEEI Live mobile app has been downloaded by over 70,000 consumers on both the iPhone and Android platforms.

Before joining Entercom, Murphy worked at the Golf Channel as the Director of Sales for Digital Media. He also served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for Monster.com, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Boston Globe Media, and Brand Manager for Titleist & FootJoy Worldwide. He is a graduate of Hamilton College.

“In the two-plus years that I have been with Entercom Boston, I have developed a deep appreciation for our brands and am proud of the significant influence they have on the community of Boston, particularly as it pertains to the discussions and debates surrounding our city’s great passion points: sports, politics and music,” Murphy said. “I look forward to helping, as part of a talented team, to make sure these brands continue to thrive in a new, integrated world where the emergence of fast-developing distribution technology and corresponding changes to consumer consumption habits have changed the game.”

Said Julie Kahn, Vice President/New England Market Manager; "I am pleased to promote Tim to a position where he can infuse all of our radio stations with his great energy and capabilities."

Entercom New England is comprised of Sportsradio 850 WEEI-AM; Boston’s Talk Station, WRKO AM 680; the home of Everything that Rocks, WAAF 107.3 FM; the station that says “We Play Everything,” Mike-FM WMKK 93.7 FM, as well as owned and operated stations of the WEEI Sports Radio Network, including WEEI-FM 103.7 in Providence, WVEI-AM 1440 in Worcester and WVEI-FM 105.5 in Springfield.

Entercom Communications is one of the nation's top five largest radio broadcasters with stations in 19 markets including Boston, Providence, Indianapolis, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk, New Orleans, Memphis, Buffalo, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Wichita, Madison and Gainesville/Ocala.

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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 www.TheRiverBoston.com 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 www.patriots.com 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