Thursday, March 31, 2011

Report : Severin bounced off WTKK's airwaves again

Jay Severin's nearly 12-year tenure at WTKK 96.9 may be coming to its end. Or so it seems based on a number of media reports this morning.

Severin who has been heard on 96.9 since the station launched its talk format back in September 1999 was pulled off the air prior to his Wednesday's broadcast and has been suspended indefinitely for the unspecified reason, but likely for the comments made on his Tuesday's(3/29) show which dealt with a topic of sexual harassment in the workplace according to the Boston Globe report.

This is Severin's second suspension in the past two years. As you recall, he was benched in late April 2009 for questionable comments made while talking about the swine flu epidemic's reported origins in Mexico(BRW 4/30/09). Severin returned to the air a month later after agreeing to tone down his outspoken act and with a public apology promised to behave(BRW 5/31/09). In the past two years, Severin's style has softened quite a bit as his show's and the station's overall programming direction have been trying to appeal to the wider 25-54 segment of the 'minivan mom and soccer dad'  audience with topics ranging from pop culture talk to snowstorm survival guides while sometimes totally ignoring big political and local stories.

While Severin remains benched, Mike Bower, a NYC-based host/comedian who has been doing lots of fill-in work at the station and also co-hosting with Severin for a few weeks earlier this winter, is subbing from 2pm to 6pm.

(Ed. Note : Overall, the station has been drifting to a much fluffier, vanilla  content on all of its local daily shows especially since edgier and brash Michele McPhee was dumped from the night-time schedule back in November and replaced with a tape-delayed nationally syndicated talker Michael Smerconish. WTKK's out-of-touch programming reached the lowest level of its run this past Monday when every news/talk station in the Boston market carried President Obama's major foreign policy speech on US' involvement in Libya. WTKK was the only station that completely ignored it and ran Smerconish' show. The next day, Severin was talking about sexual harassment in the workplace instead reacting or analyzing President's speech.)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Earth Tones : Local stations announce return of radio-sponsored Earth Day concerts

Last week, WXRV/92.5 The River announced that its 2nd annual Earth Day concert will be taking place at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston on Friday, April 22nd from Noon to 3pm. The free concert will feature BoDeans, Entrain and a special guest to be named later.

“We’re delighted to welcome BoDeans and Entrain for another great free show. They have been River favorites since we first hit the airwaves in 1995…The Earth Day concert is an especially fun party to throw as it falls on school vacation week, and allows listeners to pack up and jump on the train for a free and family-friendly Friday afternoon in downtown Boston!” said Catie Wilber, 92.5 The River’s Program Director in a press release. “It’s the perfect way to celebrate spring while reminding ourselves of the ways we can continue to practice and promote sustainability."

On a slightly bigger scale, The 18th annual WBOS/Radio 92.9's EarthFest concert and festival will take place Saturday, May 21 beginning at 11:30am at the Hatch Shell, on the Esplanade, in Boston, it was announced yesterday.

The station will announce musical acts on the actual Earth Day - April 22nd.  The on-line whispers suggest that 17 years, 65 million records and 4 Grammies later, punk rockers Green Day may be making their triumphant return to the Esplanade.

As has been the case in past years, EarthFest will also feature environmental exhibits and interactive displays.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Boston Bruins radio voice to be honored

Bob Wilson. If you were a Bruins fan back in the 1970's, that booming voice that filled the airways on a winter's night was the Bruins. Driving anywhere in New England or up and down the East Coast most nights, searching for the game on the car radio meant tuning until Wilson's voice filled the car. Then you knew you had the Bruins.

Wilson, who was associated with  NHL's Boston Bruins for 28 seasons(25 as the play-by-play voice and 3 as the color analyst) will be honored on Saturday March 26 during the Bruins/Rangers game at the TD Garden. At 11:30 a.m., the Bruins will dedicate their home radio broadcast booth to Wilson by renaming it the "Bob Wilson Radio Booth." The Bruins will also install a silver microphone encased in a black and gold frame on the TD Garden’s level 9 façade beneath the home radio broadcast booth, which will be permanently displayed.  In addition, Wilson will serve as 98.5 The Sports Hub's first intermission guest commentator alongside current play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers. Wilson will also be a special guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger and Massarotti" show on Thursday, March 24 at 2:40

Wilson quietly retired on January 5, 1995 as the NHL was in a midst of a labor dispute between club owners and players' union. Wilson's contract with rights holder American Radio Systems was suspended without pay which was one of the factors in his decision to call it quits. When the 1995 season finally got underway 15 days later, Wilson was replaced on the play-by-play call by Dale Arnold.

Wilson began his career with the Bruins in 1964 on the old WHDH 850, first handling team's color commentary chores and then moving onto broadcast play-by-play 3 years later. After 5 years with WHDH he left Boston for a two-year stint in St. Louis. He returned as the Bruins' play-by-play announcer on WBZ 1030 in 1971 and held the post for the next 23 seasons as the team went thru four different radio flagships(WBZ 1030, WITS 1510, WPLM 99.1 and WEEI 590),

Wilson, who was inducted into NHL's Hall of Fam in 1987, celebrated his 82nd birthday earlier this week(3/9).

Friday, March 4, 2011

WAAF's Mistress Carrie extended

Entercom New England just announced a new 3-year deal for WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7's popular afternoon personality and music director Mistress Carrie. She's been with the station for nearly 20 years starting out as intern for The Hill-Man Morning Show in 1991 and then moving to promotions department. Her on-air debut came in 1998 when she was named a weeknight host. In 2001, she moved up to the midday shift and named station's music director. In November 2005, she was promoted to her current afternoon drive role. Here's WAAF's press release on her contract renewal :

 Boston (March 4, 2011) 97.7/107.3 WAAF-FM announced today that it has signed on-air personality Mistress Carrie to a new 3-year contract extension. Carrie currently hosts the station’s afternoon drive program and also acts as WAAF’s Music Director.

This month marks Carrie’s thirteenth year on-air at WAAF; she began hosting afternoon drive in 2005. “I’m honored to continue to be a part of such a creative and hard working team. WAAF has always been my home, and I’m so happy to continue that relationship for years to come!”

WAAF Program Director, Ron Valeri, said, “Carrie is a cornerstone of WAAF and the community. She’s a natural entertainer who has worked genuinely hard to develop a deep connection with her audience. Carrie not only understands what her listeners want, but she also truly cares about them. This relationship has served Carrie well over the years making her one of Boston’s top rated radio and internet personalities.”

Carrie’s new contract extension will keep her on WAAF into 2014.

About Entercom Communications
Entercom is one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasters with operations, pro forma for pending acquisitions, in San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sacramento, Cincinnati, Portland, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Austin, Norfolk, Buffalo, New Orleans, Providence, Memphis, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Madison, Wichita, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Springfield and Gainesville/Ocala.

BRW Notebook :

Atta boy, Ralphie! : After a temporary 4-month stay at WODS 103.3, much-traveled Ralphie Marino is on his way back to his native Long Island. Marino who's been co-hosting morning drive on WODS since late October(BRW 10/29/10). Marino who signed off from WODS this morning has acctped a fulltime morning job WIGX/The New 94X.