Friday, June 17, 2011

The River 92.5 celebrates 10th annual RiverFest

The 10th Annual Riverfront Festival presented by WXRV 92.5 the River and the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce will hit Waterfront Park in Newburyport on Saturday July 16th at 1pm. Headlining this year’s Riverfront Festival is Mike Doughty joined by Marc Broussard, The Damnwells & Scars on 45.

Past performers include The Lemonheads, Blind Melon, Fastball, Matt Nathanson, Eric Hutchinson, needtobreathe, Sarah Harmer, deSol.

Catie Wilber, Program Director of 92.5 The River, said: “We couldn’t be more excited to bring you the 10th annual Riverfront Festival…it promises to be better than ever! Another great free concert with tremendously talented musicians."
BRW Notebook :

Picking up the pieces : WTKK 96.9 made a couple of programming announcements earlier this week.  The big one was Doug Meehan's official installation as the new afternooner(2-6pm). He technically replaces Jay Severin, who was scrubbed for inappropriate on-air comments back in early April(BRW 4/6). Meehan, most recently Fox25 morning news personality, had been filling in since May 9th. The second one was even less dramatic - syndicated host Michael Smerconish officially gets the night-time slot(6pm-10pm). Smerconish has been airing on the station since last November when Michele McPhee was bounced as a result of contract non-renewal(BRW 11/11/10). McPhee wasn't without a gig for long - she cracked rival WRKO 680's midday line up in mid-January(BRW 1/16). Smericonish whose national show airs live from Noon-3pm will also do a Thursday morning(8:05) call into WTKK's morning "Jim and Margery" program.

Programming moves : WROR 105.7's "Lauren and Wally"  who celebrate their 30th anniversary this September will have a new morning show sidekick to pick on as of Monday(6/20). The station announced that it has hired former Boston Herald columnist Lauren Beckham Falcone as a replacement for longtime news personality Sue Cope who moved to Cleveland in early May. Falcone auditioned the very first week after Cope's departure. Other candidates included veteran radio personality Amy Brooks and comedienne Sue Costello.

Get the DuckBoats ready! : Boston Globe's Chad Finn reports on Bruins' radio play-by-play voice Dave Goucher whose call of the Bruins' Stanley Cup Final Game 7 win on SportsHub 98.5 forever puts him into the legendary announcer status category around these parts. The epic game was also simulcast on sister station WBZ 1030 which has very longrunning ties to the Bruins club in its 90-year broadcasting history. WBZ broadcast the very first Bruins game back to on Dec.1, 1924 when the B's squared off against the Montreal Maroons at the Boston Arena....Speaking of WBZ-FM/SportsHub 98.5, the May ratings that came out earlier this week are showing the 2-year old sports station capturing the hearts and ears of sports radio listeners as it continues to grow at supersonic speeds. BostonSportsMedia's has May's tale of the tape between SportsHub 98.5 and 20-year fixture WEEI/SportsRadio 850 right here. 

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