Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Industry honors for Country 102.5 duo
WKLB/Country 102.5 Program Director Mike Brophey has once again been named among the ‘Best Program Directors in Radio’ for the sixth consecutive year by trade publication Radio Ink Magazine. Brophey was ranked #2 on Radio Ink's 2012  national list. Brophey has been programming  WKLB since September 1996. In January radio ratings, Boston's only country music station was ranked 4th among all listeners age 6 and older and 5th among the advertiser-coveted adults 25-54 demographic.

Meanwhile, Country 102.5's music director Ginny Rogers was named Music Director of the Year at last week's Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, TN. The annual event attracts national artists and country radio and record executives.

BRW Notebook :

Executive Turntable :  Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New England has named Denise diLuca as Account Manager for Total Traffic Network. diLuca will be responsible for the development and sales of Total Traffic Network throughout the region. She will help Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s regional clients build integrated campaigns with Total Traffic Network marketing programs. She spent the past 12 years in radio and previously served as National Sales Manager at classical WCRB. Most recently diLuca served as the Senior Integrated Sales and Marketing specialist at Entercom's Boston radio cluster.

Friday, February 24, 2012

WFNX gets the nod from industry watchers

Boston's alternative rock station WFNX 101.7 has been nominated for 2011 Radio Station of the Year by trade publication AllAccess which is holding its 2nd annual WorldWide Radio Summit on April 27-28 in Hollywood, CA.

In a press release, WFNX's program director Paul Driscoll said that "it is an honor to be nominated along side of some of the most iconic brands in radio" in regards to the recent nomination. WFNX is gong up against a pair of LA's Top 40 signals KAMP/Amp 97.1 and KIIS/Kiss 102.7, NYC's Top40 giant WHTZ/Z100 and country station WYCD 99.5 in Detroit. All winners in 12 radio categories will be announced at this year’s Worldwide Radio Summit luncheon on April 28th.

Another Boston radio of note - WBMX/Mix 104.1's music director Mike Mullaney has been nominated in the Station Music Director category.

Voting in WorldSummit's 12 radio categories is currently open to the public until March 18 but on-line registration is necessary for AllAccess website. More information is here.

BRW Notebook :

Rolling the dice : WBZ 1030's monthly 1-hour NewsWatch feature will air this coming Wednesday(2/29) at 11am. Morning drive co-anchor Joe Mathieu will sit down with special guest Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby to discuss the future of gambling in Massachusetts.

Remembering Dave Maynard : The family of of late Dave Maynard is inviting the public to celebrate the life of the longtime WBZ 1030 and WBZ TV4 personality this coming Wednesday(2/29) at Saint Cecilia’s Parish in Back Bay. Maynard passed from a long battle with Parkinson's Disease on Feb.9th.(BRW 2/9).

Radio grapefruit : This spring training season, Red Sox will be on the radio for 15 of their 33 grapefruit league games. Eleven of those broadcasts will be carried on flagship WEEI 93.7/850 with four games airing on WRKO 680 due to conflicts with the Celtics. Full spring training broadcast schedule is here.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Local stations pay tribute to pop diva Whitney Houston

Her name, her voice, and above all her music filled Boston's airwaves last night.
But it was much more than a news story, especially on radio, that most intimate of mediums. Whitney Houston was remembered on WBZ 1030's overnight talk show hosted by Jordan Rich; parts of her old interviews were broadcast at the top of the hour radio network news updates; and a number of local FM stations from every part of the musical spectrum paid tribute to her talent. 

Contemporary radio programming is fragmented as never before, with each station targeting specific groups of potential listeners, playing only certain kind of music, ignoring others. Whitney Houston's death, for one night at least, broke those barriers: WBMX/Mix 104.1 which normally focuses on the more current side of adult contemporary format went wall-to-wall with Houston's hits beginning at 9pm until 1am. As noted in the Herald, Mix104.1's afternoon drive personality "Fast" Freddy Murphy happened to be in LA for station's Grammy Award coverage and phoned in with his reports when the news of Houston's death broke. Mix 104.1 will also be simulcasting live CBS-TV's Grammy Awards broadcast tonight starting at 8pm.
Also, Top 40 kingpin WXKS/Kiss 108 and its hip-hop sibling WJMN/Jamn 94-5 broke away from playing today's hitmakers and paid their respective Houston tributes from 10pm to Midnight. 

On the retro outlet WODS 103.3 host Barry Scott stayed on course with the Saturday Night 70's Party theme but ended his show with five Houston songs. Scott will pay a 5-hour tribute to pop diva during tonight's special Lost 45's edition airing on 103.3 from 7pm to Midnight.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Longtime WBZ personality Dave Maynard passes away at 82

Dave Maynard, popular Boston radio and TV personality for over three decades, has died in Citrus Hill, Florida after a long battle with Parkinson's disease earlier today. He was 82. 
Maynard's death was announced by WBZ 1030 and WBZ TV4, where he hosted long-running programs. WBZ-AM aired an interview  with Maynard's son, Mike.

Maynard, a Larchmont NY native, joined WBZ 1030 in 1958 as a disc jockey. In 1979, he became stations's overnight talk show host. In January 1980, he began hosting WBZ's morning show which became Boston's most top rated programs for the entire decade. In January 1990, Maynard switched to midday shift(9am-NooN) while Tom Bergeron(currently host of ABCs Dancing With the Stars) then took over the morning drive(5am-9am).

Maynard retired on June 14, 1991 but came back to host a weekend show on WBZ two months later. Maynard left radio altogether in late September 1992 when the station switched to current all-news format on weekends. He also originated WBZ's cooking show "Phantom Gourmet" show, and wrote three books. 

On the TV side, Maynard was the host of the long-running talent show "Community Auditions" which ran on WBZ-TV4 from 1950-1986. Maynard was its host since 1957. WBZ dropped the show in 1986 and the program moved to WCVB-TV5 where it became known as "Dave Maynard's Talent Showcase". WCVB stopped production of the show in late 1989. Maynard and his "Talent Showcase" then briefly returned to air in the summer of 1990 on Worcester's WHLL-TV27(now WUNI).

Maynard was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

He had degrees from Emerson College and Boston University, where he taught 17 years.

Maynard is survived by his wife, six children and nine grandchildren.

BRW Notebook :

WRKO Shuffle : WRKO 680 juggled its line-up this week. Starting Monday(2/6), financial guru and founder of Armstrong Advisory Group, Barry Armstrong gave his "Lunch Money" hour(12pm-1pm) and debuted a new show called "Financial Exchange" which now airs from 9am to 11am. Armstrong's shift to midday means syndicated Laura Ingraham loses an hour and is now heard from 11am to 1pm. Rest of the program schedule stays the same.

Bon Voyage : A longtime morning fixture on WMJX 106.7, news anchor Gay Vernon signed off the Morning Magic last Friday(2/3) after nearly 21 years at the station. Vernon who also co-hosted station's public affairs show "Exceptional Women" and produced "Boston Life" is retiring from radio.