Observing St.Patrick's Day on the dial
St. Patrick's Day festivities will get extensive radio treatment this weekend, including WTKK 96.9(via New England Cable News feed) broadcasting live the annual holiday breakfast political hijinks direct from Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Southie, beginning at 10am on Sunday(3/18) thru its conclusion around 12:30pm.
WROL 950's Irish Hit Parade and St. Patrick's Day are virtually synonymous to regular listeners of this Irish program, aired every Saturday on WROL for the past 42 years. Originally debuted before St. Patrick's Day in 1970 as a 1-hour program of Irish music, the live show now airs from 10am until the station powers down from daytime 5,000 watts to 90 watts at sunset. Tomorrow's special St.Patrick's Day show will air from 10am-7pm with Paul Sullivan(10am-1pm), Matt O'Donnell(1pm-4pm) and Bill Bailey(4pm-7pm). In addition, WROL has a Sunday afternoon show "Feast of Irish Music" with host Seamus Mulligan which can be heard from 1-5pm.
St. Patrick's Day will not go unnoticed on other stations, either.
Tomorrow(3/17), WGBH 89.7 will have a special "A Celtic Sojourn" from 3 to 6pm with its host Brian O'Donovan. He also programs WGBH's on-line Celtic music stream available here.
WUMB 91.9 will have its long-running "Celtic Twlight" with host Gail Gilmore from 4pm to 8pm. Like her counterpart at WGBH, Gilmore also hosts her station's 24/7 on-line all-Celtic music channel "Celtic Journey" which can be heard on WUMB's website.
And finally, for those handful with HD radio receivers, WTKK 96.9 operates its 24-hour HD2 channel "Irish 96.9". You can also hear it on-line.
BRW Notebook :
Radio switcheroo : As mentioned here in last weekend's update, WXRV/River 92.5 shook up its on-air line-up pulling veteran midday jock Lisa Garvey off the air with an hour left in her show last Friday afternoon. Garvey whose popular Sunday morning show "Brunch By The River" was also axed, went on Kiss 108's Matty In the Morning show this past week to tell her side of the story.
In other River news, the station has named Dana Marshall as the new host of the "Brunch by the River" starting this Sunday(3/18). The show will now air from 9 to Noon. If the host's name sounds familiar it's because she originally created the program back in 2004 during her 6-year(2000-2006) tenure at WXRV. Marshall originally joined WXRV in December 2000 as its music director/morning co-host. In June 2004, she was named River's program director, a role she held until she left the station in late October 2006. She joined WBOS 92.9 in January 2007 as its music director/midday personality. She became WBOS' PD when the station changed to the current retro-alternative format in January 2008 but was let go a year later due to budget cuts. Most recently, she's been serving as public relations director for New England Folk Music Association in Cambridge.
As for the new River on-air line-up, it now includes former WBOS 92.9 personalities Carolyn Morrell in the midday slot(10am-3pm) and Matt Phipps(3pm-7pm). Morrell joined the AAA(adult album alternative) station as a part-timer/weekend host last July(BRW 7/8/11). Phipps came on board in recent weeks. His most recent assignment was as assistant director of operations/traffic reporter at Metro Networks which had a large reduction in force last October(BRW 10/2611). Phipps was one of many Metro Traffic staffers who was let go as new corporate owner Clear Channel streamlined its local traffic service operations.