Thursday, April 19, 2012

Local broadcast legends heading for the Hall

Fourteen Boston area radio and television broadcasters will be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame this September it was announced today. The list include Matt Siegal of "Matty In the Morning" on WXKS/Kiss 108, former general manager of WBUR 90.9 Jane Christo and the late sports radio announcer Leo Egan who called Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves and Boston Bruins on WHDH 850 in the 40's,50's,60's and 70's.

Started six years ago, the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame is housed in the Arts Center at Massasoit Community College in Brockton. The exhibit features plaques and descriptions of the contributions of each member.

Here's the official press release for more information :

April 19, 2012

For Immediate Release:


Dick Albert, Jim Boyd, Jack Williams, Matt Siegel,
George Capalbo, Jane Christo, Joseph Ryan and others to be honored
at Gala Awards Luncheon Set For Thursday, September 13
Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel

Jack Casey, Marjorie Arons-Barron and Ken Carberry Join Hall of Fame Board

BOSTON, MA--The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame will present its annual Gala Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on 
Thursday, September 13 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at theBoston Marriott Quincy Hotel.  Hosted by WBZ 1030’s Jordan Rich, the Hall of Fame will induct fourteen of Massachusetts’ most popular and respected radio and television broadcasters into the Hall of Fame.

This year’s Hall of Fame Honorees will be WCVB TV weatherman 
Dick Albert, news reporter and anchor Jim Boyd, KISS 108 FM's hilarious "Matty In the Morning" host Matt Siegel, WBZ TV news anchor Jack Williams, longtime visionary general manager of WBUR Jane Christo, WBZ/WCVB public relations executive and radio station founder Joseph A. Ryan and broadcast engineering executive George Capalbo, Sr.
Also honored will be seven deceased members of the broadcast media:  founder/owner/manager of WJDA 
James D. Asher, Jr., pioneering sports announcer Leo Egan, pioneering female broadcaster Priscilla Fortescue, helicopter traffic reporter Joe Green, radio icon Bill Marlowe, radio personality Gus Saunders and the highly respected TV news director, Jim Thistle.

"Collectively,  this year’s inductees have contributed some 400 years of service to Boston and Massachusetts  residents!  We are pleased to honor them for providing us with so much knowledge, entertainment, and innovation," notes Art Singer, President of Mass. Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

In addition, Mass. Broadcasters Hall of Fame has also just added three notable 
new board members.  They are General Manager of WERS FM and adjunct professor at Emerson College Jack Casey, communications and business development expert, TV host and producer Marjorie Arons-Barron and Boston radio host and President of Chart Productions, Ken Carberry.  Other previously installed board members include:  Art Singer, President, Lynne Osborn, Vice President, Joan Greenberg, Secretary, Alan Chapman, Treasurer and directors Steve Elman, Dick Flavin, Donna Halper, Arthur Katz, Laurie Maker, Candy O'Terry, Ed Perry, Jordan Rich, Sheryl Savage, Dr. Charles Wall, Bill Wayland and Phil Weiner.Tickets & Information:
Date:        Thursday, September 13, 2012, Noon - 2:00 PM

Location:    Marriott Quincy Hotel
, [1200 Crown Colony Drive, Quincy, MA 02169; exit 18/19 off Route 3 at the Braintree split].  
*Massasoit Community College in Brockton is the location of the permanent Mass. Broadcasters Hall of Fame exhibit.
Tickets:    $45.00 each, on sale August 1 and may then be purchased on line at the MBHOF website:, or by mailing a check for the full amount of tickets requested to Mass.     Broadcasters Hall of Fame, c/o Joan Greenberg, 20 Truman Rd, Newton Centre, MA 02459.  Please include the names for tickets being ordered.  All tickets will be held at will call immediately before the event.  For more information, call:  617-969-5678 or 617-763-0109.

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame is an incorporated 501(c)3 organization and has a nineteen-member Board of Directors, consisting primarily of broadcasters and other media professionals.

BRW Notebook :

Radio by numbers :  Arbitron's winter ratings for advertiser-coveted 25-54 listener demographic were released this week. The 3-month period from January 5 to March 28 averages are here. And for those keeping score between WEEI 93.7/850 and WBZ 98.5, the male 25-54 breakdowns are here.

On your mark : Two members of Mix 104.1 on-air staff braved the grueling 90-degree heat to run the Boston Marathon earlier this week. Kennedy from morning drive's "Karson&Kennedy" and Sue Brady from afternoon's "Gregg Daniels Show" ran to raise funds for their respective charities.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

WBZ, WGBH, WBUR win Murrow awards for news reportsing

Three local stations have won national Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The awards, named for broadcast pioneer Murrow, have honored excellence in electronic journalism since 1971.

In the large market category, WBUR 90.9 has collected six awards in Audio Reporting(Hard News), Audio Investigative News, Audio News Documentary, Audio Use of Sound, Audio Sports Reporting and Audio Website.

WBZ 1030 picked up four awards in Audio Newscast, Audio Breaking News, Writing and Overall Excellence.

WGBH 89.7 won two awards for  Audio Continuing Coverage and Audio Series.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 18th. All winning entries can be heard here.

BRW Notebook :

Patriots radio update : The Globe is reporting that the legendary Patriots play-by-play voice Gil Santos is still dealing with the physical aftereffects from a severe case of pneumonia that landed him at MGH's ICU a couple months ago. Santos has called Patriots fortunes on the local radio for 35 of team's 51 seasons including the three Super Bowl wins. With four months to go before the first Patriots preseason game vs. the Saints at Foxborough, Santos is still rehabbing according to the Globe report. Replacing a local media legend is always a sensitive issue. There's really no right way to handle it but the Patriots will likely attempt it. Obviously, everyone involved would feel more comfortable about the change if Santos was assured of remaining on Patriots broadcast team in some capacity and maybe sharing play-by-play role only for home games and becoming their announcer emeritus but nothing is ever certain especially in radio.

And that's a wrap : One of the longest career runs in Boston TV/radio history ended last Sunday when Massachusetts Broadcasters hall of famer, Don Latulippe had worked his last shift as he made the closing announcement on Easter Sunday's Park Street Church broadcast on WEZE 590. Latulippe began his radio career in 1937 at the young age of 7 performing "Pennies from Heaven" on the Laco Shampoo Hour on the old WHDH 850. After an illustrious career in local radio and TV, he officially retired back in 1995 but has stayed active with part-time work at WEZE 590. He was inducted into Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

New night owl :  WTKK 96.9 shook up its overnight schedule a couple weeks ago. Gone are West Coast longtimers "John and Jeff". In their place(1am-4:30am), the station is now running nationally syndicated "Overnight America" hosted by St.Louis-based Jon Grayson. Of course, Grayson briefly replaced Steve LeVeille on WBZ 1030 in January 2009, but after a massive listener outcry LeVeille was brought back 3 weeks later(BRW 1/27/09)....In other WTKK news, advice guru Mel Robbins has left her Saturday morning show to focus on her new weekday afternoon on WDBO 96.5/Orlando which she's hosting remotely from a studio on her farm in Sherborn. Robbins is also busy working on A&E's "Monster In Law" show. Her Saturday morning slot(10a-1pm) at WTKK is currently being filled by station's morning drive newsman Hank Morse.