Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Finneran to depart WRKO's morning show this week

Tom Finneran, former attorney, former state representative, former speaker of Massachusetts State House , former head of Mass. Biotech Council is closing the book on another chapter of his life - the one as morning talk-show host. Finneran, 62, who has been doing morning drive for the past five years, will broadcast his last show on WRKO 680 this coming Thursday morning(5:30am-9am) it was announced earlier this morning. Full text of WRKO's press release can be found here.

When Finneran first joined WRKO in February 2007, his show was dubbed 'Finneran's Forum' with various guest co-hosts. In January 2009, the show reconfigured into "Tom and Todd" as Todd Feinburg came on board as a fulltime co-host(BRW 1/5/09). Feinburg is now expected to host solo but maybe not for long according to a published report.

WBZ's Lovell Dyett dead at 77

WBZ 1030 is reporting today the death of its longtime talkshow host Lovell Dyett at the age of 77. He suffered from kidney failure and passed away at a long-term care facility in Melrose. 
Dyett has been with the station since 1971. He was Boston’s premiere black broadcaster, hosting talk shows on radio and television over the years. When his weekend WBZ show was eliminated as part of budget cuts in early 2009, the public outcry forced WBZ's management to reinstate it. 

More on Dyett's life and career is on WBZ's website.

BRW Notebook:

Adding up the numbers :  An update to last update regarding the sale of WFNX 101.7 to Clear Channel. According to last week's FCC filings, the actual price Clear Channel is paying for Phoenix Media's alternative rocker is $14.5 million. The new owners already put down an initial downpayment of $3.6 million with the rest of nearly $11 million due at closing in mid-July.


Anonymous said...

Can anyone direct me to the "Save Finneran" FaceBook page? I'm having trouble finding it.

raccoonradio said...

Michele McPhee is hinting at a big announcement on her FB page. Some at radio-info think she's going to 1200, but her FB followers think she may be getting the Finneran position
on RKO