If you go the most traditional route of listening Boston Pops Esplanade concert on the Fourth of July on your radio, then you'll have three local outlets available for your audio pleasure - WCRB 99.5, WGBH 89.7 and WBZ 1030. All three stations will broadcast tomorrow's concert which this year starts 10 minutes early, at 8:20pm, with our national anthem and a flyover of F-15 Eagles by the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard in Westfield.
In addition to all the Boston Pops' standards like "1812 Overture"(to be played at 9:30pm), the 39th edition of the July 4th program will feature Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy Award- winning recording singer, Jennifer Hudson, Boston rockers Dropkick Murphys, and cast members of the hit Broadway musical MAMMA MIA! will be performing ABBA's “Dancing Queen” and “The Winner Takes It All.”
WCRB 99.5's live broadcast will begin at 6 pm with Laura Carlo and Ron Della Chiesa sharing special features, interviews and Pops recordings, all leading up to the concert at 8:20pm. Sister station WGBH 89.7 will join the concert simulcast at 8pm. Listeners outside the region can hear the broadcast on classicalnewengland.org until 11 pm.
Over on the AM band, WBZ 1030 broadcast will begin at 7 PM and will be hosted by Jordan Rich and morning anchor Joe Mathieu. A live streaming audiocast of the concert will be available on-lne at www.cbsboston.com. For those with HD radios, WBZ 1030 can also be heard on WBZ 98.5's HD3 stream.
BRW Notebook :New kids on the block : As mentioned in this space last week(BRW 6/25), Boston.com is now in the proces of launching its live streaming alternative rock station which will directly compete with WFNX.com when WFNX 101.7 ends its terrestrial broadcast at month's end.
Boston.com's new venture is named "Radio BDC"(BDC stands for "BostonDotCom', of course) and began to roll out its content last Thursday(6/28) with a new blog and a Twitter feed at @RadioBDC. "RadioBDC" is being led by former WFNX program director Paul Driscoll and will feature on-air staff of former 'FNXers Henry Santoro(morning), Julie Kramer(middays) and Adam 12(afternoons). While the debaters debate the future success of RadioBDC's venture, on the other end of the digital spectrum, WFNX.com will keep rocking with its established brand and will have DJ's Jim Ryan and Jason Layne providing musical play-by-play.
Climbing up that Hill : The morning drive's radio survivor club in Boston has a very limited membership. Only two other radio shows have managed to stick around longer on the same frequency than WAAF's Greg "Hill-Man" Hill. There are Matt Siegel on WXKS/Kiss 108 and, of course, "Loren and Wally"(aka Loren Owens and Wally Brine) on WROR 105.7 who have been working the morning shift at their respective stations since 1981. Looks like Hill's morning streak which began in 1989 will continue for the foreseeable future. Last week, Entercom Boston announced that it has signed Hill to a long-term extension that will keep him on-air and in mornings with WAAF 107.3 through 2017. Hill has been with WAAF for 26 years, last 23 years as host of the “Hill-Man Morning Show”.
Remixing the schedule : As mentioned in this space a couple weeks ago(BRW 6/20), one of the nation's premiere public broadcasters, WGBH 89.7 will become exclusively news and public affairs stations during weekday hours starting next Monday(7/9). The long-running weekday evening and overnight Jazz programming will be contracted and will only be air on weekends where other musical and non-musical special interest programming is already heard. WGBH had already moved out its weekday morning and afternoon classical music programming to WCRB 99.5 when it acquired the signal back in 2009(BRW 11/30/09).
New WGBH line-up will look like this starting on Monday(7/9) :
12am-5am - Public Radio Exchange's Remix
5am-6am - BBC World Service
6am-10am - Morning Edition
10am-11am - The Diane Rehhm Show
11am-12pm - Takeaway
12pm-2pm -Boston Public Radio(Emily Rooney at 12, Callie Crossley at 1)
2pm-3pm - Tell Me More
3pm-4pm - The World
4pm-6pm - All Things Considered
6pm-6:30pm - Marketplace
6:30-7pm - All Things Considered
7pm-8pm - PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
8pm-9pm - The World(replay)
9pm-11pm - Boston Public Radio(replay)
11pm-12am - The Story