Full-stream ahead as Boston.com launches RadioBDC
Whether they are online-only stations or fully-fledged radio stations also streaming online, the web has brilliantly opened up radio with listeners able to find stations far beyond the tuning dial. The launch of Boston.com's new online Alternative station, following the over-the-air end of Boston's Alternative WFNX back in late July, took place at Noon today. The online station – dubbed "RadioBDC" for Boston Dot Com – featuring former longtime WFNX-FM personalities Paul Driscoll, Julie Kramer, Adam 12, and Henry Santoro. Driscoll is also the Program Director for "RadioBDC." It is available at http://www.boston.com/ae/radio/player/
In many ways, the station points the way forward for radio programming as a whole attempting to broadcast varied and interesting content that's way ahead of today's pre-packaged, pre-tested and predictable radio formats on terrestrial dial.
Here's the official release on RadioBDC launch :
RadioBDC LAUNCHES LIVE, STREAMING ON BOSTON.COM
Popular local on-air personalities Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer, Adam 12 and Paul Driscoll return to Boston radio with the best in alternative music, exclusive interviews
Boston, Aug. 13, 2012 – Enriching Boston’s alternative music scene, Boston.com will launch its new interactive, live streaming radio station at noon today, with a first song chosen by listeners.
RadioBDC, the BDC stands for Boston Dot Com, is hosted by former longtime WFNX Radio on-air personalities Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer, Adam 12 and program director Paul Driscoll, and features alternative music, exclusive musician interviews, journalists and content from The Boston Globe and Boston.com, interactive contests and much more. Listeners can tune in online on the Boston.com homepage and through iPhone, Android and Blackberry mobile applications.
"RadioBDC provides another feature to users in addition to the wide range of offerings on Boston.com -- from live sports, award-winning videos and entertainment, to the latest event info and eclectic blogs," said Boston Globe publisher Christopher Mayer. "We believe RadioBDC is the soundtrack for Boston.com. You can read about the Pats while listening to Mumford and Sons."
RadioBDC will stream around-the-clock, with News Director Henry Santoro kicking off the day in the morning slot, from 7 to 11 a.m. Santoro will also welcome reporters and editors from The Boston Globe and Boston.com to discuss news stories and issues. Julie Kramer will join Santoro at 10 a.m., and take the reins from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – delivering her special one-hour Lunch at Your Desk program at noon, with alternative hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Longtime Boston favorite and deejay-about-town Adam 12 takes over from 2 to 6 p.m., taking listener requests at 4 p.m. And Program Director Paul Driscoll will apply his legendary ears to showcasing the best in alternative talent from 6 to 10 p.m. Artist interviews, contests, events and live concerts will also play a consistent part in programming.
Fans are also invited to join the RadioBDC crew at a launch party at The Paradise Rock Club, headlined by Boston’s own Kay Hanley, at 8 p.m. on Aug. 16. Many fans also voted for the station’s first musical pick via the RadioBDC Twitter handle @RadioBDC and on the Boston.com RadioBDC blog and RadioBDC Facebook page.
Triton Digital, a streaming audio leader that currently supports more than 5,000 stations, will provide RadioBDC’s platform with state-of the-art technology.
More information on programming, live performances and events will be released throughout the fall.
Boston.com is one of the most visited regional portals in the U.S. and is wholly owned by The New York Times Company, a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2011 revenues of $2.3 billion, that includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, About.com and related properties. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.
Matty hopes to keep them in stitches with a new all-comedy format on 1200
"Make 'em laugh" is the new strategy of WXKS 1200. The Medford-based AM station, owned by Clear Channel, switched to all-comedy this morning at 8:30am.
As mentioned in this space last week(BRW 8/6), after 2 1/2 years of running a mix local conservative talk(Jeff Katz and Jay Severin) and Premiere-syndicated national shows, Clear Channel began dismantling its line-up last week by letting go its entire local staff and returning some of its signature national programming like Rush Limbaugh and Coast-To-Coast to a former longtime affiliate WRKO 680. The final wrecking ball hit on Friday(8/10) afternoon at 3pm as Talk 1200 completely disappeared at 3pm and the station began to stunt as "Gaffe 1200" running a 10-minute loop of bloopers from political speeches, newscasts and reports.
At 8:30am this morning and after 41 1/2 straight hours of running the Gaffe 1200 stunt, the station launched as "Matty's Comedy 1200" and is now an affiliate of the Dallas-based 24/7 Comedy Radio Network which airs two- to three-minute bits from a number of well-known comics, including Jeff Foxworthy, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes. While the Matty's Comedy 1200 runs the syndicated feed from the network, there is some local element to it. The pre-taped local sounders are voiced by Kiss 108's morning icon Matt Siegel who with the help of local comedic legend Lenny Clarke introduced the new format via a 10-minute simulcast on both - Kiss 108 and new Matty's Comedy 1200 - this morning.
While Boston has no history of all-comedy radio format(maybe with the exception of WRCA 1330 which featured low-rated "Radio Comedy and the Arts" from 1989 to 1991), the comedy format seems to be hot...at least initially. An all-comedy FM station in the Austin, TX market recently pulled some pretty impressive numbers in the 25-54 male demographic after being on the air for only six months.
Here's the official press release on today's comedy format launch from Clear Channel Boston :
CLEAR CHANNEL BOSTON LAUNCHES AREA’S
FIRST COMEDY RADIO STATION
Matt Siegel Of The KISS 108 Morning Show Will Host
“Matty’s Comedy 1200” On Sister Station WXKS-AM
Boston – August 13, 2012 – Clear Channel Boston today announced the debut of WXKS-AM “Matty’s Comedy 1200.” Fan favorite Matt Siegel of KISS 108’s national award-winning show “Matty in the Morning” will anchor the station. “Matty’s Comedy 1200” will launch today at 8:30 a.m. and will be the first Boston radio station to feature 24/7 comedy.
Matty has been a friend to the Boston comedy scene for more than 30 years and throughout his career has established relationships with major comedians. The new “Matty’s Comedy 1200” channel will feature fast-paced, hits-oriented, mass-appeal comedy programming unlike any other radio station in Boston. Listeners will tune in to hear rapid-fire stand-up comedy tracks from the biggest names in the business including Dane Cook, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy, Daniel Tosh, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and more.
“Comedy has a longstanding tradition in Boston and now we are giving it a radio home,” said Mary Menna, President and Market Manager for Clear Channel Boston. “Matty has been making listeners laugh for more than 30 years on KISS 108 and he is the perfect choice to anchor our new comedy station. ‘Matty’s Comedy 1200’ will be a natural extension of his iconic brand.”
“It’s about time Boston had a radio station dedicated to the industry it helped to build,” said Dylan Sprague, Operations Manager for Clear Channel Boston. “Matty has been connected to the comedy scene in Boston his entire career and has hosted many of these comedians on his KISS 108 morning show. We are thrilled to have him working double duty on KISS and Matty’s Comedy 1200.”
“I love my listeners and this is another chance to serve them,” said Matt Siegel. “You can have a few laughs with me in the morning on KISS 108 and then tune in to WXKS-AM and continue to laugh with me all day.”
WXKS-AM Matty’s Comedy 1200 will join KISS 108, JAM’N 94.5, The Harbor and Mia 1430 AM as part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston. Listeners can visit mattyscomedy1200.com for more information and to listen online.
About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston
Clear Channel Boston owns and operates 101.7 The Harbor, KISS 108, JAMN 94.5, WXKS-AM, MIA 1430 and is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. With 237 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations. The company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM stations, HD digital radio channels, Sirius/XM satellite, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.comand on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile application on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems from TomTom, Garmin and others. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: CCMO), a leading global media and entertainment company. More information on the company can be found at clearchannel.com, clearchanneloutdoor.com and ccmediaholdings.com.