Friday, August 31, 2012

WWZN zones in on sports...again 

WWZN 1510 in Quincy is becoming an affiliate of the new NBC Sports Radio network starting Tuesday, September 4, it was officially announced today. As the result of the return of sports talk programming to AM 1510, WWZN will be airing NBC Sports Radio shows from 6am-10am, 7pm-10pm and 10pm-1am. In addition, a local show called "Bawstin Diehards" will air from 10am-Noon. "Dieahards" will be hosted by WWZN's GM Anthony Pepe, John Sapochetti and John Pica. No word what will be heard from Noon to 3pm. As of now, Jeff Santos' nationally-syndicated progressive talk show will stay on from 3-7pm thru November.

Here's the official press release from WWZN :
Boston MA, -Radio Station WWZN 1510 AM is proud to announce a partnership with the all new NBC Sports Radio Network distributed by Dial Global beginning September 4, 2012. There will be live sports updates at the top and bottom of the hour featuring local and national stories hosted by Jon Stashour and Kay Adams.  “We are very excited to partner with such a great credible brand, and are looking forward to growing with The NBC sports radio network here in Boston,” said Anthony Pepe General Manager of WWZN Blackstrap Broadcasting Boston.

1510 is the Flagship station of Red Sox Beisbol, along with Boston University Hockey and Basketball-which just inked a new two year extension. The Erik Kuselias Show will air on open nights of the schedule 7 pm to 10pm.  Sports Night in America will air 10 PM to 1 AM and will feature former New York Giants WR Amani Toomer and Eytan Shander “Amani and Eytan.” NBC Sports radio overnight show hosted by Dan Schwartzman will air mornings 6 am to 10 am. The “Bawstin Diehards” local show will air 10 am to noon and will be hosted by Anthony Pepe, John Sapochetti, and John Pica featuring weekly guests from NBC Sports Radio and Comcast Sports Net. 12p-3p TBD and The Jeff Santos show with a focus on Politics will air 3 pm to 7 pm through the election and will include NBC Sports updates twice an hour. “We are going to give the Boston sports fans an outlet to be a face painted, pink hat wearing, Diehard fans, giving them a voice and a station that they can now call their own,” said Pepe. “Not only will we be the number one sports station on the AM dial here in Boston, but we will also be a great partner to many local businesses that can finally afford sports radio advertising,” he added. 

1510 will also be airing “Safety Blitz” with former New England Patriot and Two Time Superbowl Champion Rodney Harrison Sunday mornings before kick off and will be airing NFL games though out the season via Dial Global.

BRW Notebook :

What's in the name? : Speaking of changes, talker WTKK 96.9 is in the process of re-branding itself from "96.9 Boston Talk" to "News Talk 96.9". The transition has begun earlier this week. The hosts on 96.9's local talk shows are now using the new station moniker and the station has already updated all its social media sites. For now, the station's new website points the old domain but that will change shortly. In addition to all the branding changes, the station recently beefed up its traffic and weather updates from Total Traffic Network which are being aired every 15 minutes as it tries to separate itself from rival talker WRKO 680 with a newly assumed identity.

Executive turntable : Entercom Boston has upped Executive Producer Bill Cooksey to Assistant Program Director role. The 6-year station veteran is now responsible for day-to-day station operations and reporting directly to WRKO/WEEI's VP of Programming Jason Wolfe.

Are you ready for some football? : WEEI 93.7 has unveiled its line-up for Patriots and NFL coverage this fall. Many expected to see weekend/fill-in Pete Sheppard to have his old "Real Postgame Show" role back but Butch Stearns is back hosting it for the third season.

Radio events : The face of Boston radio has changed dramatically over the last decade, and Suffolk University's Ford Hall Forum series will bring together four of Boston's biggest radio personalities for a lively discussion on the city's radio past, radio present and radio future.  The legendary Charles Laquidara (WBCN, WZLX) (via Skype), Billy Costa (Kiss 108), Henry Santoro (Radio BDC, WFNX) and Julie Kramer (Radio BDC, WFNX) will meet at the Forum on Thursday, September 13, for a 90-minute discussion entitled "Radio Silence"(6:30pm-8pm). Moderated by fellow radio veteran John Laurenti (WBOS, WZLX, WODS), "Radio Silence" will kicks off Suffolk University's Fall 2012 Ford Hall Forum series at the C Walsh Theater. As with all forums, "Radio Silence" is free to the public. For details please visit here.... Earlier in the day on Thursday(9/13), Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame will hold its 6th annual awards and induction luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in Quincy from Noon-2pm. Tickets are still available and for more information about the event and inductees is available here.

Honor roll : The dean of Boston jazz, WGBH 89.7's Eric Jackson, has won the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award at the annual Jazz Week convention earlier this week in Detroit in advance of this weekend’s Detroit Jazz Festival. The award is given to recognize an individual's long-standing commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community. Jackson is currently heard on WGBH 89.7 from Friday thru Sunday, 9pm-Midnight. He has spent three decades playing jazz, interviewing countless musicians, hosting live performances and informing his listeners of what’s going on throughout Boston and New England jazz scene.

In memoriam : Longtime WCRB personality and manager, David  MacNeil passed away earlier this week at the age of 80. He worked at WCRB 102.5 for 57 years. He was best known for being the voice of the Boston Pops on WCRB Radio for countless years including broadcasts from Tanglewood. He is believed to be one of the longest running radio personalities in Boston history. Over his career he interviewed many legends of music and entertainment including, Tony Bennet, Charlton Heston, James Earl Jones, Lee Remick, Leonard Nimoy, Eartha  Kitt, Lauren Bacall, Richard Harris, Mel Brooks, Helena Bonham Carter, poet and writer  Maya Angelou, photographer Ansel Adams and countless others.

He started at WCRB as a host of a teen program, transitioned into collecting sports scores for WCRB and soon became a staff announcer and news director. From there, MacNeil was one of the most recognized voices in classical music and Boston radio for decades and respected by many in the BSO and Boston Pops. 

MacNeil's former colleague Laura Carlo has written a touching tribute to him on WCRB's website. 

WFNX to return : Phoenix Media/Communications Group chairman Stephen Mindich announced two weeks ago that Kurt St. Thomas has been named the executive producer of, the new online radio station. Thomas, who is credited for breaking Nirvana's debut album "Nevermind" in August 1991, was with WFNX from 1987-1995 in music, production and program director roles. The new is planning to re-launch sometime in the early fall. It is expected to have live DJ's just like recently launched which successfully debuted on August 13th with a line-up of former WFNX personalities.


Laurence Glavin said...

It's interesting that WWZN is using the NBC Peacock logo; when 1510as WMEX a long time ago, it called itself"color radio". (When I lived in Seattle, WA as a guest of the US Air Force, KJR-AM 950 there did the same thing).

Clark Smidt said...

Dear Boston Radio Watch Guru's,

Really appreciate all of your great coverage and commentary. I've never seen so many changes in Botson / northeast, WHBA, WODS / AMP, Nassau in NH, ME and VT, Cox selling CT, John H. buying on the Cape, WGBH-FM, program direction from elsewhere, RKO adjustments, WOR NYC to CCU, whatever's going on with all the sports stations that you need a scorecard for and the timely demand for real talk and information, besides essential news / weather / traffic services.

Radio is very alive and vibrant. As mentioned in a recent AM movie: "Everybody Gets It!" Let's root for compelling content and local services that connect with the audience and advertisers. Adjustments to attract local taste and sound great don't cost big money. There are opportunities to offer creative, appealing, commercially viable music formats. It's ascertainment, gut feel and knowing the local audience.

Our Boston audience gets it. There are many talented broadcast folks within the sound of my voice. And, many stories in the Naked City.

"To be continued......."

Best regards,

Anonymous said...

Bummer, so Boston loses it's only progressive talk station in favor of what will be, once ESPN takes over 850 later this week, the 4th sports talk station in Boston. Can one city support that much sport talk?