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 newstalk969.com points the old 969bostontalks.com 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 WFNX.com, 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 WFNX.com is planning to re-launch sometime in the early fall. It is expected to have live DJ's just like recently launched RadioBDC.com which successfully debuted on August 13th with a line-up of former WFNX personalities.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lost 45's is set to return on WROR 105.7
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image001.jpgWROR 105.7FM will become the new home of Boston's 30-year radio fixture - "The Lost 45s with Barry Scott" starting next Sunday, September 2nd, it was announced today.

WROR will air the weekly show regularly in the Sunday's 7pm-10pm slot starting September 16th. However, for the first two Sundays(Sept. 2nd and 9th), the show will run from 6pm to 10pm as Lost 45's will air its  "Annual Top 100 Countdown".




The Lost 45s was born at Emerson's WERS 88.9 in the fall of 
1982 where Scott was a student DJ.  It features Top 40 hits that no longer heard on-air, artist interviews, TV, movie and news clips, vintage TV ads and TV show themes. The show has spawned a best-selling book, "We Had Joy, We Had Fun" as well as a CD series.

Lost 45's has aired on Boston's commercial radio dial almost 

continuously since 1985. It has run on stations that are still around and some that are no longer with us - WZLX 100.7(September 1985-February 1992), WBOS 92.9(April 1992-May 1993), WBMX 98.5(May 1993-July 1997), WEGQ/Eagle 93.7(July 1997-April 1999), WROR 105.7 (May 2001-December 2001) and WODS 103.3 (December 2001-June 2012). 

The show has been airing
on-line continuously since October 1999. Currently, Barry Scott's daily Lost 45's features and weekend show are in national syndication on over two dozen stations around the country.

As formats change and stations change directions, Scott has been forced to find new outlets for Lost45's on a number of occasions over the past three decades. This year was one of those years. Earlier this summer, after a 10 1/2 year run at WODS 103.3, Lost 45s became homeless once again as WODS unexpectedly flipped formats in late June from classic hits of the 70's and 80's to today's dance-oriented Top 40 urban pop music(
BRW 6/27). 

Ironically, Lost 45's is now returning to WODS' former competitor, WROR 105.7, which briefly ran it in 2001. Scott told BRW earlier today : "It feels good to be going back to a station I left 11 years ago to get to 103.3 and glad they want me back!"


Here's the official press release from WROR 105.7 on the return of Lost 45's :
 

MEDIA ADVISORY                        
DATE:  August 21, 2012

Contact: 
Ken West, Program Director
617-822-6424 kwest@wror.com

Boston Has Spoken and 105.7 WROR Listened!
Boston's Home for Classic Hits Welcomes Barry Scott and The Lost 45's

Boston, MA (August 21, 2012):  “Boston radio listeners told us they wanted The Lost 45's and we heard them loud and clear.  Barry Scott's show is all about music and fun.  His long-running show will add even more fun to our lineup,” said WROR Program Director Ken West.

Barry Scott will premiere on 105.7 WROR on Sunday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 9th with a Lost 45's tradition, The Annual Top 100 Countdown, airing from 6 to 10pm.  Beginning September 16thThe Lost 45's will air Sunday nights from 7-10pm. 

In response to 105.7 WROR being the new home of The Lost 45's, Barry Scott said, “I'm excited to be joining the land of Loren & Wally and becoming a part of a legendary station with a real knowledge and passion for music from the 60's, 70's and 80's!  105.7 WROR won the Classic Hits war in Boston, proving once again that Greater Media is a winning team!”

Barry Scott’s radio career started at age 5 in his bedroom, announcing records, news and weather. “The Lost 45s with Barry Scott” began at Emerson College in 1981. After graduation, the show was picked up by a commercial station and has received #1 ratings ever since. The program has been in national syndication since 1993.

“The Lost 45s” is America’s Largest Classic Hits Music & Interview Library featuring charted records which no longer receive adequate airplay. Scott’s desire is to keep these songs and performers alive. “The Lost 45s” has America’s largest library of over 800 EXCLUSIVE recording artist interviews! You can read more about the show at his web site: www.lost45.com!
105.7 WROR is Boston's home for Loren & Wally and the music you grew up with from the 60’s, 70’s, & 80’s. We feature the music of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rod Stewart, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Elton John, Journey, and more! 

WROR-FM is owned by Greater Boston Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 22 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets.  Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.

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BRW Notebook :

Where did everyone go? : The beach. While the Herald's Jed Gottlieb is skewering the corporate radio landlords for taking all the fun and personality out of local radio, the Patriot Ledger's Adam Vaccaro is assessing all the viable radio and on-line options for the abandoned WFNX crowd.

Monday, August 13, 2012


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.

RadioBDCthe 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.

About Boston.com
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.comBostonGlobe.comBoston.comAbout.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.comclearchanneloutdoor.com and ccmediaholdings.com.


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