Monday, December 23, 2013

Tradition Continues : Christmas Eve With Oedipus on RadioBDC returns

Oedipus, legendary Boston radio programmer and DJ is returning to Radio BDC for his 36th annual Christmas Eve broadcast. It's a tradition he he started back when he was working as WBCN 104.1's part-time nigh-time jock in 1978. When he moved into WBCN's program director chair in 1981, he decided that the only person who should work on Christmas Eve should be the boss. And so for over 35 years, Oedipus has never missed a live Christmas Eve show(WBCN 104.1 1978 to 2008, WFNX 101.7  from 2009 to 2011 and RadioBDC from 2012-present). 

Here's RadioBDC's press release announcing Oedipus' Christmas Eve broadcast :

Spend Christmas Eve With Oedipus And RadioBDC

Famed Boston radio personality returns for a second year to host RadioBDC's Christmas Eve show

BOSTON (December 23, 2013) - RadioBDC announced today that legendary Boston radio DJ and programmer Oedipus will host RadioBDC's Christmas Eve show, commercial-free, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

This marks the second year that Oedipus hosts the RadioBDC Christmas Eve program but the tradition goes back to 1978, when he first hosted a Christmas Eve program as a nighttime personality for WBCN.

"A Boston tradition continues once again at RadioBDC," said Paul Driscoll, RadioBDC Director of Operations and Program Development. "The holiday season would not be complete without Oedipus curating the soundtrack to Christmas Eve."

Listeners will be treated to a carefully cultivated and eclectic mix of holiday music and other entertainment that goes beyond the standard seasonal fare. 

"I started hosting the Christmas broadcast because I was low man on the totem pole and nobody else wanted to work on Christmas Eve," said Oedipus. "I realized that I was the soundtrack for the holiday, but the problem was that most Christmas songs were overplayed, so my research began and my collection began to grow."

Oedipus uses his own collection of about 100 unique Christmas CDs, but the show is not all about music. Previous highlights include Bob Dylan reciting T'was the Night Before Christmas, and Bono reading a Christmas poem.

The show will live stream on December 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight, commercial-free, at

And as we head into the New Year, listeners can tune into RadioBDC's Top 100 Songs of 2013 - selected by the RadioBDC team - with a countdown starting December 30 and continuing through January 1, 2014 at

About RadioBDC
Launched in August of 2012,'s RadioBDC is a 24x7 streaming radio station featuring an all-star team of Boston radio personalities. With new music, breaking news, and exclusive events, RadioBDC is the definitive digital source for modern-indie/alternative music in Boston.  Users can listen to RadioBDC by launching the player via, and via the RadioBDC app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.

About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
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BRW Notebook :

Matt Gets A New Hat : WXRV/92.5 the River)  has upped music director and afternoon host (3-7p) Matt Phipps to program director effective Monday(12/23). The River was programmed by consultant Mike Henry over the past 2 years (BRW 1/3/12).  Phipps, a Framingham native and 24-year radio vet, had joined the station in March 2012 and was named its music director in May 2012(BRW 5/12/12). 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kiss 108 jocks pretend Miley Cyrus was at their holiday concert

Radio is still considered theater of the mind.

And, Orson Wells would probably be quite amused if he heard what was going over the air at Kiss 108 last weekend. Or, maybe not.

A little background, first :

The Wrecking Ball hitmaker Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel her appearance at Kiss 108’s annual Jingle Ball concert at TD Garden last Saturday as a major snowstorm hit the East Coast. However, that didn't prevent station’s personalities Romeo, Mike V  and promotions director Joe Public  from claiming on air that she was in Boston and ready to perform.

Cyrus had no choice but to scrap a performance on the Boston leg of Clear Channel's Jingle Ball concert tour after becoming stranded at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. She performed at NYC's Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, and the tour buses left promptly for Boston after the event.  Band members, dancers, tour staff and other main acts on the Jingle Ball bill, including Selena Gomez, Robin Thicke and Flo Rida, were all able to make it to Boston.

According to New York Post report, Cyrus stayed back in NYC, shopped all day on Fifth Avenue and arrived late for a scheduled private jet from Teterboro Airport to Logan, which ended up being canceled because of the snowstorm. Meanwhile, many commercial flights were still getting to Boston, but Teterboro doesn't have the equipment or resources to remove the snow like JFK and La Guardia airports do.

And now, the main act :

Miley or no Miley, the show had to go on. So, Kiss 108 jocks who were broadcasting live backstage at TD Garden made belief that Cyrus was already there. Meanwhile, concertgoers in their cars heading to TD Garden and/or Kiss 108 listeners at home, kept hearing these bits on the air :

"I'm standing outside Miley Cyrus's dressing room. She's about to go onstage and soundcheck" exclaimed station’s afternoon DJ Romeo."We'll bring it to you live."

Station’s longtime promotions director Joe Public interviewed by Romeo even claimed he had just tripped over the singer's dancer and then bumped onto Miley : "Dude it was so embarrassing.”

Listen here to some of the on-air breaks where Kiss 108’s jocks hyped up Miley’s appearance, before they eventually came clean when Cyrus spoke by phone with newcomer Mike V explaining why she couldn’t  twerk her way to Boston.

While Cyrus apologized for the cancellation and blamed it on the bad weather, her disgruntled fans who paid hundreds of dollars for tickets to see Cyrus have taken to social media sites and now launched a petition on urging her to play a free show in the area.(as of this writing the petition titled "Kiss 108 : Refund Jingle Ball Tickets" had 175 signatures")

The petition suggests gig-goers were not told about Cyrus' no-show until after the final act came off stage, and they haven't been allowed to claim refunds, so they want the singer to return to Boston to make good on her promise to perform there.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Boston teams were great for the sports formats last month

A high tide floats all boats, but this was the equivalent of a record flood.

Both WEEI/SportsRadio 93.7  and WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub earned higher ratings in the latest ratings survey. With all the male listeners on FM deck during that period, classic rocker WZLX 100.7 knocked off the usual ratings leader WXKS 107.9/Kiss 108 out of the top spot in overall(listeners ages 6 and over) and 25-54 demographics. In addition, Kiss 108's sister outlet WJMN/Jamn 94-5 with its younger male-skewing hip-hop format took over the number one position among 18-34 demographic.

The reason for the high tide, of course, was the almost-perfect sports storm created by the convergence of the Red Sox' unforgettable World Series run and the Patriots' unexpected high-level mid-season play despite major injuries to their key players. The ratings period ran from October 10 to November 6, so it reflected not just the Sox' October run, but Patriots' ensuing success only built on the momentum of a thrilling comeback win over the Saints. Male radio listeners(sorry, ladies) came out in droves and it showed across the board.

CBS' sports talker WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub jumped into 3rd place among all listeners ages 6 and up. It also climbed into #2 position(behind WZLX) among 25-54 year-olds.

Yet this wasn't just a case of lightning striking twice and electrifying the city's sports scene. In radio, as in sports, you have to put yourself in position to take advantage of the breaks you're handed. The  both sports stations did that : The SportsHub jumped into third place among all listeners ages 6 and up and was #2(behind WZLX) among all-important 25-54 year old demo. It was also #1 among 18-49 listeners. Red Sox flaghship WEEI 93.7 also saw impressive gains in the 25-54 where it rose from 7th spot to 5th. In the overall 6+ group, the station placed 9th but registered the highest audience share since dropping its AM 850 simulcast last year.

So the question now, in the wake of Red Sox' gift of a season, is whether this is a high-water mark for all-sports radio in Boston, or the wave of the future?

For now, however, let's not rain on their parade. Sports talk is stronger than it has ever been in Boston radio. Let both stations enjoy it before, like any successful sports franchise, they have to worry about building on the success.

 Nielsen Audio's rankings of Boston radio stations among listeners ages 6 and up between October 10 and November 6 survey period : 
Rank Station Format Share - The percentage of those listening to radio in the Boston area who are listening to a particular radio station. Cume - The total number of different persons who tune to a radio station during the course of a daypart for at least five minutes).
1 WZLX 100.7 Classic Rock 6.9 709,800
2 WXKS 107.9/"Kiss 108" CHR 6.8 1,455,500
3 WBZ 98.5/"The Sports Hub" Sports 6.7 862,200
4 WKLB 102.5 Country 5.8 791,300
5 WMJX 106.7/"Magic" Adult Contemporary 5.8 1,254,400
6 WBZ 1030/"NewsRadio" News/Talk 5.5 633,400
7 WROR 105.7 Classic Hits 5.1 940,600
8 WEEI 93.7/"SportsRadio" Sports 5.0 764,200
9 WBUR 90.9 News/Talk 4.2 417,700
10 WJMN 94.5/"Jamn" Rhythmic-CHR 4.1 813,900
11 WBMX 104.1/"Mix" Hot AC 3.8 899,800
12 WBQT 96.9/"Hot" Rhythmic AC 3.5 684,700
13 WODS 103.3/"AMP" CHR 3.4 1,026,500
14 WBOS 92.9/"MyRadio" Modern Rock 2.8 659,600
15 WRKO 680 Talk 2.7 238,700
16 WGBH 89.7 News/Talk 2.7 328,100
17 WAAF 107.3/97.7 Rock 2.3 440,400
18 WXRV 92.5/"The River" Adult Alternative 1.6 394,600
19 WCRB 99.5 Classical 1.2 187,900
20 WEDX 101.7/"Evolution" Dance 1.0 223,300
21 WERS 88.9 Variety 0.8 183,700
22 WEEI 850/"ESPN" Sports 0.3 105,100
23 WUMB 91.9 Folk 0.2 41,100
24 WKOX 1430/"Mia" Spanish Hits 0.1 28,100

BRW Notebook :

Specials of the Day :   No matter what else may be happening in radio, Arlo Guthrie will be coming around tomorrow to keep things in proper balance by singing "Alice's Restaurant". The most famous modern Thanksgiving song will play at noon on WUMB 91.9, WXRV/92.5 The River, WZLX 100.7 and WROR 105.7. The 18-minute version is too long for regular playlist and precludes it from being played at any time other than Thanksgiving Day holiday. WZLX will also serve two more helpings at 9am and 4pm.

For the sports junkies at the Thanksgiving table, from 8am to Noon, WEEI 93.7 will broadcast the“Turkey Day High School Football Show” which will be hosted by Butch Stearns. He will be joined by several area coaches and athletic directors, former local high school stars who went on to play in the NFL and various local media reporting from different game sites around the region, leading into the station’s broadcasts of the afternoon and evening’s NFL Tripleheader (12:00,4:00 and 8:00p) from WestwoodOne Sports.

The long and winding road : Former WRKO 680/Talk 1200/Boston Herald Radio host Jeff Katz has been named the new afternoon drive host at Richmond, VA's WRVA NewsTalk 1140. Katz has been filling in at the Clear Channel-owned talker for the past month.

All That Jazz :  WGBH 89.7 will be wrapping up its fall series of Live From Scullers broadcasts this Friday night, November 29, as part of WGBH’s Eric in the Evening with Eric Jackson. Friday’s show will feature Grammy Award-winning—and newly awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient— Cuban-born jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Jackson will join Sandoval at Scullers and introduce him to his radio and online listeners at 10pm.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mikey V spins into Kiss 108's nighttime schedule

Clear Channel Boston's Top 40/Mainstream WXKS/Kiss 108 has named Michael "Mikey V" Vinci as its new nights host, effective immediately. Vinci, a Boston area native, was most recently working as nights host at CBS Radio's WDZH/Amp 98.7 in Detroit. His career also includes stops at WNOU/Now 100.9 in Indianapolis, Z95.5 in Ithaca, NY and Fun 107 in New Bedford, Mass. 

In Kiss 108's 7pm-Midnight slot, Mikey V replaces veteran jock Jackson Blue who left the station in mid-October(BRW 10/24). Rest of Kiss 108's weekday schedule looks like this : Matty In the Morning(6am-10am), On-Air With Ryan Seacrest(10am-2pm) and Romeo!(2pm-7pm).

Here's the official Kiss 108 press release on Mike V's hiring :


Boston, Mass. – November 25, 2013 –WXKS-FM KISS 108, Boston's Number 1 Hit Music Station, announced today that Mikey V has been named the new Night Time Host and Creative Coordinator, effective immediately.  Mikey will host weeknights from 7 p.m. to midnight.


Mikey began his radio career at FUN 107 in New Bedford, Mass., hosting various shows from 2006-2010.  After graduating from Stonehill College in 2010 he joined Z955 in Ithaca as a Night Time Host and then in October 2010 he became the Night Talent and Imaging Director at RadioNOW 100.9 in Indianapolis. Most recently Mikey served as Night Time Host and Imaging Director at98.7 AMPRadio in Detroit. 


“I am excited to bring some new energy to the legendary team at KISS 108 and Mikey V is that guy with unlimited energy, passion and dedication!” said Dylan Sprague, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston. “Matty, Ryan, Romeo and Mikey make for a dangerous team.  Nights in Boston just got wild.”


“WOW my DREAM job in my hometown!  When I received the first email from Dylan Sprague my heart dropped,” said Mikey V.  “I am beyond excited to work hard under a programmer who believes in me, and who has the talent and knowledge to bring my skill-set to the next level! Also, working alongside some amazing talents, that are household names in Boston, like the entire Matty in the Morning crew, Romeo and so many others, is nothing short of a dream come true! Time to get to work”


Fans can listen to KISS 108on the station’s website,, as well as on iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's all-in-one digital radio service.  iHeartRadio delivers everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: instant access to more than 1,500 of the nation's most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created custom stations inspired by favorite artists and songs.  iHeartRadio also offers listeners a "Perfect For" feature which allows users to choose from thousands of curated stations based on a range of moods and activities.  New - iHeartRadio Talk feature (now in beta) offers on-demand listener-created talk content alongside popular news, celebrity and entertainment “audiosodes.” iHeartRadio Talk also features “Daily Pulse,” a customizable Talk channel featuring the most up-to-date news and culture highlights, to which users can add or remove content that is most important to them.


About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Boston:

Clear Channel Boston owns and operates WXKS-FM, WXKS-AM, WKOX-AM, WJMN-FM,WEDX-FMand is part of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.  With 243 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 markets through 840 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on iPads and smartphones, and used via navigation systems.  iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 225 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history. 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 & 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



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Magic 106.7 is cashing in on Christmas music again

If it's going to sound too much like Christmas a little later this week, blame Greater Media's WMJX/Magic 106.7 for its full-on festive offensive. The adult contemporary station will be all-Christmas again, in its second year doing so, beginning Friday(11/22) at 5pm, two weeks earlier than last year.(BRW 12/5/12). 
Boston's official Christmas tree is scheduled to be delivered to Boston Common on Friday morning and the official lighting ceremony is not even happening until December 5th. Why the early leap into all-festive format this year you ask? Many reasons. Obviously, the primary one is all about strategy - station's management is like for Magic to stand out and  make a point that it's the Christmas station in the Boston market. Typically, other stations in the market like CBS Radio's Mix 104.1 or Magic's sister station WROR 105.7 will try to strike a holiday balance - look for them to add from one to three Christmas songs an hour beginning the day after Thanksgiving.

As Magic turns into a seasonal music specialty channel for 34 days, it will likely see a huge short-term audience surge. Last year, the station saw its numbers jump 57% during Holiday survey period.(BRW 2/1/2013). 

Moreover, few months ago, the station had undergone a bit of facelift by younging-up its playlist with more current mix of music and installing a brand new morning show(BRW 8/13). So, the other programming strategy in play here is to retain some of the nonprimary listeners who spin the dial over to Magic during its seasonal transformation and hopefully don't leave once the regular format returns on December 26th. 

BRW Notebook :

Movers and shakers :  John Garabedian, host of Open House Party on WXKS/Kiss 108 for nearly two decades, was named the 2013 Broadcaster of the Year by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association (MBA). The award was presented at Sound Bites, the Association’s awards night on Thursday, November 14th at The Verve Crowne Plaza in Natick...As first reported in this space last week, Christopher Lydon is coming back to WBUR 90.9. Boston University's pubcaster officially announced today that "Open Source with Christopher Lydon" will air live on Thursday nights from 9pm to 10pm and be repeated once over the weekend beginning in January 2014...Producer and co-host of "Hillman Morning Show" on WAAF 107.3/97.7, Anthony "Spaz" Parziale will be leaving the show and station next month. He was with the show since 1999. He became its producer in 2001 and co-host in 2007. Parziale is launching his own junk removal business. WAAF is looking for a new morning producer...Boston Herald Radio which debuted in early August has shaken up its line-up. A new Noon-3pm show premiered this week. It's called "Trending Now" and co-hosted by newspaper's political columnist Joe Battenfeld and political commentator Adriana Cohen. Michael Graham's show from New England Talk Radio Network(WBNW 1120 and WCRN 830) will now heard on replay from 6pm to 9pm on BHR.

More news than you could use : WGBH 89.7 continues to expand its commitment to in-depth, local news coverage. The public broadcaster this week announced the additions of Rupa Shenoy, a new investigative journalist, and Deb Daigle, a new local host during afternoon's NPR "All Things Considered"(4pm-7pm).

Shenoy, formerly of Minnesota Public Radio, joined the newsroom this week. She will report for both WGBH News and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR), as part of a partnership that started in September.  NECIR is a nonprofit, investigative reporting newsroom – associated with Boston University – that produces in-depth investigative stories and is training a new generation of investigative journalists. In September, NECIR moved its professional newsroom to the WGBH studios in Brighton.

Daigle is a local news vet who has covered Capitol Hill, the White House and the Supreme Court for the Unistar Radio Network, served as an anchor and reporter for both Boston's WBZ 1030 and WRKO 680, and was a general assignment reporter and anchor for Charter TV3 and Greater Media Cable in Worcester.

As she begins hosting duties during WGBH-produced NPR show All Things Considered(4-7pm), veteran anchor Jordan Weinstein takes on the role of host and reporter for 89.7 WGBH’s midday newscasts (10am to 4pm). Cristina Quinn anchored the midday newscasts, takes on a full-time reporting role, focusing on innovation.Bob Seay is the news host during Morning Edition(6am-10am).

An interesting paragraph in WGBH's release which catches the eye :
"Through WGBH's commitment to substantive, local reporting, public news radio has expanded in Boston. Over the last three years, both of Boston’s public news radio stations have grown their audience and market share. Today, Boston’s two public news radio stations – 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio and WBUR – combine for the second-largest public radio market share in America, behind only Washington, D.C"

Friday, November 15, 2013

Siriusly, Big O is going back to work

Former WEEI afternoon ringmaster Glenn "Big O" Ordway is returning to radio in a form of a national weekend show on satellite radio service SiriusXM. Ordway will sign on with satcaster's "Mad Dog Sports Radio"(channel 86) this next Saturday(11/16 11/23) at 8am. [Editor's Update : Ordway's show was supposed to debut on 11/16 but he tweeted early on Saturday stating that he was having technical difficulties]. His "The Big Weekend Show with Glenn Ordway" will air every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am to 11am.

The Boston Globe's Chad Finn is also reporting that Ordway, who spent over 21 years at WEEI(BRW 2/13), could be heard on the air locally starting in January. Ordway won't reveal his next local stop just yet but one can probably narrow it down to a couple of FM or on-line options. Let the guessing games begin.

Here's the official press release from SiriusXM's MDSR on Ordaway's new national show :

Glenn Ordway Joins SiriusXM

Starting, Nov. 16, longtime Boston radio voice will be heard nationwide on Mad Dog Sports Radio

NEW YORK – November 14, 2013 – Sirius XM Radio announced today that Glenn Ordway, the former longtime Boston sports radio voice, has joined the roster of hosts on Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 86, where he will host Saturday and Sunday mornings starting November 16.

The Big Weekend Show with Glenn Ordway will air every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 to 11:00 am ET and showcase Ordway’s take on the national sports scene and the headline stories of the week.

Ordway was a prominent sports radio voice in Boston for more than three decades, best known for his 13 seasons as a commentator for Boston Celtics radio broadcasts and as the creator and host of the highly-rated drive time program The Big Show. Ordway gained prominence as a sports talk show host with the launch of the popular show Sportscall on Boston’s WRKO in 1981. In 1987 he moved on to WEEI and worked at the station for 27 years as both a host and programming executive. Ordway hosted the popular Big Show from 1995 until 2013, he has been a regular fill-in host on The Dan Patrick Show and is a three-time finalist for a Marconi Award in the category of “Major Market Personality of the Year.”


BRW Notebook :

In the fold : It was announced earlier this week that WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub has inked a multi-year contract extension with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb, co-hosts of the station's top-rated "Toucher & Rich" morning show. The station reports the duo have chalked up #1 ratings with Men 25-54 in the morning commute daypart for the past 14 months in a row. The pair started their current Boston tenure in June 2006 at now-defunct WBCN 104.1 by hosting an afternoon drive-time show. The management moved them to mornings at WBCN in December 2008. In August 2009, the duo shifted over to a new frequency at 98,5 when the SportsHub debuted.

The River to flow south : Haverhill's WXRV/92.5 The River received some excellent news on Halloween. The adult album alternative station was granted permission by the FCC to add an FM translator("booster station") on 96.5 frequency. The translator would be build out on an existing radio tower in Needham and simulcast the River's programming serving the audience living or commuting in and around the congested MassPike/128 interchange.

Briefs and Boxers : Jeff Katz has recently transitioned out of a weekday morning host role at the new Boston Herald Radio to focus on radio commentaries and Herald's columns. "Live From The Newsrooom" is no longer part of the BHR's weekday line-up as the station....As first tweeted out by Boston Globe's columnist Alex Beam on Thursday afternoon, and confirmed by BRW thru its own sources, after a 12-year exile former WBUR 90.9's "Connection" host Christopher Lydon is headed back to Boston University's pubcaster in upcoming weeks. Sources indicate that Lydon's will land a once-weekly hour program that will air in WBUR's weekday afternoon schedule. of radio on some weekday afternoon. He had been a weekly guest on WGBH 89.7's Boston Public Radio since earlier this year. Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio podcasts online.
Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio interviews online. - See more at:
Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio interviews online. - See more at:
Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio interviews online. - See more at:

Ahh, those meddling kids again! :  WTBU 89.3/640 was awarded the "2013 Station of The Year" for the second year in a row during the annual College Music Journal Music Marathon held in New York City last month.

The CMJ awards are decided in two rounds of voting. First, all subscribed and reporting college/non-commercial radio stations, around 400 nationally, and industry professionals and promoters nominate specific stations and persons in certain categories. Then during the week of CMJ Music Marathon, voting takes place on the last day an hour before the award ceremony is held.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

WGBH picks a new leader for Classical New England 99.5

A game of musical management chairs is unfolding over at WGBH Educational Foundation. It involves a change of leadership at WGBH's WCRB/Classical New England 99.5. After 2 1/2 years as WCRB's program director/station manager, Benjamin Roe, is transitioning over to the TV side of the business while  NYC-based media executive Anthony Rudel will take over as the new boss of Boston's only classical musical radio outlet. Rudel has been consulting at WCRB for the past few months will transition into the role over the next few weeks.

Rudel who has spent his career in local and network radio, media consulting, magazine publishing and teaching. He began his radio career in 1977 at the age of 20 at New York City's classical station WQXR. He will oversee WCRB’s programming and on-air staff, reporting to Phil Redo, WGBH’s General Manager for Radio. Rudel also will manage broadcast partnerships with orchestras, symphonies and other arts groups to hone and improve WCRB’s live broadcast offerings.

WGBH Educational Foundation acquired WCRB 99.5 from bankrupt Nassau Broadcasting for $14 million in December 2009.(BRW 11/18/09) Benjamin Roe was hired in March 2011 to replace retired WGBH programmer Jon Solins to program and manage WCRB. 

Here's official WGBH release on management change at WCRB :

WGBH Expanding Commitment to Musical Performance

Benjamin Roe tapped to develop new programs, moves to WGBH Television

Anthony Rudel will join as WCRB Station Manager

BOSTON, Mass. (November 5, 2013) – WGBH is continuing to expand its role as Boston’s leading arts broadcaster with plans to produce additional, multi-platform content celebrating music and performance. Benjamin K. Roe, 99.5 WCRB’s managing director, has been tapped to lead this effort in a new role as a part of WGBH Television.


As Managing Producer of Music and Performance, Roe will focus on the creation of new, original programming content for television and digital platforms, expand partnerships with regional artistic organizations, and manage off-air music events and performances for WGBH. He will report to Liz Cheng, WGBH’s General Manager for Television.


“I’m excited that Ben will join me in the development of new music productions that we hope to bring forward in the new year,” said Cheng, who has an extensive background in concert and musical events production. “WGBH has a 60-year history of showcasing the region’s musical performers and Ben will help us build on this legacy in new ways.”

As Managing Director of WCRB, Roe oversaw the station’s collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, the New England Conservatory and the Boston Early Music Festival, among others. He played an instrumental role in the formation of WGBH Music’s online music streams and video channels, which have surpassed 500,000 YouTube views in under two years.

“I am excited for this opportunity to work more closely and collaboratively with the region’s arts leaders. WGBH is Boston’s biggest advocate for classical music and performance art, and I look forward to expanding that commitment with a focus on programs and events that connect more community members with Boston’s classical music traditions,” said Roe.


Anthony Rudel, who started his career at 19 as an on-air host for New York’s classical radio station WQXR and later served as the station’s vice president for programming, will join WGBH as Station Manager for WCRB. He will oversee the station’s programming and on-air staff, reporting to Phil Redo, WGBH’s General Manager for Radio. Rudel also will manage broadcast partnerships with orchestras, symphonies and other arts groups to hone and improve WCRB’s live broadcast offerings.

“Tony Rudel has an unparalleled knowledge of both classical music and audience-focused radio,” said Redo. “He is as passionate about classical music as anyone. More importantly, though, he strives every day to help all people – aficionados and casual fans alike – better understand and appreciate the beauty and emotion of classical music.”

After leaving WQXR, Rudel was Music Director for the first New York Festival of the Arts, launched Classic CD Magazine, and later became Vice President for Sony Worldwide’s initiatives in nationally syndicated classical radio. He currently serves as the visiting professor for communication studies at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. In recent months, Rudel has been serving as a consultant to WCRB. He takes on the new position with an already strong knowledge of the station.

“I have spent my career working to get people excited about classical music. Few cities in America have a tradition in classical music as rich as Boston’s. This region is uniquely positioned to lead a renaissance of popular interest in classical music,” Rudel said. “For centuries, this music was the popular art for broad and diverse audiences. I love this music and I look forward to helping to make it a part of every Bostonian’s life, whether they are classical experts or new fans of the music.”

Rudel’s first violin teacher was Dr. Hiao-Tsin Ma, father of the acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He also studied under William Kroll and attended the Indian Hill Arts Camp in Stockbridge, Mass. Rudel has written four books on classical music and radio, including Classical Music Top 40, Tales from the Opera and Hello Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio. He and his wife Kristy have a home in Rockport. Rudel is the son of noted conductor Julius Rudel.

Rudel and Roe will transition into their new roles over the course of the next several months.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at

BRW Notebook :

Almost the season : For Bostonians, who can't deal with pre-holiday build-up and absolutely need their Christmas-music  fix early, WODS 103.3’s HD3 sub-channel/internet station went All-Christmas late last week.
Nielsen Audio(formerly Arbitron) divides the year into 13 four-week ratings periods, one named for each month plus a year-end "Holiday"survey which this year starts on December 5th and runs thru January 1st. Last year, WMJX/Magic 106.7 didn't switch to All-Christmas until the day before the "Holiday" survey(BRW 12/5/12).
Birthday Party :  Talk host Jeff Kuhner has hit the one-year on-air milestone with WRKO AM 680(BRW 11/1/12). The station is throwing an invitation-only anniversary bash for “Liberalism’s Worst Nightmare” at the Pearl Street Café in Saugus on Wednesday, Nov. 6th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, sponsored by Perfect Smiles. Fans can listen to “The Kuhner Report” weekdays from 6 am to 10 am to win their way into the party, or log in to their talk insider accounts to claim free passes to the celebration.

Bluesing it up :  Award-winning blues DJ Holly Harris now has a new radio show called "Spinning the Blues," on Saturday nights from 8 PM to midnight on WUMB 91.9 FM. Tune in at 91.9 FM or listen on line here.  The show repeats on Sundays at 2:00 AM.

Harris' radio career began at Tufts University's WMFO 91.5 in 1982 where she hosted, "The Morning After Blues" for ten years. Harris' first commercial radio show was the weekly "10 O'Clock Rockin' Blues" on WCGY FM in June 1992. During that time and for the next twenty years she often filled in for her dear friend, the late, great blues host Mai Cramer, on "Blues After Hours" on WGBH FM 89.7.  In January 1993, she landed at WBOS 92.9 and she spent nearly 15 years on the station hosting and producing "Blues On Sunday". More on her career and her new show can be found here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

WEEI ramps up World Series coverage

WEEI 93.7 is the local home for Boston Red Sox play-by-play and going all in its coverage of the team's from-last-to-first campaign as it tries to bring World Series title back to Boston.

The station's personalities are going on the road with the team n St. Louis this weekend. Beginning on Saturday, October 26, the station’s on-air personalities will join forces with the WEEI Red Sox Radio Network for live coverage leading up to Games 3, 4 and 5.

On Saturday, the live lineup begins at 11:00am with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane on a special edition of the Dennis & Callahan show. D&C will be followed by Mut & Merloni co-host Mike Mutnansky being joined by Red Sox Insiders Rob Bradford and Alex Speier from 3:00-6:00pm, before giving way to Mike Salk and Michael Holley of the Salk & Holley program, with special guest Lou Merloni, which will lead into the World Series pre-game show with the Red Sox Radio Network’s Dave O’Brien and Joe Castiglione taking listeners up to the first pitch of Game 3 at 8:07.

Sunday’s coverage again begins at high noon with Mutnansky and Minihane, followed by Bradford and Speier at 2:00pm. Dennis & Callahan return at 4:15pm before Salk & Holley return with Merloni at 6:00pm, once again leading up to O’Brien and Castiglione and the pre-game show before Game 4’s 8:15pm first pitch.

Monday’s coverage will resume at 6:00am with the Dennis & Callahan morning show live from St. Louis, followed by Mut & Merloni from 10:00am-2:00pm and an extended edition of Salk & Holley beginning at 2:00 pm, again leading into the pre-game show with O’Brien and Castiglione and the first pitch of Game 5 at 8:07. Mut & Merloni will stay on in St. Louis on Tuesday, October 29, from 10am-2:00pm.

BRW Notebook :

It is the season : Partners in the Twerk-Heard-'Round-the-World, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke will meet up again in Boston as part of Kiss 108's Jingle Ball 2013 lineup, happening Saturday, December 14 at TD Garden. The pop stars'  performance at the MTV Video Music Awards has been a hot tabloid topic for weeks running - which no doubt helped prompt radio conglomerate Clear Channel to book them for several stations' promotional concerts around the country in December. They will be joined at the Garden by six other acts, including Latino pop star Enrique Iglesias, Chicago rockers Fall Out Boy, "Whistle" rapper Flo Rida, Nickelodeon castoff Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber-like YouTube sensation Austin Mahone and "X-Factor" girl group Fifth Harmony. 

In addition to Boston, the full "Jingle Ball" 2013 Tour will make stops in Dallas; Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C., Tampa, and Miami. In addition, this year the tour will feature for the first time a nationally broadcast two-hour special on CW Network/Channel 56 at 8pm on Dec. 18.

This being a full national event, the proceeds from this year's 12-city tour will also benefit the Ryan Seacrest Foundation – $1.00 of each ticket sold will be donated to the non-profit organization, which is dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education focused initiatives. In years past, Kiss 108's Jingle Ball proceeds benefited Toys for Tots Foundation charity. Jing Ball 2013 ticket are priced from $45(balcony) to $270(floor seats) and are available at

Riverfeast : WXRV/92.5 the Rive has announced Guster will perform at the radio station’s 10th annual RiverFeast benefit concert at the Lowell Memorial Audiorium on Saturday, November 16th at 9pm. Ticket info is here. 

Programming notes :
 Oedipus, legendary Boston radio programmer & DJ, who brought his Christmas Eve show to RadioBDC last December now has new weekly show on the alternative rock internet station. The Oedipus Project airs every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon at Jackson Blue who has been with Kiss 108 for the past eight years, last four as its evening host, exited the station two weeks ago. No permanent replacement has been named yet....

Friday, October 4, 2013

A Contract Extension and Hall of Fame nomination for Red Sox voice
This Red Sox season is only getting better for the team's 31-year radio voice Joe Castiglione.

WEEI Red Sox Radio Network today announced that the Connecticut native, Castiglione, 66, has agreed to a two-year contract extension to remain the voice of Boston Red Sox baseball.  He has been calling Red Sox games since 1983 and will continue in his current role alongside Dave O’Brien through the 2015 season, making him the longest tenured announcer in the Red Sox history.

Earlier this week, Castiglione also learned that he’s one of 10 finalists for the MLB Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Award, given to baseball broadcasters to honor “long and meritorious service” to their clubs and the game. Rounding out the 2014 nominees (noted with their current or most recent teams) are: Jacques Doucet (Toronto Blue Jays French voice); Ken Harrelson (Chicago White Sox); Bill King (Oakland A’s); Duane Kulper (San Francisco Giants); Eric Nadel (Texas Rangers); Eduardo Ortega (San Diego Padres Spanish voice); Mike Shannon (St. Louis Cardinals); Dewayne Staats (Tampa Bay Rays); and Pete Van Wieren (Atlanta Braves). The winner — who will be voted on by a panel comprised of the 16 living Frick Award recipients — will be announced on December 11th at the Baseball Winter Meetings, and will be officially inducted at ceremonies that will be held during the annual Hall of Fame Weekend at Cooperstown on July 26th, 2014

Known for his signature, “Can you believe it” call, Castiglione has broadcast some of the most memorable moments in Red Sox history from Carl Yastrzemski’s last game in 1983 to Roger Clemens 20 strikeout game, Dave Roberts steal in Game 4 against the Yankees, and the Red Sox’s historic 2004 and 2007 World Series Championships.”

“I am extremely happy to continue in the best job in New England.  I've been blessed to be a part of a signature franchise that has enabled me to be a witness to some of the most historic moments in Red Sox history,” said Joe Castiglione.  “From spring training, to opening day, to that famous final out in St. Louis in 2004 I’ve had the best seats in the house.  I would also like to thank the Red Sox organization, Entercom, my wife Jan, my family, all my past broadcast partners and Dave O’Brien for their loyalty and support they have given me over the years.”

“Joe is more than a just broadcaster; he’s become as iconic as Fenway Park or the Green Monster.  One of the reasons the Boston Red Sox are such a part of the fabric of New England is because of the work and the voice of Joe Castiglione,” said WEEI Brand Manager Kevin Graham in a press release.  “We are proud to announce that this Hall of Fame nominated announcer isn’t going anywhere.  Joe will be right behind home plate calling Red Sox games for another two seasons…and hopefully many more.”

BRW Notebook :

Shutting off the mic : WBZ 1030's overnight host Jen Brien has exited the midnight-5am shift after a little over three months. She joined the station back in late June as the replacement for Steve Leveille, who retired in 2012.(BRW 6/25) Weekend talent Morgan White Jr. will fill in for the rest of the week but the station's website lists "Overnight Talk"  in its weekday schedule.

Executive Turntable : Veteran broadcast marketing executive Bev Tilden has joined Cape Cod Broadcasting as General Manager. Along with corporate marketing stints at AM/FM and Clear Channel Radio, Tilden spent more than 25 years in Boston marketing WXKS/KISS 108 and Sports/Talker WEEI.  Cape Cod Broadcasting owns and operates FM’s WQRC, WKPE, WFCC , and WOCN, along with and The World Classical Network.

Back to school : Boston University's WTBU 89.3 has been nominated for station of the year in the 2013 CMJ College Radio Awards. The station won the award last year.
WTBU is up against the University of Minnesota Twin Cities' KUOM 106.5, Michigan State University's WDBM 88.9 and Seton Hall University's WSOU 89.5.

Top of the class : The Country Radio Seminar (CRS) Board of Directors announced this week that Greater Media's WKLB/Country 102.5's Program Director Mike Brophey has been named among the inductees of the Class of 2014 Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner on Tuesday, February 18th at the Nashville Convention Center. Brophey will be inducted in the radio category along with Larry Wilson of Alpha and L&L Broadcasting. Additionally, Paul Schadt of WKKT in Charlotte, North Carolina and Jim Denny of WFMS in Indianapolis, Indiana have been selected as the 2014 inductees in the On-Air category.