Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Building a new station one DJ at a time : AMP adds new jock to its line-up
CBS Radio Boston today announced another staff addition to the lineup for WODS/AMP 103.3. The station will have Dustin "Slater" Carlson in its night-time slot(7pm-Midnight) starting tomorrow(2/6). The Washington State native joins AMP after an 8-year run at CBS Radio's modern rocker KXTE/X107.5 in Las Vegas where he served as Afternoon Host, Assistant Program Director, and Creative Director.

The Top 40 station which debuted seven months ago is still in the process of building its new line-up which already includes afternoon personality and music director Joe Breezy who came on-board in December(BRW 12/11) and currently holds the 2pm-7pm slot.

Here's the official press release from CBS Radio Boston :

BOSTON, MA – Tuesday, February 5, 2013 -  Dustin “Slater” Carlson has been named Night Show Host of Boston’s newest contemporary hit radio station 103.3 AMP Radio (WODS-FM), it was announced today by Dan Mason, Program Director for CBS RADIO Boston’s 103.3 AMP Radio.  Slater’s first day will be Wednesday, February 6, and he will host weeknights from 7PM to midnight.
Slater joins 103.3 AMP Radio from CBS RADIO’s KXTE-FM “X1075” in Las Vegas where he was Afternoon Host, Assistant Program Director, and Creative Director for nearly eight years.  Before that, he spent nearly three years as Creative Services Director at WLZR-FM “Lazer 103” in Milwaukee.  Prior to that, Slater worked at KALC-FM “Alice 105.9” in Denver.  He began his career as a senior in high school at KWWW-FM “KW3” where he started as a board operator but was promoted to night host as well as Assistant Program Director and Music Director.
“’Slater’ is a unique communicator, a stand-out talent, and one of the most creative people in the industry,” said Mason when making the announcement.  “I know he will be a great addition to the 103.3 AMP Radio team and help us as we build America’s next great CHR brand.”

I'm beyond excited for the opportunity to join the AMP team in Boston!” said Carlson.  “It's not easy leaving my Vegas family, but I am looking forward to being a part of the talented staff who will take AMP to the top in the market.”

103.3 AMP Radio is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.  A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 127 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets.  CBS RADIO also owns and operates WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBMX-FM MIX 104.1, and WZLX-FM 100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock.
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BRW Notebook :

Graham returns : Former WTKK 96.9 talk show host Michael Graham is coming back to local airwaves starting next Monday(2/11). Graham has signed up with Needham-based Money Matters Radio which will place his new show on four Massachusetts outlets and dubbing it "New England Talk Radio Network". Graham's new show will be heard weekdays from Noon to 3pm and originate from Money Matter's WBNW 1120 studios in Needham. Other stations that will be airing Graham's new show are WCRN 830 in Worcester, WESO 970 in Southbridge and WPLM 1390 in Plymouth. 

Graham left WTKK in late December after 7 years. The station changed formats from talk to Rhythmic Adult Contemporary in early January.

Assessing all the changes and listening options : Keith Spencer of "NoBo Magazine" looks at all the local radio changes that have taken place over the past few months, ranks best local dial destinations for specific radio formats, and also has the best local radio station app picked out.

The Point-Man :  A feature story in February issue of Boston Magazine "Point Man" by contributor Peter Vigneron takes a in-dept look into the life and radio personality of WBUR 90.9's Tom Ashbrook, host of "On Point". The show is heard on WBUR weekdays 10am-Noon(live) and 7pm-9pm(tape). It airs on 240 NPR stations nationwide and has an audience of 1.2 million listeners.

The fat and stale Boston sports media barons : Another great read in Boston Magazine's January issue is Alan Siegel's "The Fellowship of the Miserable" which blasts the lazy and boring Boston sports media which these days gets regularly scooped by national sports writers on big local stories.

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