Friday, March 29, 2013

The New TJ Show on AMP 103.3 adds a co-host

Loren Raye has been named co-host on WODS/Amp 103.3 of the new "The TJ Show". The reunited team of TJ Taormina and Loren will start  Monday, April 1, airing weekday mornings from 5:30-9am. NJ native and Penn State University grad, Raye, 27, joins from the "Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show" on NYC's WHTZ/Z100 where she and Taormina had previously worked together. Over the course of her five years with the Duran show, she's held a variety of roles -- including post-show production, program producer and segment host of "Badass Chick of the Day" -- and fill-in co-host.

Also joining Amp 103.3's daily line-up is Vanessa Hale. She will handle the 9am-2pm midday shift starting April 3rd. Hale, 29,  comes from KHTH/Hot 101.7 in Santa Rosa, California where she hosted afternoons for the past year and a half. Before that, she worked for six years as weekend host on KYSR/"98.7 LA’s Rock Alternative".. She began her career at KBIG/"104.3 MyFM" in Los Angeles -- first as a promotions assistant and later being promoted to producer.

BRW Notebook :

Sports Shorts : Longtime WEEI's executive producer  Steve Ciaccio, or Chach as he's known on "Dennis and Callahan" morning show , is leaving the sports talker  April 2 after 16 years at the station. He's taking a new job with the stone countertop and bathroom vanities distributor Gerrity Stone in Woburn. Meanwhile, WEEI has hired away Chris Curtis from SportsHub 98.5 to produce "Dennis and Callahan". Curtis was former producer of the DA Show for 3 1/2 years. Prior that he spent 3 years at ESPN 890....As mentioned here previously(BRW 3/7), 1510 NBC Sports Radio keeps rolling out more local content and serving as an alternative to the big guys - WEEI 93.7 and SportsHub 98.5. A new local weekday afternoon drive show with a veteran Boston sports scribe(guess here it's Boston Herald's Ron Borges) will debut on April 9th from 2pm-4pm. The station will also carry NBC Sports Radio's new national afternoon drive show "In The Huddle" which will be hosted by two former NFL QB's Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone. It will air from 4 to 7pm.

Talk doesn't live here anymore : Greater Media's 3-month old rhythmic Hot 96.9 discarded any evidence of its former talk format as the station dropped WTKK call letters for WBQT last week.

Here and Now...and Later :  New York Times’ media scribe Brian Stelter reported today that NPR will end "Talk Of The Nation", a call-in talk show that has aired for over two decades on the public radio network, at the end of June. Stetler also wrote that Neal Conan, who has been with NPR since 1977 and served as host of "Talk Of The Nation" since 2001, will step down. The Friday version of the long running program, "Science Friday" with Ira Flatow, will continue to be distributed by NPR. Affiliates are being encouraged to replace the show with a newly expanded "Here and Now", a show produced by Boston's WBUR 90.9 that is currently distributed by Public Radio International, but will be distributed by NPR beginning July 1st. "Here and Now" will still be owned by WBUR.

NPR executives said the unusual move to seek to replace "Talk of the Nation" with WBUR’s "Here & Now," which is carried by not even half as many public radio stations across the country, is partly in response to long-voiced demands by member stations' program directors calling for more robust news coverage and less call-in shows during the workday. The number of public radio listeners sags markedly between "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," according to the news release.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Loren and Wally sign up for another run with WROR

The popular WROR 105.7 morning duo of "Loren and Wally" have signed a new multi-year contract with the station according to a statement issued by the station's owner Greater Media. Loren Owens and Wally Brine have been doing their show on the same frequency at 105.7 FM since 1981.through a number of formats and identities, including contemporary hits WVBF, country WKLB and WCLB - and, for the past 16 years on classic hits WROR 105.7. 

The station also announced it has also renewed the contracts of show's staffers Lauren Beckham-Falcone, Hank Morse, Brian Bell and veteran radio personality Tom Doyle.

BRW Notebook :

Act 2 : WFNX is going dead..again. Although the station had officially left Boston's commercial radio real estate last summer(BRW 7/25/12) it came back on Halloween 2012 as web stream with live weekday DJs from 9am to 6pm(BRW 11/1/12). However, with Thursday's sudden announcement that sister publication Boston Phoenix had published its last issue after 47 years and the company(Phoenix Media/Communications Group) is shuttering its longtime offices in Fenway, the cord also got pulled on's local operation. That leaves Boston's alternative rock fans with Boston Globe's  7-month old on-line station but word of newspaper's impending sale could also put RadioBDC's future in doubt.

Magic Shuffle : Veteran radio programmer Morgan Prue is the new assistant program director at WMJX/Magic 106.7, it was announced last week. She will be "responsible for helping to oversee all elements of the overall strategic direction for the station," says the official announcement. A Canadian native, Prue most recently was program director and brand manager for Classic Hits "Boom 99.7" CJOT-FM, Ottawa, Ontario. Prue takes over assistant PD role from Candy O'Terry who is now working mornings with Mike Addams. Weekend/fill-in host Tina Gao  shifts to news/traffic update duties during Dan Justin's afternoon drive show. With all the changes, Amanda Giles who was most recently serving as Addams' co-host departed the station after 12 years.

Airing the Green : If you can't be at the Parade in Southie on Sunday, here are "Green" happenings around the dial this weekend - WROL 950's 43-year tradition of Saturday's Irish Hit Parade from 10am-7pm with Paul Sullivan(10am-1pm), Matt O'Donnell(1pm-4pm) and Bill Bailey(4pm-7pm). Also on WROL 950, on Sunday afternoon, "Feast of Irish Music" with host Seamus Mulligan  from 1-5pm...On WGBH 89.7, "Celtic Sojourn" with Brian O'Donovan from 3 to 6pm on Saturday and 24 hours a day on WGBH's Celtic Channel..."Celtic Twilight" with Gail Gilmore on WUMB 91.9...WTKK 96.9 HD-2's 24-hour the Irish Channel can be streamed on-line here.

Spinning in and out :  Former WODS' midday personality Paula Street has baeen named as new midday(10am-3pm) host at CBS Radio's classic hits station Q105 in Tampa Bay, FL...Street's former WODS co-worker Karen Blake is currently subbing middays(9am-2pm) at Mix 104.1 for Erin O'Malley who is out on maternity leave...Mike Salk will be making his afternoon debut on WEEI 93.7 on Wednesday(3/20)...Speaking of WEEI's former hosts, Ted Sarandis returns to Massachusetts airwaves for a a 4-week Sunday night run of "College Basketball Tonight" on Marshfield's WATD 95.9 starting this weekend(3/17,9pm-11pm). The station can be heard on-line.

Under the Radar :  WGBH 89.7 host Callie Crossley has a new weekly show on the station - Under the Radar with Callie Crossly now airs Sundays at 6:30pm. The program reviews the week’s stories from alternative press, online news outlets and community news publications that have been overlooked by mainstream outlets. In addition, the program will feature people with unique perspectives and examine small stories before they make big headlines

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Candy O takes on the morning role at Magic

Boston's adult contemporary/soft-rock stalwart WMJX/Magic 106.7 has promoted assistant program director and afternoon co-host Candy O'Terry to morning show co-host, alongside another local radio veteran Mike Addams. She began her tenure at WMJX as a secretary in 1990. As part of the shift to mornings, O'Terry will step down from her assistant programmer duties and news/traffic anchor/co-host role on afternoon drive show with Dan Justin to focus on mornings. She will also continue to host the award-winning "Exceptional Women" public affairs show which airs on Sundays at 7:30am.  Magic has been without a permanent news/traffic personality in the mornings since Gay Vernon retired last February(BRW 2/9). Amanda Giles co-hosted the morning drive with Addmas on interim basis for the past year. Addams has been serving as Morning Magic's host since August 1996.

Wilber named WUMB's program director

Adult album alternative/Roots WUMB 91.9 has officially named market veteran Catie Wilber to the position of program director. Wilber's two-decade radio background includes 10 years at WXRV/92.5 The River in a variety of roles, including PD(BRW 1/3/12). Prior to that, she was assistant music director at WFNX 101.7. She has been serving as WUMB's PD on interim basis since February 11th. Jay Moberg remains WUMB's Music Director.

WUMB Radio is a service of UMass/Boston.

BRW Notebook : 

Room for Three : With big boys WEEI 93.7 and 98.5 the SportsHub playing their own radio version of Angry Birds lately, 1510 NBC Sports Boston is quietly putting together a local/national sports content for those looking for an alternative. The station will be rolling out a new line-up come Monday(3/11) and additional new shows in the weeks to come. 

For now, 1510's lineup will be as follows : A new local early morning show "The Sports Stamp" with Darwin Zook and Steve Tower will air from 6am to 8am. Comcast SportsNet New England's columnist Danny Picard will be on with his "I'm Just Sayin'" from 8am-10am. Yahoo Sports Radio's "Calling All Sports" with Bob Ryan and Marty Tirrell take over the 10am-Noon slot. Ryan is of course the award-winning longtime sports columnist at the Boston Globe and ESPN Reporters panelist. Tirrell is a talk show host based in Des Moines, IA who lived in the local area in early 2000's and hosted "Celtics Rewind" postgame show on 1510 during the last season(2001-02) of its coverage. "The Bawstin DieHards" with station's general manager Anthony Pepe and co-hosts, John Sappochetti and John Pica will shift to Noon to 2pm. A new afternoon drive show is expected to launch in early April. The station will also continue to air all 162 Red Sox games in Spanish this season. 1510's Pepe told BRW "...while the other two stations are figuring out whose dad is the toughest we will be talking sports, having fun, and really enjoying doing our own thing".

Friday, March 1, 2013

Baltazar returns to Boston to co-host morning drive at Hot 96.9

Greater Media Boston today announced that Baltazar will be reuniting with Pebbles as co-host of the new "Baltazar and Pebbles Morning Show" on Rhythmic AC WTKK/Hot 96.9 debuting this Monday(3/4). 

Baltazar, whose full name is Baltazar Ibanez, came to Boston from New York City in February 1995, where he hosted the top-rated night program at Hot 97- FM. Prior to that, he had also worked in Chicago and Los Angeles. Pebbles joined him at Jamn two months later. The duo will officially return to the Boston  airwaves after being apart for 11 1/2 years.

Since leaving Boston in October 2001, Baltazar  had worked at WTKU 103.5/NYC from 2002 to 2006, KMVQ/Movin 99.7/San Francisco from 2007 to 2009. Since 2009, he was with KZZO/Now 100.5 in Sacramento where until last month he co-hosted morning drive show.