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.