Saturday, May 18, 2013

Imus, John Batchelor returning to Boston area radio

The I-Man returneth.

Iconic radio and TV talk-show star Don Imus, 72, will be back on the air in Boston area on WBNW 1120, beginning Monday May 20.

As part of an affiliation agreement signed last week with Cumulus Media Networks which nationally syndicates Imus, WBNW 1120 will air his show from 6am to 8am. Imus has been off Boston airwaves for more than 2 years now.(BRW 1/11/2011).

In addition to Imus, WBNW 1120 will be airing another Cumulus' product - The John Batchelor show will be heard from 9pm to 1am. As you may recall, Batchelor aired on now-defunct WTKK 96.9 from December 2009 to December 2012. Prior to that, he was heard in Boston on WRKO 680 from 2001 to 2005.(BRW 12/17/2009).

Since losing Bloomberg Radio affiliation to Clear Channel's WXKS 1200(BRW 2/27),  business/finance-focused WBNW has been filling out its line-up with more talk-oriented shows. In mid-February, it hired former WTKK 96.9 personality Michael Graham to do a 3-hour noon show which he hosts from the station's Needham studios.(BRW 2/5). His show is also heard on stations in Plymouth, Southbridge and Worcester.

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