Monday, June 17, 2013

"Exciting One" Mike Addams is retiring from Magic

Mike Addams, who has worked at Boston's most prestigious radio signals over the past 40 years is retiring from WMJX/Magic 106.7, it was announced today. Addams has been Magic's morning host since August 1996. His last day on the air will be next Friday, June 28.  In addition to WMJX, his career in Boston radio included stops WBCS 96.9, WODS/Oldies 103.3, WROR 98.5, WRKO 680, WHDH 850 and WZOU 94.5.

Greater Media Boston VP and Market Manager Rob Williams commented in a press release, "It has been a pleasure to work with a radio pro like Mike Addams. He has had a wonderful career on some of the top stations in America including the last 19 years on Magic 106.7. I wish Mike and his family many happy years of retirement." Greater Media Boston Director of Programming Cadillac Jack McCartney adds, "From the days at WRKO as the exciting Mike Addams to his recent tenure waking up Boston on Magic 106.7, Mike has been the consummate professional and has enjoyed a storied career in our ever-changing business. I respect him greatly, and wish him all the best."

No replacement for Addams has yet been announced.

BRW Notebook :

All That Jazz : Speaking of Magic 106.7, the station has been undergoing a musical face lift as of late with the addition of more uptempo and current titles. The younging-up of Magic is very likely related to its recent ratings slide and growth of competitor WBMX/Mix 104.1.  

Recently, Magic had added "The Best of the 80s" weekends featuring heavier emphasis on retro 80s tracks. Some of Magic's longtime listeners may have noticed another change this past weekend - Magic's the long-running "Sunday Morning Jazz" program(8am-10am) is apparently history.

Movers and Shakers :  RadioBDC.com has named Paul Driscoll Director of Operations and Program Development. The promotion was made 10 months after the station's official launch last year(8/13/2012). RadioBDC is owned and operated by Boston.com and The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe VP of marketing and sales development Jane Bowman said in a statement, "In this role, Paul can build on our early success in establishing a foothold in the Boston music scene. His vision, and deep experience in the industry, will take RadioBDC to a new level, enabling us to expand our community of listeners." 

Driscoll who was at the helm of Boston alternative legend WFNX 101.7 for over a decade - said in a press release : "We're creating our own history here at RadioBDC. We're becoming what I've always thought radio should be: about the artists, and about the community of listeners. I'm excited about this expanded role, and the opportunity to create innovative programs that will continue to engage our audience."

WXRV/River 92.5 General Manager Donald St. Sauveur has named former WERS  88.9's music director Kendall Stewart Programming Assistant at the AAA(Adult Album Alternative) station. Afternoon host Matt Phipps remains The River's music director.Meanwhile, WERS 88.9 has named Anthony Heinze as Stewart's replacement.


Morning Push : WRKO 680 has recently shook up its morning drive schedule. Jeff Kuhner'sl added an hour to his morning show -- "The Kuhner Report" -- and “The Financial Exchange” with Barry Armstrong is now airing 10am-12:00noon. Kuhner has been airing 6-9am since November 2012. Additionally, Kuhner has anchored the station’s 11am-12noon hour leading into Rush Limbaugh. Armstrong’s program began as a one-hour show in September 2010 and was expanded to two hours last year
 
As of June 3rd, WRKO's weekday schedule looks like this :

6:00am-10:00am "The Kuhner Report" with Jeff Kuhner
10:00am-12:00pm "The Financial Exchange" with Barry Armstrong
12:00pm-3:00pm Rush Limbaugh
3:00pm-7:00pm Howie Carr
7:00pm-10:00pm Mark Levin
10:00pm-1:00am Jerry Doyle 1:00am-6: 00am "Coast to Coast"

RIP, Gene Burns :  Speaking of WRKO, one of its legendary talk radio hosts died May 25 at the age of 72 following a series of illnesses, including a recent stroke. Burns had a colorful career that included stints at WCBM/Baltimore, Boston's WEEI 590 in 1970 and, of course, WRKO from 1985 to 1993, WCAU/Philadelphia, WKIS/Orlando and WOR/New York. But he is perhaps best known for his 16 years at KGO/San Francisco, where he was heard nightly from 1995 until 2011. He also hosted Dining Around with Gene Burns, a popular weekend show focused on fine wine and fine dining on WRKO and then at KGO. 

After relocating to San Francisco in 1995, Burns attempted local returns with help of satellite technology -  from October 1995 until January 1996, he briefly hosted a show on WKOX 1200(now WXKS/Bloomberg 1200) but because of difficulty in increasing the station's wattage, Burns left. In January 2000, he returned to WMEX 1060(now WQOM) to host a 2-hour afternoon show but the station changed formats to all-business in early 2001.

2 comments:

Chuck P. said...

Dear Boston Radio Watch,

It seems that WMJX has cancelled it's long running "Sunday Morning Jazz" show. Over the years it has been shortened in length. Hosted at one point by Jackie Brush and then by Tina Gao it initially, if I recall correctly, it ran from 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon but was gradually shortened to three then to two hours. As of this past Sunday morning it was running regular format beginning at 8:00 AM.

After contacting Tina Gao via Facebook Monday morning June 17th I was sad to find out SMJ had been cancelled. I'm not affiliated with WMJX in any way other than being a long time listener. But I felt that this might be news worthy enough for you to check into a bit more deeply and report on.

Also, WMJX seems to have changed it's on-air style a bit as of late by adding a few urban type songs to its playlist, changing their news reports from the top and bottom of the hour to five minutes before the top and bottom of these times. They too have a new (what I find annoying) tones prior to making announcements and such - sounds like an effort to be more "hip" or "relevant". It would be interesting to check into this as well and make a report on it.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Chuck P.

Anonymous said...

It's about time Magic updated their sound a bit. If they want to compete and stay relevant in the Boston market which is very heavily focused on today's music, this was the only way that was going to happen. I've often thought in an effort to stay relevant, they needed to get rid of SMJ and Bedtime Magic(though I think they would have a tougher time getting ride of that show as it has been running since 1982 and I would suspect is still popular given that it is a unique type of show that no one els in Boston is doing. They have even gone more up temp during BTM. Last night I heard "Just the way you are" from Billy Joel followed by "Somebody I used to know", kind of an odd transition. Also in the same hour, I heard one of the new spot "keeping you up to date with today's biggest hits" followed by "Diamonds" from Rrihanna....that would have been a great spot 6 months ago...also very out of place on Bed Time Magic. So clearly they have a long way to go but thumbs up to Jack for trying to make them more contemporary. He used to program at WLTW in NY which plays allot more contemporary music and have been no. 1 in NY for a long time so when I heard he was coming back to Boston to program for Greater Media...I suspected ths could happen.