"Exciting One" Mike Addams is retiring from Magic
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
10:00am-12:00pm "The Financial Exchange" with
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
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.