Monday, July 29, 2013

Old ink, new media - Boston Herald launches digital talk station

Not quite as old as the wheel, newspapers predate running water, electricity and telephone. Many media observers hold the fatalistic view that a medium whose fundamentals have scarcely changed since the days of Titanic can't reinvent itself soon enough to be relevant in the 21st century of digital media.

Big drops in circulation the past few years followed decades of gradual decline in newspaper influence. Share prices of most major newspaper chains have slumped, number of dailies went out of business and journalists were traumatized by job cuts that numbered in the thousands between 2005 and 2010.

Yet for all that, we may be at the dawn of a new golden age of newspapers. The industry's big steps to date in embracing the Internet and its millions of users have accelerated into a full-blown renaissance, as newspaper sites have evolved into gateways to the Internet - digital media portals where individual and business consumers go for a broad array of information and services.

The news-gathering prowess and editing acumen of newspapers, married with the multimedia and interactivity features on online publishing, ensure these portals will become a dominant source of news, commentary and specialized information for local and global audiences.

Indeed, the process is here to stay and prosper.

And here comes the latest entry into the new newspaper media age. Earlier today, Boston Herald announced that is launching Boston Herald Radio which will go live at 6 a.m. Aug. 5 and will broadcast for 12 hours each weekday. Listeners can play the station at, on the paper's news and sports apps, or at

The paper says Herald reporters, columnists and critics will provide commentary and analysis. There will be four shows daily, including one focused on sports.

Initially, the new digital station will have four weekday shows :
6:00 am to 9:00 am – “Live from the Newsroom with Jeff Katz”
9:00 am to Noon – “Morning Meeting with Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot”
12:00 noon to 3:00 pm – “The Natural Truth” with Michael Graham
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm – “Sports Town with Jon Meterparel and Jen Royle”
Former WRKO 680 and Talk 1200 personality Jeff Katz will lead off at 6am. Former Springfield TV news anchor-turned-media consultant Jaclyn Cashman will pair up with Herald's chief political reporter Hillary Chabot at 9am for the "Morning Meeting". WTKK alum Michael Graham who's been hosting his own regional "The Natural Show" show since early February will be part of Herald's line-up at Noon. Graham's terrestrial radio show will now also be simulcast on 2/5) He will still based at MoneyMattersRadio's studios in Needham. BHR's live broadcast day will wrap up with, what else, a sports show. Former WEEI morning personality and current BC sports/Pawtuckett Red Sox play-by-play voice Jon Meterparel will pair up with a radio/TV sports personality/on-line blogger Jen Royle for a "Sports Town" from 3pm to 6pm.

Tom Shattuck who was the executive producer at WRKO 680 and WTKK 96.9 will oversee the programming at Boston Herald Radio.

The station will stream from a studio next to the Herald newsroom in the Boston Seaport District.

Last year The Boston Globe hired most of the popular DJs from alternative radio station WFNX 101.7 and started RadioBDC (BRW 8/13/12), which streams round the clock mostly music programming from, the Globe's current events and entertainment news site.

Backbone Networks, Westborough-based streaming audio provider non-commercial and commercials broadcasters will provide BostonHerald radio's platform with state-of the-art technology.

BRW Notebook :

'Round the dial : Santi Deoleo has joined the on-air morning team at Boston urban contemporary outlet WJMN, 94.5 FM. Deoleo, who formerly served as JAM'N 94.5's morning show producer known "Krazy Kulio" on Ramiro's House, will now be a co-host on the show with Ramiro Torres and Ashley Feldman.....Entercom rocker WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7 appointed Andrew Kaiser as Imaging Director, effective August 5. Kaiser previously worked at Alternative "Radio 104" WMRQ in Hartford, where he was creative services director, morning host and evening host....Kwame Dankwa is now doing weekends at WODS/AMP 103.3. That's in addition to his weekday gig at CHR-Top40 WZRT-FM, Rutland, Vermont, where he works as Program Director/Brand Manager....NBC Sports Radio Boston 1510 has paired up Pete Sheppard with Darwin Zook  who has moved down from co-hosting mornings with Steve Tower. Sheppard has been hosting afternoons solo since joining 1510 NBC on April 22nd(BRW 4/24). The 6am-8am "Zook and Tower" which debuted back in March as "Sports Stamp" is also apparently radio history. The station's two other local weekday shows - "I'm Just Sayin'" with Danny Picard(8am-10am) and Vaudevlle-like "Bawstin DieHards"(Noon-3pm) are chugging along for now.

Recognition time : Two weeks ago, the National Association of Broadcasters  announced the finalists for the 2013 NAB Marconi Radio Awards honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced Sept. 19 at the Radio Show in Orlando.

Locally, we had six nominees this year:  Classic rocker WZLX 100.7's midday persoanlity/music director Carter Alan is in the Major Market Personality category; WEEI 93.7 is in the Legendary Station category; WJMN/Jamn 94-5 is up for Major Market Station of the Year; WBZ-FM/98-5 the Sports Hub is for Sports Station of the Year; WBZ/News Radio 1030 is up for News/Talk Station of the Year and WZLX 100.7/Boston's Classic Rock is up for the Rock Station of the Year.

Let's get this party started : The lineup for the 3rd annual iHeartRadio Music Festival has been announced for Sept. 20-21 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The performers will include: Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, J. Cole, Elton John, Muse, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, fun., Bruno Mars, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Benny Benassi and Adam Lambert. Ryan Seacrest, host and producer of the syndicated Los Angeles morning drive-time show — "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" heard locally(10am-2pm) on Kiss 108 — will return for a third year to host the festival.

The festival will broadcast live across Clear Channel radio stations in 150 markets nationwide,including Kiss108 locally, and this year will air as a two-night special on the CW/Channel 56 from 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 30 and 8 to 10 p.m Oct. 1 to launch the network's fall season.

Radio bits : WODS/AMP 103.3 has celebrated its first year as a Top 40 station in late June. However, some still miss the former Oldies 103.3 format. Amp's zany morning show host TJ Taormina brought back the Oldies format for a disappointed listener recently....and there was 98.5 The SportsHub's morning co-host Rich Shertenlieb punking clueless Justin Bieber fans outside his hotel last weekend.

Friday, July 5, 2013

New weekend countdown show debuts

He already is host and producer of "The Voice" and "Last Call With Carson Daly," and he serves as host of CBS Radio's Top 40 outlet KAMP/AMP 97.1's morning show in Los Angeles. Now Carson Daly is bringomh his voice to listeners across the country with the launch of two new weekly pop countdown programs this holiday weekend

"The Daly Download With Carson Daly – This Week's Top 30" will make its debut on more than 70 CBS Radio and Cumulus stations. Two versions of the program will be created by Daly and offered to stations for broadcast on Saturday or Sunday.

Locally, it will premiere 7 am Sunday on WODS/AMP 103.3 adding some competition to weekend nationally syndicated countdown fare available on the dial - Ryan Seacrest's American Top 40(on Kiss 108  Sundays 8am-Noon), Ramiro Torres' Weekend Top 30 (on Jamn 94-5 Saturdays, 7am-10am) and Rick Dees' Weekly Top 40(on WXLO 104.5 Sundays 8am-12pm).

BRW Notebook :

What's your frequency, Kenneth? : Ken Fang, founder and publisher of popular online sports media publication Fang's Bites is breaking the story on the long-rumored Boston Herald's new live on-line radio station which is set to debut next month. Former longtime WEEI morning radio personality Jon Meterparel is going to be the co-host of the new sports-themed show on the Herald's on-line platform according to Fang. Meterparel's co-host will be Jen Royle who currently does a late Saturday afternoon show on WEEI 93.7 (Ed. Note : According to Ken and my own sources, this is not going to be a full-time sports station. Rather, a talk station with a sports-leaning show.). Four months ago, former WRKO and WTKK executive producer Tom Shattuck, who appears to be involved in this venture in some shape and/or form, has put up this obscurely titled YouTube clip - "Boston Radio Refugees" - which suggests "a change" is coming and there's a also a new Facebook page that just popped up recently. More details should be available shortly and you'll see them in this space.

The River flows thru here :  WXRV/92.5 The River  has recently announced that it has been selected by Outside the Box, Boston's inaugural summer music and arts festival,  to present a free concert on Boston Common featuring headliners, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones along with Boston's Evan Dando and The Lemonheads and Buffalo Tom on Saturday, July 20th from 6pm to 10:30pm. This free concert is being curated by the River's Music Director, Matt Phipps, and features music from three legendary Boston-based groups. "It's such an honor to have been chosen as the presenting radio station for this free concert," said Phipps. "All of us at the River are so thrilled to be a part of Ted Cutler’s music and arts gift to the city and the people of Massachusetts.” Kevin Carlon, the Managing Director for Outside the Box remarked, "When we decided to produce a free concert on historic Boston Common, we determined that we wanted to celebrate the evening with bands that had local Boston roots. We asked the River to curate the show because of their heritage as Boston’s only Independent, locally owned and operated music station. We think this world-class line-up is a wonderful way to cap off our nine day citywide celebration of performing arts. And wait until you see the stage. It’s very impressive!"

The brand new nine day summer performing arts festival in Boston is scheduled to take place from July 13 to 21, the free festival will feature an array of artists from across all genres performing at Boston Common and City Hall Plaza. More details are at

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Stations celebrate Independence Day

WCRB 99.5, WBZ 1030 and WGBH 89.7 will once again celebrate America's Birthday with the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and conductor Keith Lockhart at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. In addition, special guest performers will include soul musician, Susan Tedeschi; singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ellis Hall; singer/songwriter, Howie Day; recording artist Ayla Brown.

WBZ/"News Radio 1030" will be starting its coverage at 6pm hosted by Jordan Rich and Joe Mathieu.  WCRB 99.5/Classical New England will also start its preshow at  6pm hosted by Ron Della Chiesa and Laura Carlo. WCRB's sister station WGBH 89.7/Boston Public Radio will join the simulcast at 7 pm. The concert will begin at 7:30pm. The fireworks and the fireworks score will kick off at 9:30pm

BRW Notebook :

Heeeeeere's Jimmy :  Longtime Boston media personality/host Jimmy Myers has joined a morning show on the unlicensed FM station, TOUCH 106.1. Touch FM's co-founder and The Morning Show host, Charles Clemons is running for Mayor of Boston.and has decided to focus full-time on his campaign. Meanwhile, Myers is covering the 7am-10am shift. Boston Herald's Joe Fitzgerald has more on Myers' return to the airwaves.

Where are they now? :  Longtime Boston radio talker Todd Feinberg — most recently at WRKO 680(BRW 11/1/12) — has been filling in for vacationing Dan Rea on WBZ AM 103 from 8pm-midnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week...

Here and Now and More : As first announced in late March, WBUR 90.9-produced "Here and Now" has expended to two hours starting this week. The live program, hosted by Robin Young for more than a decade and now also with co-host Jeremy Hobson, expanded from one to two hours with updates for different time zones across the country as part of a partnership between NPR and WBUR-FM, Boston, which has been producing the program since 1997. This marks the first time NPR has collaborated with a member station on a daily news program. NPR selected "Here and Now" specifically to serve as a bridge in midday between its signature news magazines, "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." Says NPR President and CEO Gary Knell, "Through this partnership with WBUR, we're creating what will very quickly become the next two hours of must-hear radio for millions of listeners. This show represents an entirely new way of working across public radio to produce the best news content possible and reflect a broad range of American interests." The program's daily lineup will now include interviews with NPR hosts, reporters, editors and bloggers as well as news from stations across the nation. Meanwhile, just in time for the expanded role of WBUR-FM, Tom Melville is appointed News Director at the station. He's served as Executive Editor of Content since joining the station in 2011, after moving from News Director at New England Cable News (NECN), a 24-hour news cable outlet.