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.


Laurence Glavin said...

Prediction: the Herald's sports show from 3:00 to 6:00 pm online only will get more calls than the Sheppard & Zook show on BROADCASTER WUFC-AM 1510 AND its online version. Blowing away WUFC's early morning drive show was an act of desperation.

Chris said...