Friday, November 15, 2013

Siriusly, Big O is going back to work

Former WEEI afternoon ringmaster Glenn "Big O" Ordway is returning to radio in a form of a national weekend show on satellite radio service SiriusXM. Ordway will sign on with satcaster's "Mad Dog Sports Radio"(channel 86) this next Saturday(11/16 11/23) at 8am. [Editor's Update : Ordway's show was supposed to debut on 11/16 but he tweeted early on Saturday stating that he was having technical difficulties]. His "The Big Weekend Show with Glenn Ordway" will air every Saturday and Sunday morning from 8am to 11am.

The Boston Globe's Chad Finn is also reporting that Ordway, who spent over 21 years at WEEI(BRW 2/13), could be heard on the air locally starting in January. Ordway won't reveal his next local stop just yet but one can probably narrow it down to a couple of FM or on-line options. Let the guessing games begin.

Here's the official press release from SiriusXM's MDSR on Ordaway's new national show :

Glenn Ordway Joins SiriusXM


Starting, Nov. 16, longtime Boston radio voice will be heard nationwide on Mad Dog Sports Radio

NEW YORK – November 14, 2013 – Sirius XM Radio announced today that Glenn Ordway, the former longtime Boston sports radio voice, has joined the roster of hosts on Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 86, where he will host Saturday and Sunday mornings starting November 16.

The Big Weekend Show with Glenn Ordway will air every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 to 11:00 am ET and showcase Ordway’s take on the national sports scene and the headline stories of the week.

Ordway was a prominent sports radio voice in Boston for more than three decades, best known for his 13 seasons as a commentator for Boston Celtics radio broadcasts and as the creator and host of the highly-rated drive time program The Big Show. Ordway gained prominence as a sports talk show host with the launch of the popular show Sportscall on Boston’s WRKO in 1981. In 1987 he moved on to WEEI and worked at the station for 27 years as both a host and programming executive. Ordway hosted the popular Big Show from 1995 until 2013, he has been a regular fill-in host on The Dan Patrick Show and is a three-time finalist for a Marconi Award in the category of “Major Market Personality of the Year.”

 

BRW Notebook :

In the fold : It was announced earlier this week that WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub has inked a multi-year contract extension with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb, co-hosts of the station's top-rated "Toucher & Rich" morning show. The station reports the duo have chalked up #1 ratings with Men 25-54 in the morning commute daypart for the past 14 months in a row. The pair started their current Boston tenure in June 2006 at now-defunct WBCN 104.1 by hosting an afternoon drive-time show. The management moved them to mornings at WBCN in December 2008. In August 2009, the duo shifted over to a new frequency at 98,5 when the SportsHub debuted.

The River to flow south : Haverhill's WXRV/92.5 The River received some excellent news on Halloween. The adult album alternative station was granted permission by the FCC to add an FM translator("booster station") on 96.5 frequency. The translator would be build out on an existing radio tower in Needham and simulcast the River's programming serving the audience living or commuting in and around the congested MassPike/128 interchange.

Briefs and Boxers : Jeff Katz has recently transitioned out of a weekday morning host role at the new Boston Herald Radio to focus on radio commentaries and Herald's columns. "Live From The Newsrooom" is no longer part of the BHR's weekday line-up as the station....As first tweeted out by Boston Globe's columnist Alex Beam on Thursday afternoon, and confirmed by BRW thru its own sources, after a 12-year exile former WBUR 90.9's "Connection" host Christopher Lydon is headed back to Boston University's pubcaster in upcoming weeks. Sources indicate that Lydon's will land a once-weekly hour program that will air in WBUR's weekday afternoon schedule. of radio on some weekday afternoon. He had been a weekly guest on WGBH 89.7's Boston Public Radio since earlier this year. Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio podcasts online.
Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio interviews online. - See more at: http://www.current.org/2013/02/chris-lydon-returns-to-boston-airwaves-as-wgbh-fm-contributor/#sthash.ulk699BJ.dpuf
Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio interviews online. - See more at: http://www.current.org/2013/02/chris-lydon-returns-to-boston-airwaves-as-wgbh-fm-contributor/#sthash.ulk699BJ.dpuf
Lydon has a long track record on public radio and TV in Boston. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH-TV from 1977 to 1991, then went on to host The Connection on WBUR-FM from 1994 to 2001. Later he launched the radio show Open Source, and he is credited with helping to invent podcasting. Open Source went off the air in 2006, but Lydon has continued to post audio interviews online. - See more at: http://www.current.org/2013/02/chris-lydon-returns-to-boston-airwaves-as-wgbh-fm-contributor/#sthash.ulk699BJ.dpuf

Ahh, those meddling kids again! :  WTBU 89.3/640 was awarded the "2013 Station of The Year" for the second year in a row during the annual College Music Journal Music Marathon held in New York City last month.


The CMJ awards are decided in two rounds of voting. First, all subscribed and reporting college/non-commercial radio stations, around 400 nationally, and industry professionals and promoters nominate specific stations and persons in certain categories. Then during the week of CMJ Music Marathon, voting takes place on the last day an hour before the award ceremony is held.

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