Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Brien takes over overnights on WBZ 1030
 
Steve LeVeille, who held down the fort on WBZ 1030's midnight to 5 a.m. slot for 13 years, retired a year ago.(BRW 6/5/12). Since his departure, WBZ has been pinch-hitting Morgan White Jr., Dean Johnson, Bradley Jay and Jen Brien during the week.

This afternoon, the station announced that Jen Brien, former WRKO personality, has been hired as a fulltime weeknight overnight host. Jordan Rich who has been serving as the weekend overnight host since 1996 will continue in his current role.

WBZ's official press release below :

JEN BRIEN
NAMED OVERNIGHT HOST ON
WBZ NEWSRADIO 1030 MIDNIGHT TO 5AM
 

Boston, MA-  June 25, 2013-  Jennifer “Jen” Brien has been named overnight host weeknights 12:00M-5:00AM on WBZ NewsRadio.  Brien’s program is entitled “The Jen Brien Show” and will begin tonight at midnight; it was announced today by Peter Casey, WBZ NewsRadio News & Programming Director.  “The Jen Brien Show” will be a mix of pop culture, current events, politics, and the comings and goings of people in New England.  Brien replaces Steve LeVeille who retired last year.  You can listen to WBZ NewsRadio on AM 1030, online at www.cbsboston.com, and Radio.com, or with the free Radio.com app for iOS and Android.
 
With over a decade of experience in radio, Brien joined WBZ from WRKO where she was the weekday talk host of “The Jennifer Brien Show.”   She has also hosted shows on WPRO and WHJJ in Providence, and WCOD and WXTK on Cape Cod.   After LeVeille’s retirement, Brien would often fill in during the time period, and today’s announcement officially makes the “The Jen Brien Show” WBZ NewsRadio’s overnight talk show.  Before beginning her career in radio, Brien spent over five years as a soldier in the United States Army where she was selected for the prestigious “Soldier of the Year” award. 
 
The award-winning WBZ NewsRadio is owned by CBS RADIO, a division of CBS Corporation.  CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, operates 126 radio stations the majority of which are in the top 50 markets including Boston’s WBMX-FM (MIX 104.1), WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub), WODS-FM (103.3 AMP Radio), and WZLX-FM (Classic Rock 100.7).
 
 
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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.