Monday, December 23, 2013

Tradition Continues : Christmas Eve With Oedipus on RadioBDC returns

Oedipus, legendary Boston radio programmer and DJ is returning to Radio BDC for his 36th annual Christmas Eve broadcast. It's a tradition he he started back when he was working as WBCN 104.1's part-time nigh-time jock in 1978. When he moved into WBCN's program director chair in 1981, he decided that the only person who should work on Christmas Eve should be the boss. And so for over 35 years, Oedipus has never missed a live Christmas Eve show(WBCN 104.1 1978 to 2008, WFNX 101.7  from 2009 to 2011 and RadioBDC from 2012-present). 

Here's RadioBDC's press release announcing Oedipus' Christmas Eve broadcast :

Spend Christmas Eve With Oedipus And RadioBDC

Famed Boston radio personality returns for a second year to host RadioBDC's Christmas Eve show

BOSTON (December 23, 2013) - RadioBDC announced today that legendary Boston radio DJ and programmer Oedipus will host RadioBDC's Christmas Eve show, commercial-free, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

This marks the second year that Oedipus hosts the RadioBDC Christmas Eve program but the tradition goes back to 1978, when he first hosted a Christmas Eve program as a nighttime personality for WBCN.

"A Boston tradition continues once again at RadioBDC," said Paul Driscoll, RadioBDC Director of Operations and Program Development. "The holiday season would not be complete without Oedipus curating the soundtrack to Christmas Eve."

Listeners will be treated to a carefully cultivated and eclectic mix of holiday music and other entertainment that goes beyond the standard seasonal fare. 

"I started hosting the Christmas broadcast because I was low man on the totem pole and nobody else wanted to work on Christmas Eve," said Oedipus. "I realized that I was the soundtrack for the holiday, but the problem was that most Christmas songs were overplayed, so my research began and my collection began to grow."

Oedipus uses his own collection of about 100 unique Christmas CDs, but the show is not all about music. Previous highlights include Bob Dylan reciting T'was the Night Before Christmas, and Bono reading a Christmas poem.

The show will live stream on December 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight, commercial-free, at www.Boston.com/radio.

And as we head into the New Year, listeners can tune into RadioBDC's Top 100 Songs of 2013 - selected by the RadioBDC team - with a countdown starting December 30 and continuing through January 1, 2014 at www.Boston.com/radio.

About RadioBDC
Launched in August of 2012, Boston.com's RadioBDC is a 24x7 streaming radio station featuring an all-star team of Boston radio personalities. With new music, breaking news, and exclusive events, RadioBDC is the definitive digital source for modern-indie/alternative music in Boston.  Users can listen to RadioBDC by launching the player via Boston.com, and via the RadioBDC app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry devices.

About Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC
Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC., provides news and information, entertainment, opinion, and analysis through its multimedia properties. BGMP includes The Boston Globe, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com, Telegram.com, and Globe Direct.

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BRW Notebook :

Matt Gets A New Hat : WXRV/92.5 the River)  has upped music director and afternoon host (3-7p) Matt Phipps to program director effective Monday(12/23). The River was programmed by consultant Mike Henry over the past 2 years (BRW 1/3/12).  Phipps, a Framingham native and 24-year radio vet, had joined the station in March 2012 and was named its music director in May 2012(BRW 5/12/12). 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Kiss 108 jocks pretend Miley Cyrus was at their holiday concert

Radio is still considered theater of the mind.

And, Orson Wells would probably be quite amused if he heard what was going over the air at Kiss 108 last weekend. Or, maybe not.

A little background, first :

The Wrecking Ball hitmaker Miley Cyrus was forced to cancel her appearance at Kiss 108’s annual Jingle Ball concert at TD Garden last Saturday as a major snowstorm hit the East Coast. However, that didn't prevent station’s personalities Romeo, Mike V  and promotions director Joe Public  from claiming on air that she was in Boston and ready to perform.

Cyrus had no choice but to scrap a performance on the Boston leg of Clear Channel's Jingle Ball concert tour after becoming stranded at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. She performed at NYC's Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, and the tour buses left promptly for Boston after the event.  Band members, dancers, tour staff and other main acts on the Jingle Ball bill, including Selena Gomez, Robin Thicke and Flo Rida, were all able to make it to Boston.

According to New York Post report, Cyrus stayed back in NYC, shopped all day on Fifth Avenue and arrived late for a scheduled private jet from Teterboro Airport to Logan, which ended up being canceled because of the snowstorm. Meanwhile, many commercial flights were still getting to Boston, but Teterboro doesn't have the equipment or resources to remove the snow like JFK and La Guardia airports do.

And now, the main act :

Miley or no Miley, the show had to go on. So, Kiss 108 jocks who were broadcasting live backstage at TD Garden made belief that Cyrus was already there. Meanwhile, concertgoers in their cars heading to TD Garden and/or Kiss 108 listeners at home, kept hearing these bits on the air :

"I'm standing outside Miley Cyrus's dressing room. She's about to go onstage and soundcheck" exclaimed station’s afternoon DJ Romeo."We'll bring it to you live."

Station’s longtime promotions director Joe Public interviewed by Romeo even claimed he had just tripped over the singer's dancer and then bumped onto Miley : "Dude it was so embarrassing.”

Listen here to some of the on-air breaks where Kiss 108’s jocks hyped up Miley’s appearance, before they eventually came clean when Cyrus spoke by phone with newcomer Mike V explaining why she couldn’t  twerk her way to Boston.

While Cyrus apologized for the cancellation and blamed it on the bad weather, her disgruntled fans who paid hundreds of dollars for tickets to see Cyrus have taken to social media sites and now launched a petition on Change.org urging her to play a free show in the area.(as of this writing the petition titled "Kiss 108 : Refund Jingle Ball Tickets" had 175 signatures")

The petition suggests gig-goers were not told about Cyrus' no-show until after the final act came off stage, and they haven't been allowed to claim refunds, so they want the singer to return to Boston to make good on her promise to perform there.