Monday, January 6, 2014

Greater Media resets afternoons at Hot and Magic

Listen for two music-radio voices in new places come this week.

Jackson Blue, who spent the past 9 years doing nights and weekends at KISS 108, has officially jumped to a weekday afternoon(3pm-7pm) job at rhythmic/Top40 WBQT/Hot 96.9 as of this Wednesday(1/8) which just happens to be station's one-year anniversary(BRW 1/8/13). As you recall, Blue left Kiss 108 back in mid-October(BRW 10/24/13). With Blue in the afternoon drive, Melissa slides up to middays(10am-3pm).

Hot 96.9's clustermate, WMJX/Magic 106.7, which had installed a brand new morning show back in August(BRW 8/13/13) is now putting a hammer to its afternoon drive slot. Magic's management has let go a Boston radio veteran Dan Justin who was its afternoon host personality since 1999. Justin has spent nearly 30 years in Boston radio working at now-defunct rocker WCGY 93.7, one-time Kiss 108 nemesis WZOU 94.5, WBOS 92.9(during its brief country music run), WBMX 98.5 and WROR 105.7. Replacing him in the PM Drive shift is Magic's music director Mark Laurence who's been at the station for over 25 years and has been heard in that slot as Justin's regular fill-in.

BRW Notebook :

Executive turntable : Magic's parent company Greater Media also had a number off-air jobs eliminated today. Gone are digital marketing director Ben Kulis, digital content manager Sue Edelman and HR/Benefits Manager Amy Hull.....Over at Entercom Boston, the upcoming departure of one-time market manager Julie Kahn is expected at the end of this week. She joined Entercom's Boston cluster back in October 2000 as GM for WAAF 107.3 and WQSX/Star 93.7. In early 2004, she became Entercom Boston market manager. And in 2006, she was also named Entercom's New England manager overseeing Entercom's properties in Springfield and Providence. However, her role was diminished when now-departed Jeff Brown was hired as Boston market manager in 2011.

In the fold : Speaking of Entercom Boston, WEEI 93.7's morning drive show is expected to run as assembled for the foreseeable future. Last year's addition Kirk Minihane has happily signed a new deal as the morning ratings continue to trend up for "Dennis and Callahan". Both John Dennis and Gerry Callahan who are into their 15th year as WEEI's morning drive voices are widely expected to sign contract extensions in the upcoming weeks. While changes may or may not be coming to the rest of WEEI's local programming one immediate change in the overnight's syndicated schedule did take place as the new year began. Fox Sports Radio has shifted loud and acerbic JT The Brick out of his longtime overnight slot to evenings which means WEEI listeners now hear Ben Maller between 2am and 6am.

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