Friday, February 28, 2014

Big O goes unfiltered as he launches new multi-platform show

Former WEEI 93.7's afternoon radio kahuna and Boston's veteran sports talk personality Glenn "Big O" Ordway is set to return to the local sports radio scene next month in a multi-platform media venture called "Big Show Unfiltered". The show will be produced out of a suburban radio studio in Needham and debut on Monday, March 17, from 3-6 pm. Initially, it will be heard live on-line via Ordway's new website, as well as soon-to-be released mobile app for smartphones. The show will also be available on-demand on its website.

Ordway will host alongside a slew of local personalities and contributors, some of whom will be familiar to the audience and as well as some fresh new voices. The Herald reports that some of the former regulars will include Fred Smerlas, Pete Sheppard and Steve Buckley.

The press release also states that Ordway is seeking to build a regional syndication as well place the show on satellite service SiriusXM where he's already heard every weekend since this past November(BRW 11/15/13).

BRW Notebook :

Signs of spring : There are 30 days until Major League Baseball's opening day, but who's counting?!(I am)

WEEI 93.7 is ready to begin the 8th year of its 10-year contract as the flagship station of the Boston Red Sox, beginning with live coverage of the team's pre-season match-up versus Minnesota Twins 1:05 p.m. Saturday(3/1) from Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers.

WEEI's broadcast team will once again be led by Joe Castiglione and Dave O'Brien, who are entering their 8th season together behind the mic(Castiglione's 32nd) with John Ryder providing commentary during the station's pre- and post-game shows broadcast before and after all regular-season contests. Ryder took over hosting duties last May.

The remaining pre-season broadcast schedule is here.

The regular season begins March 31 in Baltimore for a three-game series with the Orioles.

The Beat of  Comm Ave.  : MTV's 24-hour college network, mtvU, has revealed the categories and nominees for its 2014 "Woodie Awards." Categories this year include artist of the year, performing, best video, best collaboration and best college radio station.

Boston University's WTBU 89.3/640 is one of the 10 nominees in the best college radio station category. Winners will announced in a 30-minute special to air on MTV on Sunday, March 16 at 8pm.

Finding the groove : WGBH 89.7 earned a 3.0 share in January ratings, the station’s highest monthly market share on record and 76.5 percent larger than January 2011, the first January on record following WGBH’s format change to local news talk and analysis. WGBH for the first time joined the ranks of the top 15 radio stations in Boston and together with WBUR 90.9 combined for the nation’s second largest market share for public radio, behind only Washington, D.C.

From WGBH's press release : "WGBH’s record growth has been driven by the strength of its expanding local newsroom and successful midday program Boston Public Radio, hosted by Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Boston Public Radio enjoys one of the most loyal followings of any local public radio program in Boston and has brought many traditional commercial radio listeners to public radio. In January, Boston Public Radio was the most listened to midday public radio program."

Braude and Eagan celebrated their one-year anniversary on WGBH this past Tuesday(2/25).

Short breaks : WKLB/Country 102.5's program director Mike Brophey was inducted into Country Radio's Hall of Fame in Nashville last week. As the Boston Business Journal points out, Boston has never been considered your typical country music hotbed, but Brophey has been able to shape the station's sound in a way that it attracts more younger listeners....Speaking of younger listeners, talker WRKO 680 can now be heard on FM dial via HD-2 sub-channel of sports talker WEEI 93.7. Of course, you'll need an HD-ready radio to receive it....Speaking of WEEI, the Globe reported two weeks ago that the station and entire Entercom Boston cluster which includes WRKO 680, WKAF/WAAF 107.3 and WEEI 850 has lost the lucrative Dunkin' Donuts account. Meanwhile the Herald keeps the rumor mill going with different scenarios(some of them are beyond absurd) of upcoming changes in WEEI's on-air roster. One change that is coming to WEEI - the sports flash reports from Total Traffic Network(formerly Metro Network) will no longer be heard during any of the station's local shows. The sports updates will now be handled by show hosts.


1761Charlie said...

Why the changes in the Sports Flashes? Were those announcer not actually employees of WEEI-FM?

Laurence Glavin said...

As of Tuesday, 03/11, for the second day in a row, WUFC-AM 1510 ran shows from Yahoo Sports Radio during afternoon drive rather than their customary locally-originated show. If this was a time-brokered show, then maybe the "hosts" ran out of money. If they were employees of WUFC, maybe the station has thrown in the towel with regard to any local origination and plans to go all-Yahoo except for beisbol en Espagnol. (Or perhaps they're on vacation and WUFC doesn't have the $$$$ for substitutes)

Robert Ciccarelli said...

Michael Holly sucks