Hot 96-9 shuffles morning and midday line-up as Baltazar exits
Greater Media's Hot 96-9/WBQT is remodeling its new morning show. After a 17-month reunion, "Baltazar and Pebbles" is no more. He is out and she will be a part of the new "Get Up Crew" which debuts tomorrow(8/19), the station announced late this morning. Joining Pebbles on the new show will be middayer Melissa and former NFL tight end Jermaine Wiggins.
As Melissa shifts out of the midday slot, weekend/fill-in veteran jock Deirdre Dagata is now the new 10am-3pm hostess.
If you recall, last March, Greater Media reunited Baltazar with Pebbles in the morning drive at Hot 96-9(BRW 3/1/13) . The duo returned to the Boston airwaves after being apart for 12 past years. They previously hosted mornings on Clear Channel's “Jam’n 94.5”/WJMN, Boston from 1994-2001. Baltazar left his morning position at a Sacramento station to return to Boston last winter. It's not clear whether he'll be sticking around town or heading back to his native West Coast. In addition to his radio career, he runs his own mobile DJ business Baltazar Entertainment.
Boston's Radio Disney station headed for a format change in the fall
By end of next month, Boston area youngsters will no longer have a radio station that caters just to them.
A corporate decision to sell its owned and operated stations is prompting California-based Radio Disney to stop providing 24-hour programming to 23 markets nationwide - including Boston where network's programming has been heard on WMKI 1260 since November 1997.
Radio Disney, launched in 1996, is a 24-hour network features pop music and related content geared toward preteens.
Like the other 22 stations, WMKI is facing a sale and an eventual format change this fall. That's when Walt Disney Co is getting out of the full-time radio station business. However, Disney will retain a sole station in LA market which will keep airing Radio Disney programming.
Radio Disney plans to distribute its content strictly through digital platforms - satellite radio service, digital media players, mobile apps and on-line streaming audio.
BRW Notebook :
Waking up the Bull : Speaking of morning shows, nationally syndicated "Bobby Bones" show out of Nashville is now up and running on the new Bull 101.7 every weekday from 6am-10am.
What's in the name, Shakespeare? : If you haven't been paying close attention, it's been 5 years since WBCN 104.1 left us and it's been two since WFNX 101.7 had met a similar fate in a dark alley in Lynn. But alternative rock genre is not quiet dead on local terrestrial radio. It's just more defined now as WBOS 92.9 has quietly rebranded itself from totally generic "Radio 92.9" to "Boston's Alternative" earlier this summer.
How is that working out for you? : Boston Business Journal is reporting that a new talk format on 1510 seems to be getting some traction... or at least, this month. Station's soon-to-be-new-owner seems to be pretty happy with the new mishmash line-up of national politics and sports.