Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kaufman named morning sports anchor at WBZ

Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately. He has been anchoring morning updates since last November when Walt Perkins was let go after a five-year run. Perkins was. Of course, Perkins took over as WBZ's morning sports anchor in February 2009 when legendary Gil Santos retired after 38 years in that role(BRW 1/30/09).

In addition to his morning role at WBZ 1030, Kaufman also hosts a Saturday "Celtics at 7" show on sister station WBZ/98.5 the SportsHub and serves as a fill-in weekend host for CBS Sports Radio Network.

CBS Radio Boston's press release :



Boston, MA – February 24, 2015 – Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor for the top-rated, award-winning WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately (Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), it was announced by Peter Casey, WBZ NewsRadio News & Programming Director.  WBZ NewsRadio programming can be heard on-air, online at, or by downloading the app for mobile devices.

A multi-platform sports journalist for more than a decade, Kaufman will continue to be a show host at 98.5 The Sports Hub and CBS Sports Radio in addition to being a columnist for sports and serve as a regional television anchor on Comcast SportsNet New England.

Before being named Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio’s morning newscasts, Kaufman served as a radio talk show host, anchor, and sports reporter at three CBS-owned properties: WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM), and CBS Sports Radio.  Previously, Kaufman worked for two seasons as the lead play-by-play voice of the Boston College men's hockey team and five years with the Providence Bruins, the top affiliate of the Boston Bruins.  He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WZLX-FM, WODS-FM, WBMX-FM, and WBZ-FM in Boston.

BRW Notebook :

Hub Headlines : A familiar voice is back on the sports radio dial. Earlier this week, "Big" Jim Murray was installed as headline anchor for "Felger and Mazz" afternoon drive show at 98.5 The Sports Hub. He replaces Marc "Beetle" Bertrand who now co-hosts the midday show with Scott Zolak. Murray first joined the Sports Hub as a weekend host/sports flasher in 2010 but left for late-night host role in Atlanta in October 2012 to join a brand new sports FM station The Game. Murray returned to New England in October 2013 when he became a co-host of a morning drive "Jim and Anna" show at WEZN/Star 99.9 in Bridgeport, CT.  His early career involved two stints at WFNX 101.7 in a variety of roles including production director and afternoon drive host. In between, he hosted an afternoon drive show at rocker WGIR in Manchester from 2004 to 2007. 

Dale and Holley, Part 2 : Speaking of familiar, sounds like the second installment of "Dale and Holley" experience at WEEI 93.7 has been picked up for another run. Arnold signed up last month. Now comes the word the reunion tour is officially on with Michael Holley's signature making its way to the dotted line.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Post holidays, Magic drops but manages to hold on to the top spot

WMJX/Magic 106.7 has become an end-of-year powerhouse with its all-holiday-song programming. It predictably fell last month but held on to first place and ended up with more listeners in January than a year ago when it finished second.

Radio listeners who had flocked to the all-holiday music format on Magic during the Christmas season for the most part retreated to their regular stations once the last "Jingle Bells" and "Little Drummer Boy" had been played. Magic 106, ceased its nonstop seasonal music on Dec. 26, but  based on the survey of listeners from Jan. 1 to Jan. 28. it fared much better than it did at the same time in 2013 and 2012.

Magic held on to enough of holiday listeners to retain the top spot in January. The rest of the usual Top 5 dwellers - pop station Kiss 108, classic hitter WROR 105.7 and country WKLB 102.5 all bounced back to their pre-holiday totals, according to figures released by the Nielsen Audio ratings service. In WROR's case, the station recorded highest numbers in recent history.

Arbitron divides the year into 13 four-week ratings periods, one named for each month plus a year-end holiday period. Magic  has been dominating December and holiday time frames with its switch to carols from its usual playlist of adult-contemporary hits. Although a decline is inevitable, the station's goal is to retain as many of its seasonal listeners as possible after its return to regular programming. That strategy had paid off this time around.

New England Patriots' Super Bowl run and a huge "Deflategate" story dominated sports talk radio in January. WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub and WEEI 93.7 both rode the championship train. That dominance had extended to the point where the Sports Hub was No. 1 among adults ages 25-54, not just its usual target male 25-54 demographic. The Sports Hub was tied for third for overall listeners jumping up almost 2 share points to 6.9(from 5.1) and 920,000 weekly listeners. WEEI came in 7th but had a sizeable spike from 3.7 to 5.1 with 578,000 listeners. The story for WEEI was all on-line where its site broke all sorts of visitor records.

Sports radio wasn't the only Deflagate beneficiary. The social media-manufactured story(or non-story in this case) also became a top headline on WBZ 1030, WGBH 89.7 and WBUR 90.9. Another sports-related story which created a lot of buzz locally was the controversial selection of Boston as USOC's choice to host 2024 Summer Olympic games(Jan.8). One could argue that January ratings survey captured the official start of winter from hell(January 26) but these stations will truly be shoveling massive ratings once the current February survey(Jan.29 - Feb.25) results are released on St. Patrick's Day.

BRW Notebook :

And that's no Bull : Radio website RadioInsight is reporting that IheartMedia's upstart country station WBWL/the Bull 101.7 has recently completed its complex signal reconfigurations which were detailed in this space back in August(BRW 8/6/14). As of this week, Bull's listeners in the Boston metro should now be able to notice a much improved reception. However, according to the RadioInsight report, the station's management is not stopping there. It has filed an application with the FCC in hopes of boosting station's local reach even more by moving its transmitter from downtown Boston to Medford and making additional adjustments to antenna specifications.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Marc Bertrand Joins Zolak For Middays On 98.5 The Sports Hub

WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub has announced that Marc "Beetle" Bertrand will join Scott Zolak as co-host on the new “Zolak and Bertrand” show which will premiere on Tuesday, February 17 and air weekdays from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Boston Globe's sports media columnist Chad Finn first reported on Sports Hub's surprising midday change a month ago. Gresh's future at the station is unclear. CBS Radio Boston's press release states that he'll continue at the Sports Hub in 'a variety of roles' which basically means he'll be kept on a weekend/fill-in bench until a new fulltime opportunity opens up for him inside or outside of CBS Sports Radio stations group. Gresh first joined The Sports Hub five years ago as a weekend host.(BRW 1/7/10). In addition to his weekday duties, Gresh was working as co-host on Patriots pre and postgame broadcasts, a role he has held with the Patriots Radio Network since 2005.

Bertrand will also co-host The Sports Hub’s Patriots pre- and postgame shows. He joined the station at launch in 2009 from Metro Traffic and has been serving as the sports headline anchor for the “Felger and Mazz” show. 

In addition to his role providing news updates and headlines during the “Felger & Mazz” show, Bertrand also hosted the popular “The Final Word” segment. Previously, he was co-host of the “Bertrand & Gasper” show (broadcast Saturday’s 8-11AM) with Christopher Gasper of The Boston Globe. 

No word yet on who will take over Bertrand's sports flash boy duties on "Felger and Mazz" starting on Tuesday.

BRW Notebook :

Radio Music Awards : iHeartMedia and NBC will cover the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards, which return to the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 29. The event will be televised live on NBC from 8 to 11 p.m. and broadcast simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations nationwide.