Thursday, April 23, 2015

Classic hits keep WROR atop the latest radio ratings

Greater Media's classic hits station WROR 105.7 retained its spot as Boston's most popular radio station for March survey period which ran from February 26 thru March 25th.

Topping the two country stations, WKLB/New Hit Country 102.5 remained No. 5. WBWL/101.7 The Bull ranked No, 20. Both stations also gained listeners - WKLB grew from 779,000 weekly listeners in February to 814,000 in March. WBWL went from 306,000 to 357,000 during the same period.

Howie Carr returned to WRKO 680's line-up on March 16th but it was not enough time to make a big impact on the ailing Talk Station which recovered to 1.8 from the lowest rating in its 33 year history(1.4) in February. The station only added 5,000 weekly listeners(182,000 to 187,000). The station is due for much needed line-up changes which reportedly are on its way next month.

In the sports corner, both WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub and WEEI/Sports Radio 93.7 lost listeners in March. However, for the Winter quarter(January-February-March), The Sports Hub came in first among the target Male 25-54 demographic with WEEI in third but up significantly from last winter reports Boston Globe's Chad Finn.

With three stations in the top five — WROR, WMJX and WKLB — Greater Media's Boston station cluster lead all the Big 4 radio groups locally with 27% share of the audience. CBS Boston Radio was second with 22.7%, IheartMedia Boston was third with 11.8% and Entercom Boston registered 9.4%.

In the 25-54 age demographic coveted by advertisers, WROR 105.7 was No. 1, followed by WXKS/Kiss 108, WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub, WMJX/Magic 106.7 and WKLB/New Hit Country 102.5.

BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices :  Earlier this week, veteran Boston radio newsman Henry Santoro has joined pubcaster WGBH 89.7 as its new midday news anchor. Boston area native, Santoro, 59, replaces Jordan Weinstein who left the station last month, Santoro has been morning host and news director at's on-line rock station RadioBDC since its launch in August 2012. Prior to that, he had spent 29 years at now-defunct WFNX 101.7....Last week, WEEI 93.7's morning show co-host John Dennis took  a leave of absence from the Entercom's sports/talker to enter inpatient rehab to deal with his addiction to alcohol. In a statement he released that was published by the Boston Herald, Dennis said, “I’ve made the decision to take serious steps to eliminate the role alcohol plays in my life before it impacts my health. To that end, I’ve decided to take some time away from WEEI, tackle this head-on, and set a smart and informed course for a long and healthy life.” Entercom/Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary told the newspaper that Dennis’ decision to enter rehab did not take him by surprise and emphasized that the morning show co-star’s job will be waiting for him upon his return. “WEEI has been built on the Dennis & Callahan Show and we don’t see a future without John Dennis,” he said. Dennis and Callahan debuted in 1997 as a midday show and moved to mornings in 1999. Read the full statement released by Dennis here...'I Am What I Play'
 a feature length documentary about the heyday of rock radio will premiere as part of Independent Film Festival Boston this Sunday(4/26) at 12:30pm at the historic Somerville Theater. The film focuses on four disc jockeys from four different cities, including Boston’s very own Charles Laquidara, who was the morning man for WBCN 104.1 for over 25 years and was among the highest paid radio personalities in the country. Laquidara shifted to mornings at sister station WZLX 100.7 in 1996 to make room for Howard Stern on WBCN. He retired from Boston radio in 2001 and moved to Hawaii. Pat O’Day of Seattle’s KJR, Toronto’s David Marsden of CHUM-FM in the early 1970s and then as program director of one of North America’s first alternative rock stations CFNY, and legendary New York DJ Meg Griffin are also profiled. The doc takes a look at how the on-air talent adjusted as the medium changed over the years and where they are now. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

WBZ Radio's Mark Katic has passed away

WBZ/News Radio 1030 announced its veteran/reporter anchor Mark Katic had lost his year-long battle with stomach cancer. He was 53. Katic had joined WBZ in 1999 as a sports reporter, but after the 9/11 attacks, he chose to go into a news reporting role. However, he still kept his hand at sports reporting, including anchoring the station's Boston Marathon coverage. Prior to joining WBZ, Katic was a sports reporter for ESPN Radio and WHJJ in Providence.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Assistant News Director Jon MacLean said of Katic: "You could tell he loved radio and loved what he did. I think we'd all agree that his calls during our marathon coverage were second to none. He will always remain a part of the fabric of this newsroom and his influence both on and off the air will live on."

BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices :  WODS/103.3 AMP extended "The TJ Show" with TJ Taormina and co-host Loren Raye(BRW 3/29/13) to a multi-year contract. They debuted on 103.3 AMP Radio on April 1 2013(BRW 2/12/13) and along with Producer Matt Shearer have taken the show to 2nd place in Boston with women 18-34 and 3rd with women 18-49. "I am THRILLED to continue hosting mornings at 103.3 AMP Radio. It is a privilege to work at CBS Radio and even more of a privilege to connect with Boston radio listeners each and every morning, said TJ via press release. "TJ is one of my closest friends and it is genuinely a dream come true to co-host a morning show with him. I look forward to the future in Boston!" added Loren.....WBZ 1030's afternoon co-anchor Anthony Silva will retire after almost 36 years of service at the CBS Radio News and Talk station, it was announced this week. Silva co-anchors WBZ’s afternoon newscasts with Diane Stern, and also serves as the station’s business editor. He plans to step down in June, coinciding with his 65th birthday. “Anthony has been a significant player in WBZ’s success and awards over the years,” said WBZ Director of News and Programming Peter Casey in a memo to staffers. “He deserves (and has) our admiration and thanks for a job well done. He sits comfortably with the other legendary voices/names we all think of when reminiscing about the people who greatly contributed to the well-earned reputation that WBZ has established in Boston broadcasting.” Read more about Silva’s career a....Former WEEI's morning sports flasher and play-by-play voice of Boston College football and basketball, Jon Meterparel, has linked up with the independent Stamford, CT-based ONE World Sports to launch The Meter Is Running, the network’s first originally produced podcast that will be distributed on iTunes, social media and at …After 2 1/2 year absence, syndicated conservative talker Michael Savage is back on the air in Boston. His show now airs from 9pm to Midnight on WMEX 1510. Savage used to air on WRKO 680 until September 2012. (BRW 9/28/2012)

Radio Shows : WBQT/Hot 96.9 is 'Throwback House Party 2015' on May 28th at the House of Blues. Station's personalities Pebbles, Melissa, Jeriamine 'Wiggy' Wiggins, Deirdre Dagata, Jackson Blue will host a party with special guest performers Salt n Pepa, DJ Spinderella and Fat Joe.....WXKS/Kiss 108's annual late spring Kiss Concert extravaganza will go down on Saturday, May 16th at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA. This year it will feature sets from Kelly Clarkson, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Ella Henderson, Hilary Duff, Jason Derulo, Zedd and Natalie La Rose...WJMN/Jamn 94-5's Summer Jam is on Saturday, June 6th at the Xfinity Center headlined by Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, Amber Rose

Saturday, April 4, 2015

JD Tapped as AMP 103.3's new nighttime host

CBS Radio Boston announced that JD Whitfield has been named WODS/AMP 103.3's new nights jock starting Monday, April 6th. Bay Area native arrives from CBS' sister station KZON/Live 101.5 in the Phoenix market where he most recently co-hosted morning-drive The Lady La Show. Prior to that, he handled nights at the station, a post he took after graduating from Arizona State University in 2013.

JD replaces Dustin "Slater" Carlson who ironically moved to Phoenix to take an afternoon drive host and assistant program director role at KDKB/Alt 93.3. Slater was with AMP for two years(BRW 2/05/13).

Amp 103.3's new line up now looks like this : 5:30am-9am The TJ Show, 9am-2pm  Vanessa Hale, 2pm-6pm Joe Breezy; 6-Midnight JD.

BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices : Boston media personality Kim Carrigan has left her co-host role on  "The Financial Exchange" show currently heard on WRKO 680 from 10am to Noon. She was with the financial talk show since September 2013. Her prior TV work included stops at Fox25, WBZ4 and 7NBC. No word on her next move....WGBH 89.7 is launching a new podcast, "Security Mom" hosted by international and homeland security expert Juliette Kayem. She is already a regular guest on "Boston Public Radio" heard weekdays 11am to 2pm. More details on Kayem's roles at 89.7 and her additional contribution to sister TV station can be found here.