Thursday, June 25, 2015

WRKO revamps its line-up to replace Rush

As been reported here previously, big changes are coming to Boston's heritage talk station WRKO 680 starting Monday(6/29). The talk station will change its branding, morning drive and late midday show as it says the final goodbye to the Rush Limbaugh Show after a 19-year association tomorrow(6/26). 

Earlier this morning, WRKO officially announced that a veteran Boston TV anchorwoman Kim Carrigan will preside over "The Boston.Com Morning Show"(6am-10am), She'll will be joined in-studio by former WEEI sports flasher Jon Meterparel and producer Dave Cullinane. Carrigan-led morning show will be a joint news and content venture with Boston Globe's news gathering and will involve contribution from its writers and columnists.

Carrigan had served as TV news anchor at 7NBC from 1994-2001, CBS4 from 2001 to 2004 and Fox25 from 2004 to 2012. She made a switch to radio in September 2012 as co-host of syndicated Financial Exchange heard on WRKO from 10 to Noon. She was hired by WRKO to host the new show in April of this year. For Meterparel, this is a return to the old stomping grounds at Entercom Boston where he had spent 12 years as the sports flasher on Dennis and Callahan morning drive show on WEEI 93.7. He left WEEI in October 2012 to pursue professional sports play-by-play opportunities. 

And for those who still prefer their talk slightly more to the right, Jeff Kuhner, who has been hosting the Kuhner Report on WRKO since November 2012(BRW 11/1/12) will now shift to Rush Limbaugh's former slot - Noon-3pm. He's also planning to take the show into a national syndication this fall. 

Limbaugh, of course, will be headlining the new all-syndicated line-up on Clear Channel/Iheart Media's Talk 1430 which also debuts on Monday(BRW 6/15).

In addition, as part of WRKO's transformation, the station will now be branding itself as "The Voice of Boston".

BRW Notebook :

Going once, going twice : Daly XXL Comunications has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire talker WMEX 1510 in Quincy and filed an application for license transfer with the Federal Communication Commission. The sale price is listed at $175,000. Daly XXL was formed by  Mary Catherine and Henry Remmer of Wilmington, NC and her brother Bryan Berner of Brooklyn NY. Berner also serves as General Manager and host at WMEX. FCC approval is expected by the end of summer.

Award time : For the 3rd straight year, WGBH 89.7 scooped up major radio hardware at the annual New York Festivals International Radio Programs & Promos Awards...It was quite a Monday night in New York City for this Boston's fastest rising radio star Loren Raye who won a prestigious Gracie Award in the Outstanding Morning/Afternoon Drive Personality category. Raye is the co-host of TJ Morning Show on WODS/AMP 103.3. The Gracies are presented by the AWM (American Women In Media) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AWM which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, public service, documentary and sports.

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