Monday, August 31, 2015

Ordway returns to WEEI via midday opening

After the story was first reported last November, WEEI 93.7 and Glenn "Big O" Ordway reunion will finally become reality next Tuesday morning(9/8) when local sports radio veteran will return to the Entercom-owned sports talker. In his new role, Ordway who along with a fellow WEEI personalities Dale Arnold(2-6pm weekdays) and Craig Mustard(9-11am Saturdays) helped to launch all-sports format in Boston 24 years ago this Thursday(9/3), will join former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria weekdays from 10am-2pm. He officially replaces Tim Benz who left the station last month to return to Pittsburgh(BRW 7/31). Ordway filled in the mornings on WEEI over this past summer but he has been off the station in a regular weekday role for two years, six months and 25 days(BRW 2/14/13).

In WEEI's press release, Entercom/Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary said the time is right for Ordway’s return to WEEI. “There is no one in Boston media who better understands the passion, pride and peculiarities of New England sports fans than Glenn Ordway. In an era where copycats are far too often the norm, Glenn is a true and timeless original with legions of followers eager to hear his views every day.”

BRW Notebook :

Changes in radio booth :   Dave O’Brien who has been part of the Red Sox radio broadcast team at WEEI  93.7 for the past nine years will be moving on to TV side by accepting a play-by-play role on team-owned NESN starting with 2016 season, it was announced last week. O'Brien also works for ESPN where he calls Monday or Wednesday night baseball games during Sox season and college basketball during the offseason. With his new NESN assignment he will continue to work for ESPN in a scaled down capacity. The question now is who will replace O'Brien in WEEI radio booth as the station and the team head into final year of their 10-year radio deal. Look for WEEI's midday voice Lou Merloni to be a part of Sox radio broadcast team in full or part-time role come April 2016.

My summer reading : While CBS Radio's WBZ 1030 is the undisputed news/talk king in Boston, there is a pretty interesting two-station battle taking place between pubcasters WBUR 90.9 and WGBH 89.7. Read details here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Menna named VP/Market Manager For Greater Media Boston

Greater Media has named Mary Menna as VP/Market Manager for its Boston cluster which includes classic hits WROR 105.7, country WKLB 102.5, alternative rock WBOS 92.9, adult contemporary WMJX 106.7 and rhythmic WBQT 96.9. She succeeds Rob Williams, who is leaving the company after 3 1/2 years (BRW 1/30/12) to join Townsquare Media in Greenwich, CT. Williams has been commuting to Boston from CT during his time with Greater Media's 5-station Dorchester-based group. 

Menna joined Greater Media as general manager at WMJX 106.7 in May of 2014. Prior to that, she worked as the Market President of Clear Channel/Ihear Media Boston, where she spent 25 years serving in a variety of capacities, including director of sales, general sales manager, national sales manager and account executive. While in that capacity, she also managed Clear Channel’s Providence market for four years. Menna began her radio career straight out of Boston College at WBCN-FM.

She starts Monday (8/24).

BRW Notebook :

It's your fall song : Boston's transition from summer to fall is now officially under way with WBMX/MIX 104.1 announcing its 24th annual, free MIXFest concert the Hatch Shell on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2pm. This year’s lineup will include Rob Thomas, Third Eye Blind, Andy Grammer, Vance Joy, Rachel Platten("Fight Song").

Summer Shows : WXRV 92.5 The River which celebrated its 20th anniversary on August 1st is holding its annual, free Riverfront Music Festival at the Waterfront Park in Newburyport on Saturday, September 5th. Among the six acts in the line-up are the headliners the English Beat. For more information and times, see details here....It's a long summer time tradition. WBOS/Radio 92.9 is presenting after work concerts at Copley Square Park in August. The free shows, located in front of the historic Trinity Church, run from 5:00-8:00PM. All details are here.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich to simulcast on Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England and WBZ 98.5 will bring the Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show to television for the first time starting Monday(8/17), it was announced on Friday(8/14). The program, hosted by Fred Toettcher and Rich Shertenlieb, will be simulcast on CSN New England every weekday from 6 to 10am. The agreement was signed in early March.

Toucher and Rich arrived in Boston in June 2006 when they began hosting an afternoon-drive show on now-defunct WBCN 104.1. They switched to mornings at WBCN in December 2008 and then shifted over to the 98.5 Sports Hub when the sports talker launched in August 2009.

In addition to four hours of live programming weekday mornings. CSN New England also simulcasts Sports Hub's afternoon drive "Felger and Mazz" which became part of its schedule in mid-November 2011.

BRW Notebook :

Names and Voices : Speaking of the SportsHub, former NFL linebacker Steve DeOssie has joined the station's Patriots Post Game show host by midday host Marc "The Beetle" Bertrand. DeOssie was a football analyst with WEEI 93.7 since 2001. As part of rebooting Patriots radio pre and postgame shows this season, the Sports Hub also added Boston Globe's sports writer Chrs Gasper as Bertrand's co-host on Patriots Preview. Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh previously served in these roles.   

The ballot box : Voting for the 2015 National Radio Hall Of Fame inductees has begun.

For the first time in five years, Radio Hall of Fame's chairman Kraig T. Kitchin has reinstituted national public engagement through social media balloting for eight nominations in two categories — music format on-air personality and spoken word on-air personality.

Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprising 400 industry professionals.

The nominees to be voted on by listeners nationwide include two syndicated personalities heard locally: Ryan Seacrest(on Kiss 108 from 10am to 2pm) in the music format on-air personality and Sean Hannity(on Talk 1430 from 3pm to 6pm) in the spoken word on-air personality. Voting is open thru August 26th and details on how to vote by text can be found here.

The categories to be voted on by voting participant panel are: longstanding local/regional (20 years or more); active local/regional (10 years or more); networks/syndication (10 years or more); and longstanding network/syndication (20 years or more). There are no locals nominated in any of those categories.

The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization's steering committee.

Inductees will be announced Aug. 31. The induction ceremony will be Nov. 5 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Radio Ratings Leaderboard Starting To Look All Too Familiar As WROR Wins Again

Chalk up another victory for WROR 105.7. The Classic Hits pop rocker ranked first again in the monthly PPM Arbitron ratings released last week.
For the 6th consecutive month Greater Media's WROR kept its Number One ranking with a 6.7 rating, a .5 decrease from the previous month. Its sister station WKLB/New Hit Country 102.5 remained at number two but sharing that position with CBS Radio's news/talk WBZ/NewsRadio 1030 which gained an 0.8 from June with big local stories such as Boston Olympic bid, Tom Brady's Deflategate appeal, Boston Marathon bomber's sentencing and continued arrests of locally-grown terrorists.
Greater Media’s adult contemporary WMJX/Magic 106.7 held fourth place, and maintained a 5.9 rating for the second straight survey. WXKS/Kiss 108 rounded up the Top 5 with 5.5 but still away ahead of its direct rival - WODS/AMP 103.3 in 17th place with a 2.4.

Some worries for classic hits WZLX 100.7 which had a solid June, but it lost all the recovered numbers from May and then some in the July survey. WZLX's loss was its sister station WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub's big gain. The Sports Hub gained a full share in July which also came at the expense of other male-oriented formats. The Sports Hub finished 6th overall nudging out its direct competitor WEEI 93.7 which came in 7th place. WEEI was definitely impacted by what can only be described as pathetic performance by the Red Sox in June and July. The Sports Hub capitalized with a meteoric surge from #7 to #1 in the "money demo"(listeners ages 25 to 54). Other male-oriented formats like alternative rocker WBOS 92.9 and mainstream rock WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7 slid a bit.

In the 18-34 demographic, country was king as WKLB/Country 102.5 came at #1 followed by WXKS/Kiss 108 which took the top prize among 18-49 listeners.

BRW Notebook :
Names and voices : iHeartMedia New Hampshire announced that John Laurenti has been named Program Director for WHEB 100.3 in Portsmouth and WGIR/Rock 101 in Manchester effective August 17.  Laurenti is a veteran New England Broadcaster who most recently was heard on weekends on WZLX 100.7 in Boston. He also held previous roles with Greater Media's WBOS 92.9, CBS at Oldies 103.3 in Boston and WHJY in Providence...WRKO 680's midday host Jeff Kuhner signed a new contract to remain with the Voice of Boston for the foreseeable future...Tim Benz who resigned as midday host at WEEI 93.7 after 14 months(BRW 7/31) is happily back in Pittsburgh working for his wife's employer - Tribune-Review - where's he's a new 10am-1pm co-host for TribLive's on-line sports radio show.