Saturday, November 21, 2015


Magic 106.7's variety once again includes Christmas tunes

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. 


Boston's WMJX/Magic 106.7 flipped the official holiday switch on Friday(11/20) at 5pm, changing formats to all-Christmas music with Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas".


This is the fourth year in the row that the FM radio station, owned by Greater Media,, has rebranded as “Boston's Christmas Station” for the holiday season.


This year Magic will have commercial-free "Christmas hour" at 8:15am and 2:15pm each weekday. In addition, the MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS tradition will continue with commercial-free music from 6pm Christmas Eve through 8pm Christmas Day. More details from station's press release.

(If you miss the regular Magic 106.7's playlist of Adele, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, etc, you can find them all on WMJX 106.7 HD2 sub-channel stream thru December 25. WMJX 106.7 HD2 is typically all-Christmas during the year).

For those who like their Christmas music without commercial interruptions, WODS 103.3 HD3 offers a non-stop stream which kicked off on Sunday, November 1st.



BRW Notebook : 

Holiday Shows :  WXKS/Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball 2015 is part of the national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour, the season’s biggest annual music tour scheduled a stop a TD Garden in Boston on December 10th. The line-up will include The star-studded lineup features: The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Tove Lo, Hailee Steinfeld and Natalie La Rose.... WBMX/Mix 104.1's annual holiday concert, Not So Silent Night is on Wed., December 9th at the House of Blues. This year's line-up includes Fall Out Boy, Elle King, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and Jamie Lawson.

News and programming notes : WRKO 680/"The Voice of Boston" raised over $357,000 during last week's 2nd annual Fisher House Radiothon. One of the highlights of the fundraiser was when Boston native and Hollywood celebrity Mark Wahlberg phoned in his support, with a $100,000 donation to help Fisher House continue its efforts to build comfort homes that support families of recovering military men and women at VA and military facilities nationwide...According to Boston Globe's sports media writer Chad Finn, Entercom Boston, had received approximately 200 applications for the opening on WEEI 93.7's Red Sox radio broadcast booth, a spot that became available when Dave O'Brien moved over to NESN. The list of candidates has been narrowed to 5 - WEEI's midday personality Lou Merloni is among them - with a partner for longtime Red Sox voice Joe Castiglione expected to be announced sometime before Thanksgiving....Can you believe that it's the 50th anniversary of the "Alice's Restaurant Massacre," commonly known as "Alice's Restaurant"? The usual suspects - WROR 105.7, WXRV 92.5 and WZLX 100.7 - will continue its tradition of playing Arlo Guthrie's folk classic on Thanksgiving Day at Noon..

Voices and Names : WEEI 93.7's Glenn Ordway had one Halloween scare when doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital had discovered and removed large cancerous growth in his colon. Ordway had collapsed prior to Jets-Patriots game in Foxboro on Sun, October 25 and was rushed to the hospital  Ordway returned to WEEI two weeks later and told his story to the audience...UMass Boston's WUMB 91.9 has moved host Brendan Hogan from evenings to The Morning Show. Jess Phaneuf took over 7-10 PM weekdays. Phaenuf came to WUMB after seven years at MVYRadio on Martha's Vineyard...Barry Armstrong who buys and programs two hours a day on WRKO 680 with his "Financial Exchange" show might be in hot water with the state regulators who have been investigating various financial advice talk shows on the radio dial. Armstrong faces a fine as well as possible suspension of programming and advertising for a month or two if the state rules against him. More in the Globe's story here...Candy O'Terry who exited Magic 106.7 after 25 years earlier this year(BRW 3/27) was recently named Massachusetts Broadcaster of the Year....Arun Rath, who just recently left his LA-based role as weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, has moved to Boston as a correspondent for WGBH News.  He was previously senior reporter for WGBH-produced programs Frontline and The World. Rath will be based out of the WGBH newsroom, but this doesn’t mean he’s leaving NPR. He’ll split his time reporting for both, with a focus on neuroscience....After nearly 9 years as music director/assistant program director/morning show producer Jim Clerkin exited WXKS/Kiss 108 last week...Fomer WBCN and WFNX personality and host of Patriots Radio Network, Bill Abbate has recently joined the weekend line-up at WXRV/92.5 The River...Presidential election season is like Christmas music for news and talk radio formatted stations. Boston Herald profiles WBZ 1030's "NightSide" host Dan Rea. "NightSide" which debuted in October 2007 is the only local nightly topic talk show in the Boston market.... After a two-year battle with cancer, former longtime Boston radio personality Jimmy Roberts had passed away in Florida last month. Roberts had worked at WROR 98.5, WBMX 98.5, WKLB 105.7 and WROR 105.7 between 1979 and 1998.