Saturday, April 2, 2016

Reports : The framework of the Red Sox' new radio deal with WEEI is done

According to two reports in the Boston Herald, Entercom's WEEI 93.7 and the Red Sox are about to extend their relationship with a new longterm deal. And, according to sources in Gayle Fee's article, the new deal would keep the team’s games on the 25-year sports talker for another seven to eight years. Sources in Fee's article also say that rival station 98.5 The Sports Hub, which is owned by CBS, was in the mix for the team’s radio rights, but when CBS announced their intentions to get out of the radio business, that sealed the deal.

Fee’s report says that the deal is expected to be less than the previous 10-year, $200 million deal between Entercom and the Red Sox. The feeling is that the new deal will be in the neighborhood of $15 million to $16 million a year for seven or eight years, but that has yet to be confirmed by either party.

In addition, trade publication Inside Radio is reporting that much-anticipated WEEI-Red Sox announcement may be dropping as early as next week according to Entercom Boston president Phil Zachary. Perhaps to coincide with the start of the new season or home opener.

Former WEEI's programming guru Wolfe to head Carr's radio network 

Boston Talk radio legend Howie Carr has tapped industry veteran Jason Wolfe to fill the newly created role of Network Manager for The Howie Carr Radio Network. Wolfe will be in charge of building and expanding the reach and brand of Carr’s daily show (syndicated regionally to 27 stations across New England, including Boston's WRKO 680), in addition to managing day-to-day operations of the network and assisting in developing new marketing and business partnerships. Wolfe, who had a lengthy run as VP/Programming and Operations for News/Talker WRKO and Sports/Talk clustermate WEEI, will also continue to serve as Chief Media and Marketing Strategist for The Financial Exchange Radio Network, whose flagship daily business radio show hosted by Barry Armstrong also airs on WRKO from 10am-Noon.

Official Howie Carr Radio Network press release below :

Media Contact
Kathy Carr 781-249-0102


Former WRKO & WEEI VP to oversee day-to-day operations of the growing regional network

Boston, Mass. – (March 30th, 2016) Jason Wolfe has joined The Howie Carr Radio Network in the newly created position of Network Manager. The announcement was made by President and CEO Howie Carr and is effective immediately.

In his role, Wolfe will be in charge of building and expanding the reach and brand of The Howie Carr Show, in addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the network, which will include helping to develop new marketing and business partnerships.

Wolfe, who served as Vice President of Programming and Operations for WRKO and WEEI in Boston from 2006 to 2013, will continue in his role as Chief Media and Marketing Strategist for The Financial Exchange Radio Network.

“I’m very excited to be able to work with Howie in a more formal capacity again,” said Jason Wolfe. “He is a truly great talk show host, which is why he’s in the Radio Hall of Fame. I’m looking forward to helping him continue to build, what is, already, an incredibly strong regional network.”

Carr, who is also a columnist for the Boston Herald, has written two New York Times bestsellers. He won a National Magazine Award for Boston Magazine and is a contributor to Newsmax TV.

“Jason has been working with us for several months and has been doing a great job in getting the show noticed by numerous new markets,” said Carr. “I know that he will build on that success in his new role as our Network Manager.”

The Howie Carr Show airs on 27 stations across New England, including WRKO AM 680 in Boston, WXTK FM 95.1 Cape Cod, WCRN AM 830 Worcester, WHYN AM 560 Springfield, WGAN AM 560/FM 105.5 Portland, ME, WVOM FM 103.9 Bangor, WFEA AM 1370

Manchester, NH, WNNH FM 99.1 Concord, NH, WPOP AM 1410 Hartford, CT, and WVMT AM 620 Burlington, VT

BRW Notebook :
n 1973, Howard Stern worked as a DJ for WTBU on a show called the King Schmaltz Bagel Hour. WTBU claims the title as the first station to fire Stern, after he ran a segment titled “Making the Bishop Blush.”
The country shuffle : Texas native Jeff Miles has joined Greater Media's WKLB/Country102.5  as the new morning man effective March 7. He succeeds John "JW" Willis and Lori Grande, who exited in February after more than a decade (). Miles was most recently working mornings at KCYY/Y100 in San Antonio. "Jeff Miles brings some great experiences and successes with him," says PD Mike Brophey. Adds Miles, "It feels like I'm joining a great family more than anything else!" Miles' past stops include Hot AC WPLJ/New York and Top 40 WWWQ/Atlanta, among others....Another WKLB newcomer is Renee Castle who is the new evening(7pm-Midnight) jock. Most recently the California native was a part-timer with WKDF in Nashville. Castle started as an actor, then producer for Hell's KitchenBlind Date and other reality TV shows. Her background also includes Westwood One and Top 40 WJXA/Nashville. "Renee brings an enthusiasm and excitement for radio and Boston that is contagious,” says PD Mike Brophey. "Her entertainment experience is awesome and we are elated to have her on our team."...Speaking of the Country format, WKLB's rival WBWL 101.7 The Bull is adding more duties to its staffers - afternoon driver and station's program director Lance Houston has been promoted to Country format captain for the region, which includes Springfield, Portsmouth, Manchester, Providence and Cape Cod markets in addition to Boston. He also adds PD duties for the company's WTBU/95.3 The Bull in Portsmouth, NH. Also, Bull 101.7's night personality Colton Bradford adds the same shift on Bull 95.3 in Portsmouth and the company's WRNX/Kix 100.9 in Springfield.

Some changes may be on the way shortly : CBS Corporation plans to sell or spin off(IPO) its radio assets in the coming year. Leslie Moonves, CBS chairman-CEO, confirmed the news during CBS' "Investor Day" presentation in Manhattan on March 15th.  Moonves said "CBS would explore a variety of alternatives for the group including a sale, swap or spinoff of the group, just as CBS spun off its outdoor advertising group in 2014."

CBS owns 117 stations in 26 markets, including WBZ/NewsRadio 1030, WBZ 98.5 The SportsHub, WZLX 100.7, WBMX/Mix 104.1 and  and WODS/AMP 103.3 in Boston

Think twice if you want to become a radio pirate when you grow up : And, The Federal Communications Commission has issued an Enforcement Advisory, writing, "Perpetrators of pirate radio stations, which by definition do not obtain FCC licenses or comply with commission rules and requirements, are in violation of federal law and FCC rules. This prohibition does not discriminate by size of operations, applying equally to the rebellious high school kid operating a radio station from his bedroom as it does to slick and sophisticated high-powered illegal broadcast operations."

The advisory notes, "Such illegal activity threatens the livelihood and sustainability of existing radio broadcasters and the health and safety of the listening public."

No listener left behind : Nielsen has launched Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings to measure over-the-air radio listening across mobile apps and Web players, regardless of ad model and device — smartphones, tablets and computers.

The service, which collects data on more than 2,500 station streams across 48 markets including Boston, measures the extension of broadcast radio to streaming environments.

At first, it will report the listening of digital streams of AM/FM radio stations and e-radio stations in those markets.

Measurements for custom-curated and on-demand audio, including podcasts, are currently in development.

Down but not out : All programming at Boston University WTBU 640 is currently suspended due to a massive fire which ripped thru station's Comm Ave. studios on March 25th. The award-winning college radaio station plans to post DJ podcasts for the time being. WTBU is also collecting station memories and posting them on its Facebook page. WTBU is also the place where legendary American radio host Howard Stern got his start. In 1973, as a BU sophomore,  Stern realized his long-held dream of getting behind an actual mic and racked up many firsts.. At WTBU, Stern and three friends form a comedy troupe came up with a show called "The Radio Schmaltz Bagel Hour".

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