Friday, September 23, 2016

Toucher and Rich score a Marconi

Winners of the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards were announced Thursday night at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, held at the Radio Show in Nashville.

Toucher & Rich show on WBZ/The Sports Hub 98.5 won in the Major Market Personality of the Year category.

Here is CBS Radio Boston's press release :

For Immediate Release                                  CONTACT: CHA-CHI LOPRETE                                      
                                                                       Telephone: 617-746-1460
BOSTON, Mass. (Sept 23, 2016) - Toucher & Rich of 98.5 The Sports Hub/WBZ-FM were named Major Market Personalities of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Awards, the industry’s most prestigious honor. The awards were announced Thursday, Sept 22 at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner held in Nashville.

"Fred and Rich have worked tirelessly over the last decade to bring their unique brand of content and humor to Boston radio listeners, and the Marconi Award is recognition of their extraordinary efforts,” said Mark Hannon, Senior Vice President, CBS RADIO Boston.  “I know I speak for everyone at 98.5 The Sports Hub when I say we're grateful to Toucher & Rich's loyal audience and are so proud to have them anchoring mornings."

Having recently celebrated  their tenth anniversary on CBS Radio Boston, The Toucher and Rich Show (weekday mornings, 6:00-10:00AM) 2016 spring book ratings placed the program at # 1 Men 18-34, # 1 Men 18-49 and  # 1 Men 25-54.

Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards honor radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. 

About 98.5 The Sports Hub

98.5 The Sports Hub, which has been the official flagship station of the Patriots since 1995, is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations in 26 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates Boston's WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, WBMX-FM MIX 104.1, WODS-FM 103.3 AMP Radio, and WZLX-FM 100.7 Boston's Classic Rock station. The Patriots Radio Network airs locally on 98.5 The Sports Hub as well as on 36 sister stations throughout New England.

BRW Notebook :

Gone Wild : Radio One, the company that bills itself “The Urban Media Specialist,” has officially left the Boston market more than five years after it opted to discontinue programming targeted to Boston's African-American community.(BRW 6/1/2011). 

Maryland-based Radio One had owned the a 5,000-watt daytime-only AM station since 2000. A year before, it acquired 97.7 frequency which become WILD/Hot 97-7. However, in 2006, it sold off rWILD-FM to Entercom for $30 million(currently 97.7 WKAF which simulcasts rocker WAAF 107.3).

Radio Boston Broadcasting is the California-based company that has been operating WILD with the “China Radio International” network via a Time Brokerage Agreement since December 2013; a related entity had been running WILD via a similar arrangement from June 2011. The deal breaks down like this : RBB is paying a total of $888,326.16 for 1090. The $15,000 per month laease payments that the company has paid since December 2013 will go towards the purchase price. Radio Boston Broadcasting is privately owned by James Su’s Universal Broadcasting with a 78% stake and father-son John and Greg Douglas’ AIM Broadcasting of Palo Alto with a 22% stake. WILD will continue to air programming from China Radio International.

NPR Changes : Rachel Martin will join Steve Inskeep and David Greene hosting NPR’s flagship morning drive show, “Morning Edition,” after Renee Montagne transitions to her new role of special correspondent in November. The show launched on NPR on November 5, 1979. It currently airs in Boston on WBUR 90.9(5-9am) and WGBH 89.7(5am-10am).

Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR’s South America correspondent, will take up the “Weekend Edition Sunday” host mantle in January. The Weekend Edition runs 8-10am Sat/Sun on WGBH 89.7 and WBUR 90.9

Greene will head over to NPR West in early 2017 to continue his “Morning Edition” hosting duties there. He will join “All Things Considered” host Kelly McEvers and “Newscast’s” Dwane Brown as news magazine voices coming regularly out of Culver City, Calif.

Executive Shuffle : In late August, Entercom Communications announces a promotion and an addition to the ranks of its Boston sales leadership. Alison Harris who was WRKO 680's sales manager had been named to the same position at sister Rock station WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7, while Denise DiLuca was hired away from VP of Sales for iHeartMedia/Providence to succeed Harris at WRKO

Speaking of Entercom,  WEEI 93.7's 15th annual Jimmy Fund Radiothon raised over $3.5 million to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The yearly fundraiser is held in conjunction with regional cable TV channel NESN.

WODS gets revAMPed : Matt Bosso was named Assistant Program Director/Music Direct at WODS/AMP 103.3. Bosso's previous stints have included APD and afternoon drive at WASH/Wash., DC and WKTU/New York. The Long Island native officially replaced Joe Breeze(David Ambrecht) who moved to Nashville in June where his new bride Danielle Breeze is a chief meteorologist.

Other WODS announcements included Afternoon mixer Tone Terra(James Mitchell) being named Assistant Music Director, Vanessa Hale promoted to PM Drive and former weekender Corinne Kimball to officially taking over Hale's former midday shift on a permanent basis.

AMP's Program Director Steve Salhany commented in a press release, "We’re really excited to bring Matt on board, he’s an impact player and we’re thrilled to have him joining the staff. And Tone, Vanessa & Corinne have all richly earned these promotions, they’ve truly helped AMP become a great radio station."

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