Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Morning shakeup at Country 102.5

Beasley's WKLB/Country 102.5 morning host Jeff Miles has departed abruptly after just 8 months. His last day at Country 102.5 turned out to be last Friday(11/11). He joined the station on March from KCYY/San Antonio and had prior stops at WPLJ/New York and WWWQ/Atlanta. No word on what is planned for the new morning show though PM driver Kevin Kennedy was heard filling in on Monday. Also unclear what co-host's Hannah Byrom's new role will be going forward. She joined Miles in mid-April (BRW 4/15). Miles and Byrom were supposed to freshen up station's presentation and brand after management decided to let go veterans John "JW" Willis and Lori Grande back in mid-February(BRW 2/12). Willis was WKLB's morning host since 1997.

The shakeup comes as WKLB and rest of Greater Media's stations in Boston and elsewhere were officially taken over by Florida-based Beasley Broadcasting on November 1st. Greater Media's sale to Beasley was first announced back in July(BRW 7/20).

In the most recent Nielsen Audio survey for October, Country 102.5 ranked 7th with a 4.7 percent share and cumulative weekly audience of 808,200 while its direct format competitor WBWL/Bull 101.7 tied for 15th with 2.7 share and 480,700 weekly cume. November survey will be released next Tuesday(11/22).


BRW Notebook :

Staying, Moving and Going :  Continuing with the country music beat, iHeartMedia WBWL/Bull 101.7's PD/afternooner Lance Houston and evening personality Colton Bradford switched dayparts.  Bradford is now hosting 3pm-8pm. Houston is on from 8pm to Midnight. Bradford has been with the Bull since May 2015(BRW 5/14/2015). He will continue to voice-track night shows on Iheart's sister stations in Portsmouth, NH and Springfield, MA. Houston will keep his other role as afternoon driver on Iheart Radio's station in Atlanta.....WAAF 97.7/107.3's Hill-man morning show co-host Danielle Murr was supposed to exit the show after her 11-year run on Friday, November 11. Instead, she signed a new contract and will stick around....Michael Czarnecki has been promoted to Program Director at WRKO 680. He assumes the role after spending the last 15 months as Assistant PD and Operations Manager for the heritage New England News/Talker. Prior to joining WRKO, Czarnecki served as APD for iHeartMedia’s WHYN-FM and WRNX-FM/Springfield, MA He’s also held previous on-air and programming positions in Boston, Hartford, Medford, OR and Manchester, NH...

Veteran Boston broadcaster John Garabedian has announced he will be leaving the nationally syndicated "Open House Party" as host at the end of this year. First launched on KISS 108/Boston in 1987, OHP has since spread to nearly every major market in the U.S. and Canada. Garabedian has just released his memoir, “The Harmony of Parts,” available on Amazon. The show hasn't aired on Kiss 108 since mid 2000's.... Trenni Kusnierek has joined WEEI 93.7 weekend lineup, where she’ll serve as a weekend and substitute host. Kusnierek will also retain her full-time role as a sports anchor and reporter for COMCAST SportsNet/New England, where she’s been seen in the market since 2012. Prior to joining the regional cable network, Kusnierek was a sports reporter and talk show host at Milwaukee stations WTMJ and ESPN 540. She’s also been a reporter and anchor for the MLB Network, the NFL Network and the Big Ten Network...Comedian/blogger Jerry Thornton is expected to leave WEEI 93.7's afternoon "Dale and Holley" show. He's returning to Barstool Sports blog. His role will not be immediately replaced....WBOS/Alt 92.9's jock Jason Rossi, WMJX/Magic 106.7 overnight host Michael Burns and weekend host Tina Gao had exited their respective roles during Beasley's takeover of Greater Media's properties earlier this month...


Traffic Changes Are Coming :  CBS Radio has chosen Radiate Media as its new broadcast content traffic partner, effective April 1, 2017. Radiate Media will supply CBS Radio stations with customized traffic data for its over-the-air stations, operating in 26 markets including Boston. CBS Radio has been using iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic product for the last 10 years. CBS presently owns five stations in the Boston market - WBZ 1030, WZLX 100.7, WBZ 98.5, WBMX 104.1 and WODS/AMP 103.3. On April 1st, 2017, when Radiate Media takes over traffic for all CBS Radio stations nationally and locally, some (but not all) of Total Traffic employees will be hired by Radiate Media, making the transition appear to be seamless for the Boston radio listeners particularly those who get their traffic reports during all-news format on WBZ 1030.



Sunday Morning Blues : Recently, WZLX 100.7 shifted its Sunday morning schedule a bit - after a 14-year run, Sunday Morning Blues is now an hour shorter and airs from 8am to 10am. Larry "Chachi" Loprette's  "Breakfast With the Beatles" got bumped to 7am.

Ho-ho-holy cow … The celebrating of winter holidays on Boston radio will begin around the same time as has been the case for the past three years - 3rd Friday in November. Expect WMJX/Magic 106.7 to flip to its annual Christmas music format later this week(probably somewhere around Friday, November 18).

Taking the lead :  WRKO 680 hosted its third annual Veteran Day Radiothon raising over $ 71,000 for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).   The Radiothon was held from 6 am to 3 pm  on Friday(11/11) taking donations via phone calls, text messages and online. On-air personalities including Kim Carrigan and Doug “VB” Goudie from The Boston.com Morning Show, Barry Armstrong from The Financial Exchange show, and Jeff Kuhner from The Kuhner Report show, highlighted inspirational stories from veterans of all ages and the DAV members who assist them. For more information about the Radiothon, photos and interviews from the event, visit www.WRKO.com/radiothon

Whatever It Takes : Last month, former Boston Red Sox pitching ace Curt Schilling announced he would begin hosting a weekend radio show on WFEA/Manchester, NH, syndicated via the Howie Carr Radio Network. Schilling had expanded on his media aspirations, signing on to host a daily talk show, Whatever It Takes, for conservative news website Breitbart.com. The show debuted on October 24th and streams weekdays from 9am-11am (ET).

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