Thursday, August 31, 2017

WBZ fills its morning drive co-anchor role with familiar voice and face

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 AM announced last Thursday(8/23) that veteran television and radio anchor, Josh Binswanger, will be rejoining all-news/talk station as a morning drive anchor beginning in early September. Alongside WBZ's veteran Deb Lawler, Binswanger will deliver the morningâ's news stories, weekdays from 5 AM to 10 AM, on one of the most widely known and top rated all-news stations in the country. He replaces Joe Mathieu who left the station in late April and started as new morning drive anchor at WGBH 89.7 on August 10th.

"This is a homecoming that's a perfect fit for WBZ and for Josh", said Peter Casey, WBZ Director of News & Programming. "He brings a wealth of local knowledge and national news experience, and needs no tutorial on how to pronounce Gloucester or Worcester."

"I look forward to digging into the daily process of providing great journalism on the radio every day," added Binswanger.  "In an era of news anytime anywhere I'm thrilled to be able to be a part of that on WBZ"

Binswanger began his career in broadcasting when he was 14 years old and never looked back. From 1990-1995 he was the host and a producer of WBZ's award winning "Kid Company", a live weekly two-hour radio talk show for children ages 8-15. In 1993, Kid Company won a Peabody Award, one of the highest honors in broadcasting.


Switching careers?

WAAF 107.3's longtime morning voice Greg Hill is thinking about running for the congressional seat being vacated by Niki Tsongas reported The Boston Herald. Hill, of course, is host of  "The Hill-Man Morning Show" on WAAF. Lawrence Army Jr., an attorney who serves as Hill's spokesperson, says Hill is exploring all of his options, including running for the open congressional seat said Army Jr.,. He says through Hill's philanthropic work through the Greg Hill Foundation, which he founded in 2010 to raise money for families hit by tragedies, Public service would be a logical next step for Hill.  Election for Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District seat will be held in November 2018.

Hill is also the founder of the restaurant company, Whole House Group, LLC, which includes Battle Road Brewing Co. in Maynard, 29 Sudbury and the Waltham steakhouse, Flank.

Hill signed a multi-year new contract with Entercom last fall(BRW 11/19/16), however with the parent company mega-merging with CBS Radio later this year, things may get somewhat quite dicey on the radio side. WAAF has been heavily rumored as one of two local Entercom signals to be included in the upcoming divestiture package yet to be approved by Department of Justice's anti-trust division. Stay tuned....


BRW Notebook :

Free stuff :  WXRV 92.5 The River which just celebrated its 22 years  a couple weeks ago is holding its 16th annual River Music Festival at Waterfront Park in Newburyport on Saturday, September 2nd featuring headliner They Might Be Giants. Full schedule and artist line-up for the free event is here.


WBMX/Mix 104.1's last Mix Fest as CBS Radio station has been scheduled for Saturday, September 16th at 2pm. This year, Mix 104.1 welcomes Kelly Clarkson, Blondie, and Andy Grammer to the stage at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on Boston's Charles River Esplanade. Gates open at 11am.
Visit Mixfest site for all the details.

Skating to the left : Earlier this month, NHL's new expansion franchise Las Vegas Golden Knights raided key part of the Boston Bruins broadcast presence. After 16-season tenure Dave Goucher has left his post as radio play-by-play voice on WBZ/98.5 The Sports Hub and taking the TV play-by-play role for the Golden Knights. Per press release from the new team, Goucher will be joined by one-time Bruin defenseman Shane Hnidy, who will fill TV analyst role.


Goucher, a Rhode Island native and Boston University grad, called Bruins action from 2000 to 2009 on WBZ 1030 and then from 2009 thru 2016/2017 season on The Sports Hub.  Game analyst Bob Beers will return for his 20th year on the radio beat alongside soon-to-be-named radio voice.

Radio briefs : WBUR 90.9 has opened a news bureau inside the newsroom of the Dorchester Reporter in Boston’s largest and most populous neighborhood.  WBUR reporters will work in conjunction with Dorchester Reporter journalists to tell community-based stories of interest to all WBUR listeners and readers....  On August 15th and 16th, Entercom sports talker WEEI, again teamed up with regional sports cable TV network NESN to hold the 16th annual “WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon” raised more than $4 million to fight cancer.  Since 2002, the annual radio-telethon has raise more than $49 million to benefit the Jimmy Fund....

Police log : Earlier this week, WEEI 93.7's evening personality and Red Sox game host Mike Mutnansky addressed on-air(starting at 16:00 of the audio file) his DUI arrest in Saratoga Springs,NY three weeks ago. Mutnansky faces 3-month suspension of his driver's license. Final decision in his case will be rendered by NY State authorities later in September....Last Wednesday(8/23), former co-host of the Diehards on now defunct WWZN/1510 The Zone, Ryen Rusillo,  was arrested and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing  in Jackson Hole, WY. Rusillo has been with ESPN Radio since 2008 where he currently hosts a national midday show(1pm-4pm) heard locally on WEEI 850. He's expected to return to air after 2-week suspension on September 5th.

Passings :  Longtime WBZ 1030's radio personality Neil Chayet has died at age 78 on August 11th.
He passed away at his home in Salem after a nine-month battle against prostate cancer. Chayet, the host of local CBS Radio show “Looking at the Law” on WBZ NewsRadio 1030, retired in June due to his illness after 42 years on air and more than 10,000 episodes recorded. The Boston native graduated from Tufts University and Harvard Law School and remained an active alum at both institutions.

The Farm System :  Beasley Media Group, in conjunction with Xperi and Marketron Interactive, have partnered with the National Radio Talent System to unveil the Beasley Radio Talent Institute. The 10-day program will officially debut in the summer of 2018 at Emerson College The Institute is designed as a talent incubator and farm system for aspiring broadcasters.

The National Radio Talent System will be reaching out to broadcasting professionals in Boston and across the State of Massachusetts to teach sessions at the Institute. About the National Radio Talent System. See full press release here.

Convergence : Entercom announced it has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Acquia Engage Awards in the Media and Entertainment category. The Acquia Engage Awards recognize the amazing sites and digital experiences that organizations are building with the Acquia Platform. The winners will be announced at the Acquia Engage event at Boston's Intercontinental Hotel on October 16-18, 2017. In 2016, Entercom began the process of building a digital platform to provide new websites and functionality for all its radio stations. The result has been a new face of digital for the local brands 0while providing a state of the art content management system.

Old school WRKO : Back in the day, more specifically from 1967 to 1981, talk station WRKO 680 used to be known for its Top 40 hits and music jocks. Earlier this summer, a 50th year anniversary was marked with a reunion of WRKO's Big 68 era.  Event's organizer, Art Vuolo, tells BRW that a 2-DVD set is available to any and all WRKO fans who remember its golden music days :  "The very fact that all five original DJs from 1997 we're still alive and present for the event makes it an incredible slice of broadcasting history. Anyone can see the first few minutes of the memorable radio broadcast that was Saturday night June 3rd by simply going to www.vuolovideo.com.  It's right on the homepage and easy to access. We are donating $5.00 from every order to the Broadcasters Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization which helps broadcasters in need.  If possible, could you please make mention in your next posting about the availability of this double DVD set which commemorates 50 years of WRKO as a Music station"

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