Earlier today, iHeartMedia Boston had announced a new long-term agreement with the "Howie Carr Show" to remain on WRKO 680, effective immediately.
Carr started at WRKO in 1989 as the host of a weekly program known as The Governors that featured the late Barbara Anderson and the late Jerry Williams. He started full time as the station's afternoon drive-time host in September 1994.
When Carr's contract with former station owner Entercom ended in November 2014, he launched his own syndication. Initially, Carr and Entercom weren't able to agree on the affiliation agreement so Carr placed his show in the Boston market on now defunct and off-the-air WMEX 1510 in Quincy. In March 2015, he and Entercom finally signed a 3-year affiliation deal.(BRW 3/9/15).
Iheart acquired WRKO from Entercom last fall as part of divestiture spin-off in a CBS Radio acquisition.
"iHeart is the gold standard of talk radio in America," said Carr. "I am so happy to be associated with the best company in the industry."
IHEARTMEDIA BOSTON ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM AGREEMENT WITH THE HOWIE CARR SHOW ON WRKO
Boston, MA – March 27, 2018 – iHeartMedia Boston announced today a new long-term agreement with the Howie Carr Show on WRKO - AM 680, effective immediately.
Howie Carr has been on the air at WRKO for more than 20 years and is a legendary broadcaster, American journalist, author, and conservative talk show host with strong, passionate New England fans. The Howie Carr show broadcasts from 3 – 7 p.m. on weekdays.
"iHeart is the gold standard of talk radio in America,” said Howie Carr. “I am so happy to be associated with the best company in the industry."
“We are so glad to have Howie with our iHeart family here in Boston,” said Alan Chartrand, President iHeartMedia Boston Region. “Howie is a staple in this market and we are excited to have his brand be a part of the iHeartMedia Boston team.”
“Howie Carr is a trusted friend to Boston listeners,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programing for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “We’re thrilled he will continue on WRKO for many more years to come.”
iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Boston market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 1.7 billion app downloads and 110 million registered users.
About iHeartMedia Boston
iHeartMedia Boston owns and operates WXKS-FM, WJMN-FM, WBWL-FM, WZLX-FM, WKAF-FM, WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM and WXKS-AM, and is part of iHeartMedia.
With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 129 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leading audio company in the U.S., iHeartMedia serves over 150 local markets through 849 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, on satellite, at iHeartRadio.com, on the company’s station websites and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service, available on over 250 platforms and 2000 devices, including on digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs and gaming consoles.
iHeartRadio offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist, on demand features and the top podcasts and personalities. The all-in-one digital service has more than 1.7 billion downloads, 110 million registered users and is the No. 1 commercial radio podcaster in the U.S.
iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital, social, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.
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The Globe spins off RadioBDC; new owners to launch Indie617 on April 2nd
After a 5 1/2 year run Boston Globe's digital music station "RadioBDC"(BRW 8/13/12) is being spun off by the newspaper publisher. Indie617, a new destination for music discovery and emerging artists, is set to launch next Monday, April 2 at 2pm under new ownership. The brainchild of President/Managing Partner Paul Driscoll and General Sales Manager/Managing Partner John LaVasseur, Indie617 is being spun off from Boston.com’s RadioBDC as an independent entity and company.
After establishing a new template for online rock radio, Boston Globe Media is pleased to facilitate a smooth transition as RadioBDC evolves and branches out into Indie617, powered by a distinguished team of radio personalities, including longtime Boston radio vets Adam 12(afternoon drive) and Julie Kramer(middays).
Those listeners who currently have the RadioBDC app will notice the change in branding shortly after Monday's launch. Driscoll said, “This company marks a new day for Boston in independent media, as Indie617 promises a musical selection that can’t be found anywhere on the dusty FM dial.”
He added, “Indie617 is our next phase of evolution, a source for new music and emerging artists not heard anywhere else. The sound is one that reflects our Boston base, combining homegrown talent with national artists. While this move forward is exciting for us, we’ll also remember our roots. Boston.com was the perfect home for us as we launched the first digital streaming radio station in Boston. Indie617 carries on that tradition.”
Jane Bowman, VP of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Boston Globe Media, remarked, “It’s gratifying to watch what was incubated as part of Boston.com a little over six years ago expand as its own business. I’m proud of what we built together and excited to see where they take it as they spread their wings.”
BRW Notebook :
Moving around : After almost five years at WBOS/Alt 92.9 and for the past year and a half as its music director(BRW 8/18/16), John Mullett, returned to his native Vermont to program WNCS/The Point 104.7 in Montpelier and the 4-station The Point Radio Network...After 10 years at WBZ/NewsRadio 1030 as full-time producer and weekend host, Chris Citorik,is moving over to WBUR 90.9's afternoon drive "Radio Boston" program. At WBZ, Citorik served as Executive Producer for Dan Rea's "Night Side" and hosted Sunday night show called "Up Front". Immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco who has been a guest host/fill-in at WBZ for the past couple of years will take over Sunday night's hosting duties....In early February, Entecom's WMJX/Magic 106.7 left old home in Dorchester and moved into the TV38 building in Brighton that houses its new clustermates WWBX/Mix104.1 and WODS/AMP 103.3. Beasley's sports talker WBZ 98.5/The SportsHub will be ready to leave Brighton and to take over vacated Magic studios in Dorchester by late spring when all the construction is done...Some other aftershocks from last fall Magic-SportsHub swap between Entercom and Beasley : you will notice that Dan O'Brien's is no longer hosting the long-running local version of nationally syndicated "Acoustic Sunrise" on WWBX/Mix 104.1 on Sunday mornings(7am-11am). That's because O'Brien's day job is an executive producer for morning drive's "Toucher and Rich" which airs on Beasley's WBZ/98.5 The SportsHub. WBZ/98.5 competes directly against Mix's sister station WEEI/SportsRadio 93.7.
Public Radio Idol : Boston University's WBUR 90.0 is searching “creative, funny, and engaging person who can entertain a wide audience for a new weekend show". The winner of the "Next Great Show" competition will have a pilot episode of their program produced by WBUR. The contest runs thru April 20 and you can submit your entry here.