The Captain is back!!!!!
The Voice of WBZ's morning sports signs off
The top story on WBZ1030.com today is obviously the retirement of its longtime morning sports anchor Gil Santos who has been at WBZ AM 1030 full time since 1971 and was a broadcaster in New Bedford and Fall River since 1959.
Santos began at WBZ in 1966 as play-by-play for Boston College and New England Patriots football games. After an 11-year hiatus, Santos resumed his role as voice of the Patriots in 1990 and will remain the team's voice on flagship WBCN 104.1FM for the foreseeable future the team has announced.
The station, meanwhile, is still looking for someone to permanently take over Santos' early morning shift. Former WBZ-TV4 sports anchor Bob Lobel will be behind the mic starting next Tuesday(2/3).
BRW Notebook :
Let the music play : As mentioned in yesterday's update, Greater Media Boston laid off some staffers at its local stations. Among those let go were local radio veterans Albert Oram(overnights) and Julie Devereaux(evenings) at Classic Hits WROR 105.7FM. BRW has confirmed thru Greater Media spokesperson that those two shifts will now become music-intensive and will not be filled. Elimination of local personalities during less-listened dayparts on radio stations has been a growing trend nationally and locally over the past two years. Similarly, WROR's competitor WODS 103.3FM/Oldies 103.3FM features syndicated programming in the evening and no overnight on-air personality. Sadly, WROR and WODS won't be the last Boston music stations to eliminate local personalities in the evening. Other stations are expected to follow suit. However, WROR does plan to name a new afternoon personality shortly to replace Paul Perry whose contract wasn't renewed earlier this month.
Award season : WEEI AM 850 has been nominated for two “2009 R&R News/Talk/Sports Industry Achievement Awards.” The annual awards, presented by industry publication/website Radio and Records, will be presented at the R&R Talk Radio Seminar in Los Angeles March 12-14. WEEI is among six nominees for the News/Talk/Sport Station of the Year Award (Markets 1-25). Additionally, “Big Show” host Glenn Ordway was nominated for the News/Talk/Sports Local Personality of the Year (Ordway is one of six nominees in the category and the only local nominee). For more information and a list of all award categories and nominees, see here.
The Big Game : Speaking of WEEI, the station will be broadcasting the SuperBowl this Sunday(2/1). Calling the game for Westwood One radio will be Marv Albert, Boomer Esiason, John Dockery, Mark Malone and Jim Gray, plus studio host Tommy Tighe. WEEI will pick up the Westwood One's pregame coverage starting at 4pm after Celtics-Wolves game and John Ryder's "Celtics Rewind". SuperBowl kick off is scheduled for 6:28pm.