Tuesday, May 26, 2009

WROR revs up afternoon drive with Doyle and Devereaux

Greater Media has just sent out a press release(see below) announcing a new afternoon drive team for its classic hits WROR 105.7FM. Starting today, morning funnyman Tom Doyle and veteran radio personality Julie Devereaux will team up to form "Doyle and Devereaux" which will run from 3pm to 7pm. WROR has been running without a permanent afternoon drive host since Paul Perry's contract wasn't renewed at the end of 2008.(He's currently heard at WROR on weekends). Part-timer JC Haze has been subbing in the PM drive slot for the past five months.

Doyle has been part of the legendary morning team "Loren and Wally" since 1991 when he worked at the old WVBF. In 1992, he left WVBF for a brief morning stint at sports talker WEEI AM 590 followed by a morning show at now-defunct country WBCS 96.9FM. Doyle rejoined L&W at WROR 105.7FM in September 1996 when Greater Media brought back the familiar call letters to launch the station's current classic hits format.

Devereaux has been heard in the Boston market since 1987 when she was a DJ at now defunct WCGY 93.7FM. Then followed an eight-year run at WBOS 92.9FM from 1992 to 2000. She moved to afternoon drive at sister station WROR 105.7FM in 2000. Earlier this year, she lost her evening show at WROR due to budget cuts.

Doyle & Devereaux to Premiere TONIGHT on 105.7 WROR!

Boston, MA (May 26, 2009): Tom Doyle, member of The Loren Wally Morning Show on 105.7 WROR and creator of Tom's Townie Tunes, will join forces with Julie Devereaux for Boston's first ever morning show spin-off into PM Drive... Doyle & Devereaux, afternoons from 3 to 7pm!

Drive in with Loren & Wally... Drive home with Doyle & Devereaux! The show will feature Tom's Townie Tunes, as well as thoughtful discussions about the latest in entertainment and local news. Julie will always be there to correct Tom and keep him in his place.

The big announcement was made today at 8:30am by 105.7 WROR Morning Personality Loren Owens, who assured listeners that Doyle would still be a part of The Loren & Wally Morning Show. "I always wanted my own show," said Doyle. "I didn't know I'd have to do it though." Lucky for him, Julie will be running the show.

Tune-in today at 3pm.

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BRW Notebook :

Cuddy returns : Freelance sports reporter Tom Cuddy who was cut by WBZ AM 1030 in January(BRW 1/2) is back delivering sports updates during station's "Afternoon News" block. Cuddy runs his sports update business which serves a number of New England radio stations.

Radio giant adopts new cost-cutting tool : According to last week's report in NY Post, the nation's largest radio operator Clear Channel, appears headed to a showdown with its lenders. But while it tries to avoid bankruptcy, the debt-strapped Clear Channel is introducing somewhat controversial company-wide programming options to contain costs.

Most Clear Channel's local music stations here and elsewhere are now implmenting the Premium Choice programming inititative which was first announced in mid-April. Premium Choice is the programming distribution system which comes preloaded with music logs and is designed to air on multiple stations, where program directors are to add local content and promos. This would remove local programmers from the majority of the music selection process, which is raising alarms among promotion executives in the recording industry.

Locally, in early May, Clear Channel's top 40 giant Kiss 108 has implemented Premium Choice which is used for its late-night and overnight shifts. Basically, what it means for Kiss 108's playlist is the following - all the music decisions for the weekday hours of 10pm to 6am and overnight hours on weekends are now based out of a central Clear Channel programming hub. Kiss 108's playlists for 6am to 10pm are still being compiled locally in Medford.

Locally, Clear Channel owns and operates Top40 WXKS 107.9FM/Kiss 108, Rhythmic Top 40 WJMN 94.5FM and Rumba 1200 which is heard over WKOX AM 1200/WXKS AM 1430.

Nothing but the Dead : This week is the bi-annual Orgy week at WHRB 95.3FM. The Harvard-run station will offer 129+ hours of Greatful Dead programming starting today. The station plans to air the entire Dick Pick's collection in the chronocological release order spanning the years of 1968 to 1992.

Monday, May 25th - 12:00AM-1:00PM, 10:00PM-11:59PM
Tuesday, May 26th – ALL DAY
Wednesday, May 27th – ALL DAY
Thursday, May 28th – ALL DAY
Friday, May 29th - 12:00AM-1:00PM
Saturday, May 30th - 12:00AM-5:00AM
Sunday, May 31st - 12:00AM-11:00AM, 12:30PM-11:59PM
Monday, June 1st - 12:00AM-?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Actually, with Kiss 108 airing the syndicated Seacrest show, four more hours a weekday are out of the stations control as well.