Monday, December 28, 2009

WGBH to add two new local shows next month

Public radio station WGBH 89.7FM which has shifted most of its schedule the mix of news-and-talk and public affairs programming on December 1st will soon be trying to distinguish itself from its local public radio competitor WBUR 90.9FM by devoting two hours each weekday afternoon to live, locally-produced programming. The station is launching "The Emily Rooney Show"(Noon-1pm) and "The Callie Crossley Show"(1pm-2pm) on Monday, January 11th, it was announced today.

WGBH 89.7FM's two new local shows will counter two NPR shows - "Here and Now" with Robin Young(Noon-1pm) and "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross(Mon-Thur 1-2pm) and a local show "Radio Boston"(Fri,1-2pm) on WBUR 90.9FM. WGBH also offers "Fresh Air" from 2pm to 3pm.

Rooney and Crossley already work together on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press", a round table media discussion show which airs every Friday evening. "Beat the Press" also re-airs on WGBH 89.7FM on Saturdays at 2pm.

Here are press releases from WGBH :

WGBH Radio launches The Emily Rooney Show on January 11, 2010
Award-winning journalist Rooney anchors WGBH’s local mid-day programming

WGBH Radio announced today that The Emily Rooney Show, hosted by award-winning journalist Emily Rooney, will launch at noon on Monday, January 11, 2010 on 89.7, Boston’s NPR Station for News and Culture. The hour-long program anchors WGBH’s commitment to in-depth local coverage and will feature diverse topics of interest and importance in the region.Airing Monday through Friday, Rooney will examine local news and public affairs in a spirited daily forum. The program will engage people on the issues of the day, ranging anywhere from politics and the law to science and technology. A signature segment of the hour, called “What are YOU Hearing?”, will feature experts with unique insight into a specific issue.“The Emily Rooney Show will focus on what’s happening today that affects the greater New England area,” says Rooney. “I have a large cadre of contributors that I’ll discuss the issues of the day with, and we’ll step into areas that are both national and international. But we always will turn it back to a local focus.”

WGBH Radio launches The Callie Crossley Show on January 11, 2010
Veteran journalist Crossley central to WGBH’s local mid-day programming

WGBH Radio announced today that The Callie Crossley Show, hosted by award-winning journalist Callie Crossley, will launch at 1pm on Monday, January 11, 2010 on 89.7, Boston’s NPR Station for News and Culture. The hour-long program, central to WGBH’s commitment to in-depth local coverage, will feature diverse topics of interest and importance in the region.Airing Monday through Friday, Crossley will offer a daily discussion of current events, local happenings, arts and culture, and water cooler buzz. From the boardroom to the bus top, Crossley will examine stories of interests from Boston and New England. In turn, she will invite the community to weigh in on a wide range of topics, providing a forum for listeners to tap into the talk of your town.“I look forward to being part of this new chapter for WGBH, exploring stories of the region and using the tremendous resources we have here to provide another way for people to expand their knowledge.”

BRW Notebook :

Year-end honors : Radio/music industry publication F.M.Q.B.(Friday Morning Quarterback) picked Mix 104.1FM's "Karson and Kennedy" as the best morning show from all the AC/Hot AC stations around country.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Boston Radio rewind 2009

2009 was a year of great change in Boston radio. The combination of declining advertising dollars and introduction of Arbitron’s Portable People Meters to measure the listening audience put in motion a couple of major moves that really shook up the Boston market.

First up, CBS Radio’s decision to ditch the 41-year heritage of WBCN 104.1FM’s rock format. Not only was this was the story of the year by miles and miles, it was without any question the mother of all Boston radio happenings over the past decade :

WBCN’s format and call letters faded way from the Boston dial in the early hours of August 12th as sister station WBMX/Mix shifted from 98.5FM to 104.1FM frequency and became Mix 104.1FM. A day later, a brand new FM all-sports station – 98.5FM the SportsHub/WBZ-FM – was officially launched becoming a legitimate competitor to the dominant WEEI AM 850(BRW 8/12).

There were more upheavals throughout the year that deserve a special mention here but nothing on the scale of WBCN's exit. Not even close. :

-Just two weeks after SportsHub 98-5 became Boston’s first FM sports talker, Entercom announced that after two and half years of airing most of Red Sox games on its news/talker WRKO AM 680, entire Sox schedule would now be heard exclusively on one signal - Boston’s dominant sports radio powerhouse WEEI AM 850.

-In May(BRW 5/14), Goldman Sachs took control of classical WCRB 99.5FM after its owner Nassau Broadcasting swapped its huge debt in exchange for equity in the station. With Goldman Sachs in the ownership role, it was pretty clear WCRB would be sold off in the near future. And so in late September, Nassau announced that it was selling WCRB to WGBH Foundation for $14 million.(BRW 9/21). The deal closed in late November and on December 1st WCRB 99.5FM re-launched as a non-commercial, public radio station run by WGBH. With WCRB in the fold, WGBH 89.7FM eliminated classical, folk and blues from its schedule as it shifted its focus toward more news, information and public affairs programming as it now directly competes against Boston University’s WBUR 90.9FM.

-After four years, ESPN Radio dropped its partnership with WAMG AM 890. ESPN 890 went dark on September 14th but would eventually return to air in early December featuring Latin music programming. WAMG’s owner Waller Sutton is still looking for someone to buy its AM signal.

-Early October raised some eyebrows as Greater Media’s talker WTKK 96.9FM(BRW 10/2) announced that it was cutting down its longtime syndicated personality Don Imus to just one live hour a day. Imus has been heard on the station since its launch in 1999. The FM talk station shifted midday “Eagan and Braude” into the morning drive.

Here is a month-by-month rundown of changes in front and behind the mic in Boston radio in 2009 :.

January : The year starts with the debut of "Karson and Kennedy" who introduced themselves to WBMX/Mix audience on Jan. 5th. Mix's new morning show replaces veteran John Lander whose contract wasn't renewed at the end of 2008. Lander was with Mix for nearly 13 years...
WBZ AM 1030’s longtime sports director/anchor Gil Santos retired in late January(1/30) after 38 years of service. He was replaced by Walt Perkins. Santos remains the voice of New England Patriots football….Greater Media’s WBOS 92.9FM’s program director Dana Marshall was let go due to budget cuts after a year on the job. She was replaced by Ken West who also holds down program director position at classic hits WROR 105.7FM. As part of the same layoff waye, WROR 105.7FM’s overnight personality and longtime Boston radio veteran Albert O and evening personality Julie Deveraux were let go. Deveraux would be re-hired to co-host WROR’s afternoon drive four months later…Some good news in January included WEEI's afternoon king Glenn Ordway getting a new 5-year deal...WTKK’s “Eagan and Braude” also got re-signed to a longterm deal....Veteran radio programmer Beau Raines returned to Boston to program and host morning drive at the River 92-5.

February : WODS 103.3FM and WBZ AM 1030’s general manager Ted Jordan retires after 34 years with CBS/Westinghouse radio groups. At WBZ, he was replaced by CBS Radio Boston market boss Mark Hannon who also oversees Mix 104.1 and Sports Hub 98.5. Barbara Jean Scannel added WODS 103.3 to her WZLX 100.7FM duties...Entercom Boston announced addition of 96.3FM as the new Cape Cod affiliate to WEEI Radio Network starting on April 1st.

March : One of the true Boston radio greats Larry Glick passed away at age of 87 in Florida. Glick retired from Boston radio in 1992…Syndicated radio columnist Paul Harvey dies at age of 90..Arbitron’s Portable People Meter system goes live in the Boston market…Imus broadcasts his 10th “Kiss Me, I’m Imus” show from Boston’s Wilbur Theater but his dustup with afternoon talker Jay Severin overshadows the entire station’s event

April : Opening day at Fenway Park wasn’t a very happy event for WAAF 107.3FM’s evening man Bob Hannah whose shift would now be handled without a DJ.…WBCN’s 31st and last “Rock 'N’ Roll Rumble” takes place….Perhaps a sign of things to come – WBCN’s morning crew from “Toucher and Rich” and station’s weekend personality Amy Brooks pull off one of the best April Fool’s stunts in recent memory as WBCN turns into Power 104 and format changes from Rock to Top 40…WTKK’s afternoon host Jay Severin is suspended for his swine flu remarks…Local veteran Top40 personality Deirdre Dagata is cut by Kiss 108. Her replacement is a voice-tracked show from Dallas. Dagata would join Mix 98-5 as a weekend/fill-in in May.

May : WROR 105.7FM launched a new afternoon drive show with station’s former evening personality Julie Deveraux and Tom Doyle from morning’s “Loren and Wally” show…WFNX 101.7FM cancels long-running “Jazz Brunch” with Jeff Turton…Kiss 108’s morning virtuoso Matt Siegel adds a Providence affiliate. He’s now heard on Coast 93.3 in the Ocean State….After being cut in late 2008, freelancer Tom Cuddy returns to afternoon sports anchoring at WBZ AM 1030…Progressive talk line-up dubbed ”Revolution Radio” debuts on WWZN AM 1510 as format's producer Jeff Santos inks a 1-year lease with the Quincy-based station.

June : Aside from Jay Severin returning to WTKK after a month-long suspension and the King of Pop departing, a pretty low-key month unless you consider Col. David Hunt being voted the President of Howie Carr Nation a big news story.

July : Shocker! On July 14th CBS Radio announces that after 41 years the Rock of Boston will be no more as of August 11. Also in the same announcement, SportsHub 98-5 would launch on August 13th and go head-to-head with WEEI AM 850.

August : Mix 98.5 moves into a brand new studio at the old TV38 building with its CBS Radio bretheren...George Taylor Morris former WZLX, WBOS and WCOZ personality/programmer passes away at age of 62…After a decade of feuding, WEEI and Boston Globe finally make peace as the newspaper’s sports writers will now be allowed to take part in station’s daily shows…August 8th, WBCN starts its own 4-day wake to remember its glorious 41-year run...A few minutes after midnight on August 12th WBCN 104.1FM fades away to the sounds of Pink Floyd’s “Shine Your Crazy Diamond". A couple hours later WBMX moves from 98.5FM into the vacant 104.1FM frequency…August 13th, 1pm, another bit of history takes place as 98-5 The SportsHub/WBZ-FM is officially launched with the debut of “Felger and Massorratti” and the first Patriots preseason game follows them…WEEI becomes a fulltime Red Sox flagship as WRKO becomes a fulltime talk station again.

September : Kiss 108’s morning man Matt Siegel wins his 2nd Marconi Award in the Major Market Personality of the Year…WXKS AM 1430 separates from the “Rumba 1200” simulcast with WKOX AM 1200 and becomes “Mia 1430”…September 7th, WTKK 96.9FM celebrates its 10th anniversary…September 21, WGBH announces that it is saving classical music format by buying WCRB 99.5FM from Nassau Broadcasting…September 14th, ESPN 890/WAMG AM goes silent..Boston Bruins broadcasting icon Fred Cusick passes away at age 90.

October : WTKK shakes up its line-up by cutting Don Imus down to one live hour on weekday morning(6am-7am). Eagan and Braude(7-10am) are now the station's new morning drive show. Also, WTKK lays off news director Ed Cherubino and assistant program director Eric Caldwell in a major in-house overhaul…Mike Tierney is named the VP of Broadcast Operations at WFNX 101.7FM…After only 9 months on the job, Beau Raines is out as River 92-5’s program director and morning host.

November : After a 4-year break, ESPN Radio returns to WEEI AM 850. As the result of the sports radio affiliation change at WEEI, Fox Sports Radio shifts over to SportsHub 98.5. No surprise : WODS 103.3FM and WROR 105.7FM both flip to all Christmas music formats on November 13th…FCC approves WCRB sale to WGBH…

December : WCRB 99.5FM and WGBH 89.7 FM launch their new line-ups…Veteran Top 40 personality Diana “Lady D” Steele exits her evening sift Mix 104.1FM after a 4-year run. Her contract wasn’t renewed…Former WBCN program director Oedipus hosts the 31st edition of his Christmas Eve show on a longtime bitter rival WFNX 101.7FM.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Classical Consolidation : With the new agreement,WCRB streamlines BSO's live concert schedule

After more than 58 years on local radio, the live Friday afternoon broadcasts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra performances from Symphony Hall will not be heard on WCRB 99.5FM. it was officially announced this morning. WCRB 99.5FM was acquired by WGBH on December 1st. As part of the new collaboration agreement between BSO and WGBH, the Saturday evening live BSO broadcasts on WCRB will continue with an expanded schedule. The BSO which does not get licensing fees from its live local radio broadcasts will also be adding more of its content to WCRB's line-up.

Here's official WGBH Radio's release on BSO broadcast changes :

WGBH Radio expands collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on99.5 All Classical

WGBH’s recent acquisition of WCRB 99.5 All Classical enables the public broadcaster to air a greatly enhanced schedule of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s many offerings, including Saturday evening concerts and specials 52 weeks of the year, all 25 Tanglewood concerts throughout the summer, and the entire Boston Pops spring season.

“Preserving a full-time classical music service for the region was very important to us, and we’ve begun to realize its promise with this robust new collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,” said Marita Rivero, WGBH vice president of Television and Radio. “We are pleased to now broadcast much, much more of the BSO’s repertoire on our new 99.5 All Classical station.” The new lineup adds up to an increase of 140 percent more BSO than previously broadcast by WGBH.

With the additions, WGBH will forego the Friday afternoon concerts, which generally duplicate the Saturday evening performances. “While our decision to discontinue the BSO’s Friday afternoon concerts was a difficult one, we wanted to focus our resources on additional performances that would not otherwise be heard. We recognize there are listeners accustomed to the Friday broadcast, and hope they now will enjoy those same concerts on Saturday evenings, which will be available on 99.5 All Classical,” Rivero said.

The BSO’s Holiday Pops on 99.5 All Classical is underway this month and can be heard on December 19 at 8pm and December 24 at 7pm. The concerts feature 99.5’s on-air host Laura Carlo reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” with Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Beginning in January, 99.5 All Classical will air BSO concerts or specials every Saturday evening at a new time – 7pm. The live concert season kicks off on Saturday, January 9th with a broadcast of acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma with Ton Koopman, the Dutch early music specialist, for the Haydn C major Concerto. On January 30th, James Levine returns, conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the first time in more than four months.
For more information on 99.5 All Classical, visit

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such award-winning PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2/HD and 44, and digital channels World and Create. Local TV productions that focus on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, and María Hinojosa: One-on-One. WGBH Radio serves listeners from Cape Cod to New Hampshire with WGBH 89.7, Boston’s NPR Station for News and Culture; 99.5 All Classical; WCAI for the Cape and Islands; WNCK on Nantucket; and the All-Classical WGBH HD channel. WGBH also produces the national radio news program The World. WGBH is a leading producer of online content and a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for people with disabilities. Find more information at

BRW Notebook :

Two is better than one? : The Globe takes a look at the new WBUR-WGBH tussle for public radio's news and information slice of the Boston radio audience. With so much focus on WGBH's turning to more news/information, even WBUR 90.9FM examines its new competitor via this report.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The River flows with an All-Acoustic special on Christmas
There will be some holiday specials all over the Boston radio dial next week. One of them will be on WXRV-FM/River 92.5 starting at 4pm on Christmas Eve(Thursday Dec.24). The Haverhill-bsaed Adult Album Alternative station will present "A Very Acoustic Christmas" as it tapes into its audio vaults from River's Musical Hall recordings.
Here's the official press release :

92.5 The River brings you “A Very Acoustic Christmas” for the Holiday Season!

Boston’s Independent Radio, 92.5 The River brings the greater Boston area some special holiday programming with “A Very Acoustic Christmas." Be sure to tune in for 24 hours of exclusive and unplugged holiday tunes from your favorite artists, including Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, and many more.

92.5 the River’s Program Director Catie Wilber said, “We'll be digging into the River Music Hall archives and unearthing Christmas gems from countless River artists, for a relaxing Christmas day soundtrack.”

92.5 The River is Boston’s Independent Radio station, unfettered by the chains of big corporate radio and serving savvy listeners with great music on-air and online. The River is home of the historic “River Musical Hall”, home to live performances since 1947. Music Hall alums include Coldplay, Jack Johnson, The Fray, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Barenaked Ladies, Paula Cole, David Gray, Ben Harper, Matchbox 20, and countless more.
A Very Acoustic Christmas will be featured with very limited commercial interruption beginning Christmas eve, at 4pm. 92.5 The River, Boston’s Independent Radio on the dial at 92.5-FM and online at
BRW Notebook :
Holiday-drive time around the dial : It's that time of air again. Here are some money-raising holiday drives by stations taking place in the next few days :
-WAAF 107.3FM's 17th annual 3-day "Walk and Rock For Change" is underway thru Friday(12/18). Morning show personalities Lyndon "LB" Byers and Anthony "Spaz" Partziale are walking thru 22 Mass. and NH towns to raise money for Greater Boston Food Bank, Worcester Country Foodbank and NH Food Bank.
-WBOS-FM/Radio 92.9 is sponsoring its annual Fill-A-Bus Holiday Toy Drive to benefit Boston area youth charities through tomorrow(12/18). At the UMass/JFK train station, Radio 92.9's elves are accepting donations of new, unrwapped toys between 7am and 7pm.

-WTKK 96.9FM is hosting a radiothon for the Fisher House Boston on Monday, December 21 from 10:00am to 6:00pm as well as an online auction which is now underway through Monday, December 21. The radiothon host, Michael Graham, will be joined by former governor Mitt Romney, actor and comedian Mike O’Malley, Fox25 personality Doug "VB" Goudie, senator John McCain, retired marine and blogger Michael Yon, Boston Pops Orchestra conductor Keith Lockhart, and Lt Col (Ret) Ralph Peters.
The best of the decade : Beginning on Friday(12/18) at 1pm WFNX 101.7FM will count down the biggest Top 101 alternative albums of the decade. The countdown will repeated a few times throughout the weekend. Oracular Spectacular, the 2007 album by Brooklyn-based duo MGMT topped WFNX's list of the best alternative albums of the decade, as voted by its listeners.
Over the past few weeks, WFNX listeners cast more than five hundred thousand votes at , using the website’s “album generator.” The on-line application pitted four hundred and four of the decade’s albums in competition, keeping a running tally of votes cast and percentages of head-to-head “battles” won by each album.
The listeners’ top ten albums included, in order: 1) MGMT's Oracular Spectacular;2) The Killers’ Hot Fuss; 3) Modest Mouse’s Good News For People Who Love Bad News; 4) Radiohead’s In Rainbows; 5) Radiohead’s Kid A; 6) The White Stripes’ White Blood Cells; 7) Muse’s Black Holes & Revelations; 8) Franz Ferdinand’s Franz Ferdinand; 9) The White Stripes’ Get Behind Me Satan; and 10) The White Stripes’ Elephant.
Sports Saturday : WBNW AM 1120/"Money Matters Radio" which features business and financial format during the week has assembled a Sports Saturday line-up which includes some old and new sports talk voices in the market
10am-11am Celtic Pride Radio Show (Jeff Hickman,Patrick Gilroy) previously heard on WWZN AM 1510 and ESPN 890, 11-12pm Boston Sports Review previously on ESPN 890, 12:00-2:00PM Sports Blast with Joey Murr, 2-4pm Game Time with Mike Riley who can be also heard doing sports flashes on WEEI 4-6pm The Alex Reimer Show (16 year old sports genius on radio). WBNW's programming is also simulcast on WPLM AM 1390 in Plymouth and WESO AM 790 in Southbridge.
Thought-provoking radio : Starting this week, WTKK 96.9FM picked up the John Batchelor Show to replace shortlived syndication effort by former Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa. Batchelor is heard from 10pm to 1am weeknights. He's also heard on Saturdays in the same timeslot. The previous incarnation of his show was heard on the Boston dial on WRKO AM 680 from 2001 to 2005.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Oedipus spins to WFNX to carry on his Christmas Eve tradition

Even after he stepped down as WBCN's program director in June 2004, Oedipus(real name : Edward Hyson) continued to come back to the Rock every Christmas Eve to host his annual holiday show. It's a tradition he he started back when he was working as station's nigh-time jock in 1978. When he moved into WBCN's PD chair in 1981, he decided that the only person who should work on Christmas Eve should be the boss. And so for over 30 years, believe or not, Oedipus never missed a Christmas Eve show. However, with WBCN's demise this past August, it seemed very likely that Oedipus' streak would be coming to an end later this month.

Well, enter WBCN's former, longtime bitter rival WFNX 101.7FM to keep things going. As mentioned in the Boston Phoenix yesterday and officially announced today, Oedipus will host his Christmas Eve show on WFNX 101.7FM this December 24 from 6pm to Midnight. Tradition continues.

Here's official WFNX release :

WFNX Will Be Home For Oedipus’ Legendary Christmas Eve Show

Boston’s WFNX-FM will broadcast this year’s edition of the long-running Christmas Eve show hosted by legendary radio personality and programmer Oedipus. The show will again feature music from Oedipus’ carefully cultivated collection of holiday music, along with other exclusive Christmas-themed surprises from the show’s host, its listeners, and even the occasional world famous rock star. For over thirty years, it had been a fixture on the station’s now-defunct former rival WBCN.

“Christmas came early for me this year,” Oedipus said. “A Boston tradition lives on – Christmas music heard nowhere else – most appropriately on Boston ’s heritage alternative radio station, WFNX.”

WFNX vice-president of broadcast operations Mike Tierney said, “As one of Oedipus’ many friends and admirers, I was always aware of his Christmas Eve show and its loyal following. But until I started here this fall, I had no clue how much passion there was. Music lovers of all ages have been coming out of the woodwork, literally begging us to put it on WFNX. By the time Oedipus reached out to me, I couldn’t tell whether he was pitching me or if I should be pitching him.”

The Oedipus Christmas Eve show will air without commercial interruption on Thursday, December 24th, from 6pm until midnight. WFNX can be heard at 101.7 FM in Greater Boston, at 92.1 in New Hampshire , and streaming worldwide at

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mike-FM helps Franciscan Hospital for Children

93-7 Mike FM, the station that constantly plugs its slogan - 'We Play Everything' - may really have to prove it all tomorrow(12/11) as it holds its 4th annual radiothon to raise funds for Franciscan Children's Hospital. Listeners will be able to call in between 7am and 7pm to request any song they want to hear in exchange for a donation. Here's the official release :


Mike FM listeners to call in with song requests in exchange for donations to the hospital

Boston, MA (December 8, 2009) - 93-7 Mike FM is proud to announce that they are once again teaming up with the Franciscan Hospital for Children to present the 4th annual Mike FM Request for Help radiothon to help raise money for the hospital. It will take place on Friday, December 11, 2009 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

93-7 Mike FM will be encouraging their listeners to call in and donate money in exchange for a song request. The bigger the donation one makes will determine how obscure the song request can be. A combination of prominent Bostonians and athletes will donate an hour of their time to volunteer their time as guest DJ’s throughout the radiothon. They will be on air to speak about the fundraiser and encourage 93-7 Mike FM listeners to pledge money. Among those slated to appear are Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa from the Boston Herald’s Inside Track; WCVB’s Janet Wu, Kelly Tuthill and Randy Price; former Celtics great JoJo White; former Patriot Joe Andruzzi; WBZ-TV anchors Jack Williams and Lisa Hughes; Fox 25’s Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom; and others.

"The Request for Help is such an important and meaningful event to all of us at the station,” said Bill Alfano, Director of Marketing for Entercom Boston. “Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of spending a lot of time at the hospital and visited with many of the patients, so we feel a very personal relationship to Franciscan’s. The staff provides amazing care and compassion for children and their families. I encourage everyone to donate this year, all donations are greatly appreciated. Every dollar counts.”

"Franciscan Hospital for Children is extremely grateful for the generosity shown by Mike FM and its listeners every year," said Franciscan Hospital for Children Chief Development Officer Steven Snyder. "The Request for Help has a major impact on the hospital, our programs and, most importantly, our children. We'd like to extend thanks to everyone helping to make this year's radiothon a success."

Those looking to call the Mike FM Request for Help hotline and make a donation can call 866-931-MIKE (6453) anytime between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday. Donations will also be accepted online at

93-7 Mike FM will also host its Annual Mascot Musical Chairs Pizza Party for patients at the hospital on Wednesday of this week. Mascots from the local pro teams will join a festive holiday pizza party featuring dancing, entertainment provided by The Boston Party Professionals, food and a hilarious musical chairs competition among the mascots.

93-7 MIKE-FM is Entercom Boston LLC’s Variety Hits radio station. Entercom Communications is one of the nation's top five largest radio broadcasters with stations in 19 markets including Boston, Providence, Indianapolis, Seattle, Denver, Portland, Sacramento, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Norfolk, New Orleans, Memphis, Buffalo, Greensboro, Rochester, Greenville/Spartanburg, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Wichita, Madison and Gainesville/Ocala.

Franciscan Hospital for Children, located in Boston’s neighborhood of Brighton, is the leading pediatric rehabilitation center in New England. The hospital offers medical, behavioral and educational services for children with complex issues requiring interdisciplinary care. For more information on the hospital visit

BRW Notebook :

Lady D spinning out : One of Boston's most recognizable radio names and voices belongs to veteran on-air jock Lady D. Unfortunately, after four years of working nights(7pm-Midnight) at WBMX-FM/Mix104.1 Lady D will sign off tonight. She started out as an intern under the legendary Sunny Jo White at Kiss 108 back in 1981 and has been heard at WXKS/Kiss 108, WZOU 94.5Fm, Jamn 94-5 and Star 93-7 over the years. No word on her replacement.

WBUR tweaks weekend schedule : With WGBH 89.7FM heavily expanding its public radio news focus last week, incumbent NPR News station WBUR 90.9FM adjusted its weekend programming.

How it all began : A really cool article in Mass High Tech this week on the history of how WCRB's classical sound was born .

Round 3 : More on the SportsHub and WEEI's November ratings from the Herald. As pointed it out here previously, SportsHub is a great addition to the Boston sports market and is here to stay for good but WEEI is still the station to beat.

Back on the air : WEEI's former competitor ESPN AM 890 signed off on September 14. After two and a half months of being off the air, the station powered back on last Thursday(12/3) as a new Latin music outlet reports Northeast Radio Watch.

Stern's next stop? : The king of satellite radio Howard Stern says he does not think he will re-sign with satcaster XM Sirius when his contract expires at end of 2010; Sirius Chief Exec Mel Karmazin says company wants to keep Stern on air on terms that are in best interests of shareholders; Sirius does not need Stern in way it did when joined company five years ago according to Tuesday's Wall Street Journal report. And for those who missed Stern's little nutty on the air yesterday morning, NY's Newsday has a mini-recap right here.(Ed. Note : How many Boston stations could use Stern right about now? Probably more than five.).

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Kiss 108 still reigns at No. 1 in November

There were no major changes at the top of the monthly Arbitron radio ratings that came out today, with Top 40 music station WXKS-FM/Kiss 108 maintaining its reign as the most popular station in the Boston market.

Rounding out the top 5 in the survey period that ran from October 15 to November 11 were, in order, adult-contemporary WMJX-FM/Magic 106.7, news/talker WBZ AM/NewsRadio 1030, hip-hop station WJMN-FM/Jamn 94-5 and classic rocker WZLX 100.7/"Boston's Classic Rock".

You can check the complete radio station standings here.

The third round of new Boston sports radio rivalry didn't really rock the boat. With the Red Sox' quick playoff exit(on October 11), WEEI AM/SportsRadio 850 clearly took a big hit in the overall listening as the station tumbled from 5th to 10th but it kept its lead over the newcomer WBZ-FM/98.5 the SportsHub which finished 15th (down from 14th). More importantly, in their target demo - 25-54 year old men - WEEI AM 850 remained the#1 choice while SportsHub dropped to 8th(from 3rd in October). And according to Arbitron representative, in the afternoon drive the Big Show held on to 2nd place(with WZLX's Chuck Nowlin in 1st) while Felger and Massarotti on the SportsHub dropped from 3rd to 8th. Things were a little closer in the AM drive where "Toucher and Rich" were holding steady in 5th(tied with Kiss 108's Matt Siegel) while "Dennis and Callahan" slipped to 2nd(from 1st).

On the issue-oriented talk front, there's still plenty of room for improvement. WTKK 96.9FM's changes to its morning drive didn't have the instant impact. As you recall, on October 5th, the FM talk station cut syndicated talk personality Imus down to an hour(6am-7am) and moved midday duo "Eagan and Braude" into 7am-10am.(BRW 10/2). Under the new schedule, WTKK finished 17th in the 6am-10am morning drive block among listeners 25-54. WRKO AM 680's "Finneran and Feinburg"(5:30am-9am) and first hour of Laura Ingraham's show(9am-10am) were good enough for 13th place.

BRW Notebook :

C's voice reaches a milestone : Boston Celtics' radio play-by-play voice Sean Grande calls his 1,000th NBA game tonight in San Antonio as the C's visit the Spurs(heard on WEEI AM 850). Here's WEEI's press release.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WFNX to present the final countdown of the decade

In less than a month, a new year will arrive, along with a new decade.

While the big debate of how to refer to years starting in the second decade of the 21st century(eg,''twenty ten'' vs. ''two thousand ten'') is now underway, one Boston station will be gauging the musical sound of the first ten years of 2000's. On Friday, December 19th, WFNX 101.7FM will present its listener-voted Top 101 countdown of alternative albums released between 2000 and 2009. Here's WFNX's press release :

WFNX Listeners Choose the Top 101 Alternative Albums of the ‘00s

As the clock ticks down on the rock era’s sixth decade, Boston ’s WFNX-FM is enlisting its listeners to select the best alternative rock albums released since 2000.

Listeners have already cast tens of thousands of votes at, using the website’s “album generator.” The animated application pits some four hundred of the decade’s albums in competition, and keeps a running tally of votes cast and percentages of head-to-head “battles” won by each album.

After two weeks of voting, Radiohead’s In Rainbows topped the listeners’ list, followed closely by albums from Arcade Fire, Spoon, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse, MGMT, The Shins, Queens of the Stone Age, Interpol, and The Killers. Voting will remain open until Monday, December 14 at midnight.

WFNX will count down the listeners’ final Top 101 beginning Friday, December 19, at 2pm, with repeats to air continuously that weekend.

The broadcasts will feature exclusive commentary from artists who made this decade’s music, including members of Passion Pit, Weezer, Sonic Youth, Phoenix , Taking Back Sunday, Metric, Vampire Weekend, Spoon, and The Strokes. Footage from the interviews is posted on the station’s website.

WFNX can be heard on 101.7 FM in Greater Boston, 92.1 FM in New Hampshire , and streaming live over the station’s website.

The FNX Radio Network is part of a consortium of three alternative radio stations owned by the privately held Phoenix Media / Communications Group. WFNX-FM (101.7FNX)/ Boston , MA ; WFEX-FM (92.1FNX) / Manchester , NH and WPHX-FM (92.1FNX) / Portsmouth , NH form the network. FNX Radio also owns WPHX-AM (ESPN1220) in Sanford , ME an ESPN affilia ted sports station. Its parent company, The Phoenix Media/Communications Group also owns and operates the Boston Phoenix newspaper along with other New England newspapers, magazines and specialty publications such as the Portland Phoenix and Providence Phoenix newspapers and Stuff at Night magazine.
BRW Notebook :
That's all, folks : Popular NYC radio personality and founder of "Guardian Angels", Curtis Sliwa, will be ending his brief run as a nationally-syndicated talk show host come next Friday, December 11. NY Daily News reported that Citadel Media is offering just-launched John Batchelor Show to Sliwa's national affiliates as a replacement. Locally, WTKK 96.9FM hasn't yet made any announcement whether it will take in Batchelor's new weekday show or run something else from 10pm to 1am. Considering that WTKK 96.9FM has recently signed up to carry Batchelor's weekend program(Saturdays 10pm-1am), it's likely the FM talker will clear him on weeknights in the Boston market. Sliwa joined WTKK's line-up a little more than a year ago.(BRW 10/2/08). Batchelor is no stranger to local talk airwaves. His old syndicated program ran on WRKO AM 680 from 2001 to 2005.