Monday, December 20, 2010

Oedipus to jingle on Christmas Eve again

The Boston radio tradition continues. As he did last year(BRW 12/11/09), legendary Boston radio DJ and programmer, Oedipus will return to WFNX 101.7's studios in Lynn to host his annual Christmas Eve show this Friday night(12/24) from 6pm to Midnight, it was announced today. He started this tradition back in 1978 while working as a night time DJ at now-defunct WBCN 104.1. Here's the press release from WFNX :

WFNX is the home of Oedipus' Legendary Christmas Eve Show

Boston’s WFNX-FM will again be broadcast this year’s edition of the long-running Christmas Eve show hosted by legendary radio personality and programmer Oedipus. As always, it will feature music from Oedipus’ carefully cultivated collection of holiday music, along with other exclusive Christmas-themed surprises.

Last year was the first year Oedipus made WFNX his official Christmas Eve home, it had been a fixture on the station’s now-defunct rival WBCN.

“Once again, a Boston tradition continues on WFNX.” Oedipus said. “How appropriate that this unique Christmas music is heard on Boston ’s only Alternative. Every year I look forward to sharing these songs that can be heard nowhere else.”

When asked about his Christmas Eve tradition, Oedipus stated “I’ve Been doing it for 30 odd years (yes, I started as a young boy) and is a Boston tradition for many. I collect Christmas music and pride myself on playing the most unique Christmas music on any dial and guarantee not to play any of those songs that if you heard one more time you would kill yourself. The show is wildly eclectic, mixing every type of music imaginable, truly Alternative. The show is all about peace, love and understanding, nothing cynical or negative. It’s for people wrapping presents, having parties or sexing it up under the tree. One listener reads her Dickens during the show every year. Another couple open gifts. I don’t talk a great deal but do tell some stories of Christmas. Did you know that Christmas was actually banned in Boston for part of the 17th century? In the early days, the Christmas holidays were actually a bacchanalian debauchery and much too rowdy for the Puritans. I have Bono reading a Christmas poem and Dylan reciting ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. The show is live and I create it as the show develops, blending songs as I hunt thru the 90+ CDs that I bring into the studio. Over the years it has primarily been 6 hours, 6pm Christmas Eve until midnight Christmas morning. I, alone in the studio, bring in Christmas with the listeners. It’s been commercial free as commerce really doesn’t make sense, but there has been the occasional sponsorship: This commercial free Christmas is made possible by...”

BRW Notebook :

Andelman to retire : Boston sports radio listeners are about to lose their quarterback. Eddie Andelman, 74, who has entertained and amused generations of Boston radio listeners for more than four decades is set to retire after his last show on WTKK 96.9 this coming Sunday night(12/26). Since the incidential inception of the "Sports Huddle" in June 1969 on WUNR 1600, Andelman has been a permanent fixture on Boston sports radio landscapde. He co-hosted the super popular Sports Huddle with two of his friends - Mark Witkin and Jim McCarthy - from 1969 to 1993 on a number of local signals - WUNR 1600, WBZ 1030, WHDH 850 and WEEI 590/850.

When WEEI 590 decided to drop its news format and go all-sports in September 1991, the station made a move to wrest Andelman and his Sunday night show from WHDH 850. Ironically, WEEI's sports format moved to the 850 frequency in August 1994.

Andelman's 10-year run at WEEI ended with his sudden exit in December 2001 as the Patriots were marching to their first Super Bowl title. His contract at WEEI wasn't renewed. He joined WEEI's then-challenger WWZN/Zone 1510 in March 2002 but the struggling local sports format finally collapsed in October 2005. In April 2006, Andelman relaunched the weekly "New Sports Huddle" with a former ESPN producer Bill Fairweather as co-host on WTKK 96.9. The station hasn't made any official announcement as what will air in its Sunday's 7-10pm block after Andelman ends his program. Andelman's three sons have been also hosting their own Phanthom Gourment show on WTKK every Saturday afternoon since April 2007.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kravetz named WBUR 90.9's general manager

Charlie Kravetz, a highly-regarded and well-respected news manager in Boston TV for 30 years, has been chosen to lead WBUR 90.9's operation starting Jan.1. Just like the outgoing general manager Paul La Camera, Kravetz spent some time at Boston's ABC affiliate WCVB-TV5 where he co-founded the popular "Chronicle" news magazine in 1980 and was the show's executive producer for many years. He was later named WCVB's assistant news director. From 1992 to 2009, he oversaw one of country's largest regional news networks - New England Cable News(NECN). Kravetz will start at WBUR 90.9 on January 1st. La Camera will stay on in an advisory capacity at WBUR for the next two years. Here's WBUR's press release issued this afternoon :

(Boston) − Charles Kravetz, the founding news & programming director and station manager of New England Cable News, has been appointed the new general manager of WBUR-FM, effective January 1, 2011. Kravetz succeeds Paul A. La Camera who was appointed general manager in September of 2005 and will now take a two-year appointment as BU’s administrator of public radio, a new job in which he’ll help manage both the leadership transition and public representation of the station.

“The hiring of Charles Kravetz fulfilled the University’s hope for a GM who would have the national stature that WBUR deserves,” said BU Executive Vice President Joseph Mercurio. “He possesses outstanding journalism and management credentials, understands emerging technology, and has a strong local media connection.”

Kravetz has set his immediate sights on creating new programs, bolstering the station's new marketing campaign "UR WBUR" and enhancing the station’s digital presence, along with the continued drive to decrease time spent on-air fundraising and seeking alternative means of reaching donors.

“The challenges that WBUR faces are many, like every organization in the media, but it comes to those challenges from a position of strength,” said Kravetz. “Our listeners want access to the quality journalism we do in every platform, whether it’s an I-pad, an I-phone, any written form through the Web, through Twitter.”

Kravetz joins WBUR at a time when the station has held its listener lead against a remade public radio competitor, Brighton-based WGBH. WBUR ranked 11th in the Boston radio market Arbitron ratings in October, versus 24th for WGBH.

“It’s a wonderful thing to be able to take over the leadership of an organization that is in such a strong position,” said Kravetz. “WBUR is uniquely situated in the Boston market. It is financially sound and owned by an extraordinary academic institution that supports it and gives it the freedom to do the kind of quality journalism we all admire.”

“Kravetz is a reservoir of local knowledge,” said Peter Fiedler, BU’s vice president for administrative services and WBUR’s acting general manager in 2004-05. “He understands Boston, he understands the players in this city. He also brings strong thinking on new technology.”

In 1992, New England Cable News hired Kravetz to engineer its news operation from scratch. In five months, he oversaw the building of a newsroom, hiring of 90 staffers, and the start of 24 hours-a-day programming. Over 16 years, he opened four New England satellite bureaus, started the country’s first streaming video news site, and secured NECN’s perch among the top 10-rated Boston cable channels. He also led the news team to Peabody, Murrow, and duPont-Columbia awards.

In 2008, Kravetz was appointed NECN’s president/general manager where he guided the channel through its expanding distribution, now reaching almost 4 million homes, making it the largest regional cable news channel in the country. Prior to his post at NECN, Kravetz was an executive at WCVB-TV from 1980 to1991, where he was responsible for creating the long-running TV newsmagazine Chronicle as its original producer and executive producer, later rising to assistant news director at Boston’s ABC affiliate.

A Wellesley resident, Kravetz graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rochester

WBUR, 90.9 FM is Boston’s NPR news station, and the home of nationally syndicated programs, including “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” and “Here & Now with Robin Young.” In May, the station launched “Radio Boston,” a local news and public affairs program that airs weekdays from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

About Boston University
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission.

Monday, December 6, 2010

LaPierre returns to WBZ mornings...for one week

There was a very familiar voice being heard on WBZ 1030 this morning. The station has brought back its iconic news anchor Gary LaPierre to co-anchor morning drive news slot all this week. Ed Walsh who replaced LaPierre in January 2007 retired last week(11/30). The station is expected to name Walsh's fulltime replacement shortly.

BRW Notebook :

Setting the table : After a very successful 10-year run on TV, WGBH TV's produced "American Test Kitchen" is getting a radio version next month according to the Boston Herald's food blog "Fork Lift". Beginning Saturday, January 8th, WGBH 89.7 will air a 1-hour live radio show with show's host Christopher Kimball and co-host Bridget Lancaster. The show is slotted to air every Saturday at 2pm.

Belated birthday : WXRV 92.5/The River celebrated its 15th birthday with a special station concert show by Guster. Boston Globe's music scribe Jim Sullivan takes a look at River's eclectic sound and its DJs.

The sideline show : Much has been written and said recently about the on-going WBZ/ 98.5 The SportsHub and WEEI/Sports Radio 850 Boston sports radio rivalry, but if you like your sports radio on a little slower and a little more folksier, there is a former WBZ-TV sports icon Bob Lobel who began hosting his own 2-hour afternoon show on New Hampshire's WTPL 107.7/The Pulse last week. The Bob Lobel show streams on-line from 1pm to 3pm weekdays. Lobel is also co-hosting a talk show with Upton Bell on RushRadio 1200 which is heard every Sunday from 9am to 11am.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day Classic

Anyone whose Thanksgiving Day wouldn't be complete without hearing about mean Officer Obie and the crazy psychiatrist in room 604 can rest assured Arlo Guthrie's classic "Alice's Restaurant Massacre" will be all over the radio dial today.

WUMB 91.9 will play the full version at noon as will WROR 105.7 and WXRV/92.5 The River; WZLX 100.7 offers three helpings at 9am, Noon and 4pm; WERS 88.9 will run it at 5pm.

Friday, November 19, 2010

WBUR's general manager to exit

Paul La Camera, who has been at the helm of public radio station WBUR 90.9 for the past five years, plans to step down at the end of December, it was announced today.

La Camera, 68, a Boston University alum and a veteran Boston TV executive(33 years with Channel 5), came out of a brief retirement to take over BU-owned WBUR 90.9 in October 2005 after months of turmoil and uncertainty that saw former GM Jane Christo resign amid questions of financial mismanagement and very questionable hiring practices.

Five years ago, La Camera inherited a station with a $13-million budget deficit and lack of focus and identity. But in a short period of time, he turned around WBUR's finances and refocused programming direction on more local news coverage and community. The BU campus-based $21-million operation which employs about 120 people recently completed its most successful fall fundraising period ever. The station raised nearly $1.3 million in pledges from about 13,000 listeners in one day. On the average, WBUR attracts 438,500 listeners every quarter hour according to Arbitron. It's one of the highest-rated public radio stations in the country.

Despite giving up day-to-day duties at the station, he'll be staying on for two more years as Boston University's Public Radio Ambassador to help with WBUR's promotion, fundraising, and to ease the transition for the the next general manager.

Boston University, WBUR's licensee, will start a process to replace La Camera.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Stations stuff their playlist with Christmas music

The two returning all-Christmas stations started their annual format a little later this year and in a different sequence this time around. For the past eight years WODS 103.3 has been always the first one to jump on the holiday playlist but this morning a bit of change in the ritual. Crosstown rival WROR 105.7 was the first one out of the gate at 8:11am with Nat King Cole's classic "The Christmas Song(Merry Christmas to You)". At 8:22, WODS 103.3 came out of its commercial break and joined the party with Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad".

WROR and WODS will be keeping their all-Christmas formats on for the next 38 days and returning to normal programming on Sunday, December 26.

WROR 105.5 just sent out a release about its Christmas format. This WROR's fourth straight year of extending Christmas season and playing holiday classics. Here it is :

Santa Asks 105.7 WROR To Kick-Off the Holiday Season with
“Boston's Favorite Christmas Songs"

Boston, MA (November 18, 2010): Today, Santa visited Boston in a Boston Duck Boat full of elves. He called 105.7 WROR's Loren & Wally and begged them to begin playing Boston's Favorite Christmas Songs. The Duck Boat cruised all over Boston spreading Christmas cheer as commuters honked to show their Christmas spirit.

The continuous Christmas music lasts through Christmas Day (December 25th, 2010). Artists include classics by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Bing Crosby, U2, Andy Williams, Bruce Springsteen, The Ronettes, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, WROR’s Own Tom Doyle, and many more!

Beginning tonight, kids can call 617-931-1057 and talk to Santa from the North Pole weeknights from 7pm-8pm.

"Santa said the elves were threatening to strike unless they got Christmas music on their workshop radio. Apparently, WROR is the only station that comes in up there,” said morning host Loren Owens. “We couldn't really argue with Santa,” added co-host Wally Brine. “I mean, he came all the way to Boston. Plus, I want an I-Pad for Christmas. I can't afford to be on the naughty list.” So, for the fourth year in a row, WROR 105.7 is the station for Boston’s Favorite Christmas Songs! This year’s Christmas line-up features Loren & Wally mornings, Doyle & Devereaux afternoons, and Santa talking to kids each evening. In addition, the WROR Christmas Crew, accompanied by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer will be making appearances at community events throughout Massachusetts.

105.7 WROR features the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s…all in one place. WROR's parent company, Greater Media, Inc., is committed to achieving excellence in radio broadcasting and newspaper publishing and printing. We seek to improve the lives of our listeners, readers, and the communities in which they live by providing great entertainment, useful and timely information, and charitable services and contributions.

WROR is owned by Greater Boston Radio, Inc. a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 23 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Just another week in radio industry : Moving up, moving down, moving out

In radio, the adage goes, you don't have a respectable re'sume' unless you have switched jobs or have been laid off a few times. The turnover rate among radio professionals tends to be much higher than in other industries. And so it goes.

Chris Tyler who was named program director of Boston's two top-rated Top40 outlets - WXKS/Kiss 108 and WJMN/Jamn 94-5 - just under 3 years ago(February 2008) is moving on to his next assignment within the company. Earlier this week, he was named Operations Manager of Clear Channel's Providence market cluster. He will also program Clear Channel's three FM stations in Providence - Rock staion WHJY 94.1FM, Hot AC WSNE/Coast 93.3 and Classic Hits WWBB/B101.

Tyler joined WJMN/Jamn 94-5 in 1998 as an overnight jock, added assistant music director duties in 2000 and was named music director on 2002. He became Kiss 108's assistant program director/music director in May 2007. The search is underway to find a new program director for Kiss 108 and Jamn 94-5.

In other news, veteran aleternative rock programmer Mike Tierney who was named WFNX 101.7's VP of broadcast operations a little more than a year ago(BRW 10/5/09), has resigned from the station. No word on his replacement.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Report : WTKK doesn't renew McPhee

Year-end is a tricky time in radio business. On-air personalities' contracts are up for renewal in some cases. It's also the time when top management crunches out stations' budgets and revenue projections and decides who stays and who goes.

One of those personalities who won't be returning to her job in 2011 is WTKK 96.9's evening talk host Michele McPhee. According to a published report in the Boston Herald, WTKK 96.9's management elected not to renew her contract.

In April 2007, Stoneham native and East Boston resident, McPhee, was added to WTKK's weekday line-up when syndicated Don Imus self-destrcuted on-air and was fired for his infamous 'nappy-headed hoes' remark. McPhee, former crimer reporter with the Boston Herald and New York Daily News and a book author, began hosting a 2-hour midday(10am-Noon) show on 96.9 after Mike Barnicle was shifted to the vacant morning drive slot. McPhee also kept her regular Saturday morning show which she has hosted since joining the station in 2006. WTKK gave her a new evening show(7-10pm) in January 2008. The show expanded to four hours a year later.

According to her statement on her Facebook site, she plans to honor her contract and work thru the end of the year.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jimmy Myers exits WTKK after rejecting station's financial offer

One of Boston's most outspoken media personalities Jimmy Myers has ended his run on Greater Media's WTKK 96.9 after four years of hosting a regular Sunday afternoon show. Myers and the station management weren't able to agree on a new financial agreement where he would essentially revenue-share time on WTKK. Over his three decades in radio and TV, Myers, 62, has worked as an anchor and host at WBZ 1030, Fox 25, WEEI 590, WILD 1090, WTKK 96.9, ESPN and WWOR in New York.

He hosted his last Sunday show(2pm-5pm) at WTKK 96.9 on October 31.

Here's the official statement from Myers' agent Robert A. Faneuil :

9:30 PM EST November 9, 2010

Two weeks ago the management of WTKK informed Jimmy and me that that they loved his work and the quality of his shows. They also told the same to his many followers, who have contacted the station. The station management at a meeting with Jimmy advised him that due to thedifficult financial times it was changing the financial structure ofits weekend programming. Management made him me an offer which was unacceptable to him. After much deliberation Jimmy has made thedecision to leave the station and to pursue other avenues in the media world. Jimmy and I will be grateful to Phil Redo, who hired him at WTKK; and both Grace Blazer, the program director, and Tom Baker, the general manager. The listeners should know that if the station had made Jimmy a more palpable offer, he would have stayed at WTKK. Jimmy is proud of his many great shows, two of which are now in National Congress Library of Archives. We can not forget that in a live holiday broadcast Jimmy brought together soldiers in Iraq and their families; or his show with Governors Wilder and Patrick. Jimmy was a voice of reason on the station. Whether he agreed or disagreedwith the views of the listeners, he allowed them to speak their mindand engaged in an open dialogue with them.

Jimmy's website is

Thursday, November 4, 2010

WBZ morning news anchor Ed Walsh to retire

WBZ 1030 morning news anchor Ed Walsh will retire from the job at the end of the month, the station said today. Walsh came to WBZ in January 2007 as the replacement for Gary LaPierre who after more than four decades of delivering morning news to generations of Boston listeners retired at the end of 2006 . Walsh will anchor a final morning newscast on Tuesday, November 30. No replacement for Walsh has been named yet. Here's the official release from CBS Radio Boston :

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Morning Anchor, Ed Walsh, Announces Retirement

(Boston) WBZ News Radio listeners will say farewell to a trusted voice of news in the mornings as WBZ Morning News Anchor, Ed Walsh, announces his retirement from the Marconi award winning legendary radio station. Walsh will give up the morning drive news anchor position at the end of November to spend more time with his family, which now includes nine grandchildren. His last day on WBZ News Radio will be November 30th.

Walsh joined WBZ News Radio in 2006 from CBS RADIO sister station WCBS News Radio 880 in New York. He followed in the footsteps of long time news anchor Gary LaPierre, who retired after more than forty years at WBZ.

“This position at WBZ has been ideal for me and my wife,” said Walsh this week. “Four years ago I returned home from New York to the city where I grew up and first worked. I'm very proud of the success we've had in both awards recognition and building the audience for what was already the highest-rated morning radio program in New England. For a guy who loves news and grew up in Boston, being able to finish my career at WBZ is quite special.

“There isn’t a better news anchor job in the country than mornings at WBZ News Radio 1030. This team of professionals at WBZ has been great and I will miss them and the audience the most--but not the 3 o'clock wake up so much.”

WBZ’s Director of News and Programming, Peter Casey, said, “Ed was the perfect choice for WBZ to join our morning news team four years ago. I’m delighted for Ed and his family but obviously I will miss him as will the WBZ audience and his colleagues.”

A search for Walsh’s replacement is underway.

Walsh brought a tremendous amount of experience to the job at WBZ. He has been a morning drive anchor throughout his career and besides working at WCBS, has previously worked at 1010 WINS News Radio in New York, another CBS RADIO station, and at news talk station WOR there. In addition to his on-air experience, Walsh spent 10 years as a radio news director in Boston in the 1970s and 1980s. He was also vice president of news and programming for WOR, as well as morning news host and director of programming and news at KFYI radio in Phoenix, AZ.

Walsh has reported from major news events in the United States and Moscow, Rome, and Britain. He considers his most important assignment his continuous coverage of the 9-11 attack which occurred while he was on-air at WOR in New York and for which he was honored by the Associated Press. He has also received numerous national and regional journalism awards from major national news organizations at each of the stations he’s worked at, including best newscast awards from AP, UPI, RTNDA, New York State Broadcasters Association, and New York Press Club. Walsh was also named to Talkers Magazine’s list of the top 100 Talk Hosts in America. And this week Walsh anchored WBZ's election coverage again, just as he did at WCBS.

Born in Somerville, Walsh was raised in Natick and Wellesley and was graduated from Wellesley High School and Holy Cross College, with a degree in economics. He served in combat as a naval officer in Vietnam. Walsh and his wife, Chris, married for 41 years and the parents of a son and three daughters, will split their retirement time between Florida and Maine.
WBZ News Radio is the National Association of Broadcasting’s 2010 Marconi Award-winning Legendary Station of the Year.

WBZ News Radio 1030 is owned and operated by CBS RADIO.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bell, Lobel to RushRadio 1200
(updated on 11/04 : added offical press release)

Sunday morning sports radio listening options won't be just limited to WEEI 850 and WBZ-FM/SportsHub 98.5 beginning this weekend. The new talk station in town Rush Radio 1200 is adding two well-known local sports media personalities to its roster. Upton Bell and Bob Lobel will host a new Sunday 9am-11am show on Rush Radio 1200.

Lobel, 66, was of course the uber popular local sports anchor and reporter at WBZ-TV4 for 29 years. Back in 1976 he started as the afternoon sports reporter and later sports anchor at WBZ 1030. He also co-hosted “Calling All Sports” with Upton Bell in the late 70’s. He then moved over to WBZ's TV sports anchor desk in 1979. He also hosted the second incarnation of Calling All Sports when it returned to WBZ in the early 90’s when the radio station had the all-sports weekend block programming. He was let go from Channel 4 in the spring of 2008 when he contract was bought out by station's owner CBS TV. Since then had a brief stint with WODS 103.3 and now-defunct ESPN 890. Currently he hosts a weekly TV show called New England Sports Legends seen on a station called MyTV.

Bell, 72, former Patriots general manager, is best known as one of the Hub's most knowledgeable sports and talk personalities. Among Bell's long list of local media credits include stints on WBZ 1030's Calling All Sports" and WEEI' 590s "Sportsline." But he also has done general commentary for WHDH 850 and Channel 38 during the mid '80s. He's done daily non-sports shows in the Worcester market in the 1990's and on Boston's AM 1060 in the early 2000's.

Here's the offical release from WXKS 1200/Rush Radio :

WXKS-AM 1200: New Home to Sports Media Legends
Bob Lobel and Upton Bell

Bringing sports commentary back to its radio roots, Bob Lobel and Upton Bell are coming together to creates a show entirely focused on Boston sports and current events. After decades of interviewing sports titans from Larry Bird to Bobby Orr, the two are excited to bring their unique voices to the air waves yet again.

The show entitled “Upton & Lobel” will begin this Sunday, November 7th, and will run every Sunday from 9AM to 11AM.

The pair will be familiar to New England listeners who have grown to trust the broadcasters based on their independent projects. Lobel has previously served as a sports anchor for WBZ TV, was the host of Sports Final and Patriots 5th Quarter, and currently serves co-host of Sports Legends of New England (MyTV). Bell is known as the one-time General Manager of the New England Patriots as well as the co-host of SportsBeat (NECN) and a host on WCRN-Worcester.

Both longtime sports commentators and sports analysts, Bell and Lobel are two personalities’ people can trust to keep them not only entertained but engaged in local sports news. The pair is looking forward to bringing New England their personal flair to sports casting.

“New England is the sports center of the universe. So many dragons to slay, I do not know where to start, but I sure as hell know where to find them.” Bell said.

Lobel added, “I can not come close to that. Upton has been everywhere, met everybody and done everything. I am just happy to be in his presence, but remember this I control the show.”

Bill George, program director of WXKS-AM, said, “Upton and Bob are New England legends and I’m excited to welcome them to our team. We’re delighted to be able to help bring their combined wit and wisdom back to Boston radio.”


Friday, October 29, 2010

The stars will come to Jingle at Kiss 108's show

Radio stations must miss the days when they were the primary gatekeepers for pop stardom. MTV sandbagged them in the 1980s, and then along came the Internet with Itunes and YouTube. Yet musicians still heavily depend on radio airplay for mass sales, which is why they dutifully perform at promotional concerts.

On Wednesday(10/27) it was announced that WXKS/Kiss 108's Jingle Ball, one of the signature concerts of Boston radio, will return on Dec.9th to Tsongas Arena in Lowell with the usual Top40 all-star lineup that includes Katy Perry, Enrique Iglesias, B.o.B., Selena Gomez, Shontelle. Tickets to Kiss 108's 11th annual Jingle Ball will go on sale to the general public today at 3pm but will sell out in about the time it takes to click a mouse. Out of 6,500 tickets, Kiss 108 does hold back a wad to give away on the air. It's basically a way to keep more listeners tuned in a major fall ratings months of November and December.

BRW Notebook :

The Comeback Trail : One of the more entertaining DJ personalities to pass thru Boston airwaves in the past 15-20 years is none other than Ralphie Marino. You may recall his time in the afternoon drive at Jam 94-5(1995-2000) or morning drive co-host role at now-defunct Star 93-7(2001-2005). After Star 93-7 was replaced with Mike 93-7 and the entire staff was let go in April 2005, Marino moved to mornings at WERZ 107.1 in Portsmouth, NH. In 2009, the advertising recession had crippled the industry and left many people in radio and TV out of work. In April 2009, Marino and his co-host at WERZ were cut and replaced by a syndicated morning show out of Charlotte, NC. If you've followed him on Twitter, you probably aware that the past year and a half have been a trying time for Marino and his family as he briefly moved to the West Coast to look for a job. After unsuccessful attempts to land a fulltime radio gig, he eventually returned to his native New York City area where he has been getting part-time/fill-in weekend work at local stations but nothing permanent. Well, for his local fans and former Star 93-7 listeners, there is some promising news to report. Starting this week, Marino is back on the air in Boston at WODS 103.3 with his former Star 93-7 partner Karen Blake for another round of fun behind the mic. It's only a trial run thru year-end, but if the ratings swing his way he may have to change his name to the Comeback Kid.

How the deal got done : Boston Globe's Chad Finn has the details behind as to how the upcoming NESN-WEEI simulcast deal was put together. As mentioned in this space last week, WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan" will be simulcast on NESN beginning Tuesday, November 16 from 6am to 9am.

Jeff the Reaper : Rush Radio 1200's morning man Jeff Katz really got into Halloween spirit earlier this week as he visited gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill's campaign headquarters in Quincy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Conversion is near at WQOM, new 24-hour Catholic programming and improved signal soon to debut

The official transformation of WQOM 1060 to religious radio station is almost complete. Holy Family Comunications, the Buffalo-based non-profit religious broadcaster that purchased WQOM(formerly WBIX) 1060 in July and took control of it in mid-September has completed station's signal upgrade to 50,000 watts. The new Catholic programming is expected to debut on November 1st. Here's station's press release on just-completed signal upgrade work :


50,000-WATTS --

( Natick , MA ) ­­- The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network, a division of Holy Family Communications, will begin broadcasting in Massachusetts at 50,000 watts next month after station improvements. The radio station formerly belonging to Boston business station, WBIX, is set to provide Catholic programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in November.

“We are thrilled to be able to make these upgrades to the station,” Jim Wright, President of The Station of the Cross Catholic Radio Network said. “Broadcasting at 50,000 watts will allow us to reach listeners across The Commonwealth with our programming.”

At 50,000 watts, the Boston area station will become the largest station of Holy Family Communications. The Station of the Cross began broadcasting in Buffalo , NY , in August 1999 at WLOF 101.7 FM, and added another station in Rochester , NY , at WHIC 1460 AM, in 2003. Improvements were made to the Natick , MA , radio station, purchased by Holy Family Communications in July, to increase its signal strength from 40,000 watts to 50,000. The non-for-profit Catholic radio organization, which is funded completely by donations, exists to effectively evangelize through radio programming, new media, and community action.

The Station of the Cross is affiliated with the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) to pass down the teachings of Jesus Christ with broadcasts of daily Mass and by sharing the daily headlines with a Catholic point of view. The Station of the Cross hopes listeners become more prayerful and committed to Catholicism, more involved in leadership positions in their parishes, more engaged in debate with family and friends, and more generous with giving to the Church.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

NESN to simulcast WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan"

NESN, regional 24/7 sports and entertainment cable network, has agreed to simulcast WEEI 850's morning drive "Dennis and Callahan" show on a daily basis."Dennis and Callahan" -- John Dennnis and Gerry Callahan -- will be simulcast 6am to 9am. weekdays on NESN and NESN National(a national channel minus Red Sox broadcasts) starting Monday, November 16.The network will also simulcast when the program does remote broadcasts from Red Sox spring training in Florida.TV/radio simulcast is not a first for WEEI. For the past few seasons, the station has been simulcasting Comcast SportsNet's "The Baseball Show" on Saturday mornings during Red Sox season. Not clear if that arrangement will now end with today's announcement of NESN-WEEI partnership which makes a natural pairing for the Sox radio flagship and the team-owned regional TV sports channel which is the home of some 150 Red Sox games. Here's WEEI's press release :


New Programming Partnership Premieres November 16

October 19, 2010 – NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, and WEEI Sports Radio, New England ’s top rated sports radio station, announced today that they have entered into a programming partnership to simulcast The Dennis and Callahan Show on weekday mornings live from 6 am to 9 am. Beginning November 16, 2010, The Dennis and Callahan Show will be available on NESN in New England and across the country on NESN National.

“This programming partnership brings together the two most popular sports media companies in New England in a way that we think complements the strengths of each organization,” said Sean McGrail, NESN’s President and CEO. “We have worked closely with WEEI for several years to produce the annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. We now look forward to working with WEEI on a daily basis to bring The Dennis and Callahan Show to our television audience.”

“We’re excited because this is the next logical step in our progression as a powerful brand, giving us the ability to provide our great content far and wide,” said Julie Kahn, Entercom New England’s Vice President, New England Market Manager. “We’ve built an unprecedented regional radio network, we stream our radio content worldwide via the web, we have original web content, mobile streaming…and now we will be available regionally and nationally on TV Nobody in our business offers what we do the way we do…and this NESN partnership impressively expands on that. “

“When they see them on TV, people may be shocked to learn how handsome John & Gerry are,” added Kahn.
"Dennis and Callahan have achieved tremendous success in morning drive on WEEI, and this new partnership with NESN provides the perfect opportunity to expand their footprint across the region. NESN is the ideal partner for us given the incredible power of its reach across New England , and the combination of our two networks will make this new project an instant hit.” said Jason Wolfe, Entercom New England’s Vice President of AM Programming.

“This is a natural fit for NESN. Dennis & Callahan is the 'go-to' show in the morning for sports and entertainment,” said Joel Feld, NESN Executive Vice President, Programming and Executive Producer. “Passionate hosts, loyal fans and no holds-barred discussion. NESN viewers get that with our Red Sox, Bruins and other sports and lifestyle programming so this is a logical way to enhance how we entertain our audience.”

NESN will install four remotely controlled HD cameras in WEEI’s studio in Brighton , MA and fiber the feeds back to the NESN HD Television Center in Watertown , MA where NESN will direct the four feeds and add graphics. In addition to the live simulcast every weekday morning, NESN will also replay The Dennis and Callahan Show in primetime on NESN National. A one-hour “Best of Dennis & Callahan” is also planned for late night. The partnership also includes regular appearances by WEEI personalities on NESN’s Red Sox pre-game shows and other sports programs.

Dennis and Callahan were paired together on WEEI in October of 1997 from 10 am to noon and after immense success, were shifted to morning drive in September of 1999 where they’ve been ever since. The show made an immediate impact in the market and has consistently been the #1 rated morning show in Boston .

BRW Notebook :

Battle of the party heads : Rush Radio 1200 will host a unique debate format this Thursday morning,(10/21) at 7am. Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh will face Republican Chairperson Jennifer Nassour in a one hour debate on the Jeff Katz Show. The debate will run until 8am and will be moderated by Rush Radio 1200’s Jeff Katz.

“I applaud Ms. Nassour and Mr. Walsh for having the guts to come to the station to talk about the issues that many candidates will not,” said Rush Radio 1200 Program Director Bill George in a press release. “For instance, both Deval Patrick and Barney Frank have ignored our frequent requests to talk about the issues on the Jeff Katz Show. We are looking forward to hearing bi-party discussion about issues which are important to the people of Massachusetts, especially financial issues like rising taxes.”

Monday, October 18, 2010

Popular North Shore personality is behind the mic

Former NorthShore 104.9 midday personality Jacky Ankeles is ready for a return to area airwaves at WNBP 1450 starting today at 10am. Ankeles was with 104.9 for 22 years before being let go this past May. She didn't get a chance to say goodbye to her loyal listeners on the air so her letter to the editor in the Salem News was her brief farewell. Here's the release regarding her new midday show on WNBP 1450 in Newburyport.

North Shore radio personality on air weekdays 10am to 3pm

(NEWBURYPORT, MA) – Jacky Ankeles, one of the most recognized radio personalities north of Boston, has joined “The Legends” WNBP AM 1450. Ms. Ankeles will host a new program weekdays 10am to 3pm starting Monday, October 18, 2010. Based in Newburyport, MA, WNBP is a locally owned, independent radio station reaching Cape Ann to Portsmouth, NH, and throughout the Merrimack Valley.

“We are thrilled to have Jacky join ‘The Legends’ and bring her familiar and beloved voice back to listeners on the North Shore,” says WNBP Co-owner and Operations Manager, Pete Falconi. “New and faithful fans will enjoy her show that includes our popular line up of ‘legendary songs by legendary singers,’ as well as new informative feature segments on North Shore, Seacoast and Merrimack Valley businesses and people.”

“I'm very excited about becoming part of the WNBP family and getting back to the music, listeners and the community,” adds Ms. Ankeles. “It has always been my goal to have people to turn on the radio and feel like they're spending time with a friend and that we're enjoying the music together … that happens on local radio. WNBP is a gem. Its growing success and popularity are directly a result of the station's extremely talented and knowledgeable broadcast veterans at the helm. They care about, and are totally devoted to, the community.”

A life-long resident of the North Shore, Jacky Ankeles’ familiar voice has graced the airways for over 20 years on the mid-day shift on WBOQ NorthShore 104.9. Listeners have also seen her at many public appearances, remote broadcasts and on-stage productions as well as co-hosting the annual North Shore Holiday Toy Drive with State Senator Bruce Tarr. Her journalism experience extends beyond radio as a guest columnist for North Shore Weekly, a host of cable TV’s North Shore Focus, and author of a cooking column called “The Wooden Spoon.” Ms. Ankeles graduated from Skidmore College with degrees in Music and Drama and from North Shore Community College with a degree in Nursing. She is a classical pianist and former dancer with The Boston Ballet.

WNBP AM 1450 has been serving the Greater Newburyport area since 1957. In March 2009, locally owned and operated Port Broadcasting, LLC, purchased the station from Westport Communications and implemented a “Legendary Songs by Legendary Singers” format with a focus on serving the community. Managing partners Bob Couture, Pete Falconi and Carl Strube, all of whom have deep roots in the community as well as in radio and entertainment, are committed to the mission of keeping radio local. For more information, please visit

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BRW Notebook :

The River cooks up its holiday Feast : WXRV/92.5 The River hosts its 7th annual RiverFeast to benefit Greater Boston Foodbank on Fri. November 12 at Peabody Essex Museum. This holiday charity concert features a pre-concert silent auction/cocktail party, dinner and live performances from Steven Page formerly of the Barenaked Ladies and Entrain. Tickets are now on sale, get full details at River's PD Catie Wilber said in a press release : "It’s a pleasure to be able to bring such a unique event to River listeners. Line up the babysitter now and enjoy this night out with live music from longtime River fave Steven Page, in a beautiful venue, all while helping those in need, right in our back yards"

More LB : Earlier this month, Entercom Boston announced that it has signed Lyndon “LB” Byers to a new 3-year contract extension. Byers currently co-hosts the "Hill-Man Morning Show" on WAAF 107.3(also on WKAF 97.7), which airs weekdays from 5:30 – 10:00am. Byers has been with WAAF for thirteen years. Shortly after his retirement from professional hockey, including 9 years with the Boston Bruins, he made his radio debut on WWTM(now WVEI) 1440 in Worcester in 1996.

WAAF's Program Director, Ron Valeri, said in a press release, “Stuck with the L-Beaster for at least 3 more years...what have I gotten myself into?! In all seriousness, LB has been a tremendous weapon for WAAF’s Hill-Man Morning Show, and it’s great that we’ll be able to unleash the beast on Boston for many more years to come.” Valeri continued, “Congratulations to Greg Hill, LB and the rest of the show cast for yet another quarter of HUGE ratings in morning drive!”

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Matty in the Morning and WXKS are kissing off the competition in September ratings

Don't call WXKS/Kiss 108's Matt Siegel a radio veteran, yet it's hard to find a better way to describe the DJ, whose career in Boston radio spans four decades and who continues to thrive at a youth-oriented Top 40 music format.

Siegel who has been hosting Kiss 108's morning drive since 1981 has consistently ranked at the top of the ratings with station's target audiences which is women 18-49 and 25-54. However, the latest September ratings released today earned him the highest ratings in his nearly 30-year career at Kiss 108 and are now the talk of the town.

Overall, Kiss 108 was once again the top station in the market cracking the magical 10% share of the audience(You can see the ratings here) with news/talker WBZ 1030 also padding to its 2nd place rank in September. "Matty In the Morning"s domination in the morning drive wasn't just limited to the advertiser-friendly adults 25-54 demographic where he was #1 with 10.3(WBZ 1030 was in 2nd with 7.0). His show also topped younger demos as well - in Adults 18-49, Kiss 108 finished first with 11.0 as WBZ's morning news came in second with 7.7 And in the younger 18-34 set, Siegel and friends put some distance between them and sister station WJMN/Jamn 94-5's "Ramiro & Pebbles" - 12.9 to 9.4. Plus, in station's key demo, women 25-54, Siegel absolutely crushed its nearest competitor - WMJX/Magic 106.7 - with 16.7 to 7.1 win.

Don't call him a veteran yet. He's just getting started.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

WGBH names new morning news anchor

After 10 months on the air with its news/public affairs format WGBH 89.7 is infusing some personality element to its morning drive. The station announced today that as of next Monday(10/11), veteran radio news producer/host/reporter Bob Seay will become WGBH's new local news anchor/commentator during its morning commute block(6am-10am) which includes NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The Takeaway. Seay replaces news anchor Belinda Robinson. Here's the official press release from WGBH 89.7 :
Bob Seay joins 89.7 WGBH Radio as new morning anchor
Veteran radio host, producer and reporter Bob Seay makes the move to Boston this month to become 89.7 WGBH Radio’s new morning news host and anchor. Seay has been a fixture at stations on the Cape and in Rhode Island in a career spanning nearly 40 years in radio journalism.
“We’re thrilled to have Bob’s talent and experience to share with WGBH listeners,” said Radio General Manager John Voci. “His strong background in news, public affairs and arts, and knowledge of New England and our issues, will be a great addition to our local news team.”
Seay officially begins on October 11 and can be heard on 89.7 from 6-10am, giving listeners local perspective during the WGBH co-production The Takeaway and NPR’s signature newsmagazine Morning Edition.
Seay began his career on Cape Cod in 1972, spending four years at WOCB in West Yarmouth followed by an additional four at WVLC/WLOM in Orleans. He then earned the position of news director and morning anchor at WQRC in Hyannis in 1980. During his 17 years at the station, he hosted a weekly public affairs program, produced features on Cape Cod environmental issues and interviewed key newsmakers, including President Ronald Reagan. From there he was tapped to serve as station manager of WOMR, a community station in Provincetown where he spent nine years. During that time, he also served as a part-time news announcer at WBUR in Boston, and from 2004-06 handled WBUR’s Weekend Edition hosting duties,
In 2006, Seay made the move to Providence public radio station WRNI, where he served as Morning Edition anchor and host of two arts-related programs: ‘Rhode Island Artscape,’ a monthly special featuring prominent artists and musicians; and ‘Trinity Rep Radio Theater,’ a presentation of dramatic readings.
Seay, a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to WGBH. While in graduate school at Boston University in 1967-68, he was on the “BU Crew” that performed a variety of production tasks for WGBH television programs, including the legendary 1968 James Brown concert that later became the subject of the documentary The Night James Brown Saved Boston.
About WGBHWGBH 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

Saturday, October 2, 2010

WBZ wins radio industry's top honor

As has already been mentioned in this space earlier this week(BRW 9/30), WBZ radio was named as a ''Legendary Station'', radio broadcasting's most prestigous honor, at the annual Marconi Radio Awards of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington DC. With the award, WBZ has won the three major Marconi honors a station can receive - making it one of the handful of radio stations in the country with that distinction. The other two major awards WBZ has received are - Station of the Year(in a major market) in 1995 and 1998 , and Station of the Year in a format(News/Talk) in 1999. Here's CBS Radio Boston's official release on WBZ's Legendary Station award :

WBZ-AM Boston is “Legendary” at 2010 NAB Marconi Awards

WBZ-AM Boston was a big winner at Thursday night’s 2010 NAB Marconi Radio Awards. The station was honored with the prestigious Legendary Station of the Year award during the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington , D.C. CBS Radio Senior Vice President and WBZ General Manager Mark Hannon accepted the legendary award for the station. The Legendary Station award can only be awarded once to a station and marks the fourth Marconi Award for WBZ. The station is a past winner for categories including “Major Market Station of the Year” in 1995 and 1998 as well as “News/Talk/Sports Station of the Year” in 1999.

It takes an incredible team to create a legendary station. For almost 90 years WBZ has proved to be a powerhouse New England news radio station and continues to provide its listeners with the most up-to-date and in depth news stories both locally and worldwide. However, this success would not be possible without the WBZ staff. From legendary hosts Carl De Suze and Dave Maynard to beloved news anchor Gary LaPierre, and award-winning hosts Dan Rea and Steve LeVeille, WBZ’s professional staff and talent is the key ingredient to the continuity of faithful WBZ listeners and the title of Legendary Station of the Year.

The Marconi Radio Awards are held by the National Association of Broadcasters and honor radio stations as well as on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. Winners in each Marconi category were determined by the NAB Marconi Radio Award Selection Academy .

Friday, October 1, 2010

WMJX wins as the best adult contemporary station

There's singing and dancing in the rain, or at least the corridors, at WMJX/Magic 106.7 today. It was voted best adult contemporary(AC) station in the country in this year's Marconi Radio Awards. The awards are presented each year by the National Association of Broadcasters. The winners were announced at the NAB Radio Show convention last night in Washington DC(BRW 9/30). Here's official release from Greater Media on a big win :

WMJX-FM Takes Top Honors at 2010 NAB Marconi Awards in Washington, DC

MAGIC 106.7 FM Named AC Station of the Year

Boston, MA (October 1, 2010): Greater Media, Inc. announces MAGIC 106.7/WMJX-FM was named AC Station of the Year at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Awards. The event took place on Thursday, September 30th, in conjunction with the 2010 Fall Radio Show at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.

"We are very proud of WMJX-FM Vice President of Programming Don Kelley and the entire Magic 106.7 staff for receiving this incredible honor," said Greater Media Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Peter Smyth.

The NAB Marconi Radio Awards were established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi. These prestigious awards recognize stations and individuals for their excellence and performance. Finalists were selected by a task force of broadcast professionals and voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy.

WMJX-FM- FM is owned by Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 23 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. The company also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

WBZ 1030 and Magic 106.7 win top awards in radio industry

Earlier this evening, WBZ 1030 was named as a ''Legendary Station'', radio broadcasting's most prestigous honor, at the annual Marconi Radio Awards of the National Association of Broadcasters. The event was being held in Washington in conjuction with NAB conference going there this week. With the award, WBZ has won the three major honors a station can receive. The other major awards WBZ has received are Major Market Station of the Year in 1995 and 1998 , and News/Talk Station of the Year in 1999.

Another local winner tonight was WMJX/Magic 106.7 which won for the best Adult Contemporary station of the Year category. The home of Boston's "Continuous Soft Rock", signed on with its current format in January 1982. Ironically, WMJX was nominated in the Legendary Station category last year, but lost out to an Albuquerque, NM station.

In addition, WAAF 107.3 was honored with Marconi nomination in the Rock Station of the Year category, however, it take didn't home any hardware tonight.

The NAB awards are given annually for excellence in American radio in the name of Guglielmo Marconi, who invented the wireless telegraph.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Celtics, Entercom extend radio deal

The Boston Celtics and Entecom Communications on Monday(9/27) announced a new radio broadcast agreement that will extend past this season. Length and financial terms were not disclosed. Entercom's all-sports station WEEI 850 has carried the Celtics' preseason, regular season and playoff games since the fall of 2007. Prior to that, WEEI-produced games were boradcast on sister station WRKO 680 for two seasons.

Under the agreement, announcers Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will continue to handle the play-by-play broadcast which will add interactive fan elements starting this season according to a press release. Grande and Maxwell will return for their 10th season as C's radio tandem. This will be Maxwell's 16th season working as game analyst. Morever, new programming feature on WEEI 850 this season will be a live call-in segment during the postgame show. Another addition is "Celtics Thursday," which will feature information from team personnel such as coach Doc Rivers will call into morning's "Dennis and Callahan" show, President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge will appear on the afternoon drive's "The Big Show". Also, a rotation of Celtics players will be on the phone with miday "Dale and Holley Show" every Thursday.

BRW Notebook :

It's the season... : Today, WRKO 680 has announced the launch of a new program, "Political Week in Review", hosted by political reporter, Joe Battenfeld, beginning October 1st and will have a 6-week run during the election season. During his weekly program, Battenfeld will summarize the week in both local and national politics and will conduct interviews with key newsmakers and media personnel as the November elections approach. The show debuts this Friday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and will run each Friday through November 5th. WRKO's PD Jason Wolfe stated in a press release : "Joe is one of the best political reporters in the city and he does an outstanding job on FOX25. He’s been an excellent guest with Finneran and Feinburg for the past several months and I know he’ll provide our audience with unique insights and the most up to date information on a weekly basis, about the upcoming elections.” Wolfe continued, “WRKO is committed to providing our listeners with the most comprehensive and credible information regarding the November elections, and this new weekly show with Joe will do just that.”

Cadillac back on the lot : Technically, he never left the building, but it was announced this week that a 20-year Boston's Top 40 radio veteran progammer "Cadillac" Jack McCartney will now focus exclsuively on managing operations of Clear Channel's Boston and Providence FM music stations. McCartney gave up his progamming post at WXKS/Kiss 108 and WJMN/Jamn 94-5 back in February 2008 to become new progammer director at sister station Power 105 in NYC. While Chris Tyler became the new PD at Kiss and Jamn, McCartney still kept his local role as Operations Manager for the two Top 40 outlets as he was splitting time between Boston and NYC. In March 2002 issue, Boston Magazine's "Radio Daze" article referred to McCartney (and WBCN's icon Oedipus) as radio programmers "who are watched and copied by programmers across the country". McCartney's association with Kiss 108 dates back to June 1991 when he began as station's music director after jumping from rival WZOU(which later became Jamn). After Kiss 108's parent company bought Jamn 94-5, he became its program director in 1994. He worked as program director for both Kiss 108 and Jamn 94-5 from 2001 to 2008.

Friday, September 24, 2010

River turns 15

WXRV/92.5 The River, Boston’s independent and solar-powered radio, is celebrating 15 years on the air with a special free concert featuring home town favorites Guster at Club Royale, located in Boston’s theatre district on October 6th. This concert will be exclusive to River winners and guests. Headlining the River’s Birthday party is Boston’s own Guster, who just recently played the life is good Festival in Canton, Ma. Guster is due to release its album Easy Wonderful October 5th. Here's station's press release :

For Immediate Release
Friday September 24th 2010

92.5 The River celebrates 15 years of independent radio with VIP Birthday Party at the Royale in Boston featuring Guster!

Boston, MA – WXRV/92.5 The River, Boston’s Independent and solar-powered radio, is celebrating 15 years of Independent Radio with a special free concert featuring home town favorites Guster at Club Royale, located in Boston’s theatre district on Wednesday October 6th Presented by Redhook Ale Brewery. This concert will be exclusive to River winners and guests. Headlining the River’s Birthday party is Boston’s own Guster, who just recently played the life is good Festival in Canton, Ma. Guster are due to release their album Easy Wonderful October 5th.

Guster is an American alternative rock band that is known for its live performances, humor, and cult following. It was formed by Adam Gardner, Ryan Miller, and Brian Rosenworcel in 1991 while attending Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. The members met during the freshmen Wilderness Orientation program in August 1991, playing publicly together as a trio two months later at the Midnight Cafe coffee house set in the common area of the Lewis Hall dormitory. While attending Tufts, the band lived at 139 College Avenue in Somerville, MA.

"What a joy it is to welcome Guster back for the River’s 15th birthday party. Guster are station and listener faves…..local heroes…and hugely representative of our audience’s eco-friendly sensibilities.", says 92.5 The River’s Program Director Catie Wilber. "and…they played our historic River Music Hall when they were still called Gus!"

The Royale Nightclub (The former Roxy) brings to you an unparalleled experience for any private event held in downtown Boston. Built in 1918 this former opera hall boasts a gigantic 33,000 sq foot total available to handle any and every special event need. By taking the original fundamental beauty of the room and combining it with state of the art upgrades in sound and lighting, Royale truly is a venue like no other.

Located at 279 Tremont Street in the historic theater district and the epicenter of downtown Boston, Royale is your ultimate event destination.

Friday, September 17, 2010

New boss in charge of Entercom Boston

On Friday(9/17), Entercom announced realignment of its Boston cluster management with the appointment of new general manager of its four stations : WEEI 850, WRKO 680, WAAF 107.3 and WMKK 93.7/MikeFM. After two years of running a highly successful site, Tim Murphy adds on the duties of running day-to-day operations of Entrecom's Boston radio cluster. Here's the official release from Entercom New England :


Boston, MA (September 17, 2010) – Entercom Boston today announced the appointment of Tim Murphy to the position of Vice President/ General Manager of Entercom Boston, Murphy will be reporting to Julie Kahn, Vice President/New England Market Manager. Previously Murphy had been the Vice President/General Manager for

In his new role, Murphy will oversee all digital initiatives for Entercom Boston. Additionally, he will spearhead sales strategy and processes, day-to-day business operations and oversee engineering and IT operations on all radio initiatives. Murphy will also head up Entercom’s eCommerce and database marketing initiatives, including the popular and successful PERKs program for Entercom Boston.

Murphy assumes his new position after having served as Vice President/General Manager for for the past two years. In that role, he directed the aggressive expansion of WEEI content distribution across digital platforms. Under Tim’s direction unique visitors to grew over 173% in its first year since the re-launch and the WEEI Live mobile app has been downloaded by over 70,000 consumers on both the iPhone and Android platforms.

Before joining Entercom, Murphy worked at the Golf Channel as the Director of Sales for Digital Media. He also served as Vice President of Strategic Marketing for, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Boston Globe Media, and Brand Manager for Titleist & FootJoy Worldwide. He is a graduate of Hamilton College.

“In the two-plus years that I have been with Entercom Boston, I have developed a deep appreciation for our brands and am proud of the significant influence they have on the community of Boston, particularly as it pertains to the discussions and debates surrounding our city’s great passion points: sports, politics and music,” Murphy said. “I look forward to helping, as part of a talented team, to make sure these brands continue to thrive in a new, integrated world where the emergence of fast-developing distribution technology and corresponding changes to consumer consumption habits have changed the game.”

Said Julie Kahn, Vice President/New England Market Manager; "I am pleased to promote Tim to a position where he can infuse all of our radio stations with his great energy and capabilities."

Entercom New England is comprised of Sportsradio 850 WEEI-AM; Boston’s Talk Station, WRKO AM 680; the home of Everything that Rocks, WAAF 107.3 FM; the station that says “We Play Everything,” Mike-FM WMKK 93.7 FM, as well as owned and operated stations of the WEEI Sports Radio Network, including WEEI-FM 103.7 in Providence, WVEI-AM 1440 in Worcester and WVEI-FM 105.5 in Springfield.

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.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Local legends of the airwaves honored

Among who were inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Thursday(9/16) were radio personality Dale Dorman of WXKS/Kiss 108, WRKO 680 and WODS 103.3 fame, former WBZ 1030 news anchor Gary LaPierre, WBUR 90.9's "Here and Now" host Robin Young, former radio personality Bruce Arnold, on-air radio personality and station executive Phil D. (Phil G. Drumheller), WBUR 90.9's 35-year host of "¡Con Salsa!" Jose Masso, radio executive and manager Philip A. Weiner, and 102-year-old former Regional Vice President of Westinghouse Wilmer "Bill" C. Swartley, Jr. Those being honored posthumously included Celtics voice Johny Most and Red Sox play-by-play man Ken Coleman.

BRW Notebook :

Something to Crow about : WXRV 92.5/The River is bringing nine time Grammy Award Winner Sheryl Crow to the Bridge Sound & Stage in Cambridge for an intimate/private performance for River listeners next Thursday(9/23) from 4pm to 5pm. Crow is also scheduled to perform at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre that same night. The private show isn’t open to the public and all details regarding winning tickets to this exclusive concert can be found at or heard on the FM dial at 92.5. The station's PD Catie Wilber commented in a press release : "It's a pleasure to welcome Sheryl Crow to perform for River listeners. She is amongst a small group of artists who blazed the way on a then new Adult Album Alternative radio format in the 90's... It's a thrill to host her as 92.5 The River celebrates its fifteenth year." Morning Show host Rita Cary will conduct a one on one interview in between songs.

Quick hits : Some familiar voices back on the air...There was some talk that his face may soon pop up on milk cartons at a supermarket near you, but after 8 months of being missing in action former WEEI 850's Big Show co-host Pete Sheppard returns to the airwaves and on your computer. First, on the big box, Sheppard will be do a call-in segment with Jeff Katz every Friday morning(starting today) at 8:35am. But his new big gig will involve on-line broadcasting effort by New England Patriots, more specifically, he will host “The Pete Sheppard Show” from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. every Tuesday on starting on 9/21. As you recall back in January, after 10 years at WEEI, Sheppard was let go due to a budget squeeze(BRW 1/20)....While on topic of WEEI and Sheppard, his replacement on WEEI 850's "Real Postgame" show is station's former midday co-host Bob Neumeier who is about take on more chores at the sports talker. Neumeier will also be part of the Big Show co-host bench and will sit in with Mike Adams on "Planet Mikey" show before all Monday Night Football game broadcasts...And yes, that's Sue Tabb former "Matty in the Morning" co-host who has been filling for Lisa Donovan on Kiss 108's #1 morning show since mid-August. Tabb who works as a PR consultant these days is currently on a 7-week retainer while Donovan is on a maternity leave...Living up to its name, Rush Radio 1200 has added another hour of Rush Limbaugh starting this week. While he's still heard in his usual 12-3pm slot, listeners can also hear him during afternoon commute from 6-7pm. That pushes syndicated host Jason Lewis to 7-10pm while Mark Levin loses an hour(10pm-Midnight)....In case you were curious to see how your favorite station did in August ratings, here they are.

Face-off : I'm sure the debate whether or not to include Providence station's ratings with Boston WEEI 850's totals will rage on forever. This week, the Globe's Chad Finn presented readers with two ratings versions for August - the one that didn't include Providence numbers and the other that did. Non-Providence book greatly favors WBZ 98.5/SportsHub. The Providence one clear puts WEEI 850 in front. It's all about the spin.

Bless this sale : The sale of WBIX 1060 to Holy Family Communications officially closed on Wednesday(9/16). The current business format will be converted to religious programming starting this weekend according to a source.

More web for NPR : NPR, in collaboration with 12 NPR member stations (including Boston's WBUR 90.9), has launched a dozen topic-focused news websites, marking the debut of NPR's ARGO Network – an online journalism venture created to produce local coverage on subjects important to communities and the nation. Each ARGO site is anchored by a news-blog that features multiple stories each day, with an accompanying set of community features. The individual stations will decide how to integrate the ARGO site with their primary station websites