Thursday, February 11, 2010

WRKO unplugs "Coast to Coast", opts for more Howie Carr

WRKO AM 680 which is in the process of ending its affilation relationship with programming distributor Premiere Radio Networks has dropped the nationally syndicated overnight show "Coast to Coast" it has carried since October 1997. The show which is heard on over 500 stations nationally is getting a new spot on the local dial as of tonight. "Coast to Coast" will now air on WKOX AM 1200 which is in the process of converting to fulltime news/talk station from its current Spasnih music format as first mentioned in this space(BRW 1/13). Texas-based radio giant Clear Channel Communications which owns AM 1200 also owns syndicator Premiere Radio. In addition to "Coast to Coast", Clear Channel/Premiere's national big-ticket shows hosted by Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh will make up AM 1200's line-up when the format launches in April. The new station has registered a new website "".

With "Coast to Coast" departure from the line-up, WRKO is filling the 1am-5am slot with repeats of its popular afternoon drive host Howie Carr.

BRW Notebook :

Rock for geriatric Gen-Xers : Since WBCN's exit six months ago not much has changed for the surviving rock stations - WFNX 101.7FM, WAAF 107.3FM, WBOS 92.9FM and WXRV 92.5FM/River - all catering to 30 and 40-somethings and musically still deeply rooted in the past reports the Globe.


James said...

What makes anyone think that all 30 somethings are stuck in the 90's? I'd love to hear more new bands.

Radio and the music industry need to stop blocking the next generation of rock musicians by holding on desperately to the 90's.

This is why young people really don't listen to rock anymore....they all listen to hip hop.

Anonymous said...

Has 1200 upped its power yet. I can't hear it at night in Franklin.

raccoonradio said...

Guess what: the Howie Carr overnight deal is apparently over after one week. The WRKO site now says "Red Eye Radio" 1-5 am starting Mon night into Tue morning. Hosted by Doug McIntyre of KABC and WABC fame. Going national through Citadel.

This mere days after Jason Wolfe talked glowingly in the Herald of Carr and his show and after a banner ad on the RKO site said, "Want more Howie? YOU GOT HIM!" Carr is on vacation this week.

raccoonradio said...

1200 has upped power and moved transmitter but for many you won't pick it up at night. Example: I was getting it in Middleton, N. Reading,and Beverly at night (an 8 out of 10) but not in Rowley/Boxford (up I-95). But the new stick in Newton will give it a big audience in immediate Boston area

Anonymous said...

1200AM has a pretty good day signal. Nice and strong all over.

But the night signal pretty much is an "inside 128" signal.

In Franklin, you might be better off picking C2C up on WPRO(?).

Anonymous said...

WGIR 610AM Manchester NH is carrying "Coast to Coast AM"

Anonymous said...

WGIR 610 AM lineup:
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
( May be pre-empted by Fisher Cats Baseball)
10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
1:00 AM to 5:00 AM

raccoonradio said...

That lineup sounds like what 1200 will run other than Savage who's on RKO; 6pm possibilities include Mark Levin

raccoonradio said...

In today's Herald it was revealed the lineup will be 6am local show, 9am Glenn Beck, Noon TBA ("PD was mum on Rush"; WRKO still has rights for now), 3 pm Sean Hannity,
6 pm Jason Lewis (From Minn. I think), 9 pm TBA, Mid Coast to Coast

raccoonradio said...

>>Guess what: the Howie Carr overnight deal is apparently over after one week.

Oops, one week later it's back to Howie reruns. McIntyre just plugged in for a week while Howie was on vaca/had fill ins, though it sounded like Red Eye was to be permanent? guess not