Monday, July 19, 2010

Local stations up for top radio awards

Three Boston radio stations are among finalists for the Marconi Awards, generally acknowledged as the industry's highest national honor.

Rock WAAF 107.3 and adult contemporary station WMJX/Magic 106.7 have received "Station of the Year" nominations in their respective format categories. WBZ 1030 has been nominated in the "Legendary Station" category. Winners will be announced on September 30 at the National Association of Broadcasters' convention in Washington DC. Each category has five finalists.

The Marconis are to radio what the Oscars are to film and the Emmys to television, so for a station or personality to win a nomination would be a pretty big deal.

This is the second straight year in a row a Boston station has been nominated in the Legendary Station category. WBZ which has won 3 Marconi's back in the 1990's(Major Market Station of the Year in 1995 and 1998 and News/Talk Station of the Year in 1999) is up against stations in Denver, St.Louis, Washington DC and Salt Lake City. Last year, WMJX/Magic 106.7 lost out to KKOB/Alberquue in the Legendary Station category. Also last year, Kiss 108's morning man Matt Siegel took home his 2nd Marconi for the Major Market Personality of the Year.(BRW 9/24/09)

BRW Notebook :

Station Sales : Framingham's WBIX AM 1060 was sold to Buffalo-based Holy Family Communications last week. Station's outgoing owner Alex Langer will receive $1 million check for the station plus Holy Family will note that the other $500,000 of value of the station is in the form of a donation from Langer. Station's format will switch from current financial news and business talk/infomercials to 24-hour religious programming from Alabama-based EWTN network on November 1st(All Saints Day) it was announced last week. New call letters will be WQOM. Holy Family already operates two stations in upstate New York.

What's behind the initials? National Public Radio(heard locally on WBUR 90.9 and WGBH 89.7) has officially shortened its name to just NPR. Last week, the Washington Post reported that the 30-year old national radio network is now using the abbreviation because "the organization encompasses more than radio now, it also incorporates news and music programming over a variety of digital platforms beyond radio. " CEO Vivian Schiller told the Post the name is "more modern, streamlined."

Names and voices : Ann Wog arrives from WMAL 630 in Baltimore to exec-produce "Jim and Margery" morning show(7am-10am) on WTKK 96.9FM. Prior to her five-year stint at WMAL, she was with Seattle's news/talker KIRO 710...Bradley Jay who exec produces "NightSide with Dan Rea" on WBZ 1030 adds his own weekend show on the station. "Jay Talkin'" is now heard every Sunday night from 10pm to Midnight....Career change for one-time WEE 850's "Big Show" character Pete "The Meat" Sheppard. Boston Sports Media watch reports that Sheppard has apparently found a new calling - a professional poker least for now. As you recall, after 10 years at WEEI , Sheppard was bounced from the station back in January due to budget cuts(BRW 1/20)


Kaimbridge said...

NPR = National Public Resources?   P=)

BiggusBishus said...

Ain't nothing gonna save J&M.

Laurence Glavin said...

The latest PPMs show a slight DOWNtick both in the percentage and cumes for WXKS-AM 1200. The summer is the time when that station's day pattern is in use from 5:00 am until 8:15 pm, when it covers the maximum area of eastern Massachusetts. Have people been sampling, then tuning out?

Anonymous said...

I cannot figure out how the Catholic church can be crying poverty, closing churches, and have huge legal costs: yet they have a million dollars to spend on a radio station. What is wrong with this picture?

raccoonradio said...

To Anonymous: The Catholic Church is not the new owner of WBIX...Holy Family Communications is. Actually years ago there was an attempt by the Boston Archdiocese to buy AM 800 in Lawrence but they backed out--and then the pedophile priest scandal came out, and I guess they figured they would need money for legal defense or settlements instead, thus the backout.

But again this article doesn't say the Catholic Church is buying the station.

Anonymous said...

I cannot understand how WAAF is up for station of the year. I'm sure fossil Greg Hill pulls in decent numbers through attrition for being on air for two decades, but the rest of the show offers absolutely nothing and the music is become so lackluster.