Thursday, July 1, 2010

Something 4 everyone on the radio dial this holiday weekend

If you just can't deal with massive crowds at the Hatch Shell for Sunday night's July 4th concert by the Boston Pops, you can hear the performance on WBZ 1030 AM and WCRB 99.5FM at 8:30pm. WBZ will also provide the synchronized music soundtrack for the post-concert pyrotechnic display at 10:30pm.

WBZ 1030's coverage will be hosted by Jordan Rich and will kick off at 7pm. On the FM side, the event will be covered by Laura Carlo and Ron Della Chiesa on WCRB 99.5 starting at 6pm. Both stations will be streaming live on their respective websites( and For those few of you with HD receivers, WBZ AM's feed can be heard on WBZ 98.5 HD3 while WCRB's audio is available on WGBH 89.7 HD2.

Elsewhere on the dial this holiday weekend :

-WBOS/MyRadio 92.9 will have "Red, White and Two" weekend playing two songs from the same artists.

-WODS 103.3 lights up Firecracker 300 Friday at 12Noon counting down its Top 300 artists all weekend long.

-WFNX 101.7FM will be playing all those familiar alternative rock songs from Z to A.

-WROR 105.7FM had its listener-voted 4th of July 500 Countdown beginning Friday at 3pm.

-WZLX 100.7FM will feature 4-Play Weekend with four song blocks from classic rock bands and artists.

-"Keep your feet to the ground and reach for the stars" : "American Top 40" with Ryan Seacrest from 8am to noon on WXKS 107.9/Kiss this Sunday will
pay tribute to the show's creator and original host Casey Kasem on the occasion of AT40's 40th anniversary. AT40 is the best known of all the countdown shows. Odds are no matter what your age, you listened to the habit-forming program at some point in your life since it debuted on the July 4 weekend in 1970. Boston's WMEX 1510 AM was one of eight stations in the country that carried the very first show. By the way, the orginal AT40 shows with Casey Kasem can still be heard locally - they air on WODS 103.3 early Monday morning Midnight-3am(right after Sunday's night's Lost 45's with Barry Scott 7pm-Midnight)

-What could be more American than the national pastime on the Fourth of July? WEEI 850 will be swinging for the fences this holiday, with Red Sox hosting the Orioles at 1:35pm(pregame at 12:30) .If you are not into the home team, WEEI will be running ESPN Radio's feed of Sunday Night Baseball with Royals-Angels at 8pm.

BRW Notebook :

MixFest returns : With last summer's head-spinning frequency/format changes out of the way, CBS Radio's WBMX/Mix 104.1 is bringing back its signature station event MixFest. Adult Contemporary radio's darlings the Goo Goo Dolls and American Idol's Season 8 winner Kris Allen headline the August 2nd bill at the Bank of America Pavillion.

People on The Move : Rachel Rose, who most recently served as a music assistant and announcer at Emerson College's WERS 88.9FM has been named music director and afternoon drive host at adult alternative WYMS/88Nine in Milwaukee. She graduates from Boston's Emerson College later this month. Prior to WERS, she worked three years at WNTI-FM/Hackettstown, NJ, where she served as assistant Music Director and midday host.

Looking beyond the numbers : The new WXKS AM/Rush Radio 1200 is not be getting any mega numbers after only four months on air. Not yet at least. The Clear Channel's new talk radio entry which snagged Rush Limbaugh away from WRKO AM 680 back in March now boasts some 108,000 listeners a week based on May ratings. Tthe loss of Rush is only one part of a bigger story - WRKO's year-long audience slide. WRKO has now lost about 200,000 weekly listeners since last summer.

Silver Anniversary : While the babyboomers are getting older(and better) so are their favorite retro radio stations . WZLX 100.7FM's classic rock format is celebrating its 25 years on the air this year. On Sept.23, 1985, WZLX(then called WKKT; WZLX call letters actually arrived about a month later on Oct.29th) switched formats from adult contemporary to classic album-oriented rock and has never looked back. To celebrate its 25th birthday, WZLX is sponsoring a special show by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on August 19th at Comcast Center. More details at

New site, new logo : WBZ AM 1030 unveiled its brand new
website earlier today. With a new site comes a new logo which bears a striking resemblance to the logo of sister station WBZ TV4. Can you say synergy?

The River of Hipsters : How do you make your station stick out in the sea of corporate radio? That's


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

And that isn't a good thing, by any means.