Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Classical music radio veteran joins WCRB staff

WGBH Radio General Manager John Voci has announced that musician and former New York public radio host James David Jacobs has joined the 99.5 All-Classical broadcast team as the new voice of Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7-11am. Jacobs began his new hosting assignment on Saturday, August 21 and may already be familiar to 99.5 listeners, as he has been filling in on air from time to time in recent months.

“We’re thrilled to officially welcome James to the 99.5 All-Classical family,” said Voci. “His extensive experience in radio, as a classical musician and as an educator will be a wonderful addition to our strong lineup for our listeners.”

Jacobs worked for eight years as a radio host and producer for public radio stations WNYC and WNYE in New York. A professional musician for more than 30 years, he plays cello, recorder and double bass, taught at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and has performed on Prairie Home Companion and Saturday Night Live as well as in a wide variety of other settings. Additional credits include writing scores for PBS and HBO.

Brian McCreath, who has been hosting weekends, moves to weekdays in the 1-4pm slot, while Ray Brown will now host from 4-8pm. The schedule shift moves Brown’s “3 O’Clock Request” segment, in which he plays listeners’ submissions, to 4pm. The morning schedule remains unchanged, with Laura Carlo hosting from 5-9am and Cathy Fuller on-air during the 9am-1pm time period. Visit
www.995allclassical.org for more information.

BRW Notebook :

Old time radio : In 1970's, Ken Meyer served as producer for Larry Glick on WBZ 1030. He also hosted his own weekend talk and sports shows on WBZ. In the 1980's, he was also a host of WEEI 590's old-time radio series. Grubstreet.com has a (long) interview with Meyer.

People on the move : Barry Armstrong, a financial planner and 13-year talk radio veteran and host of "Money Matters Radio" show since its first broadcast, announced last week that he will be stepping down as host of the regionally syndicated program. The show will remain intact with its cast of experts in various different financial sectors.

"It has been an honor to serve our listeners for 13 years on Money Matters." said Armstrong in a press release. "The show has surpassed all of my expectations and will continue to provide the most up to date business and financial news in New England."
Armstrong has yet to formally announce his next media venture bus has no plans to exit the world of talk radio. "You can't get rid of me that easily," he said. "I'm sure I'll be back on the dial talking finance soon."
Money Matters is heard each weekday from 9 to 11am on 8 stations throughout New England including its Boston area flagship WBNW AM 1120 which Armstrong has owned since 1998. Armstrong plans to devote more time to his role as Preident of Armstron Advisory Group and Money Matters Radio in Needham.

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