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!”


Anonymous said...

WAAF morning show rundown:
Show starts. Greg takes a far right wing stance. Spaz takes one side of an issue, LB and the callers take the other. LB and the callers call spaz an idiot. Show over.


Anonymous said...

I couldn't have said it better myself