All Classical WCRB to extend its reach into RI via deal with Bryant University's station
Boston pubcaster WGBH-ownded WCRB 99.5 will extend its 24/7 classical music format into Rhode Island through simulcasts on Bryant University's student-operated radio station WJMF 88.7 in Smithfield. The programming partnership, announced this week, includes a power-boost to WJMF's 225-watt signal; the migration of student-programmed broadcasts to HD radio subschannel, mobile DTV, and smartphone platforms; and a summer internship program for Bryant students.
The complex acquisition-signal-swap deal between Greater Media, Charles Broadcasting and Nassau Broadcasting that converted long-time commercial classical WCRB 102.5 FM into 99.5 All Classical in late 2006 and subsequent WGBH's conversion from music to news/talk and acquisition of 99.5 in 2009, left a much smaller service area and many nearby metro areas such as Providence without a full-time classical music outlet.
"We are absolutely delighted to be returning to an area with so much vibrant cultural activity, and look forward to sharing it with the rest of the region," said Benjamin Roe, WGBH managing director for classical services, in a press release.
BRW Notebook :
Programming Moves : WRKO 680 adds syndicated "Real Estate Today" with Gil Gross...Mike 93-7 has recently added syndicated retro 80's show "FoundCuts" to its Sunday night schedule(7pm-10pm)....The long-running "Back to the 80's Friday Night" and its host Joe Cotese are relocating from Mix 104.1 to sister-station WODS 103.3 as of next Friday(6/10). Time stays the same - 7pm-Midnight....Local radio vet Bob Stuart signed off his afternoon drive shift(2pm-7pm) at WXRV/92.5 The River this past week. Stuart was with the River since format's launch in August 1995 and priort to that when it was soft rocker WLYT/Lite 92.5. The station is looking for a new afternoon personality...John (Boyle) & Jeff (Carroll) are back on the weekday overnight schedule at WTKK 96.9 after David Stein's syndicated show signed off last week. The LA-based "John and Jeff" talk duo now air live nightly from 1am-4:30am.
What can Brown do for you? : Jeff Brown, currently market manager for Entercom/Portland, OR, will take on the same role at the company’s Boston station cluster, which includes News/Talk WRKO 680, Sports/Talker WEEI 850, Rocker WAAF 107.3/WKAF 97.7 and all-variet WMKK 93.7 Brown — who previously pulled management and sales duties at Entercom’s Norfolk(2003-2007) and Denver(2007-2010) stations before his move to the northwest last year — assumes a position last held by Tim Murphy who is now corporate VP/Digital Strategies and Enterprises. In his new job Brown will report to Entercom/New England Market Manager Julie Kahn who said in a press release, “Jeff Brown is going to be a terrific addition to Entercom/Boston. Jeff is a rising star who radiates intelligence, energy, and a get-it-done attitude. I couldn’t be more excited to work with my new partner going forward.” Brown starts his new Boston duties later this month.
Back in the saddle again? : Former WRKO 680 morning host and ex-political hack Peter Blute has left his morning gig at WCRN 830 last Friday. The former two-term congressman and disgraced Massport head is rumored to be considering a run for Senator Scott Brown's seat in 2012.