Sunday, January 29, 2012

Radio dial will be spinning with the sound of Super Bowl

If you can't be among 63,000 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium for New England Patriots' seventh trip to the Super Bowl next Sunday night, radio will have you fully covered.

The game itself will be broadcast locally on the team's flagship WBZ 98.5/The Sports Hub which will start its pregame show at 3pm. The kickoff is scheduled around 6:30pm and team's legendary broadcast duo of Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti will work their sixth Patriots' SuperBowl together. As he has done all season long, SportsHub's midday co-host Scott Zolak will serve as a sideline reporter and will also take part in pregame, halftime and postgame programming co-hosted by Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh.

A new wrinkle to this year's local Super Bowl broadcast coverage will have WEEI 93.7/850 providing national feed of the game via Dial-Global Radio/WestwoodOne Network. In years past, due to league's local blackout restrictions WEEI wouldn't be allowed to run any of the Patriots games broadcast nationally by Westwood One. But that all changed a year ago when NFL and Dial Global Radio signed a brand new deal which now allows local affiliates in team's home markets like WEEI to carry both Conference championship game and the Super Bowl. WEEI will carry network pregame programming beginning at 4pm. The voices of Monday Night Football radio team - Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason - will take the air at 5pm. Dial Global's broadcast will also be heard on 600 stations nationally.

All local and national broadcasts of the SuperBowl will be also available on satellite radio's Sirius XM service. Full coverage information is here.

BRW Notebook :

In Memoriam : Former WAAF 107.3 afternoon staffer Frank Pallaria Jr., better known to many of his listeners as Rocko, passed away in Sarasota, Fl on January 19th. He was 46. Pallaria was WAAF's night time host form 1995 to 1998. He was named station's afternoon jock in 1998 after "Opie and Anthony" were fired for their infamous April Fool's stunt involving Mayor Menino. He was with WAAF until September 2002.

Platform takeover : Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will add college radio stations to iHeartRadio, its free, digital radio service beginning next month. At launch, iHeartRadio's College programming will include more than a dozen college stations from 11 states across the country — with additional college radio stations to be added. Boston's Emerson College WERS 88.9 will be the first of the initial college stations to be added. iHeart curently offers 800 broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities plus the ability to create custom radio stations. iHeartRadio is available to consumers through the Web, mobile devices and autos and is the top free broadcast radio app on the iPhone and Android. 

Earlier this month, Boston-based radio broadcaster Greater Media Inc. announced it will also be moving all of its stations onto Clear Channel's iHeart platform beginning in April. Locally, Greater Media owns five stations(WTKK 96.9, WKLB 102.5, WMJX 106.7, WROR 105.7 and WBOS 92.9).

A little bit slower now, a little bit deepr now : Borrowing a page from public radio's news feature genre, this past week WBZ 1030's has launched "WBZ NewsWatch with Joe Mathieu", a once a month live one-hour, in-studio interview.

Tuning in with the old : Beginning February 1st, WAZN 1470 will introduce syndicated "Music of Your Life" format to its evening, overnight and weekend scheduled. The format 

which features big bands, crooners and mainstream pop stylists geared at music lovers of the 40s, 50s and 60s music which has completely neglected by commercial radio formats here since the old WXKS 1430 ended its 25-year run in October 2004. During weekday mornings and afternoons, WAZN will continue to run Russian-language programming.
Both WEEI 93.7 and WBZ 98.5 will go wall-to-wall by broadcasting all their 6am-6pm local shows from the Super Bowl media center at JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis beginning with Media Day on Tuesday, January 31. In addition, there will be some special weekend shows with WEEI personalities broadcasting live 12-3pm on Saturday from the site of Boomer Esisason Foundation event. Over at WBZ 98.5, Felger and Mazz will have a special Sunday pre-pregame show from 12pm-3pm(Bruins' 12:30pm game will shift to sister station WZLX 100.7FM).


raccoonradio said...

WEEI's sched says not only will they have the Real Postgame Show after the Super Bowl, but John Ryder keeps it going 2-6 am late Sun/early Mon

Anonymous said...

I wondered whatever happened to Rocko. Bummer.