Just in...As mentioned in NY Times and Boston Globe articles from a couple weeks ago, CBS Radio is relaunching its HD station 'WBCN Free Form Rock' starting tomorrow(5/2) with a 11am-4pm live remote broadcast in front of its old studio location at 1265 Boylston Street. The digital radio station currently has 3 live on-air staffers - the original WBCN's first program director and current WBCN Free Form Rock's program director Sam Kopper, DJ Destiny Curtis and Carolyn Fox. If you have an HD Radio receiver, you can currently listen to WBCN Free Form Rock on WZLX 100.7 HD3 sub-channel, on-line at www.wbcn.com or on your smartphone or Iphone.
Here is the official press release from CBS Radio Boston :
HD RADIO STATION WBCN FREE FORM ROCK
LAUNCHES LIVE REMOTE BROADCASTS
WBCN Free Form Rock’s Inaugural Remote Broadcast
TOMORROW Thursday, May 3 at 11AM-4PM
Entitled “LIVE From 1265”
Boston, MA – Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - WBCN Free Form Rock, CBS Radio Boston’s HD and online streaming rock radio station with the music and programming format of the legendary WBCN, launches its inaugural LIVE remote broadcast tomorrow morning, Thursday, May 3 from 11AM to 4PM! WBCN Free Form Rock’s inaugural remote program is entitled “Live from 1265” and will be broadcast live from a new mobile unit stationed directly in front of 1265 Boylston Street, the twenty-five year home of WBCN, now the address of Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar. WBCN Free Form Rock can be heard anytime on HD radio at 100.7-HD3, streaming online at www.WBCN.com, or on the free Radio.com App for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones!
The host of the five hour remote “Live from 1265” broadcast, Sam Kopper, was WBCN’s first program director and morning show DJ in 1968. Throughout “Live from 1265” he will be joined by co-hosts including WBCN Free Form Rock DJ Destiny Curtis as well as long-time ‘BCN DJs Charles Laquidara via telephone from Maui, Hawaii, Albert O, Shred, Lisa Traxler, Tank, and sister-station WZLX’s Annegelle Wood, and Carter Alan. Also part of the show will be long-time close musician-friends of ‘BCN’s including Mike Gerard of The Fools, and young local musicians Mellow Bravo and Parlor Bells will perform on the air live from the remote at 1265 Boylston Street .
“We are thrilled to be launching live remote broadcasts on WBCN Free Form Rock because we are connecting directly with listeners and taking it to the streets,” said Kopper. “We’re excited to bring the radio basics of ‘BCN into the 21st century with HD radio. Like we did in the late 60s through the late 80s, we are musically very broad playing older rock classics as well as a great deal of new music and support the new Boston music scene and young artists.”
“Having grown up in Boston listening to WBCN, it's an honor for me to connect what is now the home of Jerry Remy's Sports Bar to WBCN,” said Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar manager Don Bailey. “We are following in the footsteps of WBCN in becoming a Boston institution at 1265 Boylston.”
The WBCN Free Form Rock mobile unit being used for “Live from 1265” is a very bright green, converted school bus named “Gypsy Dancer.” Kopper named the mobile unit after an early 70’s Joni Mitchell song, “A Little Green,” in which Mitchell sings of a young free-spirited hippie girl: ‘…she’s just a gypsy dancer.” “Gypsy Dancer” has taken a full year to convert to a broadcast facility, and the vehicle has been improved to be energy efficient. The vehicle runs on bio-diesel fuel provided by Mass BioFuel of Dedham, has low wattage LED lighting, and will soon sport photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof.
Don’t miss WBCN Free Form Rock’s first-of-many live remote broadcasts, entitled “Live from 1265” tomorrow morning, Thursday, May 3 from 11AM to 4PM on HD radio at 100.7-HD3, online at www.WBCN.com, or on the free Radio.com App for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones!
Breakfast for two : Boston radio vet Laurenti joins Karen Blake for the wake-up show at WODS 103.3
CBS Radio Boston’s classic hits station WODS 103.3 today announced the addition of Boston native John Laurenti to its on-air line-up. Laurenti, who has been in the Boston radio market for 26 years, will co-host Morning Drive weekdays from 5:30am–9:00am on 103.3 WODS with Karen Blake on the new morning program “The New Breakfast Club with John & Karen,” it was announced by Brian Thomas, Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio’s Classic Hits Format and interim Program Director for WODS 103.3. The appointment is effective this Thursday, May 3, 2012.
Laurenti has spent the past three years as the music director at Boston ’s NPR music station, WUMB 91.9. Prior to that, he had a successful run on WZLX 100.7 as part of three popular morning shows. At WZLX, he also hosted a locally produced "Breakfast with the Beatles" show on Saturday mornings for almost a decade. He moved to Greater Media's WBOS 92.9 to host afternoons in September 2005 and was there until early 2008 when the station changed formats and let go of its entire airstaff. Laurenti’s professional experience also includes afternoon drive co-host and music director at WHJY 94.1 in Providence.
Another Boston radio vet, Karen Blake, has been working mornings at WODS since late September 2008(BRW 9/19/08).
BRW Notebook :
Adding Salt to the mix : Some morning changes at WODS' sister stations WBMX/Mix 104.1 where Ryan "Salt" McMillan has been added as a sidekick to "Karson and Kennedy" as of this week.
Honor roll : Speaking of Mix 104.1, its longtime music director Mike Mullaney was named Best Music Director/Asst. Program Director in the country at the Worldwide Radio Summit held in LA this past weekend. Industry event was sponsored by on-line trade publication AllAccess.com.
Back by popular demand : The stations that have their big spring and summer concert events planned - WBOS 92.9 has its 19th annual free Earth Fest at the Hatch Shell on Saturday, May 19th. Spin Doctors, Third Eye Blind, Eve 6 and Switchfoot are on the bill this year...On the same date(May 19th), Kiss 108 is having its annual all-day Kiss Concert at the Comcast Center in Mansfield. Top acts include Adam Lambert, Flo Rida, JoJo and Enrique Iglesias. More info and tickets are here. Two Saturdays later(June 2nd) at the same venue, sister station Jamn 94-5 will unroll its 2012 edition of Summer Jam with Rick Ross, B.o.B and Big Sean. Ticket info is here...Back to the free side of the dial, WODS 103.3 has lined up 3 Saturday night dates at the Hatch Shell for its annual Free Summer Concert Series. Details are here.