WRKO installs rising star Jeff Kuhner as its morning host
Starting today, talker WRKO 680 has a brand new morning show -"The Kuhner Report" hosted by Jeff Kuhner. Kuhner, who has
been, and will continue, hosting 11am-12noon, replaces Todd Feinburg and
Michele McPhee in the 6am-9am slot. No word on the future of Michele McPhee and Todd Feinburg who were teamed up as a morning duo back in August(BRW 8/6) but the Herald is reporting today that WRKO's management may consider them for other roles at the station in the future.
From WRKO's press release :
Kuhner : "I am truly honored and happy to be at
WRKO, This is a wonderful opportunity and my goal is to
create the best morning talk show in Boston."
Entercom Boston VP and
Market Manager Jeff Brown : "This caps off a season of positive
change for WRKO. It's the right move for our two most important
customers, our listeners and our advertisers, and needless to say, I'm
excited about our future."
Entercom Boston VP of Programmering Jason Wolfe : "The positive reaction to
his 11am hour has been simply overwhelming and his fearless, honest
brand of talk makes him appointment listening."
WRKO's Assistant Proagram Director Bill Cooksey : "Jeff Kuhner is a rising star and I'm very happy to have him as part of the WRKO
Montreal native, Kuhner, who has made the move from Washington, DC to Boston, will continue to serve as the lead
political columnist for The Washington Times
BRW Notebook :
Free agency : Longtime sports news flasher Jon Meterparel exited WEEI 93.7's "John Dennis and Gerry
Callahan" morning show on October 12. Meterparel has been the voice of Boston
College football and basketball broadcasts for several seasons and will finish up his play-by-play duties with this upcoming BC basketball season. Meterparel recently told Worcester's T&G that he is currently in progress of landing a play-by-play role with a national or local broadcaster.
No Savage sightings in Boston : After parting ways with Talk Radio Networks, Michael Savage has
signed a deal with Cumulus Media Networks, which began syndicating his show last Tuesday(10/23) from 9pm to Midnight.
In late September(BRW 9/28), Savage ended his nationally syndicated show which ran on WRKO 680 since November 2002. Savage said he would be off the air for "some time." According to
published media reports, he said he turned down big money to do an Internet-only show.
WRKO which would be the logical choice as Savage's home under the new national syndication deal is for now opting to air Mark Levin's show in Savage's former slot(7pm-10pm). Like Savage, Levin is also syndicated by Cumulus Media.
'FNX finds second life on-line : The late, lamented alternative radio station known as WFNX launched its online broadcast at midnight Tuesday at www.wfnx.com
The acclaimed cutting-edge alternative rock station signed off the air in July after owner Phoenix Media/Communications Group sold the broadcast license of Lynn-based WFNX 101.7 to nation's largest radio broadcasting chain Clear Channel for $14.5 million. The broadcast station WHBA/The Harbor took over 101.7FM frequency with the all-variety format three months ago(BRW 7/25)
In August, Phoenix announced that wfnx.com would return as Internet-only radio be executive-produced by WFNX's former program director/DJ Kurt St. Thomas on Halloween Day.
At the outset, wfnx.com is broadcasting with live DJ's from 9am - 6pm.
WFNX.com's line-up includes
9am-Noon - Mike Gioscia, Assistant Program Director (9am-Noon) – He served as WFNX's production director in the 1990s and and was host
of the live broadcast ‘X Night At Axis’
Noon-2pm - Kurt St. Thomas served as program, music and production director at
WFNX from 1987-1995,
2-5pm - Sabrina Boyd, assistant music director (2pm-5pm) – former weekend host "Kaya". Also worked at WBRU 95.5 in Providence, where she also served as music director.
5-6pm - Michael Marotta, music director, host of Boston Accents. Marotta is the music editor of The Phoenix Media/Communications Group’s weekly print publication.
Honor roll : WKLB/Country 102.5 was recently named “Station of the Year” by the Country Music Association. WKLB, among other recipients, will be recognized during the 46th annual CMA Awards on Thursday, November 1st at 8 p.m. in Nashville, Tennessee to be broadcast on ABC-TV.