Friday, March 27, 2015

Magic 106.7’s Candy O leaves the station after 25 years

As if there weren't enough major on-air changes at Greater Media's local radio station cluster this week. This one might also qualify as a big one.

Veteran Boston radio personality Candy O’Terry has left the station she joined as a secretary in 1991. She became an on-air personality at WMJX/Magic 106.7 in 1991 and thru the past two and a half decades worked her way up the ranks to become assistant program director, afternoon drive co-host and most recently, “Morning Magic” co-host.(BRW 3/7/2013) In 1992, she founded an award-winning public affairs program called ‘Exceptional Women’ which she has been co-hosting every Sunday morning on Magic.

O’Terry’s last day at Magic was yesterday (3/26). Her publicist's press release hints a possible return to a radio dial near you but nothing specific. As they say, stay tuned…

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Country 102.5 shakes up its line-up

Greater Media's country radio station WKLB/Country 102.5 has made a big announcement earlier this week. A new afternoon drive(2pm-7pm) host will start this Thursday(3/26). Keven Kennedy,a name Boston radio listeners will not recognize,most recently served as the host of both the "Kennedy in the Morning" show at urban contemporary Movin' 107.7 WMOV in Norfolk, VA and "Nudge in the Morning" on KVDU-FM/Voodoo 104 in New Orleans, LA. His previous stints included Dial Global's syndicated "Nudge At Night" as well as on the "Hits Now" format. Other stops included KIIS-FM/LA, WSTR-FM/ Atlanta, WIOQ/Philadelphia, Y100/Miami and KDBW in Minneapolis.

As the result of the afternoon change, Steve Kelly who was at WKLB since 1997 and its afternoon voice since November 1998, has exited the station. Kelly also served as station's imaging voice. Some may view the change as a way to young-up the station's profile as it battles recent newcomer WBWL/101.7 The Bull. Kelly's wasn't the only departure from veteran-heavy WKLB's on-air line-up. Another longtimer, night jock Keith Stephens was also let go earlier this week but currently there is no plan to replace him. Stephens was with WKLB for nearly 15 years.

BRW Notebook :

Signed, sealed and delivered : As mentioned first by the Globe's sports media scribe Chad Finn four weeks ago, WEEI 93.7 finally made it official this week - afternoon co-host Michael Holley has a new deal.

Remembering 'The News Dissector': Pioneering author, filmmaker and media reform activist Danny Schechter, died last week of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. Schechter got his start as "The News Dissector" on Boston’s WBCN 104.1 in early 1970's.

Friday, March 20, 2015

WEEI and Patriots agree on the new content deal

For the next three years WEEI 93.7 will keep airing exclusive interviews with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady the day after Patriots games.

The station and the defending Super Bowl champs have agreed on a brand new three-year contract which runs thru 2017 season. The Patriots first entered into an agreement with WEEI for “Patriots Monday” back in 1995. In 1999, the club moved Monday's programming package to now-defunct WWZN/1510 The Zone for three seasons. With the Zone collapsing, the Patriots took its Monday programming back to WEEI in 2002. The content agreement expanded to “Patriots Friday” with the start of 2008 season. 

After winning its fourth Super Bowl last month, the club was seeking a big increase to renew the Monday/Friday deal and was reportedly ready to move it to another station in the market had WEEI balked. However, after many rounds of negotiations which reached ownership level both sides were able to come to a new agreement.

WEEI spends over $1 million a year for the Patriots Monday and Friday which includes station's exclusive access to Belichick and Brady the day after the game. The actual cash payment is only 1/10 of the rights fee which comes mostly from advertising time revenue that the Patriots and WEEI split. Participation in Monday's programming is included in Belichick's and Brady's contracts with the Patriots for which they're compensated separately.

BRW Notebook :

Let it snow, let it snow : Paralyzing winter storms in February made for good news at WBZ 1030 which was busy providing what seemed like non-stop commuter traffic and weather reports. The Nielsen Audio's numbers for January 29 to February 25 survey period showed the news talker big surprise... #1 station in the afternoon drive. Overall, the station finished 2nd almost tying Classic hits WROR 105.7.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Howie Carr and WRKO break up and make up 

Popular radio afternoon host Howie Carr will be back on WRKO 680 next Monday, the station announced this morning.

As you recall, Carr disappeared from WRKO after his November 7th show. The station did confirm his departure a week later with a brief statement(BRW 11/14/14). He has been WRKO's afternoon drive host since September 1994.  

Carr signed on with his own self-syndicated regional network of some 20 stations including Boston's WMEX 1510. Meanwhile at WRKO, Carr was replaced with Seattle-based Mike Siegel whose interim show didn't receive any kind of promotional push or publicity by the station. That in itself opened the door to a lot of social media speculation whether Carr could return to WRKO 680 via a syndication deal sooner rather than later.

While low-key Siegel was covering the 3-7pm slot on 680 and Carr struggled to be heard via 1510's iffy night-time signal in much of Boston metro, behind the closed doors negotiations to bring Carr's new syndicated show back to WRKO were taking place over the past two months. 

Finally the deal got done a few days ago and Howie's Chump Line will make its triumphant return to WRKO come next Monday afternoon.

BRW Notebook :

Keeping the band together : Speaking of WRKO's line-up, Westwood One has recently inked Mark Levin to a new long-term contract extension that will keep his syndicated "The Mark Levin Show" (7 to 10 p.m. weeknights on WRKO) on through 2020.

He launched his show in 2003 and expanded it to three hours in 2009.

Levin is also known to listeners of Rush Limbaugh's show as "F. Lee Levin" and to Sean Hannity listeners as "The Great One" through frequent appearances on those shows before getting his own program.

Howie Carr has done some fill-in work for Levin in the past and now that he's back at WRKO, that will likely continue.