Thursday, April 27, 2017

Another former Jamn refugee lands at Hot 96-9

It's been like a non-stop reunion of former Jamn personalities and staffers at rhythmic/hip-hop WBQT/Hot 96-9. Program director "Cadillac" Jack McCarthy, music director/mix coordinator Roy Barboza and on-air jocks Pebbles, Melissa, Ramiro, Deirdre Dagata have all joined Jamn's rival since its format launch in January 2013. And, starting this afternoon another very familiar voice/name will be a part of Hot's weekday line-up - veteran DJ Bobby Blaze has been named station's new afternoon drive(3pm-7pm) jock. Blaze held the same shift at Jamn from March 2003 until August 2013(BRW 8/9/13) when he was let go due to budget cutbacks. He officially takes over from Jackson Blue who was named Country 102.5's permanent morning co-host last month.(BRW 3/1).  Full release on Bobby Blaze's hiring is here.

WBQT/Hot 96.9's line-up now looks like this :

• Mornings (6-10a): The GetUp Crew with Ramiro, Pebbles, Melissa & Wiggy 
• Middays (10a-3p): Deirdre Dagata 
• Afternoons (3-7p): Bobby Blaze 
• Mixes (9a, 12p and 4:15p): DJ Roy Barboza 
• Weekends: Reggie Beas 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WBZ's all-news anchor is leaving after six years

WBZ/NewsRadio 1030's radio's morning news anchor Joe Mathieu, will anchor his last newscast this Friday, April 28 according to CBS Boston report published this morning.

Prior to joining CBS Radio's news/talker WBZ in May 2011(BRW 4/4/11), Mathieu,42, was a program director and anchor at Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Washington, D.C. Joe created XM’s channel “P.O.T.U.S.” dedicated to covering the presidential election of 2008 and also anchored its daily news and talk program “The Press Pool.” He also anchored special events, from conventions to elections to inaugurations, and managed the channel’s White House coverage.

Mathieu, Emerson College alum, has worked in at WRKO 680 and also for Boch Broadcasting on Cape Cod where he was one of the youngest news directors in the country.

No word on his next stop but it should be announced shortly.

BRW Notebook :

Happy Thoughts :  Sending good vibes to Boston rock radio vet and current WBOS/Alt 92.9 afternoon drive DJ Amy Brooks received a kidney transplant at MGH today. Her story is here.

Spinning turntable : Andy Gresh who was a midday host at Boston's Sports Hub 98.5 from 2010 to 2015 and was most recently co-hosting afternoon drive at WTIC 1080 in Hartford, CT, started a brand new gig last week. As of April 17th, Gresh joined Providence's WPRO 630/99.7's local lineup with a brand new 6-9pm show....Meanwhile, Gresh's previous shift in Hartford is being filled in by another Boston talk radio veteran - Todd Feinburg started a new afternoon drive show on WTIC 1080 yesterday...NPR's All Things Considered host Robert Siegel will step down from the position in January after more than 40 years at NPR, the network announced today. Siegel,69, began his career at NPR in 1976 as a newscaster and continued as an editor before going on to open NPR’s London Bureau and serving as chief of NPR News. He became an ATC host in 1987. In Boston, the show airs lives from 4pm to 6pm on WGBH 89.7 and WBUR 90.9....

Tradition ends : One of Boston's signature annual radio events is history - Earthfest which used to rock out the Esplanade every April or May for the past 22 years is no more. WBOS/Alt 92.9 which has been putting one of the largest free radio shows in the country every spring is changing things up a bit :  The station will now put on 3 more smaller free shows this summer at the SoWa Open Market in Boston.