Thursday, May 16, 2013
Live and Local Community Radio! It still exists....
WATD is one of the last local ownership community stations that still values local news coverage. From what I can see the station is always live.
Ed Perry is a colorful character with a history in New England radio. He is to be commended for keeping WATD relevant and serving the people in it's city of license.
The Globe had this article highlighting Ed Perry and WATD.
Community is top news at family-run WATD
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Liz Walker 2.0
Some may have wondered what happenned to Liz Walker, former anchor at WBZ-TV Channel 4.
Well, proving that there are second acts in life, Liz is now an ordained minister and involved in lots of good causes.
She came into public view again during the interfaith prayer service after the Marathon bombing.
Here is a recent Globe article that featured Liz Walker.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
WBUR, WGBH: A Marathon of Coverage
Outside of WBZ radio, (which quite often took audio from sister TV station Channel 4, WBZ-TV), not many stations had the initiative (or resources) to cover the crisis.
Some of the CBS music stations were lucky enough to have an all news format they owned in their Boston cluster they could simulcast.
Kiss 108 on occaision took audio from Channel 5...which was a surprise to see a CHR drop music to carry all-news.
Entercom decided to simulcast Howie Carr on their network of stations ("So, who do YOU think did it?" "Do you think we should have the death penalty?")
Greater Media stations didn't seem to do much of anything.
Boston's 2 major non-commercial stations WBUR and WGBH-FM dove right in and gave it their full atttention.
Many were surprised that Outside of all-news WBZ, the best coverage was on the left side of the FM band.
Current.org had this story of how the two pubcasters jumped right in.
Live from Boston: A marathon of coverage
Boston bombings mobilize WBUR, WGBH
Friday, April 05, 2013
Was Ed Walsh a DJ at WROR?
Not sure when he started working on WROR...but within a couple of years he was news director across the hall at WRKO.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Changes at WERS...?
Emerson College is one of the great schools for the performing arts and future broadcasters.
Their radio station WERS has always been a good eclectic mix of programming not heard elsewhere, as well as a good training ground for students.
Some recent and upcoming changes have some in the Emerson community concerned.
Check out this editorial from the the student newspaper The Berkley Beacon.
With upcoming hire, WERS changes frequency.
Friday, March 08, 2013
RIP: Bill Swartley. Put Boston's first TV station on the air...
Bill Swartley, presided over Westinghouse's local Boston radio operatrion, and was charged with getting WBZ-TV up and on the air on June 9, 1948.
The TV industry was being created, and much of the TV broadcast day was test patterns.
Bill Swartley, 104; launched New England’s first TV station
Monday, March 04, 2013
Behind your radio dial....!
Sunday, March 03, 2013
Paula Street! Boy that didn't take long! ;-)
Paula Street handled middays at Oldies 103 - WODS until they flipped format to their current Amp103.3 format.
After some relaxing time off, looks like Paula is headed off to another CBS station, Q105 Tampa Florida. Someone noticed a facebook post with a moving van in front of her house).
Way to go Paula! We will miss you here in Boston!
Meanwhile, someone (don't know who!) made this video spoof of the Mary Tyler Moore Show opening...this time featuring Paula!
Friday, March 01, 2013
Yes, Magic 106.7, you have to pay the fine....
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Golden Age of Talk Radio....
Ask people about talkradio in Boston, and they will no doubt mention the usual names: Brudnoy, Williams, Glick, etc.
Barbara Anderson of Citizens for Limited Taxation was once very active in Boston talkradio.
She recently penned this column foir the Salem News about the glory days of talk radio in Boston.
Monday, February 18, 2013
RIP: Joe Morgan
RIP: Joe Morgan, 67....spent 45 years in radio. WNBP, WCOP, WRKO, WHDH ...finished his career as WBZ’s traffic helicopter reporter
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Ordway out of WEEI...
- Glenn Ordway opens up about departure from WEEI (Chad Finn, Boston.com)
- WEEI replaces Glenn Ordway with Mike Salk (Chad Finn, Boston.com)
- Glenn Ordway gets ax in sports talk battle (Matt Stout, Boston Herald)
- Ordway will be missed, but game goes on (Steve Buckley, Boston Herald)
- Looking to future for next big thing (Gayle Fee, Boston Herald)
- WEEI fires Kevin Winter from morning show (Chad Finn, Boston Globe)
- WEEI convenes focus group of Sports Talk listeners (Chad Finn, Boston Globe)
- WEEI statement on Glenn Ordway (Bruce Allen, Boston Sports Media Watch)
- Ordway confirms exit on the air today (Bruce Allen, Boston Sports Media Watch)
Monday, February 11, 2013
Want to Know What Goes on in a Focus Group?
Focus Groups are usually super-secret. Efforts are made to make sure no one from a competing station gets into one, to either munge the results, or to bring what was learned back to their own station.
The Globe's Chadd Finn somehow got insight into a recent WEEI focus group.
While the picture above is not of the WEEI focus group, it shows how they are typically set-up. People around a table, with a leader (working for a research company) looking for "unaided responses". Like the picture above, there is often a 2-way mirror, where executives from the product company (in this case the radio station) would sit and monitor the responses.
Much effort goes into making sure the invited guests/participants are part of the demographic group the company is trying to reach.
As is stated in the article, the people at the WEEI focus group were younger than one might have thought, obviously an effort by WEEI to learn what would bring younger listeners to WEEI and not WBZ-FM.
It is my understanding that WEEI has a (much?) older demographic that WBZ-FM. Probably due to their original position on AM?
(Let me know if this link gives you trouble.)
WEEI convenes focus group of Sport Hub listeners
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
The Return of Jim and Margery.....
Jim and Margery return to the airwaves of Boston. This time at WGBH-FM.
Well, this was a surprise for me for a couple of reasons. I didn't think that Jim and Margery's style of...err, zany, sexy banter would work on public radio. (i.e. "Is it OK for a woman to pay for a couple's Valentine's Day dinner?") I would have guessed that the audience going to WGBH-FM is looking for the more serious and more political. Who knows? ...maybe they will tone it down a bit.
I was also surprised that WGBH-FM has any the resources to pay them. Since their format flip from music to news/public affairs....WGBH hasn't exactly been setting the world on fire as Boston's second NPR news and information station.
I was also under the impression that Jim and Margery had another year to go on their contract with WTKK (of which they expected to be paid). If they are still employees of WTKK, I am surprised they are allowed to take on another job without putting their remaining WTKK salary in jeopardy
Oh well! Tune in Feb 25th to see!
Here are a couple of news stories about it:
Eagan and Braude land at WGBH radio
Braude and Eagan to host WGBH Radio midday show
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Who Says College Radio is Dead...?
We have been hearing that stations on college campus' are going un-staffed, and in some cases have turned in their licenses due to lack of interest among students. (WBMT, WMMC, etc.)
BU's AM carrier current station WTBU looks like it is going strong!
It recently won the honor of being named "College Station of the Year".
Here is a recent article about the station:
WTBU Snags College Radio Station of the Year Honors (Link fixed)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
A little Blogger help...?
Here is an example of a link
Of course this one comes out ok.....but for an example of what I am talking about...look at the links in the post below about 96.9
Friday, January 04, 2013
Talk 96.9 WTKK flips format....to what?
It's already jettisoned it's talk format, in favor of....what?
Who knows! Spin the wheel and come up with the format of the day! ;-)
Friday, December 28, 2012
Sports Hub No. 1 in fall ratings; WEEI ties for 7th
Thursday, November 22, 2012
RIP: Jeff Kay, former WBZ jock...
In the early 60's Jeff Kay came up from Providence to be a jock on WBZ, where he made his presence known in multiple dayparts.
He then went to be the "night guy" at WKBW in Buffalo...and to great success as the PD.
People speak well of him.
May he RIP.
OBIT: Martin Krimski (aka Jeff Kaye) -1936 - 2012
R.I.P.: Buffalo, Boston Broadcaster Jeff Kaye Dies At 75
Friday, October 26, 2012
Matty still going strong...!
Channel 2's Emily Rooney recently devoted one of her nightly Greater Boston programs to Matt Siegal, who has been holding down mornings on Kiss 108 for over 30 years.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Car Talk guys say goodbye...
I know it's old news....but this article in the Wall Street Jorunal about Click and Clack, proved interesting...
Dead Air Talking
Monday, July 09, 2012
When Talkradio was King....
Many radio fans in Boston remember when talk radio was in it's heyday here at WRKO.
Great talk hosts, like Ted O'Brien, Janet Jaghelian, Gene Burns, Jerry Williams and David Brudnoy all provided compelling conversation.
On this day in 1990, Jerry Williams was discussing the "sneaky method" that slipped a single line into a congressional bill, that only affected one person, Rupert Murdoch (A known Kennedy Nemesis)
Apparently Jerry Williams program got so under the skin that day of Senator Kennedy, that he actually called into the show to "set the record straight". ;-) The result was radio that would keep you sitting in the car well after you pulled into your driveway. ;-)
I was amazed that Jerry Williams kept a respectful tone, always referring to him as Senator, while pressing on with the legislative method used to coerce one-person, a Kennedy nemesis, into not being able to hold onto the Boston Herald, a newspaper that was often critical of the Senator.
Ah, for the good old days of Boston Talk radio!
Give a listen!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Lots of changes
I can't remember so many changes and transitions in Boston radio in such a short time. The latest occurred on Thursday, June 28, when WODS FM 103.3 dumped its "hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s" at noon in favor of "Amp 103.3", a top 40 station very much into rhythmic and dance. Certainly going after a younger audience--and aiming squarely for Kiss 108 (Clear Channel).
WODS fans of course didn't take it well. While there was a "farewell show" the morning of the change, the fact was that the format (on WODS at least; WROR does something similar) was gone as were D.J.'s like Paula Street, Barry Scott, J.J. Wright, and Jay Gordon. The station does survive on HD2, but with no DJs and a mix aiming morefor the 70s and 80s.
What else has been going on? Word got out that Eric Jackson's Jazz show will be relegated to three hours per night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights only. Stephen Schwartz is gone totally. It's part of a public radio trend toward spoken word programming that may please some listeners and donors, but jazz fans, (like the blues and folk fans before them) are upset at losing their special kind of music.
Other recent developments:http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
--WFNX was sold to Clear Channel, with an unknown format to debut on July 23
--Lovell Dyett passed on
--Michele McPhee returned to WRKO, and some wonder if she will get afternoon drive, should Howie Carr jump ship in the fall.
--WBZ's Steve Leveille retired as did those Car Talk guys.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Michele McPhee is back on WRKO.
Michelle McPhee returns to WRKO middays....replcaing Laura Ingraham and Jen Brien.
Michele McPhee returns to middays on June 11
Friday, June 08, 2012
NPR's Car Talk hosts to retire....
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
RIP: Lovell Dyett
Radio pioneer Dyett dies
WBZ calls Dyett 'natural leader, trusted friend'
Monday, May 14, 2012
Radio Free Worcester
For some who have been following the issue of priate radio, might find this story interesting from Worcester Magazine. (Okay, forgive the gruesome picture, but I was looking for an image for Pirate Radio.) ;-)
Radio Free Worcester
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
RIP: Steve Fredericks
Steve Fredericks, formerly of WMEX 1510 died last month back in his home area of Philadelphia. (Some may remember him as the guy who replaced Jerry Williams when Williams left for Chicago.)
Here is his quick obit from Philly.com:
Steve Fredericks, sports radio host
Geoff Fox is a weatherman at WTIC in hartford. He posted his own Boston memories of Steve.
On The Passing Of Steve Fredericks
Thursday, April 19, 2012
25-54 March ratings......
The Herald's Jessica Heslam had the ratings in her MediaBiz blog....
1. WXKS-FM (Kiss108)............10.0
2. WJMN (JAM’N 94.5)............7.1
3. WMJX (Magic 106.7)............6.9
4. WKLB (Country 102.5)..........6.4
5. WZLX (Classic Rock).............6.3
6. WBOS (92.9)........................4.9
7. WROR (Classic Hits).............4.7 (WODS-Oldies was 12th with a 3.6)
8. WBUR (NPR)........................4.5 (NPR rival WGBH-FM was 21st 1.2)
9. WBZ-FM (98.5-Sports Hub)..4.2 (WEEI-Sports was 14th with a 3.2)
10t. WBMX (Mix 104.1)..............3.9
10t. WAAF (107.3)......................3.9
In the news talk battle?
13. WBZ (News).. ........3.3
16. WTKK (FM Talk)....1.5
23. WRKO (Talk)..........1.1
28. WXKS (Talk 1200)..0.6
Monday, April 16, 2012
WGBH's Test Kitchen
Have we had a cooking show on Boston radio since Gus Saunders Yankee Kitchen program?
Public Radio has been inching towards some content on cooking. WBUR with their Public Radio Kitchen website.
WGBH Has been putting the finishing touches on America's Test Kitchen, (which apparently is a TV show, as well as a radio show).
WGBH has it on their schedule for Sunday afternoons at 3PM.
Haven't heard it yet, but might be an interesting thing to have on while in the kitchen on Sunday Afternoons!