Monday, March 07, 2016


Remembering WVCA.....

Radio Station "tribute pages" are everywhere, and the web is a perfect way to immortalize your favorite station from the past.

WVCA-FM in Gloucester was a "one man station" owned  and operated by Simon Geller.  Much has been said about Geller, his personality, and his inimitable voice ("Double-ya Vee as in Victah - See - Ay...Glawstah"), and the quirky North Shore FM that broadcast mono classical music (old enough that the copyright protections had expired and were now in the public domain, of course!)

Bob Philpott and Henry Ferrini have put some effort into an online version of WVCA, complete with airchecks, photos, bio, some articles, writings about Simon Geller, and some old tapes for your listening enjoyment!

Welcome to  
 "The Voice of Cape Ann"


Monday, January 11, 2016


An old tape of....WMEX 1963

You never know what you are going to find on YouTube....Here's a tape of 1510AM WMEX in 1963....with Arnie "woo-woo" Ginsberg!

Not sure who uploaded this, but they wrote as a description:

If you want to know what 60's radio was like, play this. I was going through my Reel to Reel tapes, and I found this. I'm not quite sure if I got the year right, but I think that's what I heard on the other side of the tape. I've had to cut the music short to avoid copyright issues and get the video short enough for YouTube. The quality isn't too good, there's drop-outs and distortion in places. I don't know who recorded it, or what machine they used, but I'm sure it was recorded in the US, so how it got here I don't know. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015


How A 1930s Radio Show Created Its Sound Effects

End of the year, nostalgic time for some....might be a good time to look back at: 

  "How A 1930s Radio Show Created Its Sound Effects" 

(I was hoping to get this embedded video to start at about 2:30...which I thought I coded it correctly, but apparently not.  Any ideas on what I did wrong?  IN the meantime if you want to scroll ahead to about might be the most interesting part.)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015


A guest in my to be treated like a guest in my home.” -Dan Rea, WBZ

Talk Radio has changed, and discussion has become much more coarse. WBZ's evening talk host, Dan Rea, says he prides himself on treating his guests with respect.

"A guest in my studio,” he added, “is to be treated like a guest in my home.”

The Boston Herald's Jessica Heslam had this article:

Heslam: WBZ host Dan Rea treats studio guests like family — regardless of party 
"Dan Rea has taken the road less traveled by most radio personalities, choosing smart conversation over shock-jock blather. In fact, listeners who disagree with him often get more airtime than those who do."

Saturday, November 21, 2015



In addition to its virtual implosion of its bedrock conservative AM talk stations, Cumulus’ dramatic decline in numbers is meaningful because the Citadel acquisition made the company highly leveraged with $2.23 billion of debt.

Larry Gifford's podcast Radio Stuff has the best explanation of what happened to Cumulus, the mistakes, missteps and how ego brought about the decimation of once great stations.

You will enjoy this historic look at how bad management brought down the company.

Monday, November 16, 2015


The First FM Construction permit was issued to....W1XOJ Boston!

The first FM Construction Permit was issued to W1XOJ at 42 Mhz on your FM Dial!

What?  Your dial doesn't have a 42 on it?  ;-)

You can read more about the birth of FM and hear an audio recording from 1941 in this interesting article:

  That Was Then: W1XOJ Boston
"On Aug. 18, 1937, the FCC issued the first FM construction permit to W1XOJ, Boston. The station signed on in 1941 as WGTR."

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Glenn returns and explains his cancer scare, 11-09-15

Glenn Ordway returns to the studio and explains his Cancer scare....

Glenn returns and explains his cancer scare, 11-09-15

Monday, November 09, 2015


Does the public know what programs are infomercials?

I've always had a problem with infomercials.   While I know they are something that is inevitable in today's broadcasting environment, I think there is a line not to be crossed.

 I don't have a problem with CNBC using weekend overnight time to run Time/Life commercials.

 The problem is there is a lot of programming that the public does not know is actually an infomercial  .Is the Phantom Gourmet a "paid program"? (I don't know, does the audience? Is it even on the air anymore?). Are they paid for the reviews they air? Do those that pay get good reviews and nice things said about them? The public should know.

 A few years back, the talk stations decided they would sell weekend time to infomercials. WTKK did it, WBZ did it...and WRKO as well. Mostly financial shows (where the magic word is "annuities" and "irrevocable trusts".) Some are better than others. But, again, there is not a clear distinction that the show is a "paid program. The main reason for it's existence is not ratings, or to serve the public with professional advice, but to be marketing and create clientele for the host.

 The Globe had this pretty thorough article.

  Financial radio shows blur line between advice, marketing

“They [financial advisers] buy the time in order to sell their services,” Simon said. “Radio stations tend not to be very well-equipped to investigate, nor do radio stations necessarily want to investigate as much as they want the check to clear.”

Monday, November 02, 2015


WJOB/WJTO..The original one-man band! ;-)

Yes, it's the one and only original one-man band!  That's one way to describe Bob Bittner's WJIB and WJTO.

Many people have a dream of running their own radio station, and Bob does a pretty good job of it considering he is the only employee!

The Press Herald had this article about Bob Bittners stations...

Broadcasting musical memories – and a bit of politics, too  
"Radio man Bob Bittner, with help from generous listeners, creates an eclectic playlist on WJIB and WJTO, the 'Memories Stations.'"  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Hoping to get 'Voice of Cape Ann' back on the air...

Double-ya Vee as in Victah - See - Ay...Glawstah!

Many people have memories about Simon Geller and WVCA in Gloucester.  A one-man radio station that Simon Geller put on the air himself.  The stories abound, from his strange accent ("Glawstah"), to his turning the station off for a dentist appointment.  

Some folks are looking to build an online tribute to Simon Geller's WVCA.  

Hoping to get Voice of Cape Ann back on the air

"The little station was known as the “Voice of Cape Ann.” From the mid-1960s well into the ’80s, the only “voice” listeners heard on Gloucester’s all-classical WVCA-FM was the dyspeptic muttering of the late Simon Geller, a one-man show who sometimes broadcast from his own apartment."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


RIP: 'Bruce Arnold' Salvucci...

THE ‘VOICE’: Local Merrimack Valley radio legend Arnold ‘Bruce Arnold’ Salvucci died Saturday at the age of 79

Local radio icon Arnold 'Bruce Arnold' Salvucci dead at 79

“Bruce was one of the kindest and giving individuals I have ever met. He always took great joy in the success of others and was a champion for many young broadcasters, like myself, as we progressed through the industry and in our careers,” said Cary Pahigian, former manager of WBZ Radio

Friday, September 11, 2015


On Point.....with WBUR's Tom Ashbrook

Starting out as a replacement for Christopher Lydon's "The Connection", Tom Ashbrook took the 10-Noon spot, now called "On Point" on WBUR, and now syndicated to the rest of the country through NPR (which also means we get less local content).

He has been hosting that shift since right after 9/11. Boston Magazine has this look at Tom Ashbrook, who had never worked in radio before.

  Point Man 
"Twelve years ago, WBUR’s Tom Ashbrook had never worked in radio. Today, from his small Boston studio, he hosts one of the most popular and influential shows on public radio, heard each week on 240 stations nationwide. And he’s only just getting started."

Monday, August 31, 2015


Easy Listening....Still on the Air......


Bob Bittner owns and runs WJIB 740AM in Cambridge....and continues the Easy Listening" tradition!

Now if we could find a way to listen online! (Or on an HD sub channel!)

Spinning songs in the key of nostalgia
"These days, when you tune to AM 740 and Sinatra and Elvis and Nat King Cole come tumbling out of the car speakers, it’s an exotic treat."

Friday, August 07, 2015


Talk Radio's Advertising Problem?

 Seems like Talk Radio is a shell of it's former self back in the 80's and 90's when we had the "best of the best".

The format has taken a lickin' from the PPM, the aging demographic, and the rapidsly aging technology of "AM Radio".

Add to that scenario the problem with advertisers shying away from anything that resembles a controversial environment....

The Wall Street Journal had this article.

Talk Radio’s Advertising Problem 
 "Audiences Still Tune In, but Social Media Scared Off Many Advertisers"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Conservative Media in Liberal Massachusetts

Why do I always see mistakes and wrong assumptions in every news article about radio? Maybe it's can reaad it and make your own opinion.

The Globe writes about some format changes in Boston, the new 1430AM, 1260AM's upcoming changes and others:

 Conservative media outlets see a market in Mass.  
At least three right-leaning outlets — two talk-radio stations and an online newspaper — are setting up shop in this bluest of blue states, knowing not everyone will listen or read but betting that the overlooked, red-tinged minority will form a loyal following.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


WEEI suspends morning show host Kirk Minihane....

WEEI suspends morning show host Kirk Minihane 

  Kirk Minihane, one of three hosts on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” morning program, was suspended for Monday’s show as punishment for an on-air argument Friday with midday cohost Christian Fauria. Fauria, a former Patriots tight end, initiated the conflict on-air by reacting angrily to Minihane’s previous assertion that Fauria would not be on the radio had he not played professional football. It’s unclear why Minihane was punished while Fauria was not.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The State of the Disc Jockey.....

This is an article that was written a couple of years ago by Jeff McKay for RadioInfo.

If you have vivid memories of favorite DJ's past and present, you might enjoy this article on the current role of jocks as radio moves into a world of Pandora, iTunes, Personal People Meters (PPM), and extended corporate control.

I found it fascinating.

The State of the Disc Jockey

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