Thursday, April 17, 2014

 

February Ratings are in for sportradio in Boston.....

Sports Hub First Again, WEEI Seventh in Winter Radio Ratings Period

Monday, March 31, 2014

 

Community radio on Martha's Vinyard.....

Mvyradio is based in small house in Vineyard Haven. The online station could be back on the airwaves in May.

WMVY was a heavily involved local community radio station on Martha's Vinyard, heavily involed with island life. In 2007, after losing money for years, WMVY sold it's over-the-air signal to WBUR.

However, they continued to keep the station alive and well and somewhat intact as an online station, MVYRadio. the online station, now known as MYVRadio is now preparing to take over WMEX 88.7 FM in Edgartown. The signal should cover the island quite well. 

  Eclectic Martha’s Vineyard radio station hopes to regain an over-the-air signal  
Wmvyradio is awaiting approval to buy a new FM signal, putting it back on the air on the Vineyard

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

Committee files petition asking FCC to deny renewal of WGBH-FM broadcast license


I guess this is an excercise in futility and passion. Maybe simply to get attention. Even the person behind the petition aknowledges that he has no chance of stopping the renewal.  

Committee files petition asking FCC to deny renewal of WGBH-FM broadcast license

Jack Bernstein, CCA’s co-founder, told the Globe that he expects the requests to be turned down, but he and his supporters still hope WGBH will reconsider the current music programming options.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

 

Mike Salk leaves WEEI....

I swear, WEEI has got to be in a state of constant metamorphosis.

Who'd coming, who's going, who's getting who's shift, who might be hired back

This news yesterday:

 Mike Salk leaves WEEI

(I get the impression that Salk didn't know what he was walking into when he left Seattle for Boston.) 



Friday, February 21, 2014

 

'EEI Tanks after Morning Drive

Seems like everyone is waiting for some changes at WEEI with the recent management change. The Boston Herald had this: ’EEI tanks after morning drive

Thursday, January 09, 2014

 

Donna Halper, Rush, and Radio...



No one will ever doubt Donna Halper's love of radio!

Margaret Larkin (aka "Radiogirl"!) has a Chicago-based blog where she has insightful interviews with radio folks. She recently interviewed Boston's own Donna Halper. Donna is a PHD, a radio historian, former programmer, DJ, consultant.

Donna has a lot of love for radio, a lot of opinions, and in this interview shares same! She also opens up a bit about her own life. Give a listen!
(And be sure to check out Radiogirl Margaret Larkin's  interview archives as well!)
 
Donna Halper: Rush and Radio update: link fixed

Friday, December 27, 2013

 

Alex Beam on WGBH-FM.....



In keeping with the holiday this week, I thought I'd pass along this item about Globe columnist Alex Beam's recent appearance on WGBH-FM's "Boston Public Radio" 

There are a few choice quotes from Beam from the segment.

Take a look and give a listen:

 
The Boston Globe's Alex Beam On Christmas Letters, Snowy Owls And Secondhand Stress



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

 

Kiss 108 gets caught in a white lie...?


I don't know if this is a really big deal or not....

But Kiss 108 gets caught in a little white lie talking about Miley Cyrus being backstage, ready to go on, do a sound check, etc...when she was 200 miles away in New York.
Boston Station Lied on Air That No-Show Miley Cyrus Was at Concert

Friday, December 13, 2013

 

Christopher Lydon back on WBUR...



Not quite in the same capacity and high profile as he was hosting "The Connection", but he now will be hosting a 1 hour show on Thursday nights (with repeats on the weekend.)

After messy split from WBUR, Christopher Lydon returns

Friday, December 06, 2013

 

The Audience at Symphony Hall learn of the shooting and death of JFK.



While President Kennedy was in Dallas, Symphony Hall was full with concertgoers.

The concert was being broadcast on Boston's public radio outlet WGBH-FM. This is what it sounded like when the audience was informed about the tragic events of that day.

Boston Symphony Audience Learns of the Death of JFK

Saturday, November 30, 2013

 

November ratings.....


 Here are the November radio ratings for Boston for 6AM to 12Midnight (in the demo):

1.      WZLX  -  8.4  -Classic Rock
2.      WBZ-FM  8.2  -Sports Hub
3.      WXKS  -  7.2  -Kiss 108 (CHR)
4.      WMJX  -  5.5  -Magic 106.7 (AC)
5.tie  WEEI-FM-5.4  -Sports
5.tie  WKLB  -  5.4  -Country

7.  WBQT  -  4.3 -Hot 96.9
8.  WBMX  -  4.2 -Mix 104.1
9.  WROR  -  4.1 -Classic Hits
10.tie WJMN - 3.9 JAMn 94.5 Urban/Rap/Hip-Hop
10.tie WBUR - 3.9  -NPR (Boston University)

12. WBOS  - 3.8
13.tie WODS  - 3.4 (CHR)  AMP 103.3
13.tie WBZ-AM 3.4 -  News
15.  WAAF - 3.2  -Rock

17. WGBH - 2.0  -NPR
18.  WXRV  -1.8  -The River
19.  WPLM  -1.7  - AC

Others...

20.  WEDX  -  1.4  Dance (tied with WFNQ in Nashua)
23.  WRKO -  1.0 Talk
24.  WERS  -  0.8  Emerson College (AAA)
28. WBZ-FM Stream  - 0.6
31. WKLB Stream  -  0.5
33.tie  WBOQ  - 0.4  -Oldies
33.tie  WEEI-AM  -  0.4 (ESPN)
35. WEZE  -  0.4  - Religion
38.tie WWDJ  -  0.2  - Spanish Religion
38.tie  WEEI-FM Stream  -  0.2  -




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

 

RIP Carla Leonardo

Some might remember Carla Leonardo from WCOZ in the late 70's (and early 80's?)

Carla Leonardo, rock disc jockey, 1950-2013 

"What you heard on the radio, that personality was Carla," said WLIT-FM midday host Brooke Hunter, a longtime friend who worked with Ms. Leonardo at WKQX. 

"She was just a super, super cool person who was very passionate about the music." In the late 1970s, Ms. Leonardo signed on at Chicago's WLUP-FM. She then moved to Boston and worked on WCOZ-FM in Boston...

Friday, November 08, 2013

 

October Ratings.....














Here are the 25-54 radio ratings for October..

1.  WXKS - 8.1
2.  WZLX - 7.4
3.  WBZ-F- 6.8
4.  WKLB - 6.1
5.  WMJX - 5.3
6.  WBMX - 4.6
7.  WEEI-F-4.4
8t. WBQT - 4.3
8t. WBOS - 4.3
10. WBUR -4.2

11.WROR - 4.1
12. WJMN- 3.8
13. WODS - 3.7
14t. WBZ-A-3.1
14t. WAAF - 3.1

16. WXLO - 2.2
17. WGBH - 1.9
18t. WXRV - 1.8
18t. WPLM - 1.8
20.  WEDX - 1.6

Others...

23. WERS - 1.0

24t. WNNW- 0.9
24t. WRKO - 0.9

27. WKLB Stream - 0.6

30. WEEI-AM - 0.5

32t. WBOQ - 0.4

32t. WBZ-FM Stream - 0.4

37t. WCRB - 0.3

37t. WEZE - 0.3



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

 

Joe Martelle...Author!



Many people remember Joe Martelle from his "Saturday night Live at the Oldies" show on the old WROR 98.5. 


He also did a stint at WROR 105.7 as well as spending some time in Florida and Texas.

He now has a book out, that you might enjoy. 


         Radio Pro: The Making of an On-Air Personality and What It Takes


Here is an interview he did with All Access:






Monday, October 21, 2013

 

At WERS "Rockers" and "88.9 at Night" are gone...


This happened around Labor Day so you might have already heard about Emerson' College's WERS-FM eliminating the longtime evening programs Rockers and 88.9 at Night.

This follows a move earlier by the station to streamline it's daytime programming to a consistent AAA Format.

With WERS cuts, urban music community loses major platform

Also, in the news at WERS is the addition of a professional (non-student) to the staff to help anchor the morning show.  Boston radio veteran George Knight was added to the staff. 

Thursday, October 03, 2013

 

The State of the Disc Jockey.....


This was an intriguing article that ran in RadioInfo.  Radio folks have constantly analyzed, bickered, bemoaned, predicated the changing role of the Disc Jockey.

I think you will enjoy the thoughts presented here, and some of the comments by DJ's you have affection for. 
If you like this article, let me know!

The State of the Disc Jockey




Saturday, September 28, 2013

 

Remember Sara Edwards?

Do you remember Sara Edwards?

Sara came to Boston in 1981 to host Evening Magazine on WBZ-TV Channel 4.

She then went to WHDH-TV Channel 7 and then did some work for Comcast-8.  She went on to co-found  wisewomennow.com .

She has always presented herself as a good-natured, intelligent, humble, cultured and approachable.  She has always handled herself and her career well.

She offers this very open and insightful revelation about herself and her current place in life.  I am surprised at how open and honest she is.  I think you will enjoy it too.

Sara Edwards: “Finding Myself” at 59 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

 

Lanching a great radio station - WRKO.



I came across this article online that I don't think many people have read..  It chronicles the launch of WRKO in 1967 from someone who was there, Mel Philips.  I am not sure how much of the article is his...as he has inserted some memos and news clippings, etc.

This documents from the the planning stages and right up through it's first year on the air.  It's amazing to see how meticulous they were in planning end executing.  The initial memo describing what the station should sound like is pretty amazing.  And it paid off in the ratings with the cliche' "worst to first"!

There are some memories of the old Yankee Network and it's demise.  There is a LOT about the first staffing of WRKO.  

(Note: I know people's memories are kinda foggy at this point, but I came across a couple of inconsistencies.  The article states that Arnie Ginsberg never made it onto the air at WRKO due to both, his non-compete with WMEX....and the technicians strike.  Although there is a note at the end of the article from Chuck Knapp saying that he remembers following Arnie.  Anyone know?  I suppose Arnie Ginsberg would be the only real source to believe at this point.)  

(Link to article below is in PDF format.)

    



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