Saturday, April 04, 2015


Pirate Stations Abound.....!

Pirate stations have been around forever.  However, in recent years they seem to operate with impunity.  Cruising the Boston radio dial and hearing a number of pirates caused me to look up this past article from the Boston Globe.  Fascinating stuff!

‘Pirate’ radio dots the Boston suburbs

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Howie returns to RKO:
(Everytime I Turn Around) Back In Love Again

They always say that Howie would do anything for a buck! Some of us knew radio stations have lived by this rule for lonnnng time already!

Well, guess what? Howie is back on WRKO...this time on his(?) terms?

Here's the Herald's Inside Track:

Howie Carr & WRKO: Reunited, and it feels so... profitable

 Reunited by Peaches an Herb comes to mind...but another song came to my mind.

Howie and WRKO are "Back in Love Again"! Enjoy!

 "I get mixed emotions 
It's the way my feelings flow 
Excuse me I'm only human 
Sometimes I I just don't know"

Thursday, March 05, 2015


O'Reilly in Boston.....

Does anyone remember when Bill O'Reilly was at Channel 7 (then WNEV-TV) in Boston? \
(He also worked at WCVB CH 5 and did an internship at WBZ-TV CH 4 as well.)

O'Reilly is under fire for possible exaggerating his role reporting from the Falkland Islands. 

Former Ch 7 VP Bill Appelgate recently told the Globe that O'Reilly's audition tape stood out specifically because of that Falkland's reporting.

Here's the article: O’Reilly’s Falklands Footage Once Landed Him a Boston Anchor Job 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Jim Braude leaves NECN, to spend more time at WGBH radio/TV

Jim Braude signs on as ‘Greater Boston’ host

WGBH can now create a powerful platform beginning with Braude and Margery Eagan’s radio show from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, then send listeners to his TV show.

Monday, January 19, 2015


Sports Changes.....

(NOTE: Dave Bernard will be airing his tribute to Bob Wilson featuring a 2000 interview, on WRCA (1330AM) on January 25th at 12Noon and 11:30PM. Listen at the website: )

A couple of pieces of news in the world of sports radio....

Sports Hub Formally Announces Contract Extensions for Michael Felger, Tony Massarotti
"CBS Radio and 98.5 The Sports Hub announced today that afternoon drive hosts Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti will continue their highly rated brand of Boston sports fan antagonism for the foreseeable future, having agreed to multi-year contract extensions."

Gresh and Go: Andy Gresh to Leave The Sports Hub After Super Bowl
"Scott Zolak and Andy Gresh have worked together for a dozen years, including a stint in Providence before they were reunited in the middays on 98.5 The Sports Hub in April 2010. Their ratings in that time have vacillated between steady and strong, with double-figure shares in the Nielsen Audio ratings often coming during the NFL season, their area of particular expertise."

Bob Wilson, longtime Bruins announcer, dies at 85
Wilson called radio broadcasts of Bruins games for more than 20 years

Sunday, January 04, 2015


Tom Doyle gone from WROR....

Tom Doyle gone from WROR....and is ‘going to miss’ WROR pals!

  ...from the Herald:

Tom Doyle is ‘going to miss’ WROR pals

Sunday, December 28, 2014


In case you didn't hear...Matty's locked in thru 2018

I know this might be old news...but in case you hadn't heard, Clear Channel has extended his contract (which was up in 2016), to now run through 2018. Matt Siegel Extends Contract With Kiss 108/Boston Through 2018

Saturday, November 29, 2014


RIP: Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi

Tom Magliozzi, the older, taller half of Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers, died today at 77 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

A longtime producer of Click and Clack describes the man behind the microphone.
‘Car Talk’ producer on Magliozzi: ‘We were just laughing at laughing’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Dale's Globe obit....

The Boston Globe had the best and probably most complete obituary for Boston's beloved Dale Dorman. In case you missed it: Dale Dorman, at 71; for 4 decades, a witty, welcoming voice on Boston radio

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Here's the news that we all knew was coming....

Howie Carr done at WRKO 

For a guy who’s rarely at a loss for words on the radio, longtime WRKO host Howie Carr had little to say Wednesday when we called to ask about his status at the station. “I think I will respectfully decline,” the conservative yakker said. That’s OK. His employer, Entercom Communications, confirmed for us that Carr is leaving the AM station. “His contract with WRKO has ended,” Entercom flak Greg Kaufman told us. “His last show was last Friday. He’s off this week and will be starting a new program next week. We wish him luck in all his endeavors.” Carr would not say if — or where — he’s going, but we’re told he’s been talking to WMEX-AM. The right-wing host has been on ‘RKO for nearly two decades, but the relationship has been rocky of late. A few years ago, Carr tried to take his schtick to WTKK, but Entercom blocked the move. Not this time.

Monday, October 27, 2014


RIP: Legendary Dale Dorman passes....

Boston radio legend Dale Dorman dies at 71
Dorman worked in Boston radio for 40 years

Here is Dale on WRKO on July 21, 1969

Thursday, October 02, 2014


Sports ratings for Summer...

The only real format to radio format competition these days is in the world of sports radio.

While WBZ-FM seems to be the sports leader in the market, WEEI-FM has the Dennis & Callahan show as the highlight of their day.

The Globes Chad Finn had this rundown.

Dennis & Callahan Edges Toucher & Rich, While Sports Hub 3d, WEEI 5th in Summer Ratings

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


WGBH-FM now fully functional with a stronger signal...

WGBH-FM has been on a lower power alternative antenna while they replace their 36 year old antenna on the Great Blue Hills. (i.e...G-B-H).  They are now on their main antenna and that should celar up the reception complaints they've been getting.  ;-)

WGBH-FM is the highest powered station in Boston at 100,000 Watts. The upgrade should give a stronger signal to downtown areas and reach more communities.

 Here are some pics of the antenna being topped off

Monday, August 25, 2014


More Talk choices on Boston radio...

Looks like there are now a few more talk choices available for listeners in Boston.

1510AM WUFC has flipped from mainly sports talk and has added Beck and Hannity. Like it or not, at least it adds to the options available on the dial (instead of being 1 of 5 sports stations).

Boston Business Journal had this article:

Boston-area station drops sports for Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity

Friday, August 01, 2014


RIP: WBCN....5 years gone.

On the fifth anniversary of end of WBCN, key players from its halcyon days reminisce about a time when Boston was all about sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll.

WBCN: An Oral History

Monday, June 02, 2014 is back.

In case you hadn't is back!

Friday, May 23, 2014


A visit with The TJ SHow on AMP radio....

It's very hard to get traction as a new morning show against all the established morning personalities, and of course peoples ingrained morning listening habits. I had never known much about TJ at AMP radio, but I came across this video from last year. He seems incredibly down to earth, humble and realistic. Thought you might enjoy!

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


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


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

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