Saturday, October 06, 2018


Can the call-in show survive...?

Seems like radio call-in shows have been on the decline in recent years.  Talk shows seem to be much less dependent on "lots of calls".  Have callers dwindled?  Are people much too busy to participate?  Could the 40 minute wait times to get on the air have anything to do with that?  

WBUR's "On Point" program just went through a transition to a new set of hosts, and they have high hopes that Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik will out their own mark on the show.  

Last month, Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik took over as the permanent hosts of “On Point,” WBUR’s two-hour, live call-in show. They arrive after “On Point’s” longtime host, Tom Ashbrook, was put on leave in December and fired in February. The venerable “On Point” went nine months without a steady voice, and listeners began to tune out. Can the call-in show survive and adapt?

Wednesday, October 03, 2018


Where do Boston DJ's vacation....?

Sue Brady Hartigan, who has worked at a few different places on the dial, and is now with WZLX, says there's no place she'd rather be than the Cape!

The VIP Lounge with disc jockey Sue Brady Hartigan
"While growing up, veteran Boston disc jockey Sue Brady Hartigan spent her summers with extended family...on Cape Cod."

Sunday, September 16, 2018


WBUR and the "workplace culture"...

I'm sure WBUR thought they were done with the headaches when they processed and dealt with the Tom Ashbrook issues.....

Apparently there are more embers burning there.  Boston Magazine has this story on the work environment at Boston's NPR New Station...

WBUR’s workplace culture problems apparently go beyond Tom Ashbrook 

The "On Point" host was dismissed in February, but a newly released confidential report says the radio station still needs to take "substantive action" to improve its work environment.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


The NEW 97.7 RNB!~

I always like when someone gets excited about a radio station these days.

Jed Gottlieb at the Herald has found a station he absolutely loves...and it's WKAF at 97.7

New station 97.7 is music to this fan’s ears

The New 97.7, dubbed “Boston’s #1 For R&B,” arrived early last year. The frequency that formerly aired a simulcast of rock station 107.3 WAAF flipped formats mid-song. As Judas Priest’s Rob Halford screamed “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’,” a DJ’s booming voice cut in announcing the swap. The metal disappeared; the synthesized beats and high-pitched croon of Boston’s own New Edition took over with “Cool It Now.”

Monday, August 27, 2018


WBZ Newsradio leaves Soldiers Field Road...

Seems like everyone knew where WBZ Radio broadcasts from.  At one time or another everyone seems to have passed the big sign, the helipad and the tower on Soldiers Field Road!~

Now, WBZ Radio, under new ownership, moves to the location of the other iHeartRadio stations in Medford.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 bids goodbye to Soldiers Field Road


Saturday, July 28, 2018


Boston’s Eddie Andelman, still feisty at 77

Apparently Boston sport talk icon Eddie Andelman spends a lot of time in Palm Beach!

Do people in Palm Beach even know who Eddie Andelman is?

The Palm Beach Post had this article about Eddie, who is now 77...and apparently still feisty!

Boston’s Eddie Andelman, godfather of sports talk, still feisty at 77  

Longtime fixture in Beantown a part-time resident of West Palm Beach

 “I made my money in real estate. One of the reasons I was successful in radio is because I never gave a damn if I was fired, because I knew I could make a living doing something else.”

Monday, March 19, 2018


Matt Siegel: New contract and new interview.....

Legendary Kiss 108 morning man, Matt Siegel, let it be known that, at age 68, he had quietly renewed his contract recently.

He was featured a little while back in an interview in Boston Magazine...

The Interview: Matt Siegel 

"....after 37 years, Matty in the Morning is still the king of Boston radio, with no plans to give up the throne anytime soon."

Sunday, March 04, 2018


Boston Public Radio: Eagan & Braude.....

Here is a rather complimentary and lengthy article about Jim and Margery (Braude and Eagan), and what they created at WGBH Radio....

Congrats to WGBH radio programming chief Phil Redo who created engaging talk radio by breaking the mold of what we might expect from public radio! (Especially in midday's when talk radio offerings in Boston are pretty slim!)

Talk of the Town     
     "If you’re not on with Eagan and Braude, you’re no one in this city. How WGBH’s dynamic radio duo became the only voices that matter."  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1, 2 and 3.....

Sometimes when I listen to sports radio, I feel like I am eavesdropping on Jr. HS boys gabbing in the schoolyard.  Juvenile, stupid humor, and not enough of life experiences to understand what is appropriate, what is humorous and what is not.

Right now, the controversy seems to be ramping up...can WEEI tamp it down before they lose the PR war and enough serious advertising business?

What is happening at WEEI?   Here it is in 1, 2 & 3....

1.) WEEI Suspends Host Over Racially Insensitive Impersonation. 

2.) WEEI hosts peddle cheap and vile shock. It’s time to force a change. 

3.) WEEI to host ‘sensitivity training’ for all employees Friday, halting live broadcasting.

And, wait...there's more!  ;-)

4.) Two state agencies end advertising on WEEI 

5.) WEEI loses more advertisers in wake of Fauria incident 

6.) WEEI is taking a step in the right direction with ‘sensitivity training’ for all employees

And the Red sox are now commenting......

7.) Red Sox CEO Flags WEEI’s ‘Exhausting’ Controversies 

And Maura Healey has never been known to sit on the sidelines when theres publicity to be had!

8.) Maura Healey says WEEI is ‘paying the price’ for their history of derogatory comments 

Thursday, September 07, 2017


August Boston Radio Ratings


You can click on the image to make it bigger.  

Thursday, August 03, 2017


Changes in The World....

CHANGE IS IN THE AIR: An official at WGBH confirmed that three employees were recently let go as part of a restructuring of ‘The World’ radio show

WGBH confirms restructuring at ‘The World’   

"They’re wanting to grow more in the in-depth, investigative reporting side” 

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Boston Sports Radio Primer....

Ladies and gentlemen....from Deadspin, we bring you this primer on Boston sports radio....

A Field Guide To Boston Sports Radio Chowderheads

  "Every day, it seems, a different Boston sports radio dipshit is delivering a take from a time when segregation was acceptable, getting attention for being five seconds away from challenging a listener to a parking lot fight for Tom Brady’s honor."

Friday, July 07, 2017


WMEX off the air....maybe for good?

1510AM WMEX came to a screeching halt leaving the airwaves of Boston.  The station signed-off Friday 6/30 at 6PM.  

Unable to find a buyer and enter into a new lease agreement for the tower site, the current owners of WMEX, Daley XXL Communications shut down the station.  They were unable to see their vision of a live/local (all day) rejuvenated talk station become sustainable.

May think the current operators were in over their head.  After all, one of the owners/family members put himself on the air in the morning to "anchor" the station.  (What is it that they say about a lawyer who acts as his own lawyer?)  Did they understand programming?  Did they understand business?  Did they have any understanding of the advertising environment in Boston?

If they are looking for a buyer, they have severely hindered the purchase by actually taking the station off the air.

Daley XXL Communications bought the station for a song ($175,000 with no transmitter/tower or studio site....and virtually no billing.)  I suppose they might be able to get more than that from the right buyer, and maybe recoup any losses.  But the current state of AM radio, and this jinxed frequency make people wonder if it will ever be back on the air.

  WMEX-AM off the air, maybe not for long? 

"WMEX – once transmitted from towers on West Squantum Street and whose studios are located at Marina Bay – went silent the night of June 30."

Saturday, June 24, 2017


May Ratings

Here are the May radio ratings for Boston.

They are 6+ and overall all day/week.....

(You can click on them to enlarge...or see

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Problems with radio ratings...?

Can't say I know much about the radio ratings, except to take a cursory look when they appear in the paper and trades, but there seems to be some growing concern brewing in the industry. And when you think about it...formats have been shelved, changes have been made, and careers have been stunted....all based on the science (art?) of the radio ratings system.

A week or so ago this article appeared:

Did Nielsen Kill The Radio Star?

"Industry pros are asking if Nielsen botched radio ratings — and inadvertently forced stations off the air."

Then this article appeared from the consultant Fred Jacobs:

"Voltaire? Do you mean the French philosopher?”

"Like talking politics at a dinner party, this topic about radio ratings on steroids is something that many broadcasters are tied up in knots about. And for good reason."

If you ever wonder how decisions are made (Or maybe you've wondered why you can't hear your favorite music on the air anymore?)  File under: "Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmm....."

Tuesday, June 06, 2017


WBUR/WGBH...Airwaves War! ;-)

“Boston is the only market in America that has two full-power FM stations running this same news and information format head-to-head,” said WBUR general manager Charles Kravetz. 

In well-mannered public radio, an airwaves war...

Monday, November 21, 2016


RIP: Leonard Mailloux

Len Mailloux, formerly of KVIL Dallas, WVBF and WROR in Boston died Wednesday 11/17.

 Leonard Mailloux, Radio Pro, Teacher  

"Mr. Mailloux, of Providence, R.I., made a splash in the world of radio with an impressive career, including working as the news director for Fairbanks Broadcasting for KVIL Radio Dallas and for WVBF radio in Boston for 30 years, as well as covering daily news on WROR’s “Loren and Wally” show. He then became a college professor."

Friday, October 28, 2016


Double the Christmas Music this year?

The Herald's Inside Track speculated that Mix 104.1 WBMX might be joining the all Christmas format this year in addition to the anticipated all Christmas format by Magic 106.7 WMJX. If two stations, do indeed flip to Christmas Music, it might be a game of chicken to see who will flip first.

Word is, Magic 106.7 and Mix 104.1 will switch over to all holiday tunes sometime in November — but if one makes the switch early, the other could immediately follow. Traditionally, stations that feature all-Christmas music score a huge ratings bonanza during the oh-so-festive season and advertisers love it. So that’s why they do it. And he reason they may do it as early as Nov. 1: the nasty presidential race!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016


Jay Severin...back on the beach...?

After a fun filled stay at the old 96.9 FM Talk WTKK...along with visits to WRKO and WXKS...Jay Severin went on to do a couple of hours of live radio for The Blaze radio network from his home studio in Ipswich. Looks like that has come to an end, according to a recent post by Severin on Twitter.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


More on John Dennis leaving WEEI.....

John Dennis left the Dennis and Callahan Show after an almost 20 year run. NewsCenter 5's Maria Stephanos met up with Dennis to ask what happened, and what happens next? Listen to Maria asking him questions, and him not giving many answers. What a disappointment this interview was. He obviously wanted to talk, and invited Maria to ask questions....but he didn't really answer any. A let down from Maria.... Watch for yourself. John Dennis on leaving popular show: What happened and what's next?

Monday, August 22, 2016


John Dennis out at WEEI....

Wow...has it almost been 20 years that John Dennis has been at WEEI? Many of us remember his from his days as a sports anchor at the old Channel 7.

WEEI confirms John Dennis is leaving the station’s long-running morning program 
"Health reasons cited for long-time host taking a smaller role at station."

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Beasley gobbles up Gr. Media and their Boston Stations....

Greater Media's Boston radio stations WMJX-Magic-106.7, WROR-105.7, Country WKLB-102.5, Hot WBQT-96.9, Alt 92.9-WBOS will be under the control of Beasley broadcasting when the paperwork clears ....probably within about 6 months.

What changes will it bring to these stations? Format tweaks?  New on-air personnel?

Will the current Gr. Media managers stay in place, or will Beasley bring in their own executives?

What will this mean to the 200 or so people who work at Gr. Media's 55 Morrissey Blvd location?

Lots of question, lots of speculation.  Not a lot of hard answers, though.

Beasley is a similarly sized family owned company similar to Greater Media.   They don't see to have the troubles that Clear Channel, Cumulus or CBS has.   Looks like a pretty good match on the surface.

Here's the news story.

Greater Media, owner of Magic 106.7 FM, acquired for $240M

Friday, July 01, 2016


Bob Crane’s Audio Letter To Cousin Jim Senich – 1963

Many people know that Bob Crane (Col. Hogan of Hogan's Heroes') was in radio before he became the famous prisoner of war on the popular sitcom.  

This is an audio letter he sent to his cousin, broadcaster Jim Senich, who was looking for some support and insight from his older and more successful cousin about the radio industry.

Funny, in 1963, he touches on things we still hear about today.  The DJ who has self-doubts, feels underutilized and worries about the trajectory of his career.  Bob Crane talks about getting experience, being flexible, and how he listens to other jocks around the country.

Fascinating to me was how he discovered talking over intro's of songs...after hearing a guy in Cleveland doing it.  

Good stuff!  ;-)

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

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