Wednesday, June 12, 2019
What's next for WBUR and WGBH....?
Competition is good!
We haven't had a good, old-fashioned head-to-head format battle in Boston for awhile, have we?
What was once a couple of old sounding stodgy "public" radio stations in Boston, WGBH and WBUR had reinvigorated, reinvented and re-imagined non-commercial radio in Boston.
WBUR and WGBH have reimagined public radio, so what’s next?
“Radio” isn’t even the preferred description for public media anymore, and with good reason. While both stations still draw hundreds of thousands of listeners over the air, an increasing number of listeners begin their days by streaming audio over smart speakers instead of tuning in to FM on a clock radio.
Friday, April 19, 2019
Kristen Eck’s office is cramped, noisy, and has no bathroom. She loves it
The Globe did this great story with some great pics on WBZ's traffice reporter Kristen Eck!
Monday, March 11, 2019
The vote is in at WBUR...
The vote is in and WBUR journalists have voted in favor of unionizing with AFTRA-SAG.
Producers, editors, hosts, reporters and writers at the NPR affiliate in Boston will be represented by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
The vote was 73 to 3.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
WBUR's On Point hoax caller.....
On 12/20, a caller to WBUR, claiming to be a representative of a restaurant, made a racist comment on the air.
WBUR apologizes after hoax caller makes racist on-air remarks
The show’s second caller, who identified himself as “Dominic” from Aspen, Colorado, and said he was the vice president of the seafood chain Chart House... The caller went on to assert that his restaurants have had issues with “some clientele” ruining the experience for everyone. When Chakrabarti questioned what he meant, the caller said it was “normally black people that do that, they ruin the meal for everyone.”
The statement issues this response/clarification:
Statement From On Point Regarding Hour 2 Show On Thursday, Dec. 20
Monday, December 03, 2018
Howie Carr in Boston Magazine....
This seems kinda like a "hit piece", and doesn't shed any new light on Howie that we didn't already know.
Seems to try to "make something out of nothing", with the idea that he once attacked hacks and now supports Donald Trump? (I don't get it.)
“There’s a kind of exquisite irony that the guy who was seen as the great white hack-hunter has suddenly become just an unabashed shill for Trump.”
So what really happened? There are clues in his upbringing. Howie Carr was born in Portland, Maine, to a mother and father who spent their lives serving rich people.
So, now we are turning into armchair psychologist? I don't know much about the writer, Simon Van Zuylen-Wood, but it doesn't appear he did much work for this piece.
Then again, he claims Howie chose not to cooperate with this profile, probably because he knew it was set from the start to be a trash commentary.
In any event....you might enjoy it:
From fearless journalist to Trump’s loudest fan. Did he sell out, or buy in?
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
For those who might be from out of town that have not followed the Kirk Minihane / WEEI saga...here's the latest....
After some high stakes negotiating, Minihane will not be coming back to the WEEI morning show:
Kirk Minihane will leave WEEI morning program, get a show on Radio.com
"In recent weeks, there has been much suspense regarding when or if Minihane would return to “Kirk and Callahan.’’ He tweeted that he was cleared by his doctor to return Oct. 12, but WEEI would not put him back on the air."
WEEI now forges ahead with a re-named morning show:
What’s next for WEEI?
"Now it’s over, and it requires a lengthy search to find a semblance of victory for WEEI. The morning show has been rebranded and is supposed to become what they’ve mocked— a sports show."
The Globe's Shirley Leung, one the WEEI's longtime critics, takes a final swing at them
Entercom made the right call with Kirk Minihane
"In explaining the move to its affiliates, WEEI said in a statement: “This national platform will provide Kirk the opportunity to host a show the way he envisions without having to worry about certain station and FCC guidelines.” What exactly does that mean? Does he not have to “worry” about some of the WEEI sensitivity training he went through after one of the station’s cohosts mocked Don Yee, Tom Brady’s sports agent, using an Asian accent that Yee doesn’t have? "
Recently on WGBH-TV's "Greater Boston" program, minihane explained the move, and still has sour grapes for Entercom, Shirley Leung, and some of his colleagues
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Kirk Minihane from the Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI has recently been off the air (for what he termed a "mental health leave").
Now he says he is ready to return, but apparently Entercom thinks otherwise.
Not happy with the companies response, Kirk has taken to "going public" with his grievance.
Could it be a contract dispute? Could it be the company needs confirmation from his medical team? Could it be that they will not let him on the air unless they come to a common understanding of the direction of the show.
Kirk Minihane Says He’s Ready To Return To WEEI
Even the New York Post has covered this story:
Boston station won’t let me on air after depression leave: controversial host
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Dubbya Vee, as in Victah....cee...ay, Glawstah!
Many radio aficionados in New England know the story of WVCA in Gloucester, MA. The one-man station operated by the inimitable Simon Geller in his home broadcasting classical music.
A distinctive voice, a bit of a hermit and a curmudgeon. (If you had want to hear what WVCA sounded like in the day, you can hear it here....)
A very unique situation, and part of North Shore radio folklore. Someone decided the whole story needed to be a stage play!
The Gloucester Stage is presenting "My Station in Life" through October 28th.
My Station in Life World Premiere Performance
More on SImon Geller and his legacy at his Wikipedia page...
WVCA is now WBOQ...also known as Northshore 104.9
There is also a fan/tribute page here.....
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
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.....
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
WEEI...in 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
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Changes in The World....
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
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 them....here.)
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. http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/inside_track/2016/10/local_tv_musical_chairs_whos_in_whos_out
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.
MY MOST DEAR B+B: Today's Show My Last @Blaze. THANK YOU, LOVE YOU, TRULY B+B YOU ARE. PLEASE CALL: 888-900-3393— Jay Severin III (@Jay_Severin) September 2, 2016
I shall ever be Twitter
Saturday, August 27, 2016
More on John Dennis leaving WEEI.....
John Dennis on leaving popular show: What happened and what's next?
Monday, August 22, 2016
John Dennis out at WEEI....
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."
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