Monday, May 30, 2005


Billing? We don't need any stinkin' billing!


Billing estimates are out for Boston stations. Here are the top dogs in Boston:

WBZ-AM - $35 million

WEEI-AM - $33.4 million

WXKS-FM - $28.3 million

WMJX-FM - $26.1 million

WBCN-FM - $25.5 million

WJMN-FM - $21.4 million

A couple of thoughts:

My understanding is that these estimates involve the station reporting their billing to an outside organization. So, there is some dependence on stations not inflation their numbers (Remember the recent newpaper circulation scandal?) And a few "guesstimates" probably go into the equation.

Secondly, some billing numbers have to be taken in light of expenditures by stations. WBZ's all-news format is expensive to run. WBCN has Patriots rights they have to pay for. 'EEI has the Red Sox rights. WMJX is not known for a high payroll, but spends close to a million dollars a year on TV advertising. Kiss has Matty's salary.

If anyone has billing information for the rest of the market (WODS, WRKO, WCRB, WTKK, WKLB, WROR, WZLX, WBMX, WQSX WBOS, WAAF, WPLM, WXRV, WFNX, WEZE/WTTT and WBOT) please drop me a note. (My email at left.)


Thursday, May 26, 2005


The return of Lydon! .....ready?


Chris Lydon, who wowed many with role as the original host of "The Connection" at WBUR. (And who wowed people with a very public exit!)

He has been working on a show called "Open Source" that will be produced as part of an affiliation with WUML, The radio station at the University of Lowell.

The show is scheduled to air weeknights on 89.7 WGBH, at 7PM.
('GBH is pushing back the start time of Eric Jackson's jazz program.)

The show is being distributed by PRI and appears to have 3 affiliates that have been announced.
(I understand that WUML in Lowell, will air the program the next morning at 9AM.)

Chris explains the show here. I am not sure I get the idea of a web/blog/radio show. In his first pilot program, I think the show took too much time trying to descibe the synergy he hopes to create....and too little time being a radio program.

After all, in the end, that's what it is....and that's how most people will use it.

Will the 'tech talk' be a distraction from plain old good radio?



Trend day....!


Today was Trend Day in Boston, as Arbitron delivered 'Phase I' of the Spring rating book.

You can find those ratings here.



Tuesday, May 24, 2005


Jack and Mike (or Fickle and Nine) !


The "Jack" format, as it's been called, is the current rage.

With enough sucess that many stations on the lower strata of billing and ratings sucess are taking the plunge.

Here in Boston, 92.9 WBOS opened up it's playlist, and issues a big press release about "Playing many more titles than ever before".

105.7 WROR started using recorded sweepers that sound like the "Jack" format.
( "Alright, that's enough of the comercials, now let's get some music on the radio".)

Mix 98.5 WBMX started using the "whatever" term....and featured "Whatever Weekends".

All were halfway measures, trying to blunt the effect, and reduces the chances of a "Jack" format coming to town.

Then, STAR 93-7, WQSX decided the time was right to jump on the trend, by introducing "Mike-FM", their attempt at the "Jack" format.

What do people think?

I've heard some people who like it.....none that *love* it.

I've heard from a lot of disgruntled Star fans, upset about losing their station....and equally missing the DJ's. (Although the last and final book was kind to Star, where were all these fans during any prior rating period? Reminds me of the demise of the Jazz formats in Boston. A station making minimal ratings/audience and billing switch format...and people come out of the woodwork to support the station.)

Funniest line I heard about "Mike-FM":

"Music from the 80's, 90's and 2000. We don't know WHAT to we'll play anyything!"

In any event, heres a recent article about the sucess of such "variety" formats.


Friday, May 20, 2005


Meanwhile, it's fun to speculate....


"The Celtics' decisions aren't all on-court for the coming season. On the media front, they've got to sort out their radio situation, preferably sooner rather than later, to allow sales departments to get to work. Meanwhile, it's a great time to speculate on what might happen."

Check it out at:


Wednesday, May 18, 2005




There is a documentary that has been in the works about BoomTown, the TV show that many of us grew up with!

It is scheduled to air on Channel 4, WBZ-TV on Saturday, June 18 at 1PM.

Mark your calenders, and have a blank tape ready!



And the nominees are....


We have a few local jocks that have been nominated by 'Radio & Records' magazine for "Personality of the Year"

-J. J. Wright (Oldies 103.3 - WODS), nominated for best Oldies personality

-David Allan Boucher (Magic 106.7 - WMJX), nominated for best AC personality

-Carter Alan (100.7 - WZLX), nominated for best Classic Rock personality


Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Tai back on the air?


For those who are fans of Tom Irwin (aka Tai), apparently he was filling in this past Saturday for Egan & Braude. From what I hear, Tai has been wanting to get back to talkradio.

Will we see more of him on 96.9 - FM Talk- WTKK?


Monday, May 16, 2005


The return of Karen....?


Rumor has it that Karen Blake might re-appear on 93.7 - Mike-FM.

Karen has a website for her mobile DJ business at:


Sunday, May 15, 2005




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