Saturday, March 31, 2007


Ron Robin returns to his roots...

Everyone remembers Ron Robin, right...?

They say once you've been bitten by the radio bug, you can never get it out of your system.

Ron is currently running a restaurant in Provincetown called "The Mews", and is planning (with partners) on purchasing WCDJ.

Ron Robin Sets Sights on ‘Oldies’ Station
Robin says he and his partners plan to broadcast an oldies music format, covering the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. He says he anticipates taking an on-air shift, possibly in the form of a morning show where he can talk to people on-air and “clown around a bit.”
“Of course I’m a ham, so I love getting back on the air,” he says.

Wikipedia says the station is not on the air regulalry, and have had difficulty with local officials and zoning, etc.

They grabbed the "WCDJ" letters, after a station in Boston flipped formats (and call letters). (Is the current incarnation of WCDJ doing mostly jazz?)

The article states that they are currently looking for a new transmitter is their current coverage map.

Thursday, March 22, 2007


Comments on the new media....

Looks like the old media is going to give us more commentary on the new media. ;-)

When the Herald announced the hiring Jessica Heslam, they said she would be covering more new media than previously. (Although, she seems to be covering the traditional media.)

WGHB radio is adding commentary by John Carroll.

A critical eye for blogs, vlogs, other new media

If you've ever caught the Friday evening edition of Channel 2's "Greater Boston" program (called "Beat the Press"), where they discuss issues about the media, you may have seen John Carroll as a panelist.

I highly recommend "Beat the Press", on Friday evenings (or repeated during the weekend). Set your Tivo! The program usually tackles 4 (or so) media related issues, and the panelists are usually all top-notch.

John Carrolls commentary on WGBH radio, called "John Carroll's Take" is covered on the WGBH Radio web page. You can listen to his commentaries online.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


NPR for the younger set......?

One of the promising features of HD Radio is the flurry of new programming creativity and variety.

NPR stations have been looking for options for their HD-2 channels.

Some, like WGBH-FM, air Classical music on their HD-2 channel.

Others, like WBUR, have not embraced the new technology yet, and have yet to do anything with their HD-2 channels. Inherant in the creation of these secondary channels is the issue of losing listeners from their main channel..and what that will mean in the long run.

NPR has been researching some options, and has been devloping some programming for younger demo's....younger than NPR normally attracts.

The Globe's Alex Beam, who seems to have affection and affinity for public radio, has this on NPR's effort:

Public Radio seeks a breath of fresh air

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Boston has some of the "heavy" talk hosts?

Talkers magazine has come out with their list of the "Heavy Hundred" talk hosts.
(Actually there are 250, but they highlight the top 100.)

WTKK's Jay Severin, WRKO's Howie Carr along with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan all made the list.

Area talk hosts among biz's best

Monday, March 05, 2007


For those that think that part of the problem with radio is that they have been letting the record companies dictate which songs are to be played....instead of letting the listeners decide which songs are bonafide hits.

Will the playlists change and will this have an effect on listenership?

Stations agree on anti-payola settlement

Radio listeners weary of hearing the same songs over and over may have something to cheer about: Broadcasters have tentatively agreed to anti-payola settlements that could shake up music playlists at some of the nation's largest radio chains.

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.

The agreement is aimed at curbing payola -- generally defined as radio stations accepting cash or other consideration from record companies in exchange for airplay. The practice has been around as long as the radio industry and was made illegal after scandals in the late 1950s.

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