Wednesday, May 30, 2007


WWZN 1510 sold but will keep sports

In a surprise move, coming after the station's new owners mentioned
"serving the immigrant community" and a format change, WWZN is getting new owners but NOT a new format.

The new owner is Blackstrap Broadcasting LLC which is also buying WSNR AM 620
in New York City. Originally, their press release read: "Blackstrap Broadcasting’s mission is to provide a platform and a welcoming home for immigrant communities on the public airwaves."

However a press release has announced that 1510 will stay sports.
"Anthony Pepe, WWZN AM 1510's general manager and the host of the 'Mouthpiece Boxing Show' on the station, forwarded the following press release... informing that the station's new owner, NYC-based Blackstrap Broadcasting LLC, will be keeping the Zone's current sports format which is a mix of national sports talk from Sporting News Radio network, local college play-by-play broadcasts and niche time-brokered programs."

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Gus Saunders....RIP

Another nice guy....and one of Boston's original broadcasters, Gus Saunders passes away...

Gus Saunders, food critic, radio host; at 85

"...then fold in 2 cups of whole milk....."

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


WRKO Cancels McGuirk Tryout...and, Might Prog. Talk Return?

Due to pressure from advertisers and the community,
has announced it has abandoned the scheduled guest appearance of former Don Imus sidekick Bernie McGuirk. Details are in the Herald and Globe. McGuirk was being tried out as a co-host for Tom Finneran. Apparently
a 1997 "60 Minutes" interview was found in which Imus used a racial slur and said
that McGuirk was "hired (by his show) to tell jokes about blacks."

Jessica Heslam of the Herald writes: "Calling McGuirk a “racist,” several of Boston’s black community leaders had planned to show up at the station’s Brighton studios tomorrow morning to demand a meeting with management to protest McGuirk’s appearance.
Kahn herself called Sadiki Kambon, director of The Black Community, to tell him McGuirk wasn’t going to be on WRKO’s airwaves. Kambon said he and others had planned to protest if the station put McGuirk behind the mic. "

Meanwhile a post on the
Save Progressive Radio Boston Yahoo Group
says some efforts to bring progressive
talk radio back to the Hub may be heating up. Efforts are being made and negotiations to bring the format back are going on. Nobody knows for sure if it will be a success, but progressive talk fans have faced five months (to the day) without their
favorite hosts...unless they're listening on satellite radio.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Entercom feels WRKO and WEEI both helped by Sox

The Globe's Susan Bicklehaupt writes that Entercom is pleased with how the Red Sox broadcasts are doing on the new flagship station of Red Sox Baseball, WRKO, and sister station WEEI (which carries Wednesday night and weekday afternoon games). She also
quotes Jason Wolfe, Entercom Boston's VP of AM Operations, as saying that "both of the new guys have been very well received so far".

However criticism of Glenn Geffner has been expressed at sites such as the blog and's
Boston board
. It has been said that Geffner talks too fast and too much, and
SurvivingGrady is quoted as saying that he "brings nothing to the table".

Last year, Jerry Trupiano's contract was not renewed; in his place are Geffner,
who has worked with Red Sox bigwig Larry Lucchino in the past, and Dave O'Brien,
who cannot do every game due to work conflicts with ESPN. (This writer agrees
with the comments about Geffner's rapid-fire delivery. He sounds young, perhaps
a bit too young, almost as if the Sox had grabbed an announcer for a minor league
team (maybe a "Single A Short Season") and thrust him into the spotlight. It has been suggested that Geffner might do better as someone updating listeners on the
out-of-town scores, though the Sox Radio Network already has someone for that.

Bicklehaupt's Globe article does say that the weekday afternoon games that had
aired on WRKO during Spring Training in March did manage to help out Howie Carr.
The afternoon drive talker, who would be joined in progress around 4 pm when
games were on, went from a 5 share to a 6. So the Sox may have proved a good
lead in for Howie, though from henceforth weekday afternoon games are on WEEI

Entercom feels that putting Red Sox games on WRKO helps gain them new listeners
(promos running for talk shows during the game, etc.) while WEEI can still
carry some games and talk about them before, during, and after, otherwise. (WEEI even
extends "Sox talk" until 1 am on weeknights when there are games, with
"Red Sox Review", thus depriving the area of one precious hour of Yankee
superfan "JT The Brick"...

Monday, May 07, 2007


WBZ's Sullivan to undergo more brain surgery

"This is just a small bump in the road",

...says WBZ's Paul Sullivan as he gets ready to undergo his fourth brain surgery to remove cancerous tumors.

While he has taken some time off for these surgeries, on the air, you'd be hard pressed to know that he has been battling this. He sounds great and acts like a pro.

The Herald's Jessica Heslam, had this:

New cancer setback radio host

Please keep Paul in your thoughts and prayers.

He's one of the good guys.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 the morning....


* For listeners aged 25-54, in morning drive, here are the top stations according to Arbitron for this past rating period:

1. KISS (Matt Siegel) with a 7.8 share
2. WBZ (Ed Walsh)with a 6.6 share.
3. WEEI (Dennis and Callahan)with a 5.8 share.
4. JAMN (RAMIRO & PEBBLES)94.5 FM with a 5.2 share
5. WMJX (Mike Addams) with a 5.1 share
6. WROR (Loren and Wally))with a 4.2 share
7. WODS (Dale Dorman) with a 3.7 share
8. WTKK (Imus) and WAAF (Greg Hill)(107.3 FM) tied with a 3.4 share
10. WBMX (John Lander) with a 3.3. share
11. WKLB (JW)with a 3.1 share
12. WBCN (Opie and Anthony)(104.1 FM) with a 2.9 share
13. WMKK (Mike)(93.7 MIKE FM) with 2.5 share
14. WZLX (Karlson and McKenzie,)with a 2.4 share
15. WBOS (More Music Morning Show)(92.9 FM) with a 2.2 share
16. WRKO (Tom Finneran)(680 AM) with a 1.6 share


Da' Ratings.....

Here is how Boston’s radio stations ranked this winter, according to Arbitron ratings.

* Among listeners ages 25-54 The demographic sought by advertisers (Sometimes referred to as the "Money Demo"):

1. WMJX - (106.7 FM) with a 6.8 share
2. KISS - 108 FM with a 6.3 share
3. WJMN - (94.5 FM) with a 5.5 share
4. WEEI - (850 AM) with a 5.1 share
5. WBZ - (1030 AM) with a 4.6 share
6. WODS - 103 FM with a 4.5 share
7. WKLB - Country (102.5) with a 3.7 share
8. WROR - (105.7 FM) with a 3.5 share
9. WZLX - (100.7 FM) and WBMX (98.5 FM) tied at ninth with a 3.3 share


MIKE-FM's TV spot getting noticed......

Have you seen the TV spot for Mike-FM?

Apparently a lot of people have!

In conversation, I heard someone once express a complaint...but didn't think anything of it. But apparently there are people who do not like the spot.

While it IS getting noticed ("You know, the radio spot with people taking off their clothes at the office?"), I wonder how many people remember what station it is for.

The Heralds Jesse Noyes writes this:

MIKE’s ‘Keep it on’ ad a real turn-off for some

"But Bill Alfano, director of marketing for MIKE-FM parent Entercom Communications Corp. in New England, said the ad is meant to be fun and isn’t very controversial.
“Honestly we tried to do an ad that appealed to our listener, the MIKE listener,” he said. “There’s no violence. There’s no nudity. There’s no sex.”

“It’s supposed to be goofy,” Alfano added."

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