Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Let there be Ratings....!

The report card is in, and the Herald's Jessica Heslam did everyone a favor and posted the recently released Arbitron ratings for Winter 2008 on her blog.

(And the 25-54 numbers no less!)

Boston radio ratings: who’s hot and who’s not

The Herald also had this accompanying article in Wednesday's Herald.

Finneran’s station KO’d by WTKK in ratings drive

There's a headline for ya'!

I wonder how many new sales orders are coming into WRKO this morning?
(I imagine WTKK has this article on every advertisers desk!)

Radio and records had this quick synopsis of the 12+ #'s:

Boston: WBZ Closing In On WJMN

The race for ratings supremacy 12+ in Boston is as tight as you can get as CBS Radio news/talk WBZ went 6.5-6.9, just behind Clear Channel's market-leading rhythmic WJMN, which had an up (6.7-7.0) winter 2008 Arbitron book, too.

Rounding out the top five, Clear Channel CHR/top 40 WXKS moved up (5.7-6.1), as did Greater Media AC WMJX (5.0-5.6). However, Entercom sports WEEI was off 6.0-5.3.

CBS Radio oldies WODS struggled in the winter book, down 5.0-4.1, but Greater Media talk WTKK soared 2.8-4.1.

The rock format wars in Boston shook out like this: CBS Radio classic rock WZLX improved 2.8-3.1, while alternative clustermate WBCN went 2.2-2.1 and Entercom active rock WAAF was flat at 2.0. Also taking hits 12+ were Greater Media alternative WBOS (1.5-1.3), Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV (1.5-1.2) and Phoenix Media alternative WFNX (1.4-0.8).

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Dear WTKK.....

The Globe's Charlie Pierce pens a letter to 96.9 FM Talk WTKK.

Lend Me Your Earplugs
In talk radio, is WTKK really a sign of progress?
By Charles P. Pierce
April 27, 2008

Dear WTKK:

You appear to be "Boston's Talk Evolution." Or so say your advertising geniuses, anyway. I admit to being confused. Your typical broadcast day, which has you tied for 11th place in the market, according to the last Arbitron book*, consists of the following: the renovated Imus Wrinkle Farm in morning drive; a guy named Graham who is working to become a wit and, thus far, has made it only halfway; a pair of apologetic demi-liberals at midday; and Jay Severin, the Sage of Sag Harbor who thinks Hillary Clinton is a communist but is far more concerned about the size of her thighs, still on evening drive. He's followed by a woman who sounds like she's shouting her program off the back porch of a three-decker in Revere. Later at night, you run a recorded program by Laura Ingraham; in other words, it's a call-in show to which nobody in your audience can call in. Does this make any sense? And even if they could call, how is WTKK different from the festival of sniggering Caucasians over on the AM? If this is the evidence that talk radio is evolving, well, it pretty plainly hasn't yet developed opposable thumbs. More to the point, though, what is this completely conventional dreck doing on my FM dial? It's bad enough that this cheaply produced cheese eliminated AM Top 40. Now, it's beginning to filter over onto the frequencies through which Iron Butterfly once flitted. FM used to be the place where we all fled to get away from the likes of Bobby Goldsboro. Then it became the place we fled to get away from the likes of Jay Severin. Now there's no place to hide. Evolution isn't supposed to be this brutal.

Charles P. Pierce

* PS: You might be interested in looking at the most recent ratings that were released today. WTKK has soared upwards a more than a full point (12+).

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


WRKO/The Big 68 Remembered!

The post below about Harry Nelson's latest move brought us to an online scrapbook of WRKO (aka "The BIG 68!"). WRKO/The Big 68 Remembered is a fan site created and maintained by the hard work of Shel Swartz formerly of New England, and now of Florida.

The site is dedicated to the archiving and preservation of WRKO in both audio aircheck and documentation. A thousand pages of intriguing information, photos, music surveys and airchecks.

Check it out at: WRKO/The Big 68 Remembered!

You may get lost in time!

Friday, April 18, 2008


Harry Nelson to Ride Records....

For those who keep track of Harry's Career (he never seems to be out of work long, does he?)...

Harry has been named National Director of Radio and Media promotion for Ride Records, a label just launched by singer/songwriter steve Azar.

Harry has worked at numerous places in Boston....WODS, WZOU, WBCS/WKLB....and of course at The Big 68 WRKO.

But will he leave his beloved Maine? ;-)

Check out Harry's personal website at:

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Unionizing at Ch 25

Here is the latest on the attempt to unionize at Ch 25.

IBEW Local 1228

Looks like Ch 9 in Manchester is getting their first union contract!

Now if only AFTRA would be this aggressive in signing up new shops!

Saturday, April 05, 2008


Matty is still there....

Over at The Boomer Chronicles, has a take on Matt Siegal, Kiss 108's longtime morning man.

Popular Boston Radio-Show Host Ages, and No One Has Fired Him Yet. What Gives?

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