Friday, January 30, 2009


Layoffs: Now it's Greater Media's turn.....

The angel of death moves from station to station...and has now apparently hit Greater Media, which unlike every other company in town, until now, had appeared to have been spared any layoffs.

The Herald's Jessica Heslam has this story today...

Greater Media Boston axes 11

One of the ways you can tell the character of a company is the manner in which they let go of people when the time comes. There was also some talk as to the manner in which the WTKK Promotions Director was let go. Anyone know the story there?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


WBZ: Leveille, Dyett to return!

The website Universal Hub is hearing that WBZ management has just informed the staff that, in response to protests, Steve Leveille has been hired back.

UPDATE: WBZ confirms it! Leveille back to old slot, Dyett to do Sunday mornings

(pic: WBZ)

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Your local DJ – a few time zones away

The Christian Science Monitor (of all places) recently had this article about the changes in radio, and the increase reliance on syndicated fare and voice tracked announcers from out of town.

Boston's own Donna Halper is quoted in the article.

Your local DJ – a few time zones away

Friday, January 23, 2009


How radio works.....

This movie from 1937 shows the basic principles of how radio works.

Enjoy! ;-)

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Hello Everbody!

There is a new book out that I hope to pick up called "Hello Everybody: The Dawn of American Radio", by Anthony Rudel, about the early days of radio. It's not about the so-called "Golden Age" of radio...but the early days when hobbiest and experimenters were getting started with this new medium, and the thrill of hearing sounds come through the air would cause people to stare in amazement. Amazing stories, quirky station operators and owners...and the first concepts as to how to make radio a financially viable business.

Can you imagine a farmer coming back to the prairie from the "big city" with a box. His wife would ask. "What's that?" He would say, "It's called a "radio"". "What do you want with that?", she would ask. And he would say "We'll be able to listen to orchestras on it from all the way in New York on it!" Amazing!

Long before the internet, radio was the first electronic medium.

WBUR's Tom Ashbrook interviewed the author, and included some great sound from the past. If you have time to listen, it's well worth it.

When Radio Was Young

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Herald: Eagan and Braude re-up; Howie tied for #1

The Herald's Jessica Heslam says that WTKK has re-signed Eagan and Braude, dashing WRKO's hopes to lure
them to the morning show in place of Finneran

"Sources say the “lucrative” deal is for a guaranteed five years but the pair’s agent and attorney, George Tobia, wouldn’t confirm the length or salary."

In the most recent 25-54s, she reports, Howie tied with Kiss 108 for #1 in 25-54s, perhaps due to election interest; Severin was in third. Finneran finished 15th in his time slot (Imus 10th)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Whats next for Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis on occasionally gets ribbed for being the stiff anchor and a throwback to the days that the movie Anchorman parodied. He is sometimes referred to as a real life Ted Baxter.

However, from anyone who has met him, he is one of the nicest guys in the business.

He is also known by those who have worked with him as a hard worker. After getting the boot from NECN, he is already looking for the next opportunity! Always upbeat!

He recently gave this very open interview to the Cape Cod Times:

Tom Ellis: 'Open to every possibility'

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


More on Steve Leveille...

The internet has been abuzz about the changes at WBZ.

If you haven't had enough, you might be interested in a non-radio person's response to the overnight changes at WBZ.

From Bryan Rutt's blog: "That's What I Was Going to Say".

Boston Radio Great Steve LeVeille Taken Off the Air

Sunday, January 11, 2009


RIP: Manchester's Bill Morrissey

William S. Morrissey, Goffstown

William S. Morrissey, WKBR radio personality known as "Mr Morning," died Thursday, Jan. 8. He was 84.

"He was the rock in the morning for people," said Ed Brouder, a news and traffic announcer at WZID/WFEA. "So many generations grew up with him as the staple in the morning show."

Thursday, January 08, 2009


Efforts mounted to bring back Leveille

A Facebook group, petition drive,
and blog are among the efforts
to try and get WBZ to rehire the laid off Steve Leveille.

In today's Herald Media biz column,
Jessica Heslam interviewed Steve who said that his firing was the nature of the biz; wasn't totally unexpected. He said he'd like
to do a morning show.

Salem News
talks to two Leveille fans, 96-year-old Generosa and
the man who started
UPDATE 1/28/09: The petition drive worked! Leveille and Dyett are back. See above.

Monday, January 05, 2009


The Big Dough at WEEI

Glenn "Big O" Ordway as re-upped at WEEI and landed a contract for
$1 million per year for 5 years, according to the Herald. The deal could also include a TV simulcast on NESN
or Comcast Sports and live video streaming on Ordway is due to return
to the station's afternoon drive slot today.

Some complain about all the yelling on the show but it does well in the ratings,
often number 1 in its time slot in key demoes.

Thursday, January 01, 2009


WBZ cuts Leveille, Dyett, Cuddy

It's now been confirmed by the Herald: WBZ has cut longtime overnight talk host Steve Leveille, similarly longtime/legendary weekend host Lovell Dyett, and sports guy Tom Cuddy (and perhaps talker Pat Desmarais as well). No idea on replacements yet. The budget ax also fell on sister station WTIC in Hartford with the sacking of afternoon host Colin McEnroe.

The news comes as a shock to some--but given the way radio's been going, perhaps no surprise. Some speculation has CBS Radio launching a network show for overnights on its talkers.

(Trump: "You're fired...")

UPDATE: On Jan. 5, 2009, Leveille's replacement took to the air at WBZ and three
other stations: Jon Grayson with "America Overnight" weeknights from 1 to 5 am
on WBZ. According to WBZ's schedule, Dan Rea will be extended till 1 am (and Jordan
Rich till 1 am on Sunday nights). When there's no Bruins game, it will be a reply of
his 8 pm hour. When the Bruins play, Rea will continue to be on live till 1 am.

UPDATE 1/28/09: Thanks to listener protests, the Steve Leveille Broadcast has been
returned to the air as of next week!

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