Sunday, November 29, 2009
The Switch is on, Dec 1 at 6 a.m.
Word has it WCRB FM 99.5 will go off air at midnight on Monday Nov 30 (actually early Tue. Dec 1). The new WGBH-owned station will debut six hours later as "All Classical WGBH".
Here is 99.5's schedule. The Boston Symphony Orchestra's Saturday night broadcasts continue
though the Friday afternoon broadcast won't.
The move means changes at WGBH 89.7 as well, including the loss of the folk and blues shows on Saturday. And some classical fans who live south of Boston may find that the classical programs that moved to 99.5 won't be picked up as easily.
Friday, November 27, 2009
RIP: Alan Dary
Alan Dary passed away last month, and the obituary finally appeared in the Globe.
Alan Dary, popular host of Boston radio shows; at 89
I am not old enough to remember Alan during his heyday...but people still spoke of his Sunday Morning request show years afterward on WHDH.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Globe writes about WWZN, prog talk
Today's Boston Globe has a story about the efforts of Jeff Santos and others at WWZN 1510 in bringing progressive talk back.
Clear Channel's WKOX and WXKS had hosts from Air America and Jones from October of 2004 till December of 2006, before the format changed. A very "blue" area had little or no progressive talk until February of this year, when it started to make its way (via brokered time) onto AM 1510. Thus, listeners didn't have to get satellite radio or pick up some shows at night via "skywave" from stations like WWKB in Buffalo.
This is not the only left-leaning place on the dial, though; some say that Eagan and Braude on WTKK, Steve Leveille on WBZ, and others also express left-of-center viewpoints.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
WCRB - WGBH Changes due 12/1......
Looks like the date for WGBH to take ownership of WCRB is 12/1.
FCC approves WGBH purchase of radio station
Kind of quiet for such a big change.
WGBH-FM loses their daytime music programming in favor of news/talk/information. (Has anyone heard what the lineup will be? Hasn't WBUR locked up the best NPR programs? Will WGBH start with any local programs right off the bat? I mean it's TWO weeks away!)
I assume WCRB without commercials will play longer peices of music, and move away from the partial "movements" that made WCRB so sucessful. Have they announced any plans or who will be on the air? Will WCRB staffers like Laura Carlo be on the new incarnation of WCRB?
Inquiring minds want to know!
Interesting note. As bad as WCRB has been struggling over the last few years (especially with the sub par signal of 99.5's Lowell transmitter), it's ratings are still heads and tails above WGBH-FM's ratings.)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Believing in radio.....
And who says there are no good news stories about radio. ;-)
You might find this article interesting.
Rescuing Radio - Time
Because he quit the biz eight years ago, Wilson, with Lucy, in chair, and Bear, can afford to invest in radio.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
WGBH plans to drop blues, folk
According to the Globe and the WGBH site, WGBH-FM 89.7 plans to drop its weekly blues show and some of its folk programming (though A Celtic Sojourn and Prairie
Home Companion will stay). This will happen should the FCC approve the sale of
WCRB-FM 99.5 to them.
By next month, WCRB could be running non-commercial classical music overseen by
WGBH, and 89.7 would focus on news and talk.
Blues and folk have been parts of the WGBH lineup for years. The late Mai Cramer
hosted "Blues After Hours" for over a quarter century (Brendan Hogan has done it
more recently). WGBH is telling its listeners they have other alternatives
if they still wish to hear blues or folk, and it was a "difficult decision"
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
How are the TV News ratings......
Boston TV news ratings for October.
October TV News Ratings
Channel 7/WHDH looks like they are in trouble. Can't just be the Leno thing at 10...it looks more like a systemic problem.
No 10PM numbers yet.