Saturday, May 29, 2010


Boston radio host suing Provincetown

This seems like the case that never ends......

Boston Radio Host Suing Provincetown

Thursday, May 27, 2010


The Dick Summer interview....

I don't know if I posted this before, but here is a rather lengthy interview with Dick Summer. Dick had a very long career that included stops in Boston with a very successful period at WBZ.

This is a very inclusive interview wit Dick from a few years ago (I don't see the date included). In it is his frank assessment of radio well as his thoughts on some of the radio people who he has crossed paths with.

The Grub Street Interview - Dick Summer: mouth to ear

After reading the interview, you might want to check out his personal site:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


WUMB....and Barnes Newbury...?

Someone dropped me an email asking if anyone knows that happenned to Barnes Newbury at WUMB? He used to host on Saturday morning...but has been MIA....

Anyone know?

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Jackie Ankeles out at North Shore 104.9

It's a station licensed to Gloucester and based in Beverly that used to have
a one-man classical operation; then it was swing and finally, most recently, a blend
of "good time (pop) favorites" and Red Sox baseball. The station is WBOQ FM 104.9
(its call letters a throwback to the classical days--W-Bach) and for 22 years they have
had the North Shore's Jackie Ankeles as an announcer.

But now the station has dropped her, according to a letter Ankeles wrote to the Salem News. She says it was so
sudden she didn't have a chance to say goodbye to her listeners. Here's hoping Jackie
lands on her feet elsewhere in local radio.

Ankeles writes: "This week I was informed that due to changes in the radio industry and in the direction of the station, my daily midday program was being cancelled — effective immediately. Of course I am extremely sad and, frankly, quite lost at this point. It's hard to believe that after announcing three different formats at the same station over the years (first classical, then jazz, then oldies), that I will no longer be on the airwaves. I started at the station in 1988 when Gloucester legend Simon Geller sold WVCA to WBOQ, which subsequently turned it into a commercial enterprise. So it's been a long and wonderful musical journey for me, going from announcing Beethoven symphonies to The Beach Boys all under one roof."

Friday, May 14, 2010


Teens and radio....

I try to focus mostly on Boston radio, but occasionally I see a trend that is happening somewhere that I like to point out.

The headline "Teens and radio..." is not about teen listeners (that's an issue for another day)...but their interest in the professional side of radio.

This is a story about WHSS in Cincinnati, but I think it is a trend in HS and college radio everywhere....students just aren't that interested anymore.

Hamilton High radio station to shut down

WHSS advisor David Spurrier tells the Journal-News fewer teens see broadcasting as a viable career option. “It’s been a while since I’ve been able to place a kid even part-time in a radio station,” he says. “Having a career education program for broadcasting just doesn’t make sense anymore.” The days of 75 students trying to get an air shift on the modern rock station are gone Spurrier says.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


RadioBoston, the daily edition debuts.....

WBUR's re-tooled RadioBoston debuted this week as a daily (M-F) show.

T Herald's Jessica Heslam had this:

WBUR debuts new “Radio Boston” next week

Adam Reilly wrtoe this piece in March for the Phoenix before he left:

WBUR's new, improved "Radio Boston"

Have you heard it? Personally, they have reduced the "snore factor" of the program from it's once-a-week incarnation. (I had always felt when listening to the 1/week program that they tried a little bit too hard, and didn't allow for any spontaneity or humanness.)

Got an opinion?

Thursday, May 06, 2010


Congratulations to WBZ-TV's Jack Williams

Longevity like that is not seen anymore....nor does it appear to be valued by station ownership these days.

Congratulations to Jack Williams who just celebrated his 35th(!) year with WBZ-TV!

There is also a slideshow on the WBZ-TV website.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010


Doug Stephen to WWZN? What about Santos?

Stephan Shows Add Affiliates



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