Tuesday, June 29, 2010

 

WAAF Morning Man celebrates 20 years....



Never quite know what to make of Worcester station WAAF. They've certainly had a few bright moments in the sun over the years...but what to make of them these days? Who knows!



Greg Hill Celebrates 20 Years At WAAF


So one Christmas I dressed up as Santa and went out and just randomly started handing out $10,000 in $100 bills. The story grew to the point where I was handing people notes saying, "Yes Massachusetts, there is a Santa Claus." To me that was a win for radio in general, because when we had a press conference to unveil the morning drive disc jockey as Secret Santa, they all had to cover it and they all hated it!

I think the PUBLIC hated it too! When they realized it was just another commercialization of Christmas. A commercial entity just trying to buy publicity and using "charity" as a ruse to do so.

I think this promotion left the people of Boston with a bad taste in their mouth about how self-centered radio can be.

Monday, June 21, 2010

 

Suburbia....







There are a couple of stations in the Boston suburbs that get attention from time to time. WPLM in Plymouth....and WXRV "The River" in Haverhill. Stations with lots of potential, pretty good signals, but seem to be hampered by some odd ownership.

All Access had a couple of quick interviews with each program director.

10 Questions with ... Kevin Cronin at WPLM.

10 Questions with ... Catie Wilber at WXRV.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

 

RIP: Tony Cennamo














Tony Cennamo, 76; shaped jazz tastes for a generation as DJ at WBUR

He didn’t play it safe, either, and his precisely rendered opinions helped shape jazz tastes for a generation of fans during the quarter century he spent on WBUR. Mr. Cennamo, who also taught at Emerson College for many years, died Tuesday in Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Malden.

Monday, June 07, 2010

 

Broadcast radio gone in 5-10 years.......?


NPR's CEO Vivian Schiller recently caught attention when she predicted that internet radio will replace broadcast radio in 5-10 years.

As a consumer of NPR, I am glad to have multiple ways to receive NPR content....however, she has not addressed the business model that will keep it afloat. If NPR is primarily delivered to audience via internet radio...then the fees paid by member stations start going away too.

Isn't that what happenned to newspapers? The paper editions are giving way to internet web sites, but the revenue for the website is minuscule compared to the print edition. And without the revenue to fuel the content..what happens?

I think her comments are short-sited, and she is apparently not doing anything to continue to promote radio as an ongoing source.

NPR and eBay: Business Models Under Change at D8

Jerry Del Colliano responded to this story:

NPR Says Radio Is Dead in 5-10 Years

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

 

Midday host replaced at WBOQ - NorthShore 104.9



NorthShore 104.9 has announced a new midday host to replace Jackie Ankeles

Radio Station Launches New Midday Show with Local Host

Gloucester-based radio station North Shore 104.9 FM has launched a new midday program hosted by Catherine Browne in the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift, Monday to Friday.

Personally, I am surprised a local newspaper would actually name the station, instead of using "a local radio station".

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