Wednesday, September 28, 2011

 

WBZ Radio celebrates it's 90th Birthday!

On September 19th, WBZ Radio Celebrated it's 90th birthday remembering that day back in 1921 when they first took to the airwaves of Boston.

In a world of "firsts"...WBZ claims to be the first licensed radio station in the country. (That doesn't mean the first on the air.)


The Globe had this article:

WBZ-AM Celebrates 90th Birthday


Emily Rooney's program, Beat the Press, on Channel 2, WGBH-TV, had this feature on WBZ's birthday:








Wednesday, September 14, 2011

 

Yelping about the changes to 93.7....



People have been going to review site Yelp, to voice their frustrations with the changes to 93.7...from Mike-FM, to a simulcast of WEEI's AM850 programming.

Take a look:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/93-7-mike-fm-boston

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

 

Goodbye Mike-FM...Hello WEEI....FM!





Looks like WEEI will finally get their programming on an FM signal in Boston!

WEEI to begin FM simulcast Monday



Thoughts:

I know WEEI has been going thru a lake of self-esteem being on the AM band...while WBZ-FM is on the FM band....and especially with the inroads BZ-FM made recently in the ratings....so this comes as no surprise really. (The rumors had been flying around for the last year or so...with the last rumor being that they were going to buy the WFNX's 101.7 signal.)

However, we now have ANOTHER music choice gone from the dial!Not only that, we will have TWO stations broadcasting the same exact thing! (850AM and 93.7FM will be simulcasting.) What a waste of a station! This simply means less choice and less variety for the listeners of Boston.We will have 3 full signals devoted to sports programming.

While I understand the desire to put the "spoken word" formats on FM to reach a younger demo that has abandoned AM, I am sad to think that these AM-turned-into-FM formats are using up slots for a musical variety that should be available to listeners in a major market like Boston.

Also, the reason WBZ-FM is doing so well against WEEI is not simply because they are on FM and WEEI isn't. It has something to do with the programming. Content is king! And simply putting the AM programming/content on the FM dial isn't going to do it.

Lastly, 93.7's signal is centered a little North of Boston (actually licensed to Lawrence, with transmitter in Peabody.) It covers a good bunch of New Hampshire, while WBZ-FM's signal is centered over Boston.

Monday, September 05, 2011

 

Where is Nik Carter now....?



Former WFNX & WBCN-er Nik Carter left WRXP in the Spring.

Anyone know where he is now?

WRXP Afternooner Nik Carter Departs

Friday, September 02, 2011

 

Hurrican Irene...and where radio made a difference






The Globe had this story of how WDEV Radio made a difference in Vermont during and after Hurricane Irene:

Some good readin'!

Vermont's Unsung Hurricane Hero

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