Friday, June 29, 2012
Lots of changes
I can't remember so many changes and transitions in Boston radio in such a short time. The latest occurred on Thursday, June 28, when WODS FM 103.3 dumped its "hits of the 60s, 70s, and 80s" at noon in favor of "Amp 103.3", a top 40 station very much into rhythmic and dance. Certainly going after a younger audience--and aiming squarely for Kiss 108 (Clear Channel).
WODS fans of course didn't take it well. While there was a "farewell show" the morning of the change, the fact was that the format (on WODS at least; WROR does something similar) was gone as were D.J.'s like Paula Street, Barry Scott, J.J. Wright, and Jay Gordon. The station does survive on HD2, but with no DJs and a mix aiming morefor the 70s and 80s.
What else has been going on? Word got out that Eric Jackson's Jazz show will be relegated to three hours per night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights only. Stephen Schwartz is gone totally. It's part of a public radio trend toward spoken word programming that may please some listeners and donors, but jazz fans, (like the blues and folk fans before them) are upset at losing their special kind of music.
Other recent developments:http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif
--WFNX was sold to Clear Channel, with an unknown format to debut on July 23
--Lovell Dyett passed on
--Michele McPhee returned to WRKO, and some wonder if she will get afternoon drive, should Howie Carr jump ship in the fall.
--WBZ's Steve Leveille retired as did those Car Talk guys.