Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Spotlight on Eric Jackson.....

Eric Jackson is (becoming?) one of the institutions in Boston radio. He has been around doing Jazz for almost 30 years on WTBU, WBCN and his long running program on WGBH-FM.

(Does anyone know what year he started at WGBH-FM?)

Ed Symkus had this in the Herald on the occasion of JazzfestBoston.

Hub Festival puts Spotlight on Deejay Eric Jackson: The jazz Bringer

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


More on the competition between WBUR & WGBH....

John Vennochi had this column about the competition between WBUR and WGBH...

Turmoil in the Air Waves
Despite the grumbling, public radio competition is good for Boston

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


WBUR/WGBH go head to head with similar format.

The Globe's Johnny Diaz had this article about the format change at WGBH-FM, and long time format holder WBUR's response.

WGBH changes sting public radio rival

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


WMBR celebrates it's 50th....!

WMBR is a great example of "community radio". Lost of different music, lost of different shows, some experimental programming...always something interesting and different when you tune into WMBR. And the people who work(*) at WMBR are committed to and love the station. (*: I use the word work, because that's what they do, but everyone is a volunteer.)

Here's to ANOTHER 50 WMBR!

Tune In, Turn On…

Here is a gallery from WMBR's years:

WMBR celebrates 50 years on the air

Friday, April 08, 2011


Jon Keller weighs in on Jay Severins departure...

Jon Keller weighs in on Jay Severins departure...

WTKK Fires Controversial Radio Show Host Jay Severin « CBS Boston

Looks like Severin's lawyers will be seeking to be paid for the remainder of the contract.

Sunday, April 03, 2011


Severin fired by WTKK

UPDATE 4/6/11: Jay Severin had been a talk host at WTKK since 1999 when they launched the format; now he is gone, replaced, for now, by Mike Bower. He has had a rocky relationship with the station over the past few years, from comments some found offensive to getting on the wrong side of Don Imus. Now he has been let go, despite two years remaining on his contract.

Greater Media has the press release
. While recent comments about sexual relations with his own employees,
years ago, may have triggered the firing (thus falling into a lack of "civility"
as Greater called it), it's no secret his ratings have been suffering and he had a big contract. They had reportedly tried to rid themselves of the contract two
years ago.

Saturday, April 02, 2011


Radio Free Europe PSA - 1971

You might remember this...

(I still think of this PSA whenever I hear "On Broadway" play anywhere.)

Thursday, March 31, 2011


WGBH/PBS Excesses.....

Howie Carr wrote this column, but it only appeared in the New York Post, so in case you didn't see it...

Beantown poster child for PBS excess

Saturday, March 26, 2011


‘BZ traffic reporter Joe Morgan retiring

Jessica Heslam had this article on the retirement of WBZ's Joe Morgan.

‘BZ traffic reporter Joe Morgan retiring

Friday, March 25, 2011

Folks might be interested in this article about Bob Bittner that appeared in a Maine Sun Journal. Bob runs WJIB in Cambridge, and also WJTO in Maine.

Is this every radio man's dream? To run his own station, play anything he wants, not worry about commercials?

I think Bob is becoming the new Simon Geller!

Go back in time with Bob: beautiful music, no ads, down-to-earth advice

Wednesday, February 09, 2011



That's all I had to say, and you knew you who I was talking about. ;-)

What's he up to? After a quick stint on the Oldies 103.3 morning show with Karen Blake, he is doing a 1PM to 3PM show on WTPL "The Pulse" in New Hampshire. (I assume he is doing it from home?)

You can listen live online. Anyone hear it yet? Comments?

Bob Lobel lands New Hampshire radio station gig

While Boston sports radio talk titans battle it out, Hub media icon Bob Lobel is taking to the airwaves north of the border, landing a gig on a New Hampshire radio station. WTPL-FM “The Pulse” (107.7).

He is also doing a once a week show WXKS AM1200 "RushRadio" with Upton Bell.

He is also doing a show called "New England Sports Legends" on channel 50 in Derry NH.

Sunday, February 06, 2011


Federal funding for public broadcasting?

Alex Beam recently weighed in on the subject of federal funding non-comm broadcasting in the US, and it's affect in Boston

A public debate: Local stations WBUR and WGBH might actually be better off if the government withdraws funding

First, WBUR. The radio station receives $1.3 million in CPB funding, toward a total budget of around $21 million. That is about 6 percent. “That’s modest compared to the overall operation,’’ says newly appointed general manger Charles Kravetz.

Modest? Apparently it's enough to pay for WBUR's recent billboard campaign and their recently television advertisements.

There was a recent story about the tax credit we give to have movies made in Boston, and apparently the money from the tax credits simply goes to the monster stars salaries.

I can't help but think it's strange that CPB gives WBUR $1.3 million, at the same time they have extra money to spend on things like a billboard and television campaign.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011


Ratings are in....

OK, get out the charts and graphs!

The ratings for Boston's "Holiday" book are in!

Here are the 6+ overall ratings.

Jessica Heslam at the Herald has some insight into the targeted 25-54 demographic.

The Holiday Radio Ratings Rundown

After acknowledging WROR's and WODS's surge due to playing all Christmas music, my initial comment is to note how badly the talk stations are doing in Boston. (Yes, I know December typically isn't a great month for talkradio, but C'mon!)

WTKK is in NINETEENTH place?

WRKO is in TWENTY-THIRD place? (Ties with Emerson's WERS!)

WKXS "RushRadio" AM-1200 has not picked up any traction, even with the top 3 voices in syndicated talkradio (Beck, Hannity & Rush.)

Wasn't Boston a great place for talkradio at one time?

Saturday, January 22, 2011


McPhee from WTKK to WRKO

Back in the Fall, WTKK decided not to renew Michelle McPhee's contract. Since then they have not named a replacement, but have been filling the night spot with part-time and rotating hosts. Some wonder if WTKK is dialing back it's expence and committment to have a local host in the evenings.

It didn't take long before WRKO decided she would be a good fit, when they let loose Charlie Manning and put Michelle into the 1PM to 3PM weekday time slot.

Manning out - McPhee in - at WRKO

Charlie Manning, while politically knowledgable, did not have the most charisma on the air....something that was probably needed to replace Rush Limbaugh when he moved to WXKS.

Michelle, is one of the hardest working people in Boston media. She speaks her mind, and upsets a lot of people along the way.

I am glad to see WRKO doing local programming in that slot....istead of turning it over to more syndication.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Boston's not rushing to listen to "Rush Radio"

Who said that? Not me!!! ;-)

An article on Radio-Info did!

Boston's not rushing to listen to "Rush Radio"

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


November Ratings....

November ratings for Boston radio came out last week.

The 6+ (listeners 6 years and older) ratings are here.

The big story coming out of these ratings were how well WBZ-FM (98.5FM The Sports Hub) sport format did against longtime sports station WEEI (850AM).

WBZ-FM's The Sports Hub is only 16 months old, and for a long time WEEI had the format (and the ratings) to itself.

The Boston Herald's Jessica Heslam had this blog post on Thursday:

“98.5 The Sports Hub” scores best ratings yet

And then this story on Friday:

Sports Hub scores big in radio ratings race

Saturday, December 04, 2010


All Christmas....All Hanukkah!

University of Massachusetts Boston's WUMB is now offerring an all Hanukkah channel!

WUMB - 24/7 MUSIC STREAMS: Hanukkah Music

Friday, December 03, 2010


Radio funny man gave vets a reason to smile

The Herald's Joe Fitzgerald wrote this piece on WROR's Loren Owens.

(Also, WROR flipped to all Christmas music on November 18th.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Jackie Ankeles back on North Shore Radio

WNBP AM 1450 in Newburyport has
announced the return of former WBOQ DJ Jacky Ankeles, who will be
on air weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting today, October 18.
Ankeles had been with WBOQ for 22 years but was suddenly let go,
and could only say goodbye to her "Northshore 104.9" listeners via
a piece for the Salem News.

Ankeles is active in the community and had gone through some format
changes at WBOQ (classical to swing to "good time favorites"). Now
she is at "The Legends". WNBP's site shows some of the artists
they feature--the Beatles, Tony Bennett, Bette Midler, Ray Charles, Nat King Cole,
Linda Ronstadt, Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon, etc

Friday, October 15, 2010


Suburban WCAP charging politicians for on-air interview

There has been some surprise noted in some of the newspapers that WCAP charges politicians for on-air political interviews.

I don't know if this is a big deal or not. Stations have always charged for advertising, mostly :60 & :30 spots. Should it be any different when a station sells time for an interview in a longer form? As long as the station is up front about it.

I know stations are going through a tough time, especially AM stations, especially local suburban stations, especially stations that attempt to be local.

Here is Wicked Local Watertown's story:

Talk radio station charging Massachusetts politicians for interviews

Iannuzzi and the owner of station WCAP, AM 980, say there’s nothing unusual about selling airtime on a weekly talk show, but media critic and Northeastern University journalism professor Dan Kennedy says it sounds unorthodox to him.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Opie and Anthony....(update)

(See update below)

For those following the careers of former WAAF jocks Opie and Anthony, their contract talks with XM are coming down to the deadline.

Opie & Anthony contract talks don't look hopeful>

Everyone knows the current radio landscape has changed. Those who signed for "big bucks" a few years back are getting an "adjustment" to the new marketplace.

Also, now that Sirius and XM have merged, there is no competitor to negotiate against. I don't know what their current salary is now (does anyone know?), but I assume they are making more than they would at a local station in Boston or NYC.

Also, when they originated their current deal, they weren't in the best negotiating position....having had to sit out a non-compete, and the "Sex for Sam" promotional debacle.

They may have to get a painful salary haircut, but I hope they stay on Sirius/XM. It would probably be the best thing for their career.

Update: Complaining all the way, Opie & Anthony renew with Sirius XM at the last instant.

It was 5:40 Friday (10/1) morning, in the case of Opie (Gregg Hughes), who says “as soon as I signed, they ran away like [expletive] rats.” He isn’t happy about the terms (“I'm beyond pissed”). So was this the much-rumored draconian cut in pay, causing him and Anthony Cumia to file for Medicaid? Nope. Opie says the deal is “about the same” as the one that expired last week. His problem is that "the original deal was mediocre, so this is mediocre.” In today’s market, objectively, you’d have to say they probably did just fine. Opie further grumbled on Friday’s show about Sirius XM being “the only game in town”, so the personalities had almost no leverage (“they got all their points, we got nothing”). Anthony signed his own deal late Thursday night, so they’re presumably back on satellite radio’s “Virus” channel for another couple of years – griping about life, and their treatment relative to “the guy down the hall”, meaning Howard Stern. Opie says Stern's “going to be offered a ridiculous amount of money to stay here.”

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Trying a survey.....

Actually the above text should say: "Got a second?"

I am posting a survey as a test. There's only one take it! ;-)



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Saturday, September 18, 2010


Copyrights and royalties in small private venues...

Here's something to think about this weekend.

It's getting to the point where if you are walking down the street humming a song, someone might pop out of nowhere and ask you to pay a royalty.

Pay to play: Strict enforcement of copyrights jeopardizing live music in small venues

" the mid-1990s ASCAP bowed to public outcry after attempting to collect licensing fees from the Girl Scouts for singing campfire songs. (They now charge the scouts a symbolic $1 a year.)"

“The song ‘Happy Birthday’ is covered by copyright. Where do you draw the line?’’


All Catholic WQOM 1060 AM debuts

On September 16, a day after papers were passed, new owners took over
WBIX AM 1060 in Natick. Now they are broadcasting all Catholic radio
as "The Station of the Cross" with sister stations in Buffalo and Rochester, NY. They will soon have the call letters WQOM, for "Queen of Mercy".
It was formerly all business news radio.

The station is due to upgrade their day and night power soon with a construction permit. For now, they may be operating at reduced power. On its first day the station featured a recitation of the Rosary and programs like "Calling All Catholics". Ironically enough the station is licensed to Natick, MA, hometown of Boston College football legend Doug Flutie--he of the "Hail Mary" pass!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


WRKO adds informercial in middays...

has cut an hour of Charlie Manning's midday show by one hour, to make room for a 1 hour of purchased air time by Barry Armstrong. (I had heard this was an infomercial where Armstrong buys the time....if that is incorrect please let me know.)

Armstrong owns WBNW, which aired his program as well as on a few other stations. He had a weekend spot on WRKO. Both will come to an end as he concentrates on his WRKO midday hour.

Now Charlie Manning isn't exactly setting the world on fire, so on one hand, who can blame WRKO for making some cash come in the door.....but I think this marks the first time they have an actual infomercial or "paid program" on weekdays during the day.

WRKO’s Manning loses hour to new biz show

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


Interview: Howard Lapides...

Okay, I'm not sure I had heard of Howard Lapides before reading this interview. He worked at WMEX, WEIM, and attended Emerson College.

In this article he tells stories, offers insights and gives advice and has a lot to say about the business.

He's got some great WMEX stories (doesn't everyone?)!

The Grub Street Interview
Howard Lapides: Media Maven

Thursday, September 02, 2010


Tough time for employees at WGBH?

There used to be an anecdotal comment you would hear from time to time....that the "non-profit" and "non-comm" WGBH had more money to spend that the "for profit" media organizations.

Looks like employees at 'GBH are getting hit by the recession as well...

WGBH Asking for Cuts as Contract Talks with Largest Union Begin
Cost savings part of broader overhaul sought by broadcaster

WGBH’s proposed changes reflect ever-increasing pressure on on public broadcasters as sponsorships, donations, and endowments have declined in the down economy. Last year, for example, WGBH cut about two dozen jobs, and implemented wage freezes and unpaid furloughs to reduce costs. Its endowment has fallen from $50 million last year to $28 million. WGBH had 170,000 members this year, on par with last year’s membership.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Remember Ken "Muck" Meyer?

Many remember Larry Glick's producer Ken "Muck" Meyer who became a radio personality in his own right. Dr. George Pollard of the Grub Street Interview caught up with Ken, who tells his story, and has an awful lot to say about radio!

A tad long (I had to read it in two sittings), but very interesting!

The Grub Street Interview

Ken Meyer: Muck-made Meyer

Saturday, August 21, 2010


The Sports Hub is one year old.....

The honeymoon is over and WBZ-FM, Boston's Sports Hub 98.5, just marked it's one year on the air with the FM sports format on FM. They have made some inroads into the sports talk scene....and has some impact on WEEI.

The Globe had this article:

WEEI, WBZ fighting for sports talk victories

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


Imus turns 70....

(Note: Link below fixed)

Locally WTKK has trimmed his show back to only 2 hours (5-7AM)....but it appears that the Don Imus is still going strong at age 70.

The New York Daily News had this article:

Radio's famous bad boy Don Imus turns 70, spends time raising money for Imus Ranch, cancer research

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Yelping about radio?

Listeners review area radio stations?

Looks like that's what they're doing on Yelp!

Take a look at the reviews below for WMBR.

Yelp!: WMBR 88.1 FM

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