Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Lawrence/Boston MA has announced its replacements for former Program Director Kevin Graham. Joe Zarbano has been promoted from Assistant PD to PD overseeing all audio content for WEEI-FM, the WEEI Sports Radio Network, the Boston Red Sox Radio Network and “ESPN 850” WEEI. Zarbano has been with the station for nine years starting as an intern. Ben Kichen has been promoted to Executive Producer from Senior Producer, while Entercom Boston Director of Integrated Marketing Strategies Carlson Mozdiez will become Director of Operations for Entercom Boston with a focus on managing WEEI.com. Culminating a six-month search for its next program director, Sports Radio WEEI has instead created a new program leadership team from its in-house talent bench. Current...Read More
One of the longest running morning duo in Boston radio history is coming to an end. Wally Brine has announced his final show on Beasley Media Classic Hits 105.7 WROR-FM Framingham will be on Friday, December 16. Brine has teamed with Loren Owens since 1982 through multiple formats on 105.7 (AC WVBF, Country WCLB/WKLB, and since 1996 Classic Hits WROR). Prior to coming to Boston the year prior, Brine spent a decade working at multiple stations in Portland ME. He is the son of Providence market legend Salty Brine. Loren Owens and co-hosts Lauren Beckham Falcone and Hank Morse will continue in mornings following Brine’s retirement. Beasley Media Group, Inc, as subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced the retirement of Wally Brine. Oh Boy… This was such a tough decision....Read More
One of the few and longest running synchronous AM operations could be coming to an end.
Beasley Media is taking Brokered 1330 WRCA Watertown/Boston MA off the air on Tuesday, November 15. In the STA filing made to the FCC, Beasley states that WRCA will be dark for over 30 days as the station moves its studios into the former Greater Media complex in the market. The timing will also allow Beasley to complete construction of 106.1 W291CZ Boston as it completes its move from 94.1 Utica NY. The new 99w/244m signal will operate from the John Hancock tower in downtown Boston. WRCA currently features a mix of Ethnic and Religious programming.
With the AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period set to expire at the end of this month, there has been a slight uptick in applications trying to get in before the deadline. In one such case, Saga Communications is cleverly extending the 250 mile limit to improve their status in two markets.
Entercom News/Talk 680 WRKO Boston has promoted Michael Czarnecki to Program Director. Czarnecki joined WRKO as OM/APD in September 2015. He previously has programmed iHeartMedia Country “Kix 100.9” WRNX Springfield MA and Bicoastal Media CHR “107.5 Kiss-FM” KIFS Medford OR. He has also worked as a part-time on-air host at WAAF, WFNX, and WBMX in Boston. Entercom has announced that Michael Czarnecki has been elevated to program director of WRKO in Boston. He assumes the role after spending the last 15 months as assistant program director and operations manager of the heritage news and talk station. Previously he was assistant program director at iHeart Media’s WHYN-FM and WRNX-FM in Springfield, MA. He’s also held on-air and programming positions in Bost...Read More
Station Sales Radio-One is divesting Brokered Chinese 1090 WILD Boston to Radio Boston Broadcasting for $888,326.16. The $15,000 per month LMA fees that the company has paid since December 2013 will go towards the purchase price. Radio Boston Broadcasting is owned by James Su’s Universal Broadcasting with a 78% stake and John & Greg Douglas’ AIM Broadcasting with a 22% stake. WILD airs programming from China Radio International. Shelby Broadcast Associates is spinning its recently acquired Silent 950 WNZZ and 94.1 W231DF Montgomery AL to Roscoe Miller’s Autaugaville Radio for $215,000. Shelby had just purchased WNZZ from Cumulus’ Joule Broadcasting Trust for $55,000. Spencer Travis Hickman is acquiring a pair of Chattanooga market AMs. Charles Rodgers’ St...Read More
John Dennis is stepping down as co-host of Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Boston’s “Dennis & Callahan” morning show. While Dennis has been off the air in recent weeks due to a reported feud with co-host Kirk Minihane and a deteriorating relationship with longtime co-host Gerry Callahan, the announcement from WEEI states his departure is for medical reasons. Dennis’ contract was set to run until September 2017. Following a twenty year career as a television sportscaster in the Boston market, Dennis and Gerry Callahan joned 850 WEEI for middays in 1997 and moved to mornings in 1999 replacing Don Imus’ syndicated talker. In 2007 the pair were in negotiations with competitors that almost led to Greater Media’s 92.9 WBOS and Nassau’s 99.5 WCRB flippi...Read More
Beasley Media is adding an additional FM signal in Boston with the purchase of the CP for 106.1 W291CZ Boston from Radio-One for $400,000. Radio-One had just purchased the former 94.1 W231BI Utica NY from Educational Media Foundation earlier this year for $40,000 and used the AM Revitalization Waiver to bring it to Boston where it was to rebroadcast 1090 WILD. Beasley will instead apply to have the translator rebroadcast their Brokered 1330 WRCA Watertown. The translator is licensed to operate with 99w/222m from the Prudential Tower in downtown Boston. It will give Beasley an additional FM to go along with the five FMs it will be acquiring from Greater Media.
Greater Media Alternative “Radio 92.9” WBOS Brookline/Boston rebranded this morning as “Alt 92.9“. The change comes to better represent what the station is and plays. It had previously been branding itself with the very broad “90s To Now”. To help solidify the changes, Alt 92.9 will promote 60 minute commercial-free blocks after every stopset. Greater Media has solidified the Alternative music position on WBOS-FM by rebranding the station as ALT 92.9 in Boston. “ALT 92.9 will still deliver Boston’s Best Alternative Music that listeners have come to expect from the dial position and bring a solid identity to both the format and the station,” said Greater Media Boston Vice President and Market Manager Mary Menna. “We are passionate ...Read More
Entercom Sports 93.7 WEEI-FM Lawrence/Boston is making a change in nights. After eleven years in the 6-10pm slot, “Planet Mikey” with Mikey Adams has been cancelled with Adams exiting the station. Boston.com reports that the station will not immediately fill the vacancy as the station has Boston Red Sox baseball on most nights at least through the end of September. Entercom Boston Market Manager Phil Zachary told Boston.com that, “We made a tough call on Mike but, at the same time, we feel there are some innovative opportunities we’d like to explore over the next few months. As you know, WEEI has extensively–and successfully–revamped every major weekday show over the last three years. The time is right to extend that thinking to nights.”
FM Changes A pair of Boise market stations are on the move. Radio Rancho’s Regional Mexican “106.3 La Gran D” KDBI Homedale ID is applying to move to 106.5 with no changes to its 100kW/313m facilities. KDBI seeks a waiver in making the move in that it believes it would better serve the public interest being third adjacent to both Townsquare Media’s 105.9 KCIX Boise and Scripps’ 107.1 KTHI Caldwell than being second adjacent to KCIX. Impact Radio Rhythmic CHR “Wild 101.1” KWYD Parma applies for a new tower site closer to the population center while downgrading from a Class C0 to C1 with 100kW/194m. KSE Radio Ventures Classic Hits “Kool 105.1” KXKL-FM Denver applies to move to the new tower of sister 100.3 KIMN. KXKL-FM will downgrade fro...Read More