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    #179369

    ;A post on radiodiscussions–someone heard Kuhner say iHR gave him a 1 yr contract and says he could go national (he was saying the latter 2 yrs ago).If so what about Rush (some have predicted Rush back to 680)..do they move Rush, Sean etc to 1200? Or does Premiere put Kuhner on in their 6 p slot nationally or who knows what?Time will tell come the new year.</p> As for doing shows from Medford, WRKO does facebook live and podcasts on their facebook page and you can see VB and a fill in host in a different room .

    All the uplinks for various shows are going thru Medford as of this week. The hosts may very well be in Brighton for a bit.

    I confirmed again. As far as their weekday local hosts are concerned, they’re in Medford. Some of the weekend shows may still be working out of Brighton. The support staff including sales are now also in Medford.

    Strike everything from the record in my prior posts about WRKO. I got led astray by incorrect information. I apologize for confusion.

    Ah, you know the rule…when a source burns you….you burn them and expose them!  😉
    (BTW…that was the topic on “On the Media” this past weekend….what do you do when a source leads you astray.)

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    #179717

    I can’t recall whether it was at 8:30 or 9:00, but this morning ‘RKO completely skipped their news and played a recording of Sean Hannity promoting the IHeartRadio Music Awards for several minutes.

    If it was the bottom of the hour, it was really no loss since their news on the half hour has been maxing out at 4 sentences in the last few months.  I’ve even noticed that it was as little as 2 sentences in some cases.


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    #179752

    I can’t recall whether it was at 8:30 or 9:00, but this morning ‘RKO completely skipped their news and played a recording of Sean Hannity promoting the IHeartRadio Music Awards for several minutes. If it was the bottom of the hour, it was really no loss since their news on the half hour has been maxing out at 4 sentences in the last few months. I’ve even noticed that it was as little as 2 sentences in some cases.

    When Phil Zachary was still in charge at Entercom-Boston, before we knew Entercom would not get to keep WRKO and never really get its mits on WBZ, I used to e-mail ‘RKO and point out their on-air production gaffes – dead air extending into minutes, colliding commercials, recycled newscasts from the previous afternoon. I have to say things got fixed rather nicely and the gaffes were reduced sharply. I suspect it was, of course, due to their automation system (“Entercom happens!”). But, as I said, I’m quite sure he was responsible for the not insignificant tightening up of production and improvements in their on-air sound.
    That was then, this is now.
    And we’re back to what I used to gripe about. But Phil is no longer there to do anything about it.

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    #179754

    I can’t recall whether it was at 8:30 or 9:00, but this morning ‘RKO completely skipped their news and played a recording of Sean Hannity promoting the IHeartRadio Music Awards for several minutes.

    Wait… WHAT??? Why would Hannity be a part of that musical vanity project for iHeart?

    If it was the bottom of the hour, it was really no loss since their news on the half hour has been maxing out at 4 sentences in the last few months. I’ve even noticed that it was as little as 2 sentences in some cases.

    Is Total Traffic still handling WRKO’s newscasts?

    I’ve heard bottom of the hour newscasts on other talk stations be as brief as a minute. But two sentences? Ridiculous.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


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    #179755

    I can’t recall whether it was at 8:30 or 9:00, but this morning ‘RKO completely skipped their news and played a recording of Sean Hannity promoting the IHeartRadio Music Awards for several minutes.

    Wait… WHAT??? Why would Hannity be a part of that musical vanity project for iHeart?

    If it was the bottom of the hour, it was really no loss since their news on the half hour has been maxing out at 4 sentences in the last few months. I’ve even noticed that it was as little as 2 sentences in some cases.

    Is Total Traffic still handling WRKO’s newscasts? I’ve heard bottom of the hour newscasts on other talk stations be as brief as a minute. But two sentences? Ridiculous.

    My understanding is that Total Traffic pre-records the newscasts broadcast by WRKO so that they can be inserted exactly where “the machine” says they should be.
    I, too, have heard some VERY short newscasts on ‘RKO at the bottom of the hour. This is not anything new.
    But for a talk station, it’s not good. Almost all talk stations work off of current events, aka “news”.

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    #179757

    ;A post on radiodiscussions–someone heard Kuhner say iHR gave him a 1 yr contract and says he could go national (he was saying the latter 2 yrs ago).If so what about Rush (some have predicted Rush back to 680)..do they move Rush, Sean etc to 1200? Or does Premiere put Kuhner on in their 6 p slot nationally or who knows what?Time will tell come the new year.

    Kuhner is a rising syndicated star in his own mind. Probably was boasting the same thing when he was a host on WTNT/570 in Washington DC a decade ago.

    The safest thing to do is to move Kuhner to late mornings (and remaining a local show), move Rush to WRKO middays, and turn 1200 over to Barry Armstrong outright. Everyone wins.

    Recorded in Ultra Stereo, the ultimately superior cousin to Normal Stereo!


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    #179763

    Jeff Lawrence says iHeartRadio pulled the plug on the WRKO Sat Night oldies party.”We had a good run, thanks for listening!”(twitter)


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    #181871

    Is IHeart going to do anything with WRKO —or just let it rot?   Daytime programming is stale, their web site is incredibly vague and generic and doesn’t even acknowledge a couple of their weekday shows.  Too good a signal and legacy to just rot imo.


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    #181873

    Is IHeart going to do anything with WRKO —or just let it rot? Daytime programming is stale, their web site is incredibly vague and generic and doesn’t even acknowledge a couple of their weekday shows. Too good a signal and legacy to just rot imo.

    Now, now, nifty, you and I both know we’re not supposed to insinuate anything negative about iHeart; their ardent devotees will come right at us. But I do have to agree with you on their bland-as-white-bread websites; WRKO’s old Entercom site was far better than what it now is. And don’t get me started on how WBZ’s is faring.
    The writer of an article in Forbes magazine (link below) strongly suggests that with iHeart in bankruptcy, they will likely spin off many, many “under-performing” stations, as well as stations in markets where they see little growth. The writer goes on to say their posturing that “it’s business as usual” is merely to quell panic at their stations, especially to keep talent from bailing. Frankly, what the writer says makes sense to me, especially if a cleaner, leaner iHeart is to emerge from Chap. 11.
    WRKO indeed has both too good a signal and a legacy to just let rot.
    But, hey, I suppose we need to give these champions of the radio industry a chance – uh, right?

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    #181875

    Is IHeart going to do anything with WRKO —or just let it rot? Daytime programming is stale, their web site is incredibly vague and generic and doesn’t even acknowledge a couple of their weekday shows. Too good a signal and legacy to just rot imo.

    Now, now, nifty, you and I both know we’re not supposed to insinuate anything negative about iHeart; their ardent devotees will come right at us.

    You can have any opinion you want….(and I don’t think there are too many “ardent devotees”…just people who want to shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes.)

    However, WRKO (and WBZ) have not really been “re-tooled” as of yet.

    Heck, WRKO is still a newbie in the iHeart kingdom.

    There are a lot of personnel, management, contracts, and programming issues that need time to work their way to the point where you hear changes.

    WRKO was run pretty badly by Entercom. I have high hopes that iHeart will have a better vision of what can be a viable WRKO.

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    #181880

    Is IHeart going to do anything with WRKO —or just let it rot? Daytime programming is stale, their web site is incredibly vague and generic and doesn’t even acknowledge a couple of their weekday shows. Too good a signal and legacy to just rot imo.

    iHeart can’t really do any more with WRKO than they already have. Howie effectively pays for his own airtime, Kuhner gets zero promotion and attention (despite his ridiculous dreams of being a syndicated star… sorry, Jeff) and there’s no way WRKO will go live/local in evenings because WBZ. That Rush wasn’t moved back to 680 said a lot… although to be fair, 1200 is enough of a hot mess in their own right.

    WKRO was in a bad position anyway with Entercom due to WEEI getting all the attention and resources, so this was almost predestined.

    The writer of an article in Forbes magazine (link below) strongly suggests that with iHeart in bankruptcy, they will likely spin off many, many “under-performing” stations, as well as stations in markets where they see little growth. The writer goes on to say their posturing that “it’s business as usual” is merely to quell panic at their stations, especially to keep talent from bailing. Frankly, what the writer says makes sense to me, especially if a cleaner, leaner iHeart is to emerge from Chap. 11.
    WRKO indeed has both too good a signal and a legacy to just let rot.
    But, hey, I suppose we need to give these champions of the radio industry a chance – uh, right?

    In order for a sell-off, you need buyers. And there are none… at least those that would meet the asking price any iHeart cluster would command. No one is going to just let the radio stations go for pennies on the dollar… rather, expect the total opposite.

    Scripps wants out of radio, Cox is considering selling all of radio but Atlanta and Dayton, Alpha Media has gone stagnant after a buying spree of their own a few years ago, Steel City’s parent company went bankrupt on Tuesday, and Cumulus is messed up in their own right… the market couldn’t be any worse if you want to sell.

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    #181897

    Nathan, at least the web site promotes Kuhner and Howie. Are the new owners treating Financial Exchange as a paid ad rather than promotable content?  What do you think timetables are on IHeart implimenting a new viable strategy for WRKO?  Or will they?So far it’s just an assumption of what Entercom handed them.


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    #181900

    What do you think timetables are on IHeart implimenting a new viable strategy for WRKO?

    My guess? 1 year. The first year is assessing the lay of the land, getting research and other data needed to make some decisions.


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    #181901
    In order for a sell-off, you need buyers. And there are none… at least those that would meet the asking price any iHeart cluster would command. No one is going to just let the radio stations go for pennies on the dollar… rather, expect the total opposite. Scripps wants out of radio, Cox is considering selling all of radio but Atlanta and Dayton, Alpha Media has gone stagnant after a buying spree of their own a few years ago, Steel City’s parent company went bankrupt on Tuesday, and Cumulus is messed up in their own right… the market couldn’t be any worse if you want to sell.
    So, Nathan, with the big boys (excluding Entercom) in bankruptcy, and several other owners’ wanting out of radio, where does that leave the industry? Would you speculate that some stations from these various owners could actually go dark for good?
    Oh – David Field made the point just before his company got its mitts on CBS Radio that the latter’s stations had been neglected, as CBS Corporate was occupied elsewhere. Well, as you rightfully point out, WRKO also has been neglected to some extent for years under Entercom, while WEEI got all the lovin’. Just sayin’.

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    #181971

    No changes to WRKO’s afternoon drive for at least next 3 years.

    IHEARTMEDIA BOSTON ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM AGREEMENT WITH THE HOWIE CARR SHOW ON WRKO

    Boston, MA – March 27, 2018 – iHeartMedia Boston announced today a new long-term agreement with the Howie Carr Show on WRKO – AM 680, effective immediately.

    Howie Carr has been on the air at WRKO for more than 20 years and is a legendary broadcaster, American journalist, author, and conservative talk show host with strong, passionate New England fans. The Howie Carr show broadcasts from 3 – 7 p.m. on weekdays.

    “iHeart is the gold standard of talk radio in America,” said Howie Carr. “I am so happy to be associated with the best company in the industry.”

    “We are so glad to have Howie with our iHeart family here in Boston,” said Alan Chartrand, President iHeartMedia Boston Region. “Howie is a staple in this market and we are excited to have his brand be a part of the iHeartMedia Boston team.”

    “Howie Carr is a trusted friend to Boston listeners,” said Dylan Sprague, Senior Vice President of Programing for iHeartMedia’s Boston Region. “We’re thrilled he will continue on WRKO for many more years to come.”

    iHeartMedia is the leading media outlet in the Boston market with multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; live events; data; and its digital businesses and platforms, including mobile, social and its own iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service – with more than 1.7 billion app downloads and 110 million registered users.

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