Update 8/13: As we stated previously, Clear Channel used the new integration with 24/7 Comedy to debut “Matty’s Comedy 1200” at 8:30am following a “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT” during the morning show of “Kiss 108“.
Using the market leading stature of Kiss and morning host Matty Siegel to give attention to the new format, Siegel and comedian Lenny Clarke (another Boston fixture) introduced the new format on both stations. Imaging on Comedy 1200 uses Siegel to give a face to the new brand. Listen to the launch of Comedy 1200 at FormatChange.com.
Update 8/12: Add a few more domains for 1200 that give a clearer picture on the integration the new format will have in the cluster: MattyComedy1200.com, MattysComedy1200.com, and MattsComedy1200.com. Matty would be Matty Siegel, the longtime morning host at sister CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM who just happens to be promoting a “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT” on Monday at 8:30am.
Original Report 8/10: Following Monday’s purge of programming at Clear Channel’s “Talk 1200” WXKS Boston, the station dropped its format completely today.
Now stunting as “Gaffe 1200“, the station is running clips of bloopers from political speeches and newscasts. Gaffe1200.com and a second domain Comedy1200.com were registered today and redirect to the station’s site.
The Comedy format as produced by 24/7 Comedy has produced good ratings on translators in Austin and Kansas City and AM’s in Norfolk and Raleigh among others. The network was independently owned and distributed by Cumulus Media, however its web properties were transferred to Clear Channel’s Premiere Radio Networks today. We are awaiting word on the ownership status.
Also in Boston, Liberal Talker 1510 WWZN has replaced much of its brokered programming with Yahoo! Sports Radio. The domain 1510nbcsportsradioboston.com was registered by the management of the station on August 3. The NBC Sports Radio Network is due to launch on September 4. Will WWZN be one of the inaugural stations for the network?