iHeartMedia has appointed Robert Sanchez as Vice President of News/Talk/Sports for its Boston cluster overseeing Conservative Talk 680 WRKO, News 1030 WBZ, and Conservative Talk “Talk 1200” WXKS. Sanchez joins iHeartMedia from Entercom Washington DC where he currently serves as Operations Manager/Program Director for Regional Mexican “El Zol 107.9” WLZL. He first came to Washington to launch “All News 99.1” WNEW in 2012 after twelve years at 880 WCBS New York where he rose to Assistant Director of News & Programming. While in Washington, Sanchez also oversaw the build of the ConnectingVets.com platform. Sanchez fills the opening at WBZ created by the exit of Peter Casey in November 2017 following the spin-off of the station from CBS Radio to iHeartM...[Read More]
iHeartMedia has made its first change at News 1030 WBZ Boston. As first reported by Northeast Radio Watch’s Scott Fybush, Peter Casey has exited his position as Director of News and Programming that he has held since 1996. Casey first joined WBZ in 1993 as Assistant Program Director before rising to his now former position. His entire career has been spent in Boston including two terms at 850 WHDH and time in television. Current Assistant Program Director Bill Flaherty will serve as Interim Program Director. Boston Radio Watch adds a portion of the memo sent out by iHeartMedia Boston SVP/Programming Dylan Sprague today, while Dan Kennedy includes the full version.
iHeartMedia has reached an agreement with SAG-AFTRA to retain all of the staffers at News/Talk 1030 WBZ Boston. As first reported by the Boston Herald, the agreement states that iHeart “agrees to recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining representative for all full-time and regular part-time announcers, producers, editors, writers and production assistants employed by WBZ-AM. The Employer agrees to offer employment to all current union represented employees of WBZ-AM who are listed on the attached exhibit at their current salary or hourly rate of pay.” iHeartMedia is expected to begin operating WBZ via LMA around November 17 when the Entercom/CBS Radio merger closes. Original Report 11/6: Will all current employeed at soon-to-be iHeartMedia News/Talk 1030 WBZ Boston be forced t...[Read More]
In the third spin-off announced as part of its DOJ settlement, Entercom will trade its remaining Boston and Seattle spin-offs to iHeartMedia for their clusters in Richmond VA and Chattanooga TN. iHeartMedia will receive CBS Radio’s News/Talk 1030 WBZ, Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX and Entercom’s Talk 680 WRKO and Urban AC “The New 97.7” WKAF in Boston and Variety Hits 96.5 Jack-FM” KJAQ, Classic Rock 102.5 KZOK, Sports “CBS Sports 1090” KFNQ in Seattle. In exchange Entercom will receive the following ten stations: Chattanooga: Variety Hits “98.1 The Lake” WLND, Country “US 101” 100.7 WUSY, CHR “103.7 Kiss-FM” WKXJ, and Rock “Rock 105” 105.5 WRXR as well as Urban “Real 96.1” W241AF/WUSY-HD2. Rich...[Read More]
In order to complete its merger with CBS Radio, Entercom has agreed to divest sixteen stations in order to ensure regulatory approval. In a memo sent to CBS Radio employees CEO Andre Fernandez revealed that the following stations will be divested: Boston: CBS Radio’s News/Talk 1030 WBZ, Sports “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM, Classic Rock 100.7 WZLX and Entercom’s Talk 680 WRKO and Urban AC “The New 97.7” WKAF. San Francisco: CBS Radio CHR “99.7 Now” KMVQ and Entercom AC 96.5 KOIT, Classic Rock “98.5 K-Fox” KUFX, and Urban AC 102.9 KBLX. Sacramento: CBS Radio’s AC “Mix 96” 96.1 KYMX, Hot AC “Now 100.5” KZZO, Country 105.1 KNCI, and Sports 1140 KHTK Seattle: CBS Radio’s Variety Hits “96.5 Jack...[Read More]
The Radio Research Consortium, the non-profit firm that makes Arbitron listening data available to non-commercial stations, has produced a detailed study highlighting the effect of the bombing and capture of the suspect on radio listening in Boston the week of April 15. Among the highlights of the study: Radio Listening in the market was above average for the week, with the exception of the 15th due to the state holiday The three News stations in the market NPR affiliates 89.7 WGBH-FM and 90.9 WBUR, plus CBS’ 1030 WBZ showed huge gains as the week progressed. On Friday, April 19 those three stations were tuned in by 24% of the population The Top 5 music stations in the market had their lowest tune-in rates that week Many NPR News/Talk stations across the country had their highest dai...[Read More]
The radio industry’s response to today’s explosions at the Boston Marathon has been very varied. Shortly after news broke, CBS’ entire cluster began simulcasting the coverage of either News 1030 WBZ or sister WBZ-TV 4. Entercom’s 93.7 WEEI-FM broke in with local coverage following its post-game coverage of the Boston Red Sox game before temporarily simulcasting sister Talk 680 WRKO and then returning to local programming. The remainder of the commercial music stations mostly continued with their normal programming, although the stations that are staffed including Clear Channel’s “Kiss 108” WXKS and “Jam’n 94.5” and Greater Media’s “Country 102.5” WKLB and “Hot 96.9” WBQT were breaking in with updates ...[Read More]