1510 Boston

FCC Report 6/24: WMEX Boston Finds New Home

AM Changes As Marshfield Broadcasting prepares to restore 1510 WMEX Boston, the company has applied to diplex the station with 1260 WBIX Boston. While currently licensed under an STA to operate with 1kW daytime from the WBIX site, WMEX has now applied to operate with 10kW daytime, 2kW critical hours, and 100 watts at night while changing city-of-license to Quincy. The four tower array where WMEX was licensed with 50kW was not included in the sale of the station last year.

Station Sales Week Of 1/19: A Pair Of Boston AMs Sold

After agreeing in December to purchase Silent 1510 WMEX Boston from Daly XXL Communications for $125,000, the contract by Ed Perry’s Marshfield Broadcasting Company has been filed with the FCC. Not included in the deal are the current call letters as the license to use them from 105.9 WMEX-LP Rochester NH was non-transferrable. Also the contract states that the current tower site owner Duffy Associates, LLC has filed a lawsuit against Daly XXL Communications, Ed Perry, and former WMEX owner Blackstrap Broadcasting. International Church of the Grace of God will pay $685,000 to Salem Media for 1260 WBIX Boston. The group began operating the station via LMA on January 8 upon which it dropped the station’s Conservative Talk lineup for Portuguese language programming targeted at Bra...[Read More]

Buyer Found For Silent 1510 WMEX Boston

After no bidders came forward in an auction of Daly XXL’s Silent 1510 WMEX Boston on Friday, Ed Perry’s Marshfield Broadcasting Company agreed to pay $125,000 to purchase the license for the station. The auction on Friday sought a minimum bid of $300,000 plus a ten year lease at $12,000 per month for the station’s current transmitter site. Northeast Radio Watch reports that Perry will need to find a new site for the station as well as new call letters as Daly XXL will retain the WMEX letters albeit with no other station right now to park them on. WMEX went silent at the end of June as its current lease with the tower site owner expired. Perry currently owns Silent 1460 WATD Brockton (with translator CP for 101.1) and Full Service AC 95.9 WATD-FM Marshfield MA. In confirmi...[Read More]

1510 WMEX Goes Silent (For Now)

Daly XXL Communications pulled the plug on Talk 1510 WMEX Boston at the end of June as its transmitter lease expired. Daly XXL began operating WMEX via Time Brokerage Agreement in March 2015 and acquired the station for $175,000 a few months later. Daly XXL’s principles are Mary Catherine and Henry Remmer of Wilmington, NC and her brother Bryan Berner. Berner has served as General Manager of the station and co-host of the Renegade Radio morning show with John Pica. Owner Mary Catherine Remmer told The Patriot Ledger that they are in negotiations with “a couple of potential buyers” and negotiating a new lease for the transmitter site.

Daly XXL Converts WMEX Boston LMA To Purchase

Blackstrap Broadcasting has sold Conservative Talk 1510 WMEX Boston to Daly XXL Communications for $175,000. The buyers have been operating the station via Time Brokerage Agreement since March when the previous TBA with Kevin “Dr. K” Wallis’ Wallis Communications was abruptly ended. Daly XXL is made up of Mary Catherine and Henry Remmer of Wilmington, NC and her brother Bryan Berner, who has served as GM of WMEX under Wallis and Daly XXL. The station most recently made news for rejecting iHeartMedia’s offer to carry Rush Limbaugh. Blackstrap Broadcasting purchased then 1510 WWZN and 620 WSNR Newark, NJ from Rose City Radio in 2007 for $20.5 million. A sale of both stations to Media Americas Corporation in 2011 for $23.46 million never closed. WSNR was then sold last...[Read More]

WMEX Passes On Rush Limbaugh In Boston; Will Anybody Take Him?

With Rush Limbaugh soon to depart Entercom’s 680 WRKO Boston after the company and Premiere Radio Networks failed to reach agreeable terms, Daly XXL Communications has said that it too has passed on picking up the show for its Conservative Talk 1510 WMEX. Daly XXL co-owner Mary Catherine Remmer, who is currently leasing WMEX from Blackstrap Broadcasting, tells the Boston Globe that “He’s been offered to us four times, and we’ve said no.” WMEX has been revamping its lineup with local hosts from 6am to 6pm including YouTuber Joe Ligotti in mornings and former 96.9 WTKK host Michelle McPhee in afternoons. As Fybush.com editor Scott Fybush told the Globe, there are really no good options left in the Boston market for Limbaugh. None of the four large group owners have a logica...[Read More]

Howie Carr Returns To WRKO

After an acrimonious divorce last fall, Howie Carr is quickly returning to Entercom Conservative Talk 680 WRKO Boston. Carr exited WRKO in November and moved to Vanguard Radio Network’s 1510 WMEX. On March 16 Carr will return to his previous home and return to the afternoon slot that has been vacant since his exit. During his previous 20 year run at WRKO, Carr attempted to jump to Greater Media’s now defunct 96.9 WTKK in 2007. After a court ruling forced him back to WRKO after Entercom matched his contract, he was quite vocal in his displeasure over his employer. Yet just four months after leaving Carr is returning back to his long time home. No word on what this move means for the future of 1510 WMEX, where station time broker/morning host Kevin ‘Dr. K’ Wallis is e...[Read More]

Howie Carr Makes Move To WMEX Official

Update 11/15: Carr has made his move to 1510 official and will debut on Monday, November 17 from 3-7pm. Ken Carberry, owner of affiliate 830 WCRN Worcester will handle distribution. All other affiliates carrying the program will retain the show. “All of us here at the new 1510 WMEX are committed to bringing the people of New England the best in talk radio and were thrilled when the opportunity to add Howie’s show to the new lineup here on WMEX’s arose. Howie is an extremely talented radio host, writer and an over all great guy. we are all thrilled to be working with him and look forward bringing personality radio back to the New England area,” said Kevin Wallis CEO of Wallis Communications. 1510 will begin utilizing the WMEX call letters on Monday. To make room for ...[Read More]

WUFC Leased To Vanguard Radio Network

Blackstrap Broadcasting’s 1510 WUFC Boston has been LMA’d to Wallis Communications. The lease was prematurely announced in April and supposed to take effect last Monday, but has now been finalized leading to the dropping of the station’s Sports “Yahoo! Sports Radio 1510” format in favor for a mix of Libertarian Talk and Sports. Wallis also operates 900 WILC Laurel, MD/Washington, DC. Operator Kevin Wallis also hosts mornings as “Dr. K” on the stations. The rest of the new 1510 WUFC lineup includes Glenn Beck from 9am-12pm, Fox Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr from 12-3pm, Alex Jones from 3-6pm, Fox Sports’ JT The Brick from 6-9pm, “Reverend” Bob Levy and Stacey Prussman from 9pm-12am, “CFR” with Bryan Berner from 12-1am, ...[Read More]

How Boston Radio Handled Today’s Bombing Coverage

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]

NBC Sports Radio Reveals Inaugural Affiliates

Launching on Tuesday, September 4, NBC Sports Radio has revealed the list of stations that will carry their programming. The network is launching with three programs that will air from 7pm to 5am Eastern along with sports updates around the clock. As of now, eight stations will air all three programs. They are: 1510 WWZN Boston 640 WMEN Miami 1040 WHBO Tampa 1080 WHOO Orlando 560 WNSR Nashville 560/87.7 WHBQ Memphis 1160 WODY Martinsville VA 103.9 WNTC Drakesboro KY Including those eight the Erik Kuselias show will clear 42 stations at launch. Amani Toomer and Eytan Shander, airing from 10pm to 1am will air on 65 stations, while Dan Schwartzman from 1am to 5am has 13 affiliates. Among the other notable stations carrying some of the longform programming are: Clear Channel’s “Fox...[Read More]

Comedy 1200 Debuts In Boston

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 ...[Read More]