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Robert Sanchez Joins iHeartMedia As Boston VP/NewsTalk

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]

Entercom Trades Boston & Seattle Spin-Offs To iHeartMedia For Richmond & Chattanooga

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]

Entercom Narrows Down 16 Stations To Be Divested To Complete CBS Radio Merger

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]

Michael Czarnecki Promoted To WRKO PD

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]

WRKO Sets New Lineup Following Rush Departure

With Rush Limbaugh moving over to iHeartMedia’s 1430 WKOX on Monday following Entercom’s decision to not renew his contract, Talk 680 WRKO Boston has set their new lineup. Current morning host Jeff Kuhner will move to Limbuagh’s former 12-3pm slot. That will make room for a new morning show in partnership with The Boston Globe’s Boston.com. “The Boston.com Morning Show” will be anchored by longtime Boston television anchor Kim Carrigan, former WEEI morning sidekick Jon Meterparel and producer David Cullinane. Carrigan most recently had been co-hosting WRKO’s “Financial Exchange” with Barry Armstrong from 10am-12pm. The Financial Exchange and Howie Carr from 3-7pm will remain in place. Legacy Boston talk station WRKO has announced a swee...[Read More]

iHeart Makes Talk 1430 Official As Rush Limbaugh’s New Boston Home

iHeartMedia has announced that “Talk 1430” WKOX will debut at 12pm on Monday, June 29. The new station will feature a combination of Premiere Radio Network’s Conservative Talk and Fox Sports Radio programming. The station will air Fox Sports Daybreak from 6-9am, followed by the triumverate of Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. America Now, Mark Levin, and Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis will follow in evenings. iHeartMedia Boston announced today the launch of TALK 1430 WKOX, effective June 29, 2015. WKOX will feature an all-new programming lineup of America’s top talk radio personalities, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, with FOX Sports Radio programming during overnights. The new format will debut at noon on June 29 with The Rush Limbau...[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]

WRKO Boston To Drop Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh is once again to be on the outside looking in at Entercom Talk 680 WRKO Boston. After losing Rush in 2010 to Clear Channels ill-fated “Rush Radio 1200” WXKS, Limbaugh returned to WRKO in August of 2012 following the demise of the competing Conservative Talker. With the three-year syndication agreement coming to a close Premiere Radio Networks and Entercom failed to come to terms on a contract renewal. Premiere released the following statement today regarding the inability to come to terms: We were unable to reach agreeable terms for The Rush Limbaugh Show to continue on WRKO. A final broadcast date will be announced in the near future. Rush Limbaugh airs daily in every measured media market in America, and we look forward to announcing exciting news for our Boston...[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]

Kevin Graham Joins After Jason Wolfe Departs Entercom Boston

Update 8/21: As first rumored the day Jason Wolfe was let go, Kevin Graham of Cumulus’ 1320 KFNZ Salt Lake City has been hired as Brand Manager of WEEI. Graham, who has worked at many Sports stations across the country including WEPN New York, KTAR Phoenix, WBNS Columbus, and WXYT Detroit, will oversee all content on WEEI, its regional network, the Boston Red Sox radio network, and WEEI.com. He will however, have one less asset to work with as Entercom will not renew their contract with the Boston Celtics to remain as the flagship station for the team’s broadcasts. The full press release announcing Graham’s hiring follows: Entercom Boston announced today that it has hired Kevin Graham to lead WEEI as their new Brand Manager. Graham comes to WEEI from 1320 KFAN in Salt Lak...[Read More]

What Happened To The Local Forum?

When we first scanned the Boston dial in the aftermath of the Marathon Bombing on Monday, the coverage was mainly all or nothing. There were the stations with 24/7 News coverage or the stations with the occasional insert every few songs. Today’s coverage has been a little more nuanced. We still have WBUR and the CBS owned stations all rebroadcasting 1030 WBZ. Greater Media’s 96.9 WBQT and 102.5 WKLB along with Clear Channel’s 94.5 WJMN and 107.9 WXKS-FM have all spent time today rebroadcasting Hearst’s WCVB-TV. Many other stations stuck with their normal music programming with little or no coverage of the shutdown of basically the entire city of Boston. However, Entercom’s trio of Sports 93.7 WEEI, Rock 107.3/97.7 WAAF, and Talk 680 WRKO offered an alternative...[Read More]

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