96.9 Boston

Jackson Blue Takes Mornings At WKLB

Beasley Media Country 102.5 WKLB Boston has tapped Jackson Blue as its new morning co-host joining incumbent Hannah Byrom. Blue moves from across the hall where he was hosting afternoons at sister Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT and fills the slot created by Jeff Miles’ departure. Prior to joining WBQT in January 2014, Blue spent eight years hosting nights at iHeartMedia CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM, while also serving as Music Director at “106.1 Kiss-FM” KHKS Dallas and APD/Morning host at “Z104.3” WZFT Baltimore while at Clear Channel/iHeart. He has also worked at 92.3 WGXL Lebanon NH and 96.3 WRZE Cape Cod during his career. Blue also hosts the syndicated “Party Playhouse” and “Celebrity Top Ten”. WKLB Country 102.5...[Read More]

Ramiro Joins Hot 96.9 Boston

Ramiro Torres is joining Greater Media Rhythmic AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT Boston. Torres was taken off the air at iHeartMedia’s “Jam’n 94.5” WJMN in July prior to his contract expiring and replaced by Frankie Vinci. At WBQT he will be joining his former co-hosts Pebbles and Melissa as well as former New England Patriot Jermaine Wiggins on the station’s “Get Up Crew”. Greater Media’ HOT 96.9 announces popular radio personality, Ramiro “The Freakin’ Puerto Rican” Torres, is joining HOT 96.9’s GetUp Crew morning show with Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy in Boston. Ramiro most recently hosted mornings at WJMN. He has also worked on television as host of Community Auditions and as a correspondent for NESN’s Red Sox Final.  “To say I’m excited about join...[Read More]

Rob Williams Exits Greater Media Boston To Join Townsquare Media

Greater Media has announced that Rob Williams is exiting his position as VP/General Manager of their Boston properties at the end of this week to join Townsquare Media as Senior Vice President of Operations. Williams joined Greater Media in 2012 after previously serving as a Regional VP for iHeartMedia and CEO of the now defunct GoomRadio.com. At Townsquare he and current Regional VP Todd Lawley will oversee sales and operations across all of the company’s markets. Back in Boston, Mary Menna has been promoted from GM of AC “Magic 106.7” WMJX to VP/GM. Menna has been with Greater Media since May 2014 after previously serving as Market President for iHeartMedia’s Boston stations. Greater Media announces Mary Menna has been promoted to Vice President and Market Manager...[Read More]

Hot 96.9 Boston Launches New Morning Show With Jermaine Wiggins

Former NFL Tight End Jermaine Wiggins is joining Greater Media Rhythmic Hot AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT Boston as co-host of the station’s new “Get Up Crew” morning show. Wiggins most recently worked at CBS’ “98.5 The Sports Hub” WBZ-FM as a regular contributor after playing for six teams in an eight year NFL career. He will be joined on the “Get Up Crew” by current morning co-host Pebbles and current middayer Melissa. Exiting the station is Baltazar. Greater Media announces former NFL Player and Sports Personality Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins has joined the HOT 96.9 “GetUp Crew” in Boston. His first day on the morning show will be Tuesday, August 19, 2014. HOT 96.9 FM burst onto the scene in January of 2013 and continues to be one of the most...[Read More]

Michael Graham Joins All News 106.7 Atlanta

Update 4/18: Cumulus has confirmed what we assumed. Michael Graham will join “All News 106.7” WYAY for a 9am to 12pm daily talk show. No start date has been announced. Cumulus Media announces that talk radio personality Michael Graham will host a new radio talk show on WYAY, Atlanta “All News 106.7”. The show will air weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Graham moves to Atlanta from Boston, where he hosted shows on the New England Talk Network and on the BostonHeraldRadio.com, and was a columnist for the Boston Herald. Graham has spent most of his life in front of a microphone, starting his career in college as a stand-up comic and spending six years on the national circuit performing with stars including Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy and Robin Williams. He then worked as a GOP...[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]

Do Social Media Likes Lead To Ratings: Part 1

One week after the launch of Country “94.7 Nash-FM” New York the first thing we noticed were the amount of people that quickly began following the station on social media. Seven days into operation WNSH already has 8894 likes on Facebook and 2356 Twitter followers*. To put it into comparison, top rated AC “106.7 Lite-FM” WLTW has just 18,442 likes. The most liked New York radio station on Facebook belongs to “Hot 97” WQHT with 275,516. While we are unable to parse any demographic info from the amount of likes, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that a younger skewing station has 10 times as many followers as an office friendly background station. We’ve selected eight stations that launched new formats in PPM markets over the past month. Some ...[Read More]

Hot 96.9 Boston Debuts

Update 1/8: WTKK debuted its new permanent identity at 11:00 this morning as morning host Pebbles introduced “Hot 96.9” billed as “The Rhythm Of Boston”. The Rhythmic Hot AC is promoting itself as the home of current rhythm and dance along with 80s and 90s “throwbacks”. Usher, Rhianna, Beyonce, and Michael Jackson are prominently featured on the station’s website. The station is launching with 13,000 songs commercial-free. Listen to the debut of Hot 96.9 at FormatChange.com. The new format positions 96.9 into a crowded pop mix with Clear Channel’s Rhythmic CHR “Jam’n 94.5” WJMN, CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS, and Dance “Evolution 101.7” WEDX as well as CBS’ CHR “Amp Radio 103.3” WODS and Adult...[Read More]

96.9 WTKK Rebrands

Update 9/3: WTKK has rebranded as “NewsTalk 96.9“. No changes to the programming lineup, although the station is putting extra emphasis on its News coverage. The station is promoting its “24 Hour News Center” with newscasts at the top and bottom of every hour and traffic/weather every 15 minutes. Original Report 8/16: Following the demise of “Talk 1200” WXKS and the move of Rush Limbaugh back to Entercom’s 680 WRKO, Greater Media could be next to adjust things at one of their Boston Talkers. Greater Media registered a few domains this week indicating “96.9 Boston Talks” WTKK could be preparing a retooling following the changes on the AM dial in the market. 969Boston.com, 969NewsTalk.com, 969Now.com, NewsTalk969.com, and NewsTalkBoston.c...[Read More]