November 20, 2006
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*It's a big issue this week, full of news that we'd, frankly,
much rather not be reporting. Before we get to our usual state-by-state
roundup, we'll bring you up to speed on the week's three huge
stories: the axing of the entire WRKO news department in Boston,
the impending sale of Clear Channel (and spinoffs of many of
its divisions in the region), and the latest in the ongoing cuts
at Clear Channel's stations around the area.
First, the bad news
about WRKO news: on Thursday afternoon, the seven staffers who
made up the Entercom talk station's newsroom were called into
the offices of station management and informed, one by one, that
WRKO was moving in a different direction, replacing its local
news staff with reports from Metro Networks and increasing the
amount of Fox News Radio content being used on the air.
The moment must have felt like deja vu for several of the
WRKO staffers: back in 1995, previous owner American Radio Systems
dismissed most of the entire news staff, including news director
Rod Fritz, and contracted with Metro to provide newscasts. At
the time, Metro hired some of the WRKO news talent (including
Fritz and Pat Carroll, now at WCBS in New York), and WRKO kept
a handful of its own newspeople, including veteran anchor Listo
This time, it's total - Fritz and Fisher are both out of work,
as are Paul Tuthill (who joined WRKO from Worcester's WTAG when
WRKO reversed course in 1999 and rebuilt its newsroom), Mary
Blake, Sharon Smith, Marga Bessette and Deb Daigle.
WRKO says it's a cost-cutting measure, "primarily based
on our mission to build upon the core identity of WRKO-AM."
The station's statement continues: "It is a talk station,
and we need to put all of our resources into improving our talk
format." (We'd note the big bill coming due for WRKO's expensive
new Red Sox deal, too.)
On Friday, Fisher told the Boston Herald that he "find(s)
it difficult to conceive of [...] doing a talk show without the
news component," adding that he expected the cuts to come
at some point. Fisher had been with WRKO for nearly 20 years,
after a stint across town at WBZ. (Fritz was at WBZ for a while
too, as well as stints at WROR, WMJX, WMEX and WHDH.)
What happens now? WRKO is apparently hoping a new roster of
talk hosts (filling the mid-morning shift formerly home to John
DePetro, as well as a possible new morning show) can somehow
talk about the news without having anyone in-house actually reporting
the news. Will listeners buy it - or will they head down the
dial to WBZ and WBUR, the last two Boston radio stations with
actual news reporters still on the streets?
*Clear Channel sale: The big national
trade publications are already covering this story's national
implications in far more detail than we can, so we'll limit ourselves
to the regional implications of the spinoffs that Clear Channel
announced Thursday at the same time it revealed its plan to go
private in a buyout valued at more than $26 billion.
Clear Channel says it will make the spins regardless of whether
the privatization takes place, divesting itself of 448 radio
stations in many of its sub-100 markets, as well as its entire
Clear Channel Television division. Here's how it will all play
out in NERW-land, beginning with the radio clusters being jettisoned:
Bangor ME - WABI 910 (talk), WKSQ 94.5 Ellsworth (AC),
WWBX 97.1 (top 40), WFZX 101.7 Searsport (classic rock), WGUY
102.1 Dexter (oldies), WVOM 103.9 Howland (talk), WBFB 104.7
Augusta-Waterville ME - WFAU 1280 Gardiner (sports),
WIGY 97.5 Madison (sports), WKCG 101.3 Augusta (soft AC), WQSS
102.5 Camden (classic hits), WMCM 103.3 Rockland (country), WABK-FM
104.3 Gardiner (oldies), WTOS 105.1 Skowhegan (rock)
Upper Valley (VT/NH) - WTSL 1400 Lebanon NH (talk),
WGXL 92.3 Lebanon NH (hot AC), WTSM 93.5 Springfield VT (talk),
WMXR 93.9 (rock), WXXK 100.5 Lebanon NH (country), WVRR 101.7
Newport NH (rock)
Burlington VT-Plattsburgh NY - WEAV 960 Plattsburgh
NY (talk), WVTK 92.1 Port Henry NY (top 40), WEZF 92.9 Burlington
(AC), WXZO 96.7 Willsboro NY (talk), WCPV 101.3 Essex NY (classic
Utica NY - WIXT 1230 Little Falls/WRNY 1350 Rome/WADR
1480 Remsen/WUTQ 1550 (sports), WOKR 93.5 Remsen (classic hits),
WOUR 96.9 (rock), WSKS 97.9 Whitesboro/WSKU 105.5 Little Falls
(top 40), WUMX 102.5 Rome (hot AC)
Binghamton NY - WINR 680 (standards), WENE 1430 Endicott
(sports), WKGB 92.5 Conklin (rock), WMXW 103.3 Vestal (ac), WMRV
105.7 Endicott (top 40), WBBI 107.5 Endwell (classic rock)
Poughkeepsie NY - WHUC 1230
Hudson (standards), WRWD 1370 Ellenville (country), WKIP 1450
(standards), WRNQ 92.1 (soft AC), WBWZ 93.3 New Paltz (hot AC), WZCR 93.5 Hudson (oldies), WPKF
96.1 (top 40), WCTW 98.5 Catskill (soft AC), WFKP 99.3 Ellenville
(soft AC), WRWD-FM 107.3 Highland (country)
Reading PA - WKAP 1340 (black gospel), WRFY 102.5 (hot
Williamsport PA - WRKK 1200 Hughesville/WRAK 1400 (talk),
WBLJ 95.3 Shamokin/WBYL 95.5 Salladasburg (country), WVRT 97.7
Jersey Shore/WVRZ 99.7 Mount Carmel (top 40), WKSB 102.7 (AC)
Lancaster PA - WLAN 1390 (standards), WLAN-FM 96.9
In many of these markets, Clear Channel won't be able to transfer
its entire cluster to a single owner, since they're grandfathered
above the present ownership limits, so we can expect that at
least some of these clusters will split off to multiple owners.
We should also note that there are several markets in the region
smaller than market 100 that aren't on the cutting block, generally
thanks to their proximity to much larger Clear Channel clusters
- so Manchester/Portsmouth, New Haven, Springfield, northwest
New Jersey and Allentown are all safe, at least at the moment.
Beyond that, there's only speculation, at least for now -
and we'll keep you informed as there's more definite news about
new owners and new futures for these stations.
Clear Channel's divestiture of its television division includes
the seven-station cluster in upstate New York that's made up
of Fox affiliate WXXA (Channel 23) in Albany and the four ABC
affiliates Clear Channel bought from Ackerley a few years ago
- WSYR-TV (Channel 9) in Syracuse, WHAM-TV (Channel 13) in Rochester,
WWTI (Channel 50) in Watertown and WIVT (Channel 34) in Binghamton,
as well as NBC affiliates WBGT-CA (Channel 20) in Binghamton
and WETM-TV (Channel 18) in Elmira. Here, too, any speculation
about future owners and other changes is pure conjecture, except
to note that whatever happens, any synergies that Clear Channel
was exploiting between WHAM-TV (formerly WOKR) and WSYR-TV (formerly
WIXT) and its radio clusters in those markets will be history
once the sales close.
*Clear Channel cutbacks: Whether or not you
believe the official story that Bill Buchner's exit from WLTW
(106.7 New York) was unrelated to the large-scale Clear Channel
cutbacks, there's no disputing that the axe swung in earnest
at the company's New York cluster last week. At WKTU (103.5 Lake
Success), imaging guru Harry Legg is out. So are 11-year 'KTU
veteran Charlie Burger, who was doing overnights, and Lil' Cee,
who was doing late nights. Unrelated (apparently) to the cutbacks,
night jock Vic Latino exits as well, replaced by Jagger (from
WKCI 101.3 in the New Haven market.)
WAXQ (104.3) cut part-timer Pat St. John and full-time night
jock Mark Coppola, moving overnight jock Carol Miller to the
8 PM-1 AM shift. Yes, that means that the overnight shifts on
two more stations in market number one are now voicetracked.
In Springfield, the cuts all but eviscerated the news department
at WHYN (560) last week, sending news director/afternoon anchor
Bill Erickson packing after 31 years with the station. Also out
is morning news anchor Denise Vozella, who was on her second
stint with WHYN. With Erickson and Vozella gone, WHYN is down
to a single newsperson, John Baibak - and the people of Springfield
and Hampden County are all the poorer for the lack of a full-fledged
radio news department in town.
There were newsroom cuts in Albany, too, including veteran
WGY newsman Jim Gagliardi, who'd been with the station for 12
years and in the market for nearly 40, as well as WGY weekend
talk host/public service director Laurie Reilly, and WGY news
anchor Dave Lucas. Also out, apparently, is WPYX (106.5) PD Steve
Haner - and as we go to press Sunday night, we note that the
web page for WPYX's "Wakin' Up with the Wolf" show
has mysteriously gone missing from the station's site, too.
At Clear Channel in Syracuse, the cuts include WYYY (94.5)
morning man Rick Gary, WBBS (104.7 Fulton) APD/afternoon jock
Skip Clark, WHEN (620) afternoon sportscaster Brent Axe and DJ
Maestro, who did nights on WWHT (Hot 107.9). Kathy Rowe is now
solo in mornings on Y94, while Rich Lauber is now doing afternoons
And in addition to the Providence cuts (at WSNE) that we told
you about in last week's NERW, WHJY (94.1) loses assistant PD/production
director Doug Palmieri, and the cluster loses marketing director
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MASSACHUSETTS, Charles River Broadcasting officially closed
on its sale of WCRB (102.5 Waltham) on Wednesday, handing the
keys off to Greater Media, which promptly closed on its deal
to swap WCRB's intellectual property and the signal of WKLB (99.5
Lowell) to Nassau. The move of WCRB's classical format to 99.5
(and WKLB's country to 102.5) won't take place until December
Boston Radio Watch
reports that four WCRB staffers won't make the move: mid-day
announcer Don Spencer, creative services director/announcer Rob
Schuller, continuity manager/announcer Larry King and listener
services director Roberta Siegel.
Radio People on the Move: Greater Media's WBOS (92.9 Brookline)
has a new PD, and he comes from right in house on Morrissey Boulevard,
in the person of music director David Ginsburg. Out west, Courtney
Quinn moves up from assistant PD/music director to PD at Saga's
WLZX (99.3 Northampton MA), while on Cape Cod, Chris Mitchell
exits as PD at Nassau's "Frank" (WFRQ 93.5 Harwich
Port/WFQR 101.1 Mashpee).
*In addition to all the cutbacks at Clear
Channel NEW YORK, there's at least one new name on the
schedule. As long-rumored (and not quite denied), WLTW will add
Delilah to its lineup in evenings, beginning tonight. PD Jim
Ryan says WLTW will get a custom version of Delilah's syndicated
show, with material designed specifically for the New York audience.
At Clear Channel's Binghamton cluster, there's a new morning
show, as the syndicated "Wake up with Whoopi" arrives
at WMXW (103.3 Vestal). There's also a new antenna for WMRV (105.7
Endicott), just installed atop that station's tower over the
Veteran DJ Don DeRosa is exiting radio ownership: he's selling
WAMF (1300 Fulton) to Craig Fox's Cram Communications. Cram pays
just $8,500 for the station, which it was already operating (as
a Radio Disney simulcast with WOLF 1490 Syracuse) under an LMA.
Some good news out of Clear Channel Rochester? This week,
yes - there's now a morning show at WDVI (100.5 the Drive), with
Michael Gately taking that shift effective today. Gately goes
way back with the cluster, having been with WDVI's prior incarnation
as "Mix 100.5" WVOR, and at the old WMAX (now WKGS,
"Kiss 106.7") before that.
A few TV People on the Move: Rochester's WHEC (Channel 10)
has a new news director, as Mike Goldrick makes the cross-country
journey from KOMO-TV in Seattle, where he's executive producer.
(He's no relation to Mike Gouldrick, meteorologist for crosstown
R News and its sister Time Warner cable news channels.) Two new
hires at Buffalo's WGRZ (Channel 2): Kevin O'Neill, famed as
the "Why Guy" morning reporter on crosstown WIVB, has
jumped stations, joining the "Daybreak" team at WGRZ,
albeit without his old nickname, which stays behind at Channel
4. And Jessica Weinstein moves west from WHEC to become a reporter
And following up
on an item in last week's NERW, just hours after the issue went
to press, Clear Channel's WHAM-TV (Channel 13) announced that
it was indeed acquiring Rochester's cable-only CW affiliate (the
former "WRWB") from Time Warner. By Monday night, the
rebranded "CW-WHAM" was on the air as a subchannel
of WHAM-DT (Channel 59), though it ended up being blacked out
briefly on cable as the master control was transferred to WHAM.
The new "CW-WHAM" is carrying the first hour of WHAM-TV's
morning news, from 5-6 AM, before the syndicated "Daily
Buzz" morning show; WHAM-TV officials promise more local
programming to come.
Who's doing all-Christmas in the Empire State so far? WLTW
(106.7 New York) made the flip last week, as did sister station
WALK-FM (97.5 Patchogue) out on Long Island. In Syracuse, WZUN (102.1 Phoenix) made the jump on November 1, it turns out. Up north, WVLF (96.1
Norwood) is broadcasting holiday tunes across the border into
eastern Ontario. In Rochester, it's WRMM (101.3) and WVOR (102.3
Canandaigua) making the holiday flip, and down the road in Buffalo,
WJYE (96.1) and WTSS (102.5) both flipped.
big news from eastern PENNSYLVANIA was the debut of the
reborn WJJZ (97.5 Burlington NJ) Friday evening at 6, following
two days during which the former WTHK was simulcasting its new
Greater Media sister station, classic rock WMGK (102.9 Philadelphia).
The new WJJZ signed on with PD Michael Tozzi playing Grover Washington,
Jr.'s "Keep the Dream Alive," followed by several hours
with Tozzi live at the board. He'll take the 3-7 PM slot beginning
this week, followed by Dave Koz's syndicated show. No morning
or evening show has been named yet. Music director Margo Marano
will voicetrack overnights.
Over at CBS Radio's "Free FM" (WYSP 94.1 Philadelphia),
Scotty and Alex have been hired as the new 7-11 PM hosts. They
move over from mornings at WJSE (102.7 Petersburg NJ) in the
Atlantic City market.
Philly's WBEB (101.1) leads the parade of all-Christmas stations
in the Keystone State this week, joining the crowd a few days
earlier than it had intended to. (Blame the competition from
WJBR 99.5 in nearby Wilmington, which flipped even earlier).
Also all-Christmas: WWSW (94.5) and WSHH (99.7) in Pittsburgh,
and WFEZ (103.1) in the Scranton market.
*One bit of CONNECTICUT news this
week: WFSB (Channel 3) assistant news director Dana Luby replaces
Gary Brown as the station's new news director.
*A newly-granted RHODE ISLAND construction
permit is being sold. Radio 786 Inc. just received the CP for
a new signal on 1370 in Charlestown at the end of October, and
now Astro Tele-Communications is paying $91,000 for the right
to build out the signal, which will shoot 2500 watts by day and
5000 watts by night out to sea from three towers off US 1 in
southern Rhode Island. Astro owns WADK (1540 Newport) and WJZS
(99.3 Block Island); at least as authorized in its current CP,
the new 1370 will not serve Newport with a listenable signal
day or night.
Christmas music in the Ocean State? You bet - WSNE (93.3 Taunton
MA) and WWLI (105.1 Providence) have both made the flip. And
WSNE gets a new morning show in the deal, too, moving Tad Lemire
from part-time duties to the weekday wakeup slot vacated by the
cutbacks that removed Joan Edwardsen from that job. (Lemire had
done mornings at Hall's WCTK before joining WSNE.)
*Need to park a defunct
Philadelphia callsign? The place to do it, apparently, is in
the VERMONT-NEW HAMPSHIRE-Massachusetts tri-state region.
That's where Nassau is warehousing the WTHK calls for now - on
what was formerly WVAY (100.7 Wilmington VT), which simulcasts
WEXP (101.5 Brandon) from the Rutland area. And it's where Saga
has grabbed the WSNI calls that had two long runs on Philadelphia's
104.5 before that facility went Spanish over the summer. The
new WSNI is the former WOQL (97.7 Winchendon MA), which is still
playing oldies for Keene listeners.
Another bit of callsign news comes from way up north in Berlin,
where Barry Lunderville's new construction permit on 1490 takes
the WRTN calls recently jettisoned by what's now WVIP (93.5 New
More from the ho-ho-ho brigade: mark down WKSQ (94.5 Ellsworth
ME), WKCG (101.3 Augusta ME) and WEZF (92.9 Burlington VT) as
going all-Christmas for the duration of the season.
*In CANADA, it's the end of the line
for what we believe is the last English-language AM station in
Quebec outside of Montreal. Corus has notified the CRTC that
it intends to discontinue operation of CKTS (900 Sherbrooke),
which relays news-talk CJAD (800 Montreal). Broadcaster magazine
reports that CKTS signed off on Sunday, 14 years after it began
simulcasting CJAD. (The two stations are no longer co-owned;
CJAD is a Standard station.)
Corus tells the CRTC that the CKTS directional array needs
"major work," and that Standard declined to cover those
costs, so it's turning the station off for good. While the frequency
now becomes available for reuse in the market, Sherbrooke is
rapidly becoming an all-FM market. The last remaining French-language
AM, CHLT (630), has applied to move to FM, and the 50 kW signal
of CJRS (1510) has been dark for more than a decade as well.
As for CJAD's remaining listeners in the Anglophone towns
of the Estrie region near Sherbrooke, Corus notes that the CJAD
signal remains available via the Bell ExpressVu satellite service.
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November 21, 2005 -
- It was a busy week for CANADA's regulators, as they denied
a closely-watched TV application and announced hearings on several
radio applications, including three in the nation's biggest market.
The denied application was TV Niagara's, for a new independent
station that would have broadcast on channel 22 from a site near
St. Catharines, Ontario, from which it would have served not
only Niagara Region itself but also the rest of the "Golden
Horseshoe" around the western end of Lake Ontario, including
Toronto. In turning down TVN's application, the CRTC said it
was concerned that the company hadn't budgeted enough to pay
the costs of operating a TV station with the ambitious schedule
it proposed, including some 36 hours a week of local news and
prime-time movies. In particular, the CRTC cited the experience
of the former Toronto One (now SUN-TV), which debuted with similar
ambitions a few years back and ran into devastating financial
problems that eventually led owner Craig Media to be sold. NERW
suspects we haven't heard the last of the TV Niagara folks, though;
they've already told the CRTC that they believe they can run
a more economical operation than Toronto One did, and they have
a compelling case to make for the relatively underserved nature
of Niagara, in the shadows of the much larger Toronto/Hamilton
and Buffalo markets.
- That was just one piece of a busy week at the CRTC, though.
It approved the move of CKDO (1350 Oshawa) to 1580, which will
allow the oldies outlet to go from 10 kW day/5 kW night (with
a fairly tight directional pattern) to 10 kW fulltime on a Canadian
clear channel. (1580 was long occupied by CBJ in Chicoutimi,
Quebec, and was later applied for by CHUC Cobourg, which instead
is moving to FM.)
- Moving stateside, NEW YORK got Christmas music in earnest
this week - both in the west, where Buffalo's WJYE (96.1) and
WTSS (102.5) made the flip, and in the city, where WLTW (106.7
New York) made its earliest flip yet.
- WLTW also lost one of its longest-running voices, as the
station parted ways with Steven E. Roy, who was there at the
beginning, in 1984, and who'd become an afternoon fixture at
"Lite." There's no word yet on a permanent replacement,
or on Roy's next destination.
- In NEW JERSEY, mornings are a little less local at WBUD (1260
Trenton), as the Millennium Radio Group station sheds the services
of news guys John Weber and Ed Salvas. WBUD says it plans to
continue its "Mercer News Morning" block, but we're
hearing that Weber and Salvas won't be replaced, and that the
future for WBUD is more satellite and less local (even the local
voicetracking that the station's been running.)
- In MASSACHUSETTS, Michael Graham's settling in as the new
afternoon talker on WTKK (96.9 Boston), filling the slot last
occupied by Jay Severin, whose future whereabouts on the Boston
dial remain up in the air. Graham's last two gigs didn't end
well - he was driven out of WMAL, Washington earlier this year
after controversial remarks about Muslims, and he was fired from
WBT, Charlotte a few years earlier after some tasteless remarks
about the Columbine shootings. Will he fare any better in Boston
- or is that sort of high-profile controversy exactly what WTKK
is banking on?
November 19, 2001 -
- After two years of building an 18-station group in the suburban
areas north of New York City, Aurora Communications is cashing
out. Cumulus Broadcasting announced today (Nov. 19) that it will
pay $230 million in cash, stock and debt assumption to add the
Aurora stations to its more than 200 outlets nationwide.
- Here's what Cumulus gets for its money: Westchester County
cluster WFAS (1230 White Plains), WFAS-FM (103.9 White Plains)
and WFAF (106.3 Mount Kisco), doing standards on the AM and AC
on the simulcast FMs. (Aurora paid $20 million for these three
in April 1999). A Hudson Valley cluster that includes sports-talk
WEOK (1390 Poughkeepsie) and WALL (1340 Middletown), modern rock
WRRV (92.7 Middletown) and WRRB (96.9 Arlington), oldies WCZX
(97.7 Hyde Park) and WZAD (97.3 Wurtsboro), rock WPDH (101.5
Poughkeepsie) and WPDA (106.1 Jeffersonville) and full-service
WKNY (1490 Kingston), acquired from the Dyson family's Crystal
group in May for $53 million. A cluster in the Danbury, Connecticut
market that includes rocker WRKI (95.1 Brookfield), standards
simulcast WINE (940 Brookfield) and WPUT (1510 Brewster NY) and
oldies WAXB (105.5 Putnam NY), acquired in July 1999 for $11.5
million. AC WEBE (107.9 Westport) and full-service WICC (600
Bridgeport) in southern Connecticut, acquired in April 1999 for
- If we've done our math right, that makes for a tidy $79.5
million profit over two years or so, which is pretty good work
for Aurora head Frank Osborn. No word yet, of course, on what
changes Cumulus might have in store for these stations; until
now, the only holdings Cumulus has had in NERW-land were its
stations in Bangor, Maine (and the fringe of its Youngstown,
- The other big news out of NEW YORK this week was the continuing
management shakeout at Clear Channel. A reported two dozen staffers
in Clear Channel's New York City cluster lost their jobs this
week, including WHTZ (100.3) operations manager Kid Kelly, one
of Z100's most prominent voices. Other shufflings at the cluster
include the departures of WTJM (105.1) assistant PD Andy West
and sales manager Robin Sloan. Market Manager Andy Rosen adds
the GM title at WTJM to his duties, while Scott Elberg shifts
to the GM role at WHTZ and WKTU (103.5).
- Across town, former WOR Radio Network head Rich Wood has
found a new position as senior VP at Talk America, which has
just been sold to erstwhile long-distance carrier IDT. Wood will
work out of Talk America's new headquarters at IDT's base in
- Over in VERMONT, WBTN (1370 Bennington) is about to get its
second owner in as many years. Robert Howe, who bought the station
from Vermont Public Radio last year, will donate WBTN to Southern
Vermont College in Bennington. WBTN has struggled since longtime
owner Belva Keyworth sold it and sister WBTN-FM (94.3) to VPR
in 1999. The public broadcaster was under political pressure
to sell the AM side to maintain local commercial service to Bennington,
but Howe was never able to make a success of the little station,
which runs 1000 watts by day and just 87 watts at night. The
college says WBTN will stay commercial, with students heavily
involved in its operation. WBTN's two remaining employees will
stay with the station under college ownership, we hear.
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- More than a year after his "MusicAmerica"
show was pulled from the airwaves at Boston's WGBH (89.7), Ron
Della Chiesa is reviving the program, which presented the best
of America's popular standards for nearly two decades. In a cooperative
arrangement with Kelley Communications, "Music America"
will return to the air in January on smooth jazz outlet WPLM
(1390/99.1) in Plymouth, MA. Kelley will lease time on Saturday
nights for the broadcast, and WGBH has agreed to allow Della
Chiesa to appear on another station (he still does weekday air
work on 'GBH). The disappearance of "MusicAmerica"
prompted a storm of protest against WGBH, with several hundred
members asking the station to refund their money, and many of
them putting in the money into the "Save MusicAmerica Trust."
Reaction from the MusicAmerica partisans has been mixed thus
far; they're not pleased that the show will be heard only once
a week, and there's concern about WPLM's weak signal north and
west of Boston.
- Buckley Broadcasting is adding a third
Connecticut station to its portfolio, paying $425,000 for WSNG
(610) in Torrington. Buckley already owns standards WDRC (1360)
and oldies WDRC-FM (102.9) in Hartford, and nobody's likely to
be surprised if the currently dark 610 signal is used to simulcast
one of those into northwestern Connecticut.
- A silent station in southeastern Massachusetts
has been sold. WCEG (1530) in Middleborough has been off the
air for several years, and now Metro South Broadcasting (which
also owns WMSX  in Brockton) is selling WCEG to Steven
- Speaking of WVAY, thanks to NERW southern
Vermont correspondent Doug Bassett for passing along a newspaper
article discussing a feud between WVAY and Manchester VT rocker
WEQX. The article was a bit fuzzy on the details, but it seems
WVAY may have had an unlicensed translator at the Mount Equinox
transmitter site of WEQX. This may explain the IDs NERW has heard
from time to time on WVAY, referring to "100.7 and 100.1
FM," although there's never been a licensed WVAY translator
*It's here! As seen in the St.
Paul Pioneer Press, the Omaha
World-Herald and the Chicago
Sun-Times, Tower Site Calendar 2007 is now shipping!
This year's edition
features what we think are the finest tower images yet - from
the cover image of WCCO Minneapolis all the way to the back-cover
centerfold of WBZ in Boston, and from KGO San Francisco to KOIL
Omaha to Philadelphia's famed Roxborough tower farm, captured
in a dramatic dusk shot with the lights all aglow.
This sixth annual edition once again contains plenty of historic
dates from radio and television history in the Northeast and
beyond, and as always, it comes to you shrink-wrapped and shipped
first class mail for safe arrival.
You can even get your 2007 calendar free with
your new or renewal subscription
to NERW at the $60 level.
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2006 by Scott Fybush.