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July 16, 2007

Carr Jumps Sinking WRKO Ship - Or Does He?


*It was a huge week in broadcasting at both ends of the Boston-New York axis, and if you're looking for the big developments from the Big Apple, you may want to keep scrolling down a bit - we're leading off this week with some even bigger surprises from eastern MASSACHUSETTS.

The first came on the radio side of things, when lawyers for veteran WRKO (680 Boston) afternoon talk host Howie Carr announced last Monday that he would leave the Entercom talk station when his contract expires September 19. Instead, Carr's representatives said, the Boston Herald columnist would take over the morning shift formerly occupied by Don Imus on Greater Media's WTKK (96.9 Boston), the FM talker that's been rapidly eroding the comfortable hold WRKO once had on the city's talk audience.

For Carr, the move would mean head-to-head competition with WRKO's floundering Tom Finneran morning show - not to mention a higher salary, a more prominent role in a WTKK lineup that's live and local most of the day, and no more pre-emptions for afternoon Red Sox games. For Entercom, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars to renew its deal with the Red Sox in part to provide a promotional boost for the WRKO lineup, Carr's departure is a potential disaster, since his show represented the biggest revenue draw on the talk station's schedule (as well as a lucrative syndication offering to other stations around New England.)

As news of Carr's planned move splashed across the headlines in Boston, things started getting even testier. WRKO, which apparently had declined to exercise a one-year renewal clause in Carr's contract, told the Globe that it had the right to match any offer Carr received from Greater Media. Carr's lawyers responded with a lawsuit seeking to declare that clause unenforceable, thanks to the state's new ban on non-compete contracts - and they noted that while WRKO was willing to match WTKK's salary offer, it couldn't match the other terms of the new deal, most notably the morning slot on the FM dial.

Carr was off the air at WRKO for most of the week, but returned on Thursday with a prepared statement that had been drafted for him to read. Any illusion that Carr might have agreed with the words he was reading ("My job is to provide you with the most entertaining and compelling show that I can do each day, not to discuss my personal matters") was carefully shattered with a few "it says here" comments inserted in the reading - and at week's end, the only certainties were that the lawyers on both sides will be paying for plenty of summers on Cape Cod with whatever time they'll lose this summer hashing this mess out, and that we'll be hearing a lot more about Carr's planned move in the next few weeks.

*Even as Carr's news was all over the papers and websites Tuesday, an even more veteran Boston broadcaster was making headlines of her own. Natalie Jacobson, who's been part of the news team at WCVB (Channel 5) since the station's first day on the air more than 35 years ago, announced that she'll retire from the Hearst-Argyle ABC affiliate after next Wednesday's 6 PM newscast.

Jacobson has been an anchor on WCVB since 1976, much of that time spent sharing the anchor desk at 6 and 11 with her former husband, Chet Curtis. He moved to New England Cable News after their 2001 divorce, while Jacobson slowly eased back on her workload at Channel 5, giving up the 11 PM newscast and concentrating on the 6, which she'd been co-anchoring with Ed Harding.

Jacobson, 63, told the Globe that she'd been contemplating retirement for a while, and that her decision not to seek renewal of her contract at the end of July came as a surprise to WCVB management when she informed them in late June. We're hearing, though, that the decision may not have been Jacobson's - and the rather abrupt timing of her departure would seem to bear that out. (On the other hand, WCVB has no designated successor to Jacobson, and it will rotate reporters in her anchor chair for a while.)

In any event, Wednesday's farewell will include a special edition of "Chronicle" devoted to Jacobson's career. After that, Jacobson says she's going to work on a multimedia venture aimed at baby boomers in their retirement years.

We expect plenty of tributes to Jacobson in the next few days - and indeed, the parade has already started, including a national mention of her retirement from former WCVB colleague Keith Olbermann on his MSNBC "Countdown" show Thursday night, in which he suggested that she'd have been a better national news anchor than Katie Couric.

*In other MASSACHUSETTS news, the market manager for Clear Channel's Boston stations has moved up. Mike Crusham is headed to Minneapolis to become VP/market manager for the Clear Channel stations there; no replacement has been named yet for the Boston cluster, which includes "Kiss 108" WXKS-FM, "Jam'n" WJMN and "Rumba" WKOX/WXKS.

Out west, Justin Tyler is leaving WPKX (97.9 Enfield CT), where he's spent the last year as PD/afternoon jock, to become PD/midday jock at WWGR down in Fort Myers, Florida.


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*There was just one big radio story in NEW YORK last week, of course, and we pointed the NERW-mobile south and east for the day on Thursday so we could be there as WCBS-FM (101.1 New York) relegated "Jack FM" to its HD2 subchannel and brought the oldies - beg pardon, the "classic hits" back to the main FM channel they'd occupied from 1972 until the abrupt switch to "Jack" in June 2005.

That format change two years ago took place with no advance warning and no fanfare, but this time was different. Outside in Times Square, we spotted one lone CBS-FM fan holding a "welcome back" sign (with "Hit the Road, Jack" on the flip side), an echo of the street protests that quickly formed back in 2005 to protest the format flip.

Up on the 40th floor of the Viacom building at 1515 Broadway, guests stepping off the elevators saw no sign of "Jack" - just the new-old WCBS-FM logo all over the place, and more than a few magnets and stickers bearing the 2005-era logo adorning cubicles and filing cabinets as well.

In the sales office, there was food (including an authentic New York hot dog cart) for invited guests and top CBS Radio management, at a level rarely seen for your usual format change. That included programming VP Greg Strassell, engineering honcho Glynn Walden - and, of course, Dan Mason, the CBS Radio president who's set in motion a whole series of changes since returning to that post a few months ago, including this format flip.

Half an hour before the scheduled 1:01 PM format change, the assembled media (including Daily News radio columnist David Hinckley, at left above, and most of the city's TV stations) began moving down the hall toward the studios.

At 12:40, general manager Jennifer Donohue (below, left) and PD Brian Thomas (in the background, below left) entered the air studio to administer the last rites, as it were, to Jack.

After a series of joking liners during the last day in which "Jack" (voiced by Canadian VO artist Howard Cogan) gets flowers from Bob Shannon ("Who's Bob Shannon?") and an unexpected delivery of moving boxes, the final "Jack" bit found him on the phone with Tony Soprano - and after an abrupt "gotta go," the strains of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" blasted from the speakers, the room applauded, and Jack was off to HD2 retirement.

In good "Sopranos" finale fashion, the Journey tune abruptly cut off before its end - and the next sounds heard on 101.1 were radio static, the noise of a jukebox coming up to speed, and the strains of Frank Sinatra singing "Summer Wind," the infamous last song played on the old CBS-FM back in 2005. That, in turn, gave way to a long montage of songs, soundbites and news clips tracking the years from 1964 into the eighties, and as the montage plays on, the crowd in the studio kept growing.

As 1:01 PM approached, the montage wrapped up with a greeting from former mayor Ed Koch, acknowledging how rare it is for a big corporation to admit it "blew it," followed by "I Love New York" and the booming WCBS-FM legal ID, voiced - just as in the old days - by Ziggie Pelzer. The room cheered, the Beach Boys' "Do It Again" started playing, Shannon started dancing, and CBS-FM was back on the air.

The mikes finally opened after the Beach Boys song, as morning man Dan Taylor led the room in a shout of "We're back!," which led into Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' "December 1963 (Oh What A Night.)" After that, Shannon's first on-air words in two years - "As I was about to say..." - poked fun at the afternoon shift he never got to do on that fateful day in 2005. Shannon then introduced the new DJ lineup, including former WKTU jock Broadway Bill Lee in afternoons, Joe Causi on weekends (and, for this first day, at night as well), and Jeff Mazzei, who programmed the HD2 incarnation of CBS-FM during the "Jack" era, on overnights. (From left to right, that's Lee, Taylor, Mazzei, Causi and Shannon in the jock photo above.) After Donohue joined Shannon to read a proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had publicly proclaimed back in 2005 that he'd never listen to the station again, the guests eventually begin filing out of the studio, letting Shannon and then Lee bring the music (and, perhaps more important, the personality) back to CBS-FM.

In good early 21st-century multimedia fashion, here's a short video montage of the scene in the studio in the minutes leading up to the big format change:


The revived CBS-FM includes a big online component of its own, and there's plenty more video of the jocks and the format change over at the station's new website. Beyond the station's official web presence, we've also got to acknowledge the influence that Allan Sniffen's New York Radio Message Board had on the return to oldies - even Lee and Taylor, in talking about the flip Thursday afternoon, noted how vocal the online community had been about the flip to Jack in 2005, and how dedicated they'd been to the oldies format during its exile. Sniffen's site, which spawned a WCBS-only board to discuss the return of oldies, lit up with messages from around the world (and from Bob Shannon himself, too) commenting on the transition, speculating on DJ lineups, criticizing the lack of 50s music (and the abundance of 80s tunes) on the revived CBS-FM, and celebrating the return of personalities to the station.

We're not above a bit of speculating here, too: while the biggest weekday shifts on the station are solidly filled by Taylor, Shannon and Lee, much of the rest of the lineup remains up in the air. Pat St. John (more closely identified with rock stations such as WNEW-FM and WPLJ) took the reins Friday night, but no permanent evening host has been chosen. Nor have most of the weekend shifts been filled - which leaves plenty of room to wonder whether market veterans such as Dan Ingram, "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, Harry Harrison and Don K. Reed might come out of retirement (or satellite radio) for a few hours back on the airwaves.

(One more note, just because nobody else has mentioned it, and because we'd hate to think we dragged our HD tuner down to the city for nothing - over on WCBS-FM's HD2 channel, the oldies ended very abruptly a little after 12:40, as the HD2 shifted into a simulcast with the main channel partway through "Don't Stop Believin'." The simulcast ended just before 2, with some production-room audio (congratulatory phone calls from listeners being edited) finding its way on to the HD2 airwaves before Jack resumed with Tom Petty's "The Waiting" right around 2.)

*Upstate, EMF Broadcasting has closed on the $3.5 million purchase of WOOB (93.7 Scotia), WBOE (94.5 Ravena) and WSCP-FM (101.7 Pulaski) from Galaxy Communications. EMF has been LMA'ing the stations since February, running its "K-Love" format on Albany-market WBOE and Syracuse-market WSCP and its "Air 1" on Albany-market WOOB. WSCP-FM had already changed calls (to WGKV) when we drove through on Thursday night on the way home from New York; the Albany stations will soon change calls to WYKV (on 94.5) and WYAI (on 93.7), if they haven't done so already.

In Buffalo, Adam-12 has departed the night shift at WEDG (103.3), moving south to take over nights at WBBB-FM (96.1) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

West of Binghamton, Dave Radigan's WEBO (1330 Owego) was granted its CP last week to go to 3500 watts days, 36 watts nights, non-directional - and Dave's wasting no time getting a new tower built to replace the temporary antenna that WEBO's been using for the last few years at a power much lower than its licensed daytime 5 kW. Dave checks in with NERW to let us know he's expecting a tower crew this week, and hopes to have the new tower just across the Susquehanna River from downtown Owego up and testing by next weekend. (We'll try to get some pictures for you soon...)

On the TV side of things, Rochester's WHAM-TV (Channel 13) said farewell to weekend meteorologist Richard McCullough last night; after a long run in Rochester that's also included stints at WHEC (Channel 10) and as a fill-in talk host on WXXI (1370), he's heading to South Carolina, where we understand he'll be producing a show for the deaf and hard of hearing.

*The CBS-FM format flip is having side effects in NEW JERSEY, where the oldies torch has been carried for the last couple of years by Press Broadcasting's "Breeze," WWZY (107.1 Long Branch)/WBHX (99.7 Tuckerton). Former WCBS-FM PD Joe McCoy is down at the Breeze now, as are jocks Mike Fitzgerald in mornings and, as of this week, Randy Davis in afternoons, where he replaces Captain Jack (no relation to the 101.1 "Jack"!)

Meanwhile, the Breeze loses its weekend midday guy, a certain Bob Shannon, to the big city. ("I had a little vacation at the Jersey Shore," Shannon noted during his first hour back on the air at WCBS-FM as he played Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days.")

Over in Hunterdon County, WCVH (90.5 Flemington) at Hunterdon Central High School has a new director, as Chris Puorro comes to the school to teach broadcasting and run the station. Puorro had been PD for Nassau's Hagerstown, Maryland cluster (WWEG/WAFY/WARK), and he'll continue to do some work for Nassau, where he had previously been APD/music director at Trenton's WPST.

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*There's a new radio owner in northeast PENNSYLVANIA, as Robert Cordaro sells WITK (1550 Pittston) to Wilkins Communications for $400,000. Cordaro had been leasing WITK to Holy Family Communications, which was simulcasting its Catholic religious programming (also heard in the area on WQOR 750 Olyphant) on the 1550 signal.

Wilkins runs religion on its two other Pennsylvania AMs, WYYC (1250 York) and WWNL (1080 Pittsburgh), and on 13 other AMs around the country, and we expect a format change at the Scranton-market signal once the deal closes, too. (John Pierce & Co. was the broker for Wilkins, while Richard A. Foreman and Associates represented Cordaro.)

Radio One has named a new operations manager at its Philadelphia cluster, replacing the departed Daisy Davis. Elroy R.C. Smith takes over the Philly job, moving from Chicago, where he was operations manager at Clear Channel's WVAZ.

*VERMONT is getting its first 10 PM TV newscast, and not from the station you'd expect. Burlington Fox affiliate WFFF (Channel 44) has been advertising for a news director and staff as it prepares to launch a 10 o'clock show, but it's getting beaten to the punch tonight when market-leading CBS affiliate WCAX-TV (Channel 3) launches its own early late news. WCAX's 10 PM newscast will air on its local weather channel, seen on DTV 3.2 and on Comcast digital cable.

In southern Vermont, WTSA (1450/96.7 Brattleboro) is moving this fall. After 14 years in a converted house in West Brattleboro, the station's taking over the former Roller Drome building on Putney Road, not far from its AM and FM transmitter sites. The 5,000 square foot facility is just down the road from the old Putney Road studios where the stations were located before their 1993 move.

*Heading up to CANADA, the CRTC's been busy approving new signals. In Sudbury, Ontario, six applicants (including incumbent broadcasters Haliburton and Newcap) responded to a call for applications last fall. The CRTC heard from the applicants at a hearing in March, and last week it ruled that Sudbury should get one new FM. Larche Communications was the winner, and it'll do country (probably under its "KICX FM" brand) on its new 50 kW signal in Sudbury.

In Leamington, Ontario, Blackburn Radio is getting a second signal to add to its existing CHYR-FM (96.7). The new station will run 960 watts on 92.7, with a country format.

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July 17, 2006 -

  • It was a bad week at NEW YORK's Black Rock - but even more so for more than a hundred CBS Radio staffers around the country, including some veterans of the company, whose jobs were cut in a mass layoff. Among the biggest names in New York City to fall under the budget-cutting axe were Chad Brown, general manager of "Jack FM" WCBS-FM (101.1 New York) and Rob Barnett, president of programming at CBS Radio. Out in Los Angeles, where he led KROQ to revenue dominance, general manager Trip Reeb (a veteran of Rochester's WCMF, way back when) lost his job.
  • Across town in Poughkeepsie, the old WKIP (1450) building at 20 Tucker Drive was demolished last Tuesday. Chief engineer Bill Draper tells NERW that Clear Channel originally planned to keep the building (which dated from 1968), but with no easy way to connect it to the two-year-old studio complex next door that now houses WKIP and its sister stations, the decision was made to demolish it and replace it with a new addition to the current studio building. (Longtime WKIP/WRNQ morning man Van Ritshie came up from Florida to take the first whack at the old building.)
  • What's up with Mario Mazza? The WCRB (102.5 Waltham) programming VP took issue with reports here and elsewhere last week that he had exited the classical station to take a new job running public radio WHIL (91.3) down in Mobile, Alabama. We're always happy to correct errors when we make them, so we'll note that Mazza is still at WCRB right now. But the president of Spring Hill College, which owns WHIL, confirms to the Globe that they've hired Mazza down in Mobile and still expect him to start there this fall, so we're standing by that part of the story. Mazza has not replied to our request for clarification. (2007 update: Mazza is now running WHIL in Mobile.)
  • A happy 75th anniversary to one of the oldest stations in VERMONT. WDEV (550 Waterbury), one of the finest community radio outlets in New England, marked that milestone yesterday, with tributes that included a special section in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus and an ice cream social for current and former staff.
  • It made big headlines last year in eastern PENNSYLVANIA when Radio One pulled the modern rock format off WPLY (100.3 Media), sending "Y100" into exile as a webcast. Now "Y" is returning to the broadcast airwaves in collaboration with innovative public radio station WXPN (88.5 Philadelphia). WXPN has hired former Y100 PD Jim McGuinn to launch its "Y-Rock on XPN" programming, which will include over-the-air segments on WXPN's main channel on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8-11 PM and Fridays from 7-11 PM, beginning August 30. The "" site that has carried the torch for Y since the station went off the air last year will be merged into WXPN's "XPoNential Music" web service, and will relaunch August 1 as ""

July 15, 2002 -

  • Is the regulatory tide turning against big clusters and consolidation? A proposed Clear Channel purchase in MAINE is one of three deals facing a level of scrutiny the FCC hasn't employed in decades. Clear Channel has been operating WSKW (1160 Skowhegan) and WHQO (107.9 Skowhegan) under an LMA from Mountain Wireless for several years, ever since Mountain's proposed sale of the stations to Cumulus fell through due to financial problems at the Cumulus end.
  • Last October, Clear Channel filed to convert the LMA to ownership, a deal that would give Mountain Wireless $1.8 million and add WHQO and WSKW to the rest of the Clear Channel Augusta-Waterville cluster, a group that includes WFAU (1280 Gardiner), WCTB (93.5 Fairfield), WKCG (101.3 Augusta), WABK (104.3 Gardiner) and WTOS (105.1 Skowhegan, another former Mountain Wireless station). WHQO has been simulcasting the talk programming from Clear Channel's WVOM (103.9 Howland) in the Bangor market, while WSKW has been sharing a sports format with WFAU and WIGY (97.5 Madison, just returned to the air this week after suffering tower damage). For the last few months, the Mountain stations have even operated from the same Augusta facility as the other Clear Channel central Maine stations.
  • The hitch? If the deal is approved by the FCC (it already has Justice Department clearance), Clear Channel and Citadel (which has WMME/WEZW and WEBB/WTVL in the market) would share a whopping 99.5% of the radio revenues in the market, with just a handful of commercially-licensed religious stations (WMDR 1340, WWWA 95.3) as "competition" for radio ad dollars. So the FCC has designated the WHQO/WSKW sale, along with a Clear Channel purchase in Youngstown, Ohio (WRTK 1540 Niles OH, WAKZ 95.9 Sharpsville PA, WICT 95.1 Grove City PA, WBBG 106.1 Niles OH) and another one in Killeen-Temple, Texas, for a hearing on market concentration. Stay tuned as the Commission sets what promises to be a new precedent for acceptable levels of station revenue and ratings share...we'll keep you posted.
  • Two MASSACHUSETTS PDs lost their jobs last week, both at Entercom stations in the Boston market. Jeff Scott, who came to "Star" WQSX (93.7 Lawrence) just this past April, was out the door last Monday, followed shortly by Dave Douglas, who'd helmed WAAF (107.3 Worcester) for several years. Douglas will be replaced by Keith Hastings, inbound from Saga active rocker WLZR in Milwaukee; no replacement has been named yet for Scott.
  • The NEW YORK TV dial continues to return to normalcy as the one-year anniversary of September 11 approaches. The latest station to return to full power after losing its World Trade Center transmitter is Telemundo's WNJU (Channel 47), licensed to Linden, N.J. WNJU had been using the Armstrong FM tower in Alpine, N.J. as a temporary site for the last few months, with a weak signal over most of the city. It signed back on from the Empire State Building July 1, leaving only Pax's WPXN (Channel 31) operating from another site.

July 17, 1997-

  • Our top story this week comes from MASSACHUSETTS, Springfield to be exact, where Clear Channel's WHYN (560/93.1) announced this week that its newsroom will close at the end of August, with Metro Networks taking over WHYN's news product on September 1. WHYN employed three full-time newspeople, and all of them (news director Denise Vozella, Sid Whitaker, and Bill Erickson) have been offered jobs at Metro's Hartford newsroom, which will provide news for WHYN.
  • WHYN's Gary James tells NERW that "this is an opportunity for the WHYN listeners to get even more local coverage because of the resources of Metro," and he says that while the WHYN/Metro news staff will be based in Hartford, they'll still do street reporting in Springfield and have an office at the WHYN studios. Other Springfield-area radio listeners aren't quite as optimistic; recently-retired WHYN anchor Ron Russell (DeMatteo) tells the Springfield Union-News that the change feels "like a death in my immediate family." And while WHYN management says listeners won't notice any difference on the air, NERW has learned that the current WHYN news staffers aren't in any hurry to accept Metro's job offers in Hartford, meaning WHYN listeners could soon hear a new set of voices at the top of each hour. NERW has also learned that Hartford's WTIC (1080), targeted as one of Metro's likely clients for the Hartford newsroom, has decided to stick with its own news operation because of concerns about the depth and quality of Metro's offerings.
  • Around New England: In MASSACHUSETTS, ARS has found yet another station to simulcast over its WNFT (1150) in Boston. The latest programming to show up on 1150 is sister sports station WEEI (850); no word on how long this one will last. In New Bedford, an organization called New Bedford Christian Radio has applied for a new station at 88.1; NERW wonders whether they'll co-locate on the Tiverton RI tower of New Bedford-licensed WLNE-TV 6 to minimize interference....or whether WLNE will quash the application from the start.
  • In VERMONT, WXPS (96.7 Vergennes-Burlington) is back on with a sports-talk format; the calls stay where they are for now. The FCC has granted a translator at 96.3 in Quechee. W242AG will be the new calls for the relay of religious WCMD Barre. Just to the north, we're told 106.3 will be the new frequency for the CBC's CBV (980) in Quebec City, while the plans are to move Ste.-Adele's CIME from 99.5 to 103.9, and Montreal's CBM from 940 to 88.5. The FCC is still sparring with the CRTC over plans to move the 88.5 allocation from Cornwall ON to Montreal; they're worried about interference to WWPV (88.7) Colchester VT and WXLU (88.3) Peru NY.

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