October 4, 2010
FCC Deletes WPRX, 3 Noncomm Licenses
*While one CONNECTICUT station - Disney's
WDZK (1550 Bloomfield) - was going silent last week, another
appears to have lost its license, at least temporarily.
If the FCC's files are to be believed, Nievesquez Productions,
Inc. never applied for a license renewal at WPRX (1120 Bristol)
back in 2005, and that means that ever since its previous license
expired on April 1, 2006, it's apparently been operating without
In good FCC fashion, it took four and a half years for the
Media Bureau to catch up to WPRX, which it finally did last Thursday,
issuing a letter notifying WPRX that its license had been cancelled
and its callsign deleted. But in good FCC fashion, this probably
isn't the end of WPRX: it's likely to be allowed to filed a renewal
application after the fact, which we'd expect to be granted after
WPRX is fined for late application and unauthorized operation
in the interim.
And it's not just
WPRX that's caught in the FCC's latest administrative housecleaning:
last week, the FCC also cancelled the licenses of WQTQ (89.9
Hartford), the Hartford Public Schools station as well as WSBU
(88.3) at St. Bonaventure University in western New York and
WNMH (91.5) at Northfield Mount Hermon School in western Massachusetts.
WQTQ has reportedly gone temporarily silent while it resolves
its issue, while WSBU remains on the air. (As for WNMH, it's
likely dead for good; Northfield Mount Hermon no longer even
owns the campus where it was licensed to transmit, and the station
has been silent for well over a year.)
*Two obituaries from the Nutmeg State: Hartford radio veteran
Ken Griffin died Tuesday (Sept. 28), ending a long career that
began in 1951, when he was hired by the old WBRY (1590) as a
14-year-old DJ. Griffin went on to work at New York's WINS, Springfield's
WHYN and Hartford's WPOP before landing at WDRC in Hartford,
where he spent seven years in the late sixties and early seventies.
Griffin then moved west, working at stations such as KGIL and
KIIS in Los Angeles and running a chain of broadcast schools.
He came back to Connecticut in 1979 and worked at WDRC, WRCQ
and WWYZ. Griffin was 73.
And if you saw the outstanding "Chronicle" show
about New England radio that Art Donahue produced for WCVB in
Boston a couple of years back, you met Sophie Zembruski, who'd
been hosting the "Polish Eagle Radio Show" on WATR
(1320 Waterbury) since the 1940s, when she joined the show that
her husband Victor started back in 1934. Sophie Zembruski took
over the show full-time in 1969 and kept on hosting right up
until she turned 90 in 2008, when she handed the mike over to
her daughter, Laurie Hoxie. Zembruski's health had declined,
and we're sorry to report that she died last Sunday (Sept. 26)
of complications from dementia. Sophie Zembruski was 92, and
she'll be remembered as one of the longest-running radio hosts
*We skipped the Radio Show in Washington, DC this
year, and there's really only one reason to regret that decision:
had we been there, we'd have been cheering louder than anyone
else in the room when WBZ (1030 Boston) finally won the "Legendary
Station of the Year" Marconi Radio Award that it's been
coveting for a long time now. (How long? Long enough that your
editor was the one writing up the nomination paperwork for the
earliest entries, back in the mid-90s. And yes, fellow WBZ alums,
I still have the nice embroidered jacket they handed out when
WBZ won the somewhat lesser "Major-Market Station of the
And WBZ wasn't even the only MASSACHUSETTS station
winning a Marconi: WMJX (106.7 Boston) took home the "AC
Station of the Year" award in DC on Thursday night. Elsewhere
in NERW-land, New York's WCBS-FM (101.1) won "Oldies Station
of the Year" (they haven't changed the category to "Classic
Hits" yet?), sister station WFAN (660) won "Sports
Station of the Year," WMMR (93.3) in Philadelphia won "Rock
Station of the Year" and Scott Shannon of New York's WPLJ
took home "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year"
for his True Oldies Channel work.
*What's up with the silence of WQOM (1060 Natick)? Holy Family
Communications requested Special Temporary Authority to remain
silent last week, and with it this explanation: when its purchase
of the former WBIX closed on Sept. 15, it did not include the
lease on the WBIX studio and daytime transmitter site in Framingham,
at the 100 Mt. Wayte Avenue facility that was the old WKOX site.
WQOM is relocating its day facility to its night site, at the
WAMG (890) five-tower array in Ashland, and as soon as the FCC
grants a CP modification tweaking its proposed daytime parameters,
it says it will build out that CP and get back on the air, ideally
by November 1.
(Those with long memories will note that the start of full-time
1060 service from Ashland will bring that facility full circle:
it was built by 1060 when John Garabedian still owned the station
in the seventies, later becoming the fulltime site for the new
890 signal when it signed on in the mid-nineties.)
Another new Catholic signal west of Boston now has call letters,
and there's a "Q" in there, too: Prayers for Life,
Inc. will call its new 89.3 facility in Shirley WQPH. A construction
permit for the 510-watt/82' directional signal was granted in
Back in Boston, the Celtics have signed a new broadcast deal
that will keep them on WEEI (850) past the end of the 2010-2011
season. The Celts have been with Entercom since 2005, first on
WRKO and then, since 2007, on WEEI. (We'll have our annual hockey
and basketball broadcast-rights roundup next week...)
And in Worcester, there's a new host for the Thursday and
Friday morning "Tasteful Blend" shows on WICN (90.5).
John Stevens has a bit of a background in TV: he was a contestant
on the third season of American Idol, where he came in
*Ray MacDowell helped launch a lot of broadcast careers during
his years programming stations in western Massachusetts including
WDEW (1570 Westfield, now WNNZ 640) and WTTT (1430 Amherst, now
WPNI). Under the air name "Ray Dowell," he was later
on the air in Chicago, where he also made a name for himself
producing radio commercials. He died last Saturday (Sept. 25)
at his home in Florida.
*In RHODE ISLAND, Tim Leary is moving on
after more than two years in morning drive at WCTK (98.1 New
Bedford MA). He'll do his last show at "Cat Country"
on Friday before heading west to take on morning drive in a much
bigger market, at Clear Channel's WGAR (99.5) in Cleveland. No
replacement has been named yet at WCTK.
*The MAINE Association of Broadcasters
recently wrapped up its convention, and two veteran Pine Tree
State broadcasters received high honors: Tim Moore, operations
manager/PD of WHOM (94.9) and WJBQ (97.9), won the Broadcasting
Achievement Award, while WNSX (97.7 Winter Harbor) owner Mark
Osborne was the latest inductee into the MAB's Hall of Fame.
And from the "paperwork" department: the University
of Maine in Farmington has moved the WUMF calls from their longtime
home on the class D signal at 100.1 to the new, higher-powered
signal at 91.5. The 100.1 license now bears the calls "WUMK."
*Radio People on the Move in NEW
HAMPSHIRE: At WHEB (100.3 Portsmouth), former assistant PD
Jason Russell, aka "JR," is back in the building as
afternoon jock and MD, replacing the former afternoon team of
Baker & Stoney.
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*Speaking of late renewals, the Atlantic
City, NEW JERSEY public schools station, WAJM (88.9),
is edging back into the FCC's good graces. Its failure to file
a renewal application in the 2005 cycle came to light last month
when two other Jersey Shore stations, WZBZ (99.3 Pleasantville)
and WBHX (99.7 Tuckerton), filed to swap frequencies, a move
that's possible only if WAJM is deleted.
Rather than fade away, though, WAJM quickly filed both for
renewal and for Special Temporary Authority to continue operating,
explaining that "the licensee deeply regrets these errors,"
which it says were "the result of an administrative oversight
that the licensee is taking immediate steps to correct."
If WAJM's license renewal is indeed granted, it may not mean
the end of the WZBZ/WBHX swap and of WBHX's plans to improve
its signal. The WBHX application noted that stations of 99 watts
or less aren't subject to the IF-spacing rules that would block
WZBZ's move to 99.7, and WBHX owner Press offered to pay for
WAJM to downgrade slightly from its present 150 watts to 99 watts.
*"Cadillac Jack" McCartney has
been one busy programmer for the last couple of years. Since
2008, he's been holding down not only the operations manager
job at Clear Channel's Boston and Providence clusters, but also
programming WWPR (Power 105) in NEW YORK. That's changing
now, as Jack gives up the New York job to focus on his New England
duties. Clear Channel's now looking for a new PD in New York.
In Westchester County, it appears the latest (and southernmost)
outpost of the extensive WAMC public radio network will soon
be on the air. WWES (88.9 Mount Kisco) will displace W205BM,
the Mount Kisco translator for WMNR (88.1 Monroe CT), and we
hear that translator has now gone off the air, though it will
return to the air at 89.5.
There's a new morning host at WSYR (570 Syracuse). CNYRadio.com
reports that after Nikolai Busko's departure from the shift
a few weeks back, Kevin Schenk was filling in on morning drive
- but now WSYR has hired former Fox News Radio anchor Chris Barnes
as its new morning man.
And engineers from all over upstate New York will be making
their annual pilgrimage to Turning Stone later this week, as
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*In a quiet week in PENNSYLVANIA, our biggest
story comes from just outside Pittsburgh, WAVL (910 Apollo) has
dropped its contemporary Christian format ("Praise 910")
in favor of a conservative talk lineup as "Liberty 910."
The new schedule there includes Bill Bennett's "Morning
in America," Neal Boortz, Dave Ramsey, Clark Howard and
In the Steel City itself, PBRTV.com
reports that Tuesday was "Bill Cardille Day," as Pittsburgh
officials joined with their counterparts in Cardille's hometown
of Sharon and Mercer County to honor the veteran DJ and horror-movie
TV host. "Chilly Billy" was the first voice heard on
WIIC-TV (now WPXI) when Channel 11 signed on in 1957, and he
hosted "Chiller Theater" for 20 years there. Now 81,
Cardille is heard in middays on WJAS (1320 Pittsburgh).
Where are they now? Former WIOQ (102.1 Philadelphia) PD Tracy
Austin has landed a new job in Houston, where she's programming
KHMX (Mix 96.5) for CBS Radio.
*Friday was launch day for the newest FM
station in CANADA's Maritimes. Evanov's CKHY (105.1) launched,
appropriately enough, at 1:05 PM on October 1, counting down
the "top 105" modern rock songs selected by its listeners-to-be.
105" also unveiled its jock lineup that starts today: Cub
Carson (formerly of Virgin 106.9 in Ottawa) and Floyd (late of
Saskatoon) kick it off at 5:30 with "The Morning Mob";
they're followed by Christina (from Corner Brook, Newfoundland)
in middays, Scotty Mars (who moves over from Q104 in Halifax)
in afternoons and AJ (who'd been at Edge 102 in Toronto and more
recently at Live's sister station Z103 in Halifax) at night.
*In Moncton, N.B., tourist-information CIRM is changing frequencies.
The CRTC has approved the station's application to move from
101.9 to 90.1 and relocate its transmitter site.
Moving west, Belleville's United Christian Broadcasters (UCB
Canada) is applying for a new signal in Cobourg. The new station
would run 250 watts/32.5 meters on 90.7, programming a Christian
AC format. The CRTC will consider the application at a hearing
in Gatineau, Quebec on November 26.
And we can now attach some prices to the radio stations that
CTV is buying and selling: CTV will pay C$27 million for CFXJ
(Flow 93.5) in Toronto, while it will sell CHST (Bob 102.3) in
London to Rogers for C$16 million, according to the applications
filed last week with the CRTC. Those sales will also be on the
agenda at the Nov. 26 hearing in Gatineau.
the NERW Archives
Yup, we've been doing this a long time now, and so we're
digging back into the vaults for a look at what NERW was covering
one, five, ten and - where available - fifteen years ago this
week, or thereabouts. Note that the column appeared on an erratic
schedule in its earliest years as "New England Radio Watch,"
and didn't go to a regular weekly schedule until 1997.
October 5, 2009 -
- One of the best-loved radio voices in eastern PENNSYLVANIA
has died. "Diamond" Jim Nettleton began his broadcast
career in Pottstown, then got his big breaks in Connecticut -
in Waterbury, New Haven (WAVZ), and most of all in Hartford,
where he did afternoons at WDRC in the mid-sixties. He quickly
moved south to Philadelphia's WFIL (560), where he was the "Boss
Jock" holding down afternoon drive during one of the decade's
most prominent top-40 radio wars, which pitted WFIL against "Wibbage,"
WIBG (990). Nettleton moved on to overnights at New York's WABC
in 1969, but he continued to be heard in Philadelphia via voicetracks
for WCAU-FM (98.1). In 1971, WABC dismissed Nettleton due to
the perceived conflict with his work for CBS-owned WCAU-FM, at
which point Nettleton went across tow to WPIX-FM.
- Later in the seventies, Nettleton programmed WCAU-FM and
WUSL (98.9, in its "US-1" era before flipping to R&B),
then returned for a short stint at WFIL before moving to Tampa's
WDAE in 1983. The nineties found Nettleton back home in Philadelphia,
working afternoons on WOGL (98.1) and later on WPEN (950), as
well as voice-tracking for Maryland's WARX and most recently
for the revived WIBG-FM (94.3 Avalon) at the Jersey shore. Nettleton
was diagnosed with cancer in early September, and word of his
serious illness was making the rounds of the Philadelphia radio
community early last week. He died Sunday, at age 69.
- On the other end of the Keystone State, Pittsburghers will
learn more later today about an ambitious effort to restore an
urban station to their market in the wake of the sale and silencing
of WAMO-FM (106.7), WAMO (860) and WPGR (1510) to a Catholic
broadcast group that has yet to return those signals to the air.
Eddie Edwards, who built WPTT (Channel 22, now WPMY) into one
of the nation's biggest African-American-owned stations before
selling it, buying it back, and then LMA'ing it to Sinclair and
again selling it, was an outspoken opponent of the WAMO sale
- and he's planned a 4 PM news conference today to announce that
he's acquired a radio station that will flip to urban programming.
Is Edwards buying one of the former Sheridan stations from St.
Joseph Missions - perhaps WAMO(AM)? That seems more likely than
a big-ticket purchase of an FM signal, especially since those
signals are all in the hands of cluster owners (Steel City, Renda,
CBS and Clear Channel) that we'd think would be unlikely to part
with an individual station.
- Thursday night will bring one of the biggest transitions
in years to the NEW YORK CITY radio dial, and we now know more
about what's in store for classical WQXR in its new home as a
noncommercial signal at 105.9 on the dial. Contrary to earlier
reports, it turns out that new owner WNYC will hire several on-air
staffers from QXR's current incarnation at 96.3. Morning host
Jeff Spurgeon, afternoon host Elliott Forrest and evening host
Midge Woolsey will make the move over to the WNYC studios for
daytime shifts on the new 105.9 signal (with current WQXR midday
host Annie Bergen conspicuously absent), while WNYC's own classical
hosts, Terrance McKnight and David Garland, will handle WQXR's
evening shifts. WNYC has also hired announcer Naomi Lewin from
WGUC in Cincinnati.
- As for the music on the new WQXR, the Times reports that
WNYC has adopted a mission statement for the new service that
calls for a relatively mainstream classical playlist: "There
may indeed be times when the more radical and unfamiliar pieces
work, but we will not favor them over the work that speaks directly
to the needs of uplift, beauty and contemplation. For the
more esoteric material sometimes heard on the classical portion
of the present WNYC-FM (93.9) broadcast day, there will be a
new streaming audio service called "Q2." It's not yet
clear whether Q2 will show up as an HD Radio subchannel on either
WNYC-FM or the new WQXR - or for that matter whether WQXR will
appear as a subchannel on the bigger WNYC-FM signal.
- Up north, the end of the line for AM radio in Sudbury, Ontario
came without fanfare last Wednesday afternoon around 5, when
Newcap turned off the transmitter at CIGM (790) after eight decades.
The AM station had been simulcasting its new FM replacement,
"Hot 93.5" (CIGM-FM), for the last few weeks. The new
station launched its jock lineup in late September, bringing
Matt Sampaio from sister station CHNO-FM (Big Daddy 103.9) and
Sherri K. from CHTN-FM (Ocean 100.3) in Prince Edward Island
together in the "Morning Hot Tub." They're followed
by Ryan Seacrest in middays (yes, even in Sudbury, Ontario) -
and he's followed by Grant Kellett, late of CIHT (Hot 89.9) in
Ottawa in afternoons and Jess Stevens, formerly of PEI's CKQK
(105.5), at night.
- One more AM signal quietly faded into oblivion last week:
CKRU (980 Peterborough) ran out of its 90-day simulcast period
with CKRU-FM (100.5), leaving the air after more than 60 years
- and leaving Peterborough, too, without AM radio.
October 3, 2005 -
- At Entercom, two well-known talk hosts are out. First, WRKO
(680 Boston) announced on Monday that morning co-host Peter Blute
wasn't renewing his contract, which was to expire today. Blute
joined the station from the world of politics in 1999, working
first with the late Andy Moes, then with John Osterlind before
WRKO launched him on his current partnership with Scott Allen
Miller in 2003. Miller will continue doing mornings solo for
now; we wouldn't be surprised to see Blute re-enter the political
arena. (And we're most curious to see what other moves WRKO's
new operations manager, Brian Whittemore, has up his sleeve.)
- A few days later, down the hall at sports giant WEEI (850
Boston), came word that longtime night host Ted Sarandis was,
er, "leaving to pursue other interests." Sarandis joined
WEEI in 1992, not long after the station's shift to sports, and
his "Ted Nation" show had been a 7-midnight fixture
there even as much of the rest of WEEI's schedule shifted. There's
no word yet on a permanent replacement, or on what Sarandis will
do next. He'll remain the voice of Boston College basketball,
and it's not hard to imagine that he'll be talking to the new
"ESPN Boston" (WAMG 890 Dedham/WLLH 1400 Lowell), too.
- Speaking of signal upgrades, Costa-Eagle's WNNW (800 Lawrence)
is applying to triple its daytime power. The proposed upgrade
from 1 kW to 3 kW at the station's current site in Andover won't
give WNNW the Boston signal Pat Costa has said he wants (the
poor ground conductivity between Andover and Boston is the issue
here; ironically, it's that same poor conductivity that makes
it possible for a higher-powered WNNW to coexist with Providence's
WSKO on 790), but it should at least improve WNNW's signal up
and down the Merrimack Valley. WNNW will remain at 244 watts
- From CONNECTICUT comes word that a well-known morning voice
has been silenced. Ron Rohmer came to the New Haven area from
his native Canada to play hockey in the fifties, but moved into
radio at WELI (960 New Haven) in 1961. He became the city's most
popular radio personality during his long run in morning drive
there, but an ownership change in 1995 pushed him out of the
slot. Rohmer sued Clear Channel for age discrimination, and the
company soon brought him back at sister station WAVZ (1300),
from which he retired in 1999. Rohmer died last Sunday (Sept.
25); he was 74.
- Upstate, Holy Family's WHIC (1460 Rochester) has filed an
application to leave the three-tower site in Brighton that's
been the station's home since 1947. (It was WHEC back then.)
The station's losing its lease on the site, but it's found a
new location a mile or so to the west at the four-tower site
of Entercom's WROC (950). WHIC would use the three in-line towers
at that site, running 4500 watts non-directional from the center
tower by day and 3000 watts directional at night, more or less
replicating its current 5 kW DA-N signal from its existing site.
- Today's launch day for PENNSYLVANIA's newest sports station.
WPEN (950 Philadelphia) said goodbye to its oldies format, with
Jim Nettleton as the last live jock Friday night, and today it
enters the battle against entrenched market leader WIP (610).
- In Scranton, the "Chet" stunt at WWRR (104.9) came
to an end on Monday, when the station relaunched as "105
the River." At least in its initial days - it's kicking
things off with a 5,000-song "River Cruise" - the station's
music mix seems like the "variety hits" formats known
elsewhere as "Jack," "Ben," "Mike,"
and so on. GM Bob VanDerheyden tells the local papers that the
River won't have the same attitude as the "Jack" clones,
though, and he prefers to think of it as an AC with a particularly
October 2, 2000 -
- TV viewers in CONNECTICUT will have to look a little harder
for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "WWF Smackdown"
in a few months. As had been expected, the WB affiliation that's
been held by New Haven's WBNE (Channel 59) since the weblet's
1995 debut will move to WTXX (Channel 20 Waterbury) on January
1, 2001. With the coming of duopoly, WTXX ended up in the hands
of Tribune, which is also part-owner of The WB and full owner
of Hartford's Fox affiliate, WTIC-TV (Channel 61). As for WBNE,
it will get the UPN -- now Paramount Network -- affiliation that
now belongs to WTXX, at least for however much longer the Paramount
Network continues to exist. Expect a call change to get rid of
the "WB" at WBNE, as well.
- Meanwhile down in Bridgeport, channel 43 is getting yet another
new owner. The Azteca Network will pay Shop At Home $37.5 million
for what's now WSAH(TV), making it the "New York" outlet
for the new joint venture of Pappas Telecasting and Mexico's
TV Azteca. The Spanish-language network will debut next spring,
offering serious competition to Telemundo for the title of #2
network among Hispanic viewers (though we have to wonder how
well its largely Mexican programming will fare among the Puerto
Rican and Dominican communities in New York City, especially
without much over-the-air signal or cable carriage in the city
- The morning radio dial in Portland, MAINE saw still more
changes while we were away from NERW-land last week. You might
need a scorecard to keep track, so here goes: Bob Anderson, who
left WTHT (107.5 Lewiston) last month, has landed at oldies WYNZ
(100.9 Westbrook), filling the shoes of Dean Rogers, who's now
crosstown at AC WHOM (94.9 Mount Washington NH). Meanwhile, Mac
Dickson is out at WMWX (99.9 Auburn), headed for Augusta's WMME
(92.3) and afternoons. Now doing mornings at 99.9: Rick Taylor
and Donna Steele.
- But wait...there's more. It seems 99.9 has a new nickname
to go with its morning team. Gone is "Mix," which has
become a Clear Channel servicemark. In its place, the station
is back to the "Kiss" slogan it used for a decade or
so back when it was WKZS -- but with that call sign long since
taken, we hear the new calls at the new old "Kiss 99.9"
will be WMEK.
- Just up the coast, Atlantic Coast's WCLZ (95.5 Topsham) has
finally put the AAA format that's been wandering from station
to station to rest. After migrating to 95.5 from what's now WTPN
(98.9 Brunswick), the format was replaced last week by a simulcast
of sports "WJAB" (aka WJAE 1440 Westbrook and WJJB
- An upstate NEW YORK format change has been monopolizing the
radio dial in the NERW-mobile all week. We knew WNUC (107.7 Wethersfield)
was planning to switch from country to sports in early October
-- but we didn't expect to hear sports talk already in full swing
when we got behind the wheel Tuesday morning.
- It seems new owner Adelphia decided to use the 10-11AM hour
all week as a preview of what's to come, with the rest of the
day still occupied by satellite country. We also noticed that,
for a few days at least, the already potent signal was broadcasting
in mono only, making it even more listenable around the fringes
in Rochester (and presumably in downtown Buffalo as well). The
country vanished for good over the weekend (as did any sign of
a legal ID -- Sunday morning we heard only "Sports Radio
107.7 Wethersfield Buffalo"), and we're told the full format
arrives Monday morning (10/2). Tom Campbell moves over from WYRK
(106.5) to do mornings, followed by Fox Sports in late morning,
Art Wander from noon till 2, Mike Shopp (moving from Rochester's
WHTK) from 2-6, and Dave Miller from 6-11 on nights when the
Sabres aren't playing. Buffalo Blizzard soccer moves from 107.7
over to WWKB (1520), in the unlikely event anyone notices.
- We've also been listening to the fringes of Syracuse's new
urban station. Just a week after WRDS (102.1 Phoenix) ditched
"Power" for soft AC "Sunny," in stepped Clear
Channel, jettisoning the smooth jazz of WHCD (106.9 Auburn) for
urban as..."Power 106.9." The change took place at
10 AM on Sept. 21, we're told, with local hosts and the Tom Joyner
morning show (a WRDS relic) arriving soon. (NERW notes that the
urban format is now on one of the least urban Syracuse signals,
emanating from some 30 miles out of town in the Finger Lakes...)
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