NERW 9/15/2014: Bill Binnie’s Big TV News Gamble

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In this week’s issue… Ambitious local TV news operation launches tonight – NYC TV move-in fights for virtual channel – Clear Channel Rochester gambles on Kimberly and Beck – Connoisseur closes on WALK – Kennedy can’t speak – PA radio sale is all in the family By SCOTT FYBUSH *Few TV broadcasters enjoy the sort […]

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As many of you already know, on the heels of what’s already been a challenging year behind the scenes, your editor lost two close family members last Friday, September 5, in a tragic airplane crash in the Caribbean. We’re taking a short break to try to pull things back together and deal with some non-radio […]

NERW 9/8/2014: Veteran Morning Host Shifts Stations

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In this week’s issue… Morning swap creates buzz in Rochester – Clues to Howie’s next move? – Remembering Rivers, Donovan, Leonard – Quinn and Rose turn down a broadcast slot By SCOTT FYBUSH *How many top-40 morning hosts get to say they’ve woken up two generations of radio listeners? There’s the amazing run of Matty […]

Site of the Week 9/5/2014: SBS, New York

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Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH Over the years, our travels to New York City have taken us inside the studios of nearly all the city’s stations, sometimes at multiple locations as the city’s broadcast center of gravity has shifted inexorably from midtown Manhattan down to the island’s lower tip. But even as CBS and […]

NERW Update: Buffalo Gets Mix-ed

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By SCOTT FYBUSH Welcome back to the workweek, and to the fall season in radio! If you missed it over the long, lazy Labor Day weekend, there’s a full NorthEast Radio Watch column this week, available for your reading pleasure right here. Better yet – this column is free in its entirety for everyone. Our […]

NERW Labor Day Weekend: WFAS Makes Its FM Return

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In this week’s issue… WFAS relaunches on FM – Country brand extends up the coast – CC modifies Providence plan – Corus shuffles Cornwall lineup By SCOTT FYBUSH This week’s NERW is coming to you a little early, both because of breaking news and the Labor Day weekend holiday. And it’s coming to you FREE […]

Site of the Week 8/29/14: Dallas Studios, 2012

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Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH It doesn’t usually (or often) work out this way, but it’s always exciting when we can see a whole bunch of facilities in just a couple of hours, especially on very short notice. And that’s just what happened in Dallas in December 2012, when a day that started with […]

NERW 8/25/2014: New Owners in New York

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In this week’s issue… New owners in upstate NY – Media General sells in RI – Public broadcaster plots spectrum auction – Remembering Philly, NYC morning legends – CBS shakes it up in Boston By SCOTT FYBUSH *Upstate NEW YORK tends to be a fairly conservative place – not just politically, but when it comes […]