NERW 2/24/2014: LPFM Window Bears Early Fruit


In this week’s issue… First LPFM applicant hits air – WBUR adds new Cape signal – Whither Scott Shannon and WOR? – Classical stations cut back – NJ aux tower survives NIMBY onslaught – Veteran PA host dies By SCOTT FYBUSH *How fast can a low-power FM station hit the air after getting its construction […]

NERW Extra: Who’ll Fill WOR’s Sudden Morning Gap?


By SCOTT FYBUSH If you believed that Clear Channel had a carefully-constructed plan to rebuild New York’s WOR (710) into a younger-skewing talk-and-sports station, this morning’s developments should disabuse you of that notion. WOR raised plenty of eyebrows when it began the new year by replacing morning veteran John Gambling and his 86-year family legacy […]

NERW 2/17/2014: Sales, Sales and More Sales

The WQHT/WBLS-WLIB lobby, 2013

In this week’s issue… Emmis’ double-reverse-backflip NYC station swap – Granite (mostly) exits TV – Snow collapses studio roof – Two exit Boston’s WCVB – LPFM goes full-power – WBAI mess remains messy By SCOTT FYBUSH *We’re not much in the habit of making prognostications here about what lies ahead in each new year of […]

NERW 2/10/2014: Scott Shannon’s Sudden Farewell

Scott Shannon says goodbye (photo: Race Taylor/WPLJ via Facebook)

In this week’s issue… Shannon exits WPLJ – The fallout from Cumulus’ NASH-ional country rollout – WKBW sale imminent? – LPFM grants keep rolling out – CRTC restores New Brunswick FM – Ralph Kiner, RIP By SCOTT FYBUSH One more quick program note: “Mrs. NERW” is home from the hospital and recuperating nicely. We’re caught […]

NERW 2/3/2014: Big Consolidation in Small Upstate Markets

Pfuntner's Elmira facility, January 2014

In this week’s issue… Station clusters expand in Elmira, Olean, Ithaca – Power boost for Pittsburgh’s jazz FM – “Lite” replaces rock in SW Ontario – AM frequency change in Rochester? – Public radio changes on Cape Cod By SCOTT FYBUSH A program note: while “Mrs. NERW” continues to recuperate from her surgery, we’re still […]

NERW 1/27/2014: Remembering Chet Curtis

The WCVB team in its heyday

In this week’s issue… Boston loses a TV legend – YES swaps afternoon shows – Big fine for missing tower fences – “Dinosaur” roams Syracuse – Corus adds Ottawa FMs – Two new signals in Ontario By SCOTT FYBUSH A program note: just over a year since “Mrs. NERW” underwent her last major surgery, she’s […]

NERW Extra: Our AM Improvement Filing


Every couple of decades, the FCC decides it’s time to do something about the state of AM radio. This is one of those times, and today’s the deadline for comments in the Commission’s Proceeding #13-249, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on AM Improvement. If you have strong opinions about the state of AM radio – […]