May 1, 2006
Unanswered Questions in Boston
FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: Greater Media has just announced that it's out
of the running for the Red Sox rights in 2007. "The deal
didnt make economic sense for the company," says Greater
Media president/CEO Peter Smyth. Read on for more insight on
the factors behind the deal (or lack thereof), and we'll have
much more in Monday's column.
*We're back from Las Vegas and the big National
Association of Broadcasters convention (about which we'll have
more to say later in the column), and we return to the Northeast
to find a bunch of unanswered questions that are still making
headlines in eastern MASSACHUSETTS, much to our continued
The biggest, of
course, is the issue of Red Sox radio rights for next year. We
take a bit of pride hereabouts in being the last media outlet
of any sort that still hasn't confidently declared that a Sox
deal is "just about to be announced," or "all
sealed up," or what have you. When it happens, we'll tell
you, and in the meantime, here are a few reasons why we still
believe (as of Sunday night, April 30, as we go to press with
this week's column) that the deal could still tip either way.
- For the Sox, it's all about the money. The present
Sox management has demonstrated repeatedly that it puts money
above sentiment. (Just ask the Yankees' center fielder.) The
years of tradition that have built up between the team and Entercom's
WEEI (which hasn't quite had the games "forever," as
the Herald's Inside Track claimed a few days ago) don't
mean much in that context. Neither does whatever publicity Greater
Media might be able to give the Sox as the central content of
a new sports-focused WBOS, if that were to happen. The Sox know
their fans will tune in regardless of where the team shows up
on the dial, just as they'll sell out Fenway no matter who's
on the field. This is about cashing in on the 2004 World Series
win, plain and simple.
- For the radio groups, it's about the money, too - sort
of. If you assume, as we do, that the Sox have a (very high)
number in mind for their next radio deal, then the delay in reaching
a deal has to mean that none of the would-be Sox flagships has
been willing to meet that number. That's not especially surprising.
All three of the companies that have been rumored as players
- Greater Media, Entercom and, to a lesser extent, CBS Radio
- keep a very close eye on the bottom line. They're not going
to spend crazy money on an unprofitable deal just for the privilege
of being the Red Sox flagship. (And while we're not privy to
anyone's internal numbers, it's a pretty good bet that most of
the expensive baseball deals being made these days aren't, in
themselves, profitable for the stations involved.)
- WEEI may not need the Sox at all. Conventional wisdom
says that the city's biggest sports talker needs to keep the
region's biggest sports franchise on its airwaves. As good as
the Sox have been to WEEI in the last few years, though, there's
at least some evidence to suggest that
the station's brand is now strong enough to survive even without
being the home of Sox play-by-play. With no major winter pro
franchise on its airwaves, WEEI's ratings have remained exceptionally
strong for the last few years during the Sox' off-season. Entercom
execs are probably looking south to Rhode Island's WEEI-FM, as
well, where the absence (until this year) of Sox baseball hasn't
kept the station from doing well. There's no Red Sox on WVEI
in Worcester, and there won't be any Sox on the new WVEI-FM in
Springfield, either. And if the Sox do end up taking an
ownership interest in WBOS as a new flagship, WEEI has a ready-made
position as the "independent voice" of the Sox fan.
- Greater Media has other issues to solve. While the
rumored WBOS deal, in which the Sox would take an equity interest
in the station, solves one big problem for Greater Media - meeting
the team's demands without spending precious cash - it still
leaves the company with many questions to answer, most of them
related to the other big unanswered question, the still-unconsummated
acquisition of WCRB.
Selling a piece of WBOS doesn't get Greater out from the ownership-cap
issues it will face by attempting to add a sixth FM - so the
company would still be looking to sell another signal (presumably
not WBOS) outright, probably while shuffling several other
formats and frequencies in the process, and while trying to launch
a new FM sports format on WBOS. That's a lot for any company
to tackle in just a few months - especially knowing that the
competition won't just be sitting back and watching idly.
- Two sports FMs in the Hub? It could happen, and for
the model, we look to New Orleans, where Entercom's giant news-talker
WWL (870) faces an impending threat from Clear Channel, which
will soon flip rocker WRNO (99.5) to news-talk. Entercom's attempt
to fend off that competition was to flip one of its FMs in the
market to become news-talk as WWL-FM. Would Entercom try the
same tactic in Boston to steal the thunder from an all-sports
WBOS? The likeliest scenario would move WAAF's rock to the 93.7
signal now occupied by adult hits "Mike," which would
then give WEEI the huge signal at 107.3 that would more than
fill the holes in the existing network of WEEI signals. (As another
bonus, it could free up 1440 in Worcester to help fill the coverage
gaps Entercom talker WRKO experiences west of Boston.) Furthermore
- and yes, we're deep into speculation territory now - all that
sports and talk on FM (don't forget about Greater's WTKK and
CBS Radio's increasingly talk-heavy WBCN) could well take a toll
on overall AM listening in the market, which would be bad news
for WRKO and WBZ.
- Bad news for "ESPN Boston," too. While the
upstart sports signal (WAMG 890 Dedham/WLLH 1400 Lowell) has
made some early dents in the ratings, the launch of an FM sports
signal in the Hub would not augur well for the other "other
sports station." There's ample evidence that there's not
room in the market for three sports stations (just look at poor
WWZN up there at 1510, still awaiting a buyer to put it out of
its misery), and the rumor mill is already awash with reports
of poor morale and frequent staff turnovers at WAMG/WLLH. We're
also hearing that ESPN Radio itself may be looking for a better
signal in the market, another move that could spell doom for
So here's the bottom line: Until we see an official press
release, we're continuing to treat all reports of an "imminent"
deal as speculative. (And can you imagine any other market where
the negotiations over sports radio rights could generate this
much speculative ink?)
It still looks to us - and yes, we're speculating, too - as
though neither of the radio groups vying for the Sox rights is
willing to put up the money the team wants. It certainly doesn't
look like the team is at all ready to back down. By our count,
there are still about 320 days until Opening Day 2007, and sometime
between now and then, there'll be a deal. When there is, we'll
tell you. Until then, our speculator is all worn out...so we'll
move on to some actual news.
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*Today's the day new programming launches at WESX (1230 Salem),
as the station's new owners-to-be take control from the Asher
family, which has owned the station since the fifties.
Last Friday, fans
of the little local station honored longtime personalities Al
Needham and Betty Stavis at a ceremony at Salem City Hall that
drew about 150 people. Under its new ownership, WESX will replace
local programming with a format that's expected to be primarily
foreign-language religious programming.
That format will arrive at sister station WJDA (1300 Quincy)
soon, too, though it appears the local programming on WJDA will
be around for at least a few more weeks.
(We'll showcase WJDA and WESX this Friday on Tower Site of
On the FM dial, WBCN (104.1 Boston) has named a new afternoon
team. "Toucher and Rich" come to Boston from Atlanta
(where Fred Toucher was on modern rocker WNNX) and Dallas (where
Rich Shertenlieb was a producer of the syndicated "Kidd
Kraddick" morning show), and their arrival moves Hardy from
afternoons to evenings and Mark Hamilton from evenings to overnights.
Another CBS Radio FM outlet in Boston is boasting that it
will soon become the first station in the country to broadcast
full time in 5.1 surround sound. WZLX (100.7 Boston) will work
with Telos and Fraunhofer to implement surround sound on its
HD Radio digital signal. The station says it's working with record
companies to get remastered surround versions of most of its
classic rock catalog.
Congratulations to WBZ-TV (Channel 4)/WSBK (Channel 38) VP/general
manager Angie Kucharski, who began her year as chairman of the
Radio-Television News Directors Association at the RTNDA@NAB
convention, which took place concurrently with NAB in Las Vegas!
Kucharski spent the past year as chair-elect, with her main duty
being the planning of this year's convention.
(We didn't get to spend much time at the RTNDA side of the
show, but attendance seemed good, and we saw a fair number of
faces from NERW-land, including a healthy contingent of Emerson
College students under the supervision of the indefatigable Marsha
Della-Giustina, as well as former WHEC anchor Gabe Dalmath from
right here in Rochester. He's now working with a market research/polling
firm called Critical Tracking.)
One more Bay State note: Vox has transferred its Great Barrington
translator, W231AK (94.1), to "Northeast Airchecks LLC,"
which is none other than Rick Kelly of the wonderful NortheastAirchecks.com.
W231AK has been translating WBEC-FM (105.5 Great Barrington),
but the terms of the sale will give Kelly permission to instead
rebroadcast Vox's WUPE-FM (100.1 North Adams). Kelly (whose real
name is Eric Elmendorf) will pay Vox $12,500 for the translator.
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of VERMONT's locally-owned radio voices is being sold,
but all within the station family. Tri-State Broadcasters, which
has owned WTSA (1450 Brattleboro) and WTSA-FM (96.7 Brattleboro)
since 1985, is selling the stations to William and Kelli Corbeil.
William Corbeil began his broadcast career as an intern at WTSA
and later worked at WIZN in Burlington before returning to his
family's auto dealerships. Corbeil says WTSA's staff (including
WTSA-FM morning host John "Clarke" Kilduff, one of
the station's current owners) will remain unchanged, and that
no changes are planned to the AM's sports programming or the
FM's adult contemporary format.
And we neglected to mention last week that Clear Channel is
launching traffic reports on its Vermont radio stations. (Aside
from some construction work on US 7 south of Burlington, we can't
recall ever having seen anything we'd call "traffic"
in the Green Mountain State, but if there's a sponsor willing
to pay for it, who are we to argue?)
*It's been years since the Knight family
has been active in NEW HAMPSHIRE radio ownership, but
since Knight Quality Stations is still fondly remembered in New
England, we should note that the family is now in the process
of selling off its last stations. The Knights kept WVWI (1000)
and two FM stations in the U.S. Virgin Islands when they sold
off their New England holdings a decade or so ago, and we noted
last week that the Knights are now selling their remaining interest
in those stations, closing out a long and honorable career in
*RHODE ISLAND is getting some HD2
multicasts, but so far only one format has been announced as
part of the next phase of the HD Alliance's rollout of multicasting.
It comes from Entercom's WEEI-FM (103.7 Westerly), which plans
to put a "live rock" format on its HD2 signal.
Over at WBRU (95.5), PD Seth Reisler is leaving after more
than a decade at the helm of the modern rocker. He's going into
documentary filmmaking, and WBRU is now on the hunt for a successor.
*In CONNECTICUT, Stan "the Man"
Priest starts today as PD at WKSS (95.7 Hartford). He comes to
the Clear Channel top 40 outlet from WSTO in Evansville, Indiana.
*Emmis Communications may be looking for
a new home for its three NEW YORK stations after yet another
shooting outside the Hudson Street studios that are home to WQHT
(97.1) and its two sister stations. "Hot 97" has been
a magnet for hip-hop rivalries that have ended in gunfire, with
two incidents before last week's shooting, in which rapper Jamaal
"Gravy" Woodward suffered a grazing wound to his posterior.
Now the carpenter's union that owns the building at 395 Hudson
Street says it wants the stations out. It's meeting with lawyers
today; Emmis says there are no grounds for an eviction. There
have been no arrests in the shooting.
On the AM dial, there's still no firm confirmation of the
well-reported rumor that Inner City Broadcasting will LMA WLIB
(1190 New York) to Randy Michaels when the current deal with
Air America Radio expires in August. Michaels has been investing
in progressive talk programming in recent years, and it's expected
that WLIB would become a flagship for the Ed Schultz show, among
others, if Michaels takes over. It's not clear whether WLIB would
continue to clear some Air America programming, or whether the
network would seek to lease its own outlet elsewhere in the market.
Meanwhile at WWRL (1600 New York), Armstrong Williams and
Sam Greenfield have taken over morning drive, while Karen Hunter
moves to their former afternoon drive shift.
battle over that controversial WFUV (90.7 New York) tower in
the Bronx ended with a whimper early last week. Now that WFUV
is on the air from its new site at Montefiore Hospital, Fordham
University officials acted without any publicity at all to take
down the never-completed tower that stood on the edge of the
Fordham campus, overlooking the New York Botanical Garden. It's
always nice when these things end happily, and all sides are
now satisfied - the Garden has its view back (not that we ever
found the tower all that ugly!), and WFUV has a better signal
from the Montefiore site than it ever would have had from the
Fordham tower, had it been completed.
Out on Long Island, former WBLI (106.1 Patchogue) morning
co-host Maria Garcia takes over nights at WALK-FM (97.5 Patchogue).
Meanwhile, WBLI and Cox sister station WBAB (102.3 Babylon) have
a new boss, as John Shea arrives from Barnstable's Greenville,
S.C. cluster as the new VP/GM for the stations.
Way out on the East End, WHBE (96.9 East Hampton) has changed
calls to WEHN, reflecting its new simulcast with WEHM (92.9 Southampton).
In Albany, WZMR (104.9 Altamont) has a new morning team, as
Darwin and Kat arrive from WEQX (102.7 Manchester VT).
Up in the North Country (rimshotting Montreal, in fact), WYUL
(94.7 Chateaugay) has a new afternoon drive jock who should be
familiar to Rochester listeners - he's "Java Joel"
Murphy, late of "Kiss" WKSC in Chicago.
we don't often have much news from Ithaca, this week we have
two items. At Saga's WHCU (870), Casey Stevens is leaving the
station after a decade in morning drive (and 15 years overall)
to go back to school at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
Dave Visser moves from afternoons at sister station WQNY (103.7)
to join Geoff Dunn on WHCU's morning show. Meanwhile over at
Citadel's WIII (99.9 Cortland) and WKRT (920 Cortland), Mark
Vanness takes over as PD and WIII morning host. The veteran of
WPST in Trenton, New Jersey replaces Marty Brandon at the Citadel
stations next Monday.
And a bit of history is gone in the Syracuse market: WWDG
(105.1 DeRuyter) has taken down its original self-supporting
tower from its days in the long-ago Rural
Radio Network. It has a new tower at the same site southeast
*Two new HD2 formats were announced last
week for NEW JERSEY: Greater Media will put "WDHA
Live" on WDHA (105.5 Dover), while WMGQ (98.3 New Brunswick)
will get a soft AAA-ish "Over Easy" format on its HD2
Where are they now? Scott and Casey, formerly of "New
Jersey 101.5" (WKXW-FM Trenton), have departed their latest
gig, doing mornings at KTRS (550 St. Louis).
And while it probably belongs more in the
PENNSYLVANIA section by now, Nassau's WTHK (97.5 Burlington)
has been granted a construction permit to move from its longtime
home in downtown Trenton to the WJJZ (106.1 Philadelphia) tower
in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, just north of the Philly line. WTHK
will have 26 kW at 682' from its new home, a full-fledged Philadelphia
signal in every sense.
*More Philadelphia news: WIOQ (102.1) has hired Chris Booker
as its new morning host. Booker comes to Q102 from nights at
"Free FM" WFNY-FM (92.3) in New York, which creates
a gap in the schedule at the New York station. Over at WIP (610),
Steve Martorano returns after an absence of not quite a year.
He's back in middays with Anthony Gargano.
In Lancaster, WLAN (1390) and WLAN-FM (96.9) are leaving their
longtime home on Queen Street downtown. Their new home will be
at 1685 Crown Avenue, Suite 100, just off the US 30 bypass north
And in Scranton, the first payments from the sale of Doug
Lane's stations (WWDL 104.9, now WWRR, and the WICK/WYCK AM simulcast)
are being made to social services agencies. Lane lost the stations
after being charged with child molestation, and instead of having
the stations' licenses pulled, Lackawanna County officials arranged
to have proceeds of the stations' sale (to Bold Gold Media) go
to several social services and victim's rights groups. The first
payment, $10,000 to Friendship House, was made last week.
*In CANADA, former shock jock Andre
Arthur isn't just a Member of Parliament - he's now on one of
the committees that oversees his old rivals at the CRTC. Arthur
was named last week to the standing committee on Industry, Science
and Technology, which oversees the technical - but not the content
- portions of the CRTC's work.
In Toronto, they're mourning Pat Marsden, the veteran CFTO-TV
sportscaster who later became a radio fixture at CJCL (Fan 590).
Marsden died Thursday (April 27) of lung cancer. He was 69.
CFHA (103.5 Saint
John NB) is changing calls and formats. It seems that a 50-watt
all-comedy station couldn't quite make it in the third-largest
municipality in the Maritimes (we're stunned, too) - and now
the station's becoming CJEF, "103.5 the Pirate," with
what Milkman UnLimited says will be a mix of new rock
and urban programming.
From the CRTC files: CKPC (1380 Brantford) is again applying
to boost power from 10 kW to 25 kW. CKPC held a permit for the
power increase in the early nineties, but it was never built.
Over in Leamington, CHYR (96.7) wants to leave the last remaining
tower from its old split-frequency (730 days, 710 nights) AM
operation, boosting power to 27 kW (DA)/153 meters. CFLZ (105.1
Niagara Falls) wants to move from its transmitter site on the
Skylon Tower to a new site in Thorold, with 4 kW (15 kW max),
directional, at 127 meters above average terrain, serving more
of a Canadian audience and covering a bit less U.S. soil. United
Christian Broadcasters' CKJJ (102.3 Belleville) is applying to
add a transmitter up north at Foymount, west of Renfrew. It would
operate on 106.5, with 26.9 kW (100 kW max), directional at 286
meters. And Barrie's CJLF (100.3) wants to put a relay transmitter
up in Iqaluit, Nunavut. It would run 250 watts on 105.5 way,
way, way, way up north in that territorial capital.
we leave you this week, a few words about the just-concluded
First, my thanks to Fred Baumgartner and the Society of Broadcast
Engineers for the invitation to present a talk on "Towers
I Have Known And Photographed" at the SBE/Ennes educational
seminar. It was an honor to share some of my favorite tower pictures
with an interested crowd of engineers - and for all those who
weren't able to make it, I hope to have an HTML version of the
talk available soon here at fybush.com. (You may also have a
chance to hear the talk in person at a regional event or two
here in the Northeast soon, too...stay tuned!)
Thanks are also due to the many great engineers in Los Angeles
and Las Vegas who opened their transmitter sites to our roving
lenses - we'll be featuring some great sites in the months to
come at Tower Site of the Week.
So what about the show itself? As NAB has transformed over
the years from an organization of independent broadcasters into
more of a corporate voice, there are fewer local broadcasters
to be seen walking the show floors and attending the sessions.
But there are still a few hardy souls holding up the cause of
the little guys - Mike Rice from Connecticut, Suzanne
Goucher from Maine and of course Ed Perry from WATD
in Marshfield, Mass. were among the broadcasters we saw at the
show, at least in passing.
Ed questioning the FCC's Roy Stewart at Monday's FCC Roundtable
session, asking about the Commission's EEO rules and how they
affect small employers like Ed himself.)
The largest presence from NERW-land, though, was the engineering
contingent. NAB remains an important venue for engineers each
year, providing an opportunity to check out all the new gear
firsthand and to learn from other engineers at the many educational
We've already told you about the announcement of surround
sound at WZLX, and about the new HD2 services in Providence and
central New Jersey. What about the radios? While there was no
Ibiquity presence on the floor (a much-discussed omission), several
manufacturers did show receivers. We got our first look at the
Radiosophy tabletop receiver, which is finally in production
and expected to be shipping in about three months, and we're
hoping to have a unit for review pretty soon.
And we hope broadcasters pay careful attention to all the
talk at the show about disaster preparedness. While the Northeast
isn't as prone to natural disasters as are other parts of the
country, there are still plenty of ways in which radio and TV
stations in our region can be better prepared to stay on the
air in case of emergency. That was one of the major focuses of
this year's NAB all across the board - for engineers, managers
and newspeople - and it's one of the most important functions
that broadcasters can serve.
Beyond that, there weren't many huge announcements this year,
especially not from the FCC, which remains stalled by the lack
of confirmation of a fifth commissioner. Until that happens,
the Commission's not going to be taking action on several controversial
issues, including a review of the ownership-cap rules. (Don't
expect any windows for new AM or noncommercial FM stations for
at least another year, either.)
We'll be back in Las Vegas in 2007 to see what's changed.
(At the very least, we're hoping for more screeners at the airport...)
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May 2, 2005 -
- There's been plenty of speculation - present space included
- that the big move of WBEC-FM (105.5) in western MASSACHUSETTS
would lead to the sale of some of the last remaining assets of
Bruce Danziger and Jeff Shapiro's Vox Media. That will indeed
be the case, as Vox files to sell WBEC-FM to Jim Morrell's Pamal
Broadcasting, which will take over operation of the station when
it completes its move from Pittsfield to Easthampton, where it
will serve Northampton, Amherst and Springfield. Pamal already
owns adult rock WRNX (100.9 Amherst) in the market, as well as
WPNI (1430 Amherst), which is leased to public radio WFCR. It'll
pay $7 million to add WBEC-FM to the group - and if we're reading
the sales contract right, Pamal gets the WBEC-FM calls and the
intellectual property that includes the "Live 105"
nickname and top 40 format, which we'd expected to stay with
Vox in the Berkshires on a different frequency. (2006 note:
The deal with Pamal was never consummated, and 105.5 ended up
being sold instead to Entercom.)
- In MAINE, it's the end of the line for Mark Persky and WBLM
(102.9 Portland) after 28 years together. The veteran morning
man has been off the air at WBLM since February, when he disappeared
from the "Captain and Mark" morning show, which still
features PD "Captain" Herb Ivey along with former midday
jock Celeste. Last week, the station announced it had parted
ways with Persky; there's already plenty of noisy speculation
that he's headed for Nassau's "Frank" WFNK (107.5 Lewiston),
which has been eating away at WBLM's ratings. (NERW irony alert:
When Persky joined WBLM way back, it was still operating on that
very 107.5 signal...)
- It's the end of an era in NEW YORK radio history: At 1:00
Saturday afternoon (April 30), WOR (710 New York) began broadcasting
from its new home at 111 Broadway, closing the book on almost
eight decades of radio from 1440 Broadway. Bob Gibson did the
last newscast from 1440 at noon Saturday, followed at 1 PM by
the first newscast from 111 with Dara Welles - and the word is
that engineers Tom Ray and Kerry Richards had very little sleep
over the weekend as they got everything in place at the new digs.
April 30, 2001 -
- The biggest news came from QUEBEC, where a Cessna piloted
by Gilbert Paquette, 38, of Ste.-Therèse struck the top
of the tower between Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan that
was home to most of the FM and TV stations serving the Mauricie
region of central Quebec. Paquette's plane lodged a few dozen
meters below the top of the 300-plus meter guyed tower, killing
the pilot on impact Sunday afternoon (April 22). After studying
the situation, local authorities decided it was unsafe to climb
the tower to retrieve Paquette's body. Declaring the tower itself
damaged, they brought it down at week's end by cutting the guy
wires. Paquette's widow protested the plan, saying officials
should have tried harder to recover the body before bringing
it down with the wreckage and the tower itself.
- The other big news from CANADA, of course, is the impending
demise of music on Toronto's CHUM (1050). Mayor Mel Lastman declared
this week to be "1050 CHUM Week," and the countdown
is underway for the big "Final Hours" show, to take
place Monday, May 7 from 10 AM until 3 PM. Duff Rowan and Bob
Laine will be hosting. CHUM Group is also making official its
plans to launch the "Team" sports format in Montreal
next week, with "Team 990" replacing "Oldies 990"
at CKGM on May 7. The station has signed a deal to carry Expos
baseball in English, returning the team to the Anglo airwaves
there for the first time since the 1999 season.
- Up North in New York, the word is that the AC sounds of "The
Valley" will make their permanent home on the new 96.1 Norwood
signal (now WYSI), while the original "Valley" signal
at 96.7 in Canton (now WVLF) will join Tim Martz' "Yes FM"
hot AC simulcast, along with WYSX 98.7 Ogdensburg and WYUL 94.7
Chateaugay. Bet we see a WYSI/WVLF call swap soon...
- Working our way back down towards Albany, Vox submitted a
three-part plan to the FCC that will move the "Wheels"
oldies signal much closer to the Capital District from its current
Glens Falls home. Here's how it works: Vox would move WHTR, now
licensed to Corinth, from 93.5 to 93.7. It would then move that
93.7 allocation from Corinth down to Scotia, not far from Schenectady.
And to keep a "first local service" in Corinth, sister
station WFFG (107.1) would change city of license from Hudson
Falls to Corinth.
- MAINE saw the launch of a new "W-Bach" outlet April
23, as WMDI (107.7 Bar Harbor) became WBQI at 6 AM, bringing
classical music to the Mount Desert Island area. Just to the
southwest, Gopher Hill changed calls on its WAYD (105.5 Islesboro);
the standards station is now WBYA, the former identity of 101.7
Searsport, recently flipped by Clear Channel to "Fox"
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- From the high-school front: WHHB in
Holliston MA has completed its transmitter move. This little
class D outlet used to run 18 watts from the roof of the high
school; now, according to an article in the (Framingham MA) "Middlesex
News," it's moved to a nearby cell-phone tower, giving it
somewhat better reach. The article could have been a bit better
researched; it gave WHHB's frequency as "91.9" (try
91.5, with a CP for 99.9), and repeated without any verification
WHHB's claim to be one of only 4 high-school stations in Massachusetts.
In fact, I think Massachusetts may lead the nation in high-school
- The new evening lineup took effect
this week at Boston talker WRKO (680). Lori Kramer and Leslie
Gold, aka "Two Chicks Dishing," now hold down the 7-10pm
slot last occupied by Charles Adler. Dr. Laura, who must be on
just about every AM station in the country by now, takes over
10pm-1am from Phyllis Levy and "Sex Talk."
*Didn't find a Tower Site Calendar
2006 under the tree/menorah/Blaw-Knox diamond tower model
of your choice over the holidays? Our supply is running low,
but we have a few still available at special clearance
We've got to say,
we're especially proud of the way this year's calendar turned
out. Once again, we bring you more than a dozen images from the
fybush.com collection that have never seen print before, including
that nifty nighttime view of New York's WMCA that graces the
cover. You also get to see WSB, KTAR, Mount Wilson, CBV and many,
many more, plus all those fun dates in radio and TV history,
civil and religious holidays, a handy full-page 2007 calendar,
and the always-popular hole for hanging.
And we do it all with no increase in price, for the fourth
You can get one free with your 2006 subscription
to NERW at the $60 level, or order the calendar (plus other goodies)
at our brand new fybush.com
Store! We think you'll like this one - and as always,
we thank you for your support.
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2006 by Scott Fybush.