June 6, 2011
Radio, TV React to Mass. Tornadoes
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*Broadcast stations in places like Alabama, Missouri and Oklahoma
have plenty of experience covering tornados and their aftermath.
But twisters aren't a common part of life in western MASSACHUSETTS,
so when a devastating storm developed near Springfield on Wednesday
afternoon, TV and radio stations in Springfield and Worcester
had to scramble to respond to the sudden emergency just before
On TV, all three Springfield-based stations - NBC affiliate
WWLP, ABC affiliate WGGB and CBS affiliate WSHM - went wall-to-wall
with coverage (including dramatic sky-cam images of the tornado
whipping up water from the Connecticut River in downtown Springfield)
as the storm approached, staying with the story late into the
evening as the extent of the destruction became clear (and even
as at least one of the three tornadoes passed close to WWLP's
tower site on Provin Mountain, south of Springfield.)
On radio, the coverage was a little more mixed, as stations
with pared-down news staffs (or none at all) struggled at first
to rise to the occasion. Listeners to Worcester's WTAG (580)
reported hearing afternoon host Jordan Levy announce that the
staff was evacuating the studios as the storms approached, followed
by several minutes of dead air. In Springfield, heritage news-talker
WHYN (560) started out in syndication mode at first, relaying
the Howie Carr show out of Boston's WRKO. Within a short time,
though, radio stations around the area were in wall-to-wall mode,
either originating their own coverage or relaying TV audio. WHYN's
John Baibak and Kevin Johnson stayed on the air until midnight,
simulcasting their coverage on WHYN's three FM sister stations.
Within hours, media from all over the nation descended on
western Massachusetts to cover the story - not just the Boston
and Hartford TV stations but also network crews reporting on
what had become a national story. While those crews quickly moved
on to the next big story, the local stations in the Pioneer Valley
continued to report on (and assist with) the area's recovery,
providing information on the availability of relief supplies
and food and helping to coordinate donations.
In the longer run, the storms are already prompting discussions
of how the area might be better prepared should another tornado
ever hit. That preparation might include the installation of
warning sirens, but it's also likely to include a greater role
for radio and TV. Will broadcasters be more ready if there's
a "next time"?
Remarkably, there was no significant damage to any broadcast
infrastructure from the storms. Only one station, Springfield
College's WSCB (89.9), was taken off the air for more than a
short time, and its absence was apparently the result of power
outages on the hard-hit campus rather than damage to its transmitter
*For one Pioneer Valley station, the storm came at an especially
bad time: the region's public station, WFCR-FM (88.5), was mourning
its longtime morning host after his sudden death the previous
Bob Paquette discovered radio while attending UMass Amherst
and working at its student station, WMUA (91.1), and he began
his career by traveling widely, working in Montana, Arizona and
California. Within a few years, he was back in Amherst working
at WTTT (1430, now WPNI), and in 1991 he returned to his alma
mater and WFCR. In addition to his on-air work hosting "Morning
Edition," Paquette lent his voice to the UMass graduation
ceremonies, reading the names of each graduate for many years.
He had survived a 2004 bout with leukemia, and his death (of
a heart attack) last Saturday, May 28, came as a shock to the
WFCR family and his listeners. Paquette is survived by his husband,
Michael Rice Packard. He was just 55.
WFCR hasn't named a replacement yet; the station has put up
a memorial page for Paquette here.
week's other big story straddles the RHODE ISLAND state
line, as Boston's WGBH expands the reach of its classical service
into the Providence market with a deal that will place the programming
of WCRB (99.5 Lowell) on Bryant University's WJMF (88.7 Smithfield
The background: WCRB's move from 102.5 to 99.5 a few years
back was bad news for classical-music fans south of Boston, and
especially in the Providence market, which received a fringe
signal from 102.5 but none at all from 99.5. As for WJMF, the
college station has been sitting on a construction permit to
upgrade its present 225-watt/131' signal to 1200 watts/535' DA
from a new site in Johnston, closer to Providence.
That construction permit was due to expire on Friday, but
before it did, Bryant reached an agreement with WGBH that will
bring classical music back to Providence listeners: beginning
in August, student programming will be replaced by a WCRB simulcast
on the newly-expanded 88.7 signal, which will provide city-grade
coverage of most of the Providence market. The students will
land on 88.7's new HD2 coverage, and at least for now they seem
to be making the best of it, telling listeners on the station's
Facebook page that the student programming will also be available
via streaming audio and iTunes, as well as on a mobile DTV channel
provided by WGBH-TV.
The exact terms of the deal between Bryant and WGBH haven't
been made public; in a statement announcing the agreement, WGBH
said it "involves no capital commitment" on the Boston
station's part. It's also not clear what becomes of Bryant's
other construction permit, authorizing a new signal on 90.7 in
Danielson, Connecticut, just over the border from Rhode Island.
(There's already one all-classical signal that's nominally
in the Providence market, but WCRI 95.9, an erstwhile sister
station to WCRB in its 102.5 days, is licensed to and broadcasts
from Block Island off Rhode Island's south coast, with at best
a very fringe signal into the state capital.)
a format change on the Boston AM dial: Radio One began leasing
daytimer WILD (1090 Boston) to China Radio International on Wednesday,
ending the station's mix of syndicated urban talk.
The English-language format from the Chinese government-owned
broadcaster has become a fulltime fixture in several other markets
recently, including Washington and Houston, and while it's hard
to imagine CRI will find a very large audience in Boston, it
no doubt is providing a reliable income stream to Radio One.
*Radio People on the Move: Bob Stuart has been a fixture at
the 92.5 spot on the dial since its days as Haverhill-licensed
WLYT, and he was the only remaining member of the station's charter
airstaff from its 1995 debut as AAA "River" WXRV. Now
he's gone from WXRV's afternoon airwaves and from the station's
website, and WXRV is seeking a replacement. Over at Entercom
Boston, Jeff Brown arrives from Portland, Oregon to become the
cluster's new VP/market manager, replacing the departed Tim Murphy.
Brown will share the title with Julie Kahn, who's also been named
New England market manager. Kahn will continue to focus on the
broadcast side of the operations, while Brown will focus on Entercom's
interactive media platforms. And at Greater Media's WTKK (96.9
Boston), the syndicated "John and Jeff" return to overnights,
replacing David Stein.
Want some radio history? The Merrimack Valley's WHAV.net will
be dishing it out tonight from 6:45 until 7:45, when veteran
DJ Phil Christie will answer listener questions about his days
at WHDH, WBZ and WNEW.
Want still more radio history? The denizens of the Boston-Radio-Interest
mailing list will be getting together for a cookout on June 18;
we'll have more details in next week's issue, or contact Gary
Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details...
*In CONNECTICUT, Jim Bosh is out at
WWYZ (92.5 Waterbury), leaving Cory Meyers handling mornings
solo. Bosh had been with the Hartford-market country station
for seven years.
*Where are they now? Since leaving VERMONT,
former WNCS (104.7 Montpelier) PD Mark Abuzzahab has been busy
adding a lot of big AAA stations around the country to his resume:
KBCO in Boulder, KGSR in Austin and now KKXT (91.7) in Dallas,
where he takes over as PD later this month.
And speaking of rock stations in Vermont, WEQX (102.7 Manchester)
is looking for a new music director and afternoon host after
the exit of Jason Irwin.
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*The week's biggest news in NEW YORK happened
right after last week's issue of NERW hit the web: EMF Broadcasting's
WKLV-FM (96.7 Port Chester) signed on Monday (May 30), ending
months of speculation about just when the national "K-Love"
contemporary Christian service would arrive in the nation's biggest
reports on the station's signal coverage from its new transmitter
site atop the Trump Plaza building in New Rochelle (snapped just
hours before sign-on by our tower photography colleague Mike
Fitzpatrick of NECRAT.us)
have been mixed: while it's providing a strong signal to Westchester
County and adjacent parts of Connecticut, the new 96.7 signal
is reportedly suffering serious interference from unlicensed
stations in the Newark, N.J. area.
*Veteran New York City station manager Steve Swenson is heading
for Washington. Swenson, who's now at the helm of CBS Radio's
WCBS (880) and WINS (1010), will become the senior VP/market
manager for the company's five Washington, D.C.-market signals,
including sports-talk WJFK (106.7). No replacement has been named
yet in New York.
*We now know where WHWK (98.1 Binghamton) PD Don Brake is
headed: he's making a straight shot south on I-81 (and then a
little jog over on I-70) to Frederick, Maryland, where he takes
over as music director and midday jock at Clear Channel country
station WFRE (99.9) starting June 13.
CNYRadio.com reports that two Utica sports-talkers
are moving: Gene Conte and Fred Miller will join Galaxy Broadcasting's
ESPN Radio affilates (WTLB 1310/WRNY 1350/WIXT 1230) on June
20, bringing their talk show from WIBX (950) to the ESPN trio,
where it will air weekdays from 3-5 PM. Conte was also serving
as WIBX's PD, and the duo's "SportsWatch" show vanished
from WIBX's schedule in late May, replaced by Sporting News Radio
In Johnstown, Thomas Kuettel's WIZR (930) started the month
with a format flip, shifting from classic country to Dial Global's
oldies format. The station will soon add an FM translator, moving
W240BA (95.9 Canajoharie) to 96.5 in Johnstown.
There's a format change in Rockland County as well: Polskie
Radio's WRKL (910 New City) dropped its own Polish-language programming
last week, replacing it with leased-time Spanish-language religion
from Pastor Erick Salgado's "Radio Cantico Nuevo,"
which is also heard on several other AM signals around the tri-state
Hudson Valley rocker WPDH (101.5 Poughkeepsie) marked its
35th anniversary over the weekend in style, inviting former staffers
back to take guest airshifts all weekend long. The station is
also throwing an anniversary concert later this summer at Bethel
Woods (site of the Woodstock concert), where the Doobie Brothers
and Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform August 19th.
Buffalo-market talker WECK (1230 Cheektowaga) was in the headlines
again this week as yet another host made a noisy departure from
the station. "Good Morning Buffalo" co-host Loraine
O'Donnell was fired, leaving producer Corey Griswold co-hosting
the show with market veteran Tom Donahue. In a message-board
post, O'Donnell says WECK told her the show "wasn't working";
PD Brad Riter tells the Buffalo News he's working on retooling
the station's talk lineup.
*And we close our New York report with an obituary: Chris
Ulanowski was a longtime staple of the news department at public
station WRVO (89.9 Oswego), where he worked for 27 years before
departing (as news director) in 2009. Ulanowski died last Monday
(May 30); he was just 51 years old.
*In TV news, NEW JERSEY state officials
are expected to announce this week that they're handing over
operations of the state-owned NJN television network to a new
nonprofit being formed by WNET (Channel 13), the Newark-licensed
and New York City-based public broadcaster.
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that the state
will continue to hold the NJN licenses and won't receive any
money from WNET for their operation; instead, WNET will receive
$2 million in CPB grants earmarked for NJN and another $2 million
annually in tower-lease fees from tenants of NJN's broadcast
towers. (What's in it for the state? The end of its $11 million
annual subsidy of NJN's operations.)
The deal is expected to go into effect July 1, ending the
existing NJN operation (including the nightly NJN News).
It's still not clear what will become of NJN's statewide radio
network, which is not included in the deal with WNET and Steve
Adubato's Caucus Educational Corp.
MONDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: State officials announced the deal's terms on
Monday, including the TV network's new identity as "NJTV."
While the existing NJN newscast will end at the end of June,
WNET's NJTV will launch a new nightly newscast in the fall. As
for radio, the network will be split: New York's WNYC will get
the stations in Trenton, Netcong, Sussex and Toms River while
Philadelphia's WHYY will get the stations in Atlantic City, Berlin,
Bridgeton, Manahawkin and Cape May Court House. Much more in
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*A western PENNSYLVANIA talk host
says the controversy over "fracking" cost him his job
at WMBS (590 Uniontown). Bob Foltz last hosted "Let's Talk"
on the station April 20, but it wasn't until the end of May that
he told his story to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
saying he was fired after a guest on his show was critical of
the hotly-debated method of extracting natural gas by blasting
a mixture of water and chemicals deep into the ground at high
Foltz says he was presented with a termination notice after
the guest, Dan Bailey, said one of those chemicals had contaminated
his community's water supply - and he says he has little doubt
that his firing was related to WMBS's recent addition of a weekly
talk show called "Natural Gas Matters" that's unapologetically
Foltz says the termination letter he was given claimed that
"by your choice, you have decided to let your listeners
know ... that you have elected to 'take a personal leave of absence'
from WMBS Radio." While that's just what the WMBS Facebook
page claimed, Foltz says he never elected any such thing, and
he says he's now looking for other work.
Pittsburgh, the WAMO callsign is now officially in place on Tim
Martz' Wilkinsburg-licensed 660 signal and its translator at
100.1. Martz swapped calls with Telikoja Educational Foundation's
signal at 88.1 in Dushore, which is now WPYT.
*Scranton's WVIA-FM (89.9) is adding a relay at the eastern
edge of its coverage area: it's acquiring the construction permit
for WLPP (91.5 Palmyra Township) from Four Rivers Community Radio.
The WLPP signal will serve the area east of Lake Wallenpaupack,
including Hawley and Tafton; WVIA won't pay any cash for the
400-watt signal, but it will provide Four Rivers with space for
translator W227BA (93.3) at WVIA's main tower on Penobscot Mountain
east of Wilkes-Barre.
And in Philadelphia, WNWR (1540) is running announcements
saying its current multicultural programming will move down the
dial next Monday (June 13) to Beasley's WWDB (860), where it
will replace ESPN Deportes Spanish-language sports. What's next
for WNWR? NERW wonders whether it might join Boston's WILD as
a new home for China Radio International...
*The news from CANADA is all about
brand extensions: Rogers Media, owner of Toronto's CITY-TV (Channel
57) and all-news CFTR (680), will launch a new "CityNews"
TV channel in October, using resources from both of its broadcast
Over at competitor
CTV, the "A" branding is finally disappearing from
the company's secondary TV network, which includes outlets in
Barrie (CKVR-TV), London (CFPL-TV) and Windsor/Wingham (CHWI-TV).
CTV says it will relaunch "A" this fall as "CTV2,"
retaining local news in each of its markets and upgrading its
signals to high-definition. CTV says it's also applying to the
CRTC to add a new over-the-air relay of CKVR's signal to serve
viewers in Toronto and Hamilton, though we haven't seen any filings
*More turbulence on the sports-radio scene: Rogers' CJCL (FAN
590) has dropped its hockey reporter, Howard Berger, after nearly
a quarter of a century. The station has added Michael Grange,
late of the Globe and Mail, as a commentator and as a
correspondent for the Rogers SportsNet website.
*And up in Wingham, Ontario, Blackburn Radio wants to add
an FM relay to its AM signal there, CKNX (920). CKNX can't move
completely to FM, since Blackburn already has two Wingham FMs
(CKNX-FM 101.7 and CIBU 94.5), but Blackburn wants to supplement
the powerful AM signal with a 3-kw/69m FM relay on 104.3. The
application says CKNX hopes to "provide fill-in coverage
at night and in areas that are most affected by interference
in the CKNX current licensed area"; NERW notes that the
920 signal is widely believed to have been operating with its
daytime facilities most nights in recent years, at least judging
by reception in our area.
the NERW Archives
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.
One Year Ago: June 7, 2010 -
- After another quiet holiday-shortened week, we once again
turn to CANADA's capital city for our lead story.
- In the space of just a week, Ottawa has added two new FM
signals to its dial - first Astral's "EZ Rock 99.7"
(CJOT), and as of today, Frank Torres' "101.9 DAWG FM"
(CIDG). The new station, which mixes blues with rock and R&B,
began testing its 3 kW/321' DA signal from downtown Ottawa early
last week. Today marks the debut of an airstaff that includes
the morning team of Geoff Winter (ex-CHEZ 106) and Laura Mainella,
as well as midday jock "Ali Kat" (Ali Misener, late
of CHRI), afternoon jock J-man, "Black at Night" with
Dylan Black and weekender Carly D. There is - or will soon be
- live streaming as well, at www.dawgfm.com. Still to come is
yet one more new Ottawa FM, the French community station at 94.5
that was authorized as part of the CRTC's re-examination of its
licensing process after its initial grants on 99.7 and 101.9
were overruled at a higher level of the Canadian government.
- Our post-holiday NEW YORK news begins with several Radio
People on the Move: in a story you saw first from NERW last Tuesday,
Kevin LeGrett is heading back home to Rochester to replace Karen
Carey as Clear Channel's market manager, leaving behind his post
as a regional president for Citadel, where he oversaw the Buffalo,
Syracuse, Binghamton, Erie and (yes) Albuquerque markets.
- The move brings LeGrett back to the last office space where
he worked in Rochester, the 17th floor of the HSBC building downtown
- but when LeGrett worked there, the space was home to CBS Radio's
Rochester cluster, where he had worked his way up through the
ranks to become VP/GM. LeGrett's new corner office is in the
same space once occupied by WCMF morning man Brother Wease; he,
too, is now with Clear Channel, of course - but working one flight
of stairs below in the new 16th floor WFXF (95.1 the Fox) studio.
- And in New York City, we mourn Himan Brown, one of the last
links to the golden age of radio drama. Brown's first venture
into radio was way back in 1927, hosting and producing a poetry
reading series on New York's WRNY ("Hi-Brow Readings")
and he'd been active ever since, working with big radio names
such as Gertrude Berg ("The Goldbergs") and soap opera
pioneers Anne and Frank Hummel. Brown was a founding member of
the Director's Guild of America, and long after most of his colleagues
had moved on to TV, retired, or passed away, Brown was still
creating and directing radio drama, keeping the medium alive
into the 1970s and beyond with the CBS Radio Mystery Theater,
which produced daily installments for nine years. Brown was inducted
into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995 and was named an American
Broadcast Pioneer two years later; as recently as just a couple
of years ago, your editor had the pleasure of watching him in
action, directing a live radio drama production at the AES convention
in New York City.
- Brown died at home in Manhattan Friday night, in the Central
Park West apartment where he'd lived since 1938. He was 99.
Five Years Ago: June 5, 2006 -
- Some big changes are underway at Clear Channel's big New
York City cluster, most notably in mornings at WKTU (103.5 Lake
Success), which is pulling the plug on the current Baltazar and
Goumba Johnny morning show at the end of July, in favor of Whoopi
Goldberg's new syndicated offering. Whoopi will have a new sidekick,
too, as Paul "Cubby" Bryant moves over from CC sister
station WHTZ (100.3 Newark), where he's now afternoon jock and
music director, to join her on the new morning show. Baltazar
and Goumba had been together on WKTU since 2002, and Boston listeners
might remember Baltazar from an earlier stint in mornings on
WJMN (94.5). (He's also worked at New York's WQHT and Chicago's
- Oswego's WRVO (89.9) will dedicate its new studio facility
- and turn on its new 50,000-watt HD Radio signal - at an open
house Saturday (June 10). NPR talk host Neal Conan ("Talk
of the Nation") will be on hand to officially open the new
digs, which replace "temporary" studios that were put
into operation 37 years ago. (The new studios have actually been
in use since January, but who wants to visit Oswego in January?)
- In NEW JERSEY, a Seton Hall University audit uncovered what
appears to be a long pattern of embezzlement by former WSOU (89.5
South Orange) station manager Michael Collazo. He was arrested
Thursday and charged with money laundering and theft by deception,
which could lead to as much as 10-20 years behind bars if he's
convicted. The university says Collazo, who ran WSOU from 1984-2004,
set up a shell company in 1991 called "Warren Sound Options
Unlimited," which spells out "W.S.O.U." Collazo
is accused of diverting $550,000 in underwriting revenue and
subcarrier lease payments from the station's own account to his
phony "W.S.O.U." account. Collazo had been working
as a flight attendant since he was fired from Seton Hall two
years ago, when problems with the station's accounts began to
surface. The university says its insurance has repaid the missing
money to the proper WSOU accounts.
- VERMONT Public Radio is adding to its network with the acquisition
of WJAN (95.1 Sunderland) from Pamal. The Albany-based broadcaster
needs to shed WJAN, which is technically in the Albany market,
in order to complete its purchase of now-silent WNYQ (105.7 Queensbury)
and return the station to the air from a new city of license
of Malta and a new transmitter site at the WNYT (Channel 13)
tower on Bald Hill, northeast of Albany. For VPR, the $625,000
deal will (we suspect) bring the broadcaster's new classical
network to southwestern Vermont, complementing WBTN-FM (94.3
Bennington), which carries VPR's main network. From its perch
high atop Equinox Mountain, WJAN (which now runs "Cat Country,"
simulcasting WJEN 94.5 Rutland) reaches well into eastern New
York with its 96-watt signal.
10 Years Ago: June 4, 2001 -
- Five years after Cox threw it on the air as a format-flipping
stunt format, radio geeks are still talking about the one day
of "Quick 108" at Syracuse's WHEN-FM (107.9, now WWHT).
So it's not surprising to hear that the "just the hooks"
loop of music-testing tapes has returned to the central NEW YORK
airwaves. This time it's 50 miles down the Thruway in Utica,
and this time it's Clear Channel doing the "Quick"
thing, while it waits to announce a new format for WSKS (102.5
Rome). The station's old "Kiss" CHR format migrated
down (and up) the dial to the former "Wow FM," WOWZ
(97.9 Whitesboro) and WOWB (105.5 Little Falls) last week, and
the leading rumor now suggests the permanent format on 102.5
will be country, challenging Forever's market-leading WFRG-FM
(104.3 Utica). The only big question left is: when will the flip
finally happen? As of press time late Monday evening, WSKS is
still "Quick"... [Late update: WSKS switched to "K-Garth,"
a stunt format of all Garth Brooks music, Tuesday night.]
- Syracuse's WNSS (1260) is about to change formats again.
The erstwhile home of the now-defunct Comedy World network has
been simulcasting Citadel sister WLTI (105.9) for the last few
months; within the next 90 days, we're told, it will relaunch
as "ESPN Radio 1260," with Syracuse University football
and basketball as well as Buffalo Bills football in the fall,
challenging Clear Channel's WHEN (620) for the sports radio audience
in the Salt City.
- We move over to MASSACHUSETTS with a surprise group sale.
After spending the past few years assembling a ring of small
AM stations around Boston, Keating Willcox sold most of his Willow
Farm group this week. Ernie Anastos, who's built his own suburban
radio ring around Albany in the last few years (WQAR Stillwater,
WUAM Saratoga Springs, WVKZ Schenectady and WMVI Mechanicville),
is the buyer, and we've yet to hear a purchase price. The Big
Apple TV news anchor and his partners at Anastos Broadcast Group
end up with WPEP (1570 Taunton), WMSX (1410 Brockton), WGAW (1340
Gardner), WMVU (900 Nashua NH) and WNRI (1380 Woonsocket RI),
leaving Willcox back at square one with his very first property,
WNSH (1570 Beverly). The Willow Farm stations have been running
a mostly-satellite talk format, with a little local content at
each. Will Anastos plug in the standards "Moon" or
classic country "Sun" formats he's using in Albany?
We'll keep you posted...
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