June 20, 2011
Arbitron Enters the "Hudson Valley"
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*Some radio markets are easy to define: it's
not hard to come up with a coherent set of borders for "Boston"
or "Philadelphia" or "Syracuse."
But the swath of
NEW YORK that stretches from just north of New York City
to just south of Albany has proved a bit more difficult for Arbitron
to delineate, and now the ratings agency is taking a new stab
at creating market lines there. Starting this fall, it will replace
the current "Newburgh-Middletown" market, which covers
only Orange County, with a new "Hudson Valley" market
encompassing Orange, Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.
The new market is much larger than the old one - with 1,471,000
people 12+, it's expected to rank at or about #38 on Arbitron's
list, a hundred markets or so larger than the present Newburgh-Middletown
- but it will also be something of an ungainly amalgam of two
areas that receive different combinations of signals. The new
part of the market, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam, is already
included in the New York City market, though most city-based
FM signals struggle to be heard in the northernmost reaches of
Westchester and Rockland and in most of Putnam County. The Orange
County-based signals that were at the core of the old Newburgh-Middletown
market can't be heard at all in most of Westchester or Rockland
- and that's before we even get to the simulcasts that exist
between several Orange County signals and stations in the neighboring
Poughkeepsie market, which consists only of Dutchess County,
never mind that most of the Poughkeepsie transmitter sites are
across the river in unrated Ulster County.
Confused yet? Arbitron is hoping media buyers and station
groups aren't - and it's evidently hoping to bring Cumulus back
into its fold, since the company owns several signals that should
rank well in this new top-50 market. (Pamal also stands to do
well, especially since its powerful WHUD 100.7 in Peekskill is
one of the few signals that's actually audible in most corners
of Arbitron's "Hudson Valley.")
Unlike most top-50 markets, Arbitron has no plans to bring
its PPM metering technology to the new market; instead, it will
be surveyed by diary twice a year.
*Speaking of New York City, WPLJ (95.5) has found a new "news
and entertainment director" for the Scott (Shannon) and
Todd (Pettengill) morning show: veteran air talent Cooper Lawrence
joins the Citadel hot AC station, replacing Patty Steele, who's
now working with her husband Steve Kingston to launch WYRE-FM
(105.5) down in lovely St. Augustine, Florida.
On TV, the early-evening local news scene in New York is in
transition. Now that the "Oprah" juggernaut has moved
on, and with it the lead-in that she drew to WABC-TV (Channel
7) at 5 PM, several stations are reworking their lineups. WABC
itself has launched a 4 PM newscast to replace Oprah, and now
WNBC (Channel 4) is shifting its entertainment/lifestyle "New
York Live" (formerly "LX/TV") from 5 PM to 3 PM
this fall to return a newscast to the 5 PM slot, the longtime
home of once-dominant "Live at Five."
Out on Long Island's
East End, Hamptons Community Radio is swapping calls on its two
signals: WPKM (88.7 Montauk) becomes WEER and WEER (90.7 Easthampton
Village) becomes WPKM.
Translators on the move: Digital Radio Broadcasting is picking
up two more translators: it's paying Northeast Gospel Broadcasting
$30,000 for W288BF, which was relaying WNGN (91.9 Argyle), and
it's picking up translator, W214AT (90.7 Sidney) from Family
Life Ministries, which no longer needs it now that it has a full-power
signal in the area, WCIJ (88.9 Unadilla).
*From the obituaries: Jane Bartsch was most recently the GM
of Beasley's WJBR-FM (99.5) in Wilmington, Delaware, but her
resume also included several stints in New York radio, in sales
at WCBS-FM and WYNY in the eighties and then at the helm of Barnstable's
Long Island stations for much of the 1990s before heading west
to run Tribune's Denver radio cluster. Bartsch died June 14 in
Cortlandt, N.Y. after a battle with cancer.
In Albany, famed top-40 jock Joseph Motto, better known as
"Boom Boom Brannigan," will be remembered Friday at
a memorial mass just after noon at Historic St. Mary's Church.
Motto died last October.
*From NEW JERSEY comes word of the
death of Mario Comesanas, who got his start in radio at Seton
Hall's WSOU (89.5 South Orange), where he created the "Under
the Stars" specialty show and served as music director.
More recently, Comesanas had been hosting "Liquid Metal"
on Sirius/XM satellite radio. He was just 30 years old.
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*In western PENNSYLVANIA, staffers
at Duquesne University's WDUQ (90.5 Pittsburgh) have received
their official termination notices as the university prepares
for the July 1 transfer of the public station to the new Essential
Public Media partnership between WYEP (91.3) and Public Radio
more than 20 employees now working at WDUQ, only two will remain
on board with Duquesne during the transition period, when the
station will be managed by Essential under an LMA that will run
until the sale closes.
It's still not clear how many of them might end up working
for the new incarnation of 90.5; Essential has posted a page
of job listings
but has not yet begun hiring a staff to operate the station less
than two weeks from now.
*On TV, ion Media has begun programming on its new Pittsburgh
acquisition, WINP (Channel 16, formerly WQEX). Prior contractual
committments mean that ShopNBC remains in place on WINP's 16.1
channel (and thus on cable), pushing the main ion service to
16.2, Qubo to 16.3 and ion Life to 16.4. Meanwhile, Cox's WPXI
has shifted its 11.2 subchannel from Retro TV to the Chicago-based
*In Philadelphia, WXPN (88.5) is renaming "Y-Rock on
XPN," its online modern-rock service. With memories of its
ancestor, the old WPLY (100.3), now fading somewhat, it's being
rebranded as "XPN2, indie.modern.alt.rock."
Down the dial, WNWR
(1540 Philadelphia) has been largely silent since most of its
leased-time multilingual programming moved down the dial to Beasley's
WWDB (860) a week ago; at least one listener has reported hearing
some China Radio International programming in English on WWDB.
Another Philadelphia AM signal is reaching out just a little
stronger: Greater Media's WPEN (950) is on the air with its daytime
power increase, taking the signal from 25 kW to 43 kW from its
original transmitter site on 77th Street; the separate 21 kW
nighttime operation out in East Norriton (at the same site used
during the day by WWDB) remains unchanged.
Family Life Network is changing callsigns up along the New
York border: WNAE-FM (102.7 Wattsburg), the Erie-area move-in
it acquired from Iorio Communications, has now become WCGM; the
WNAE-FM calls are now parked on an unbuilt FLN CP at 91.7 in
Belfast, NY that was formerly WCGM.
Another regional religious network, the State College-based
"Rev FM," has added a new signal: WRYV (88.7 Milroy)
is now on the air serving Lewistown and vicinity.
*WYFM (102.9 Sharon) has a new morning show. The Youngstown,
Ohio-market classic rocker recently parted ways with morning
man Scott Kennedy after his arrest for possessing child pornography
on his computer; his co-host Wendy had been carrying the show
solo, but she's now been replaced on "Y103" by the
syndicated Michigan-based "Free Beer and Hot Wings."
As for Kennedy, he pleaded guilty to the charges and now faces
up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced.
*Two Keystone State obituaries this week: in northeastern
Pennsylvania, Jack Griswold was one of the market's best-known
personalities from the 1950s into the 1980s. A native of Amsterdam,
NY, Griswold started out in radio at WKRT in Cortland and WCSS
in Amsterdam before moving to Scranton's WQAN (630) in 1953.
The station soon became WEJL, and Griswold served as its morning
man, news director and sports director for an amazing 26 years.
After leaving WEJL, Griswold worked as PD at WSCR/WBQW (1320)
and then at WWAX (750 Olyphant, now WQOR) before retiring. Griswold
died Wednesday (June 15) at 86.
And in Du Bois, they're mouring Gary Stormer, longtime PD
and morning man at WCED (1420). Stormer, who started at the station
in 1973, died last Monday (June 13) of pancreatic cancer; he
was just 57.
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*Longtime readers of this column may recall
the rather glaring lack of objectivity this space displayed in
the weeks around the 2004 World Series victory by the Boston
Red Sox, and you'll have to take us at our word that we were
nearly as ecstatic last week when another Boston team, the Bruins,
brought the Stanley Cup to MASSACHUSETTS.
while it's been a long time since this column made its base in
the Bay State, your editor was able to tune in to Dave Goucher's
call of the thrilling Game 7 win on the skywaves, thanks to a
smart decision by CBS Radio, which simulcast the play-by-play
on WBZ (1030 Boston) as well as on the team's current flagship,
"Sports Hub" WBZ-FM (98.5 Boston).
The Bruins never had (or needed) much of a regional network
in the days when WBZ(AM) was their flagship (disclaimer: your
editor was working there at the time), and the lack of a network
even now meant that large parts of New England faced being shut
out of radio coverage if WBZ hadn't simulcast the game.
After the game was over, WBZ-FM stayed with local talk most
of the night instead of turning to its usual Fox Sports Radio/"JT
The Brick" feed, and of course both outlets - as well as
NESN and the rest of the Boston TV universe - were on hand Saturday
for the Bruins' victory parade, the latest in a quick succession
of parades in what's now the most-winning city in America.
(OK, we'll try to stop gloating now...especially since our
other "home" NHL team is the Buffalo Sabres, who've
yet to hoist the Cup in the Queen City...)
*Speaking of the Boston TV universe, it's
shifting slightly, at least where MyNetwork TV is concerned.
The ownership and
call change at NEW HAMPSHIRE-based WBIN-TV (Channel 50,
formerly WZMY) has meant more than the end of the station's "MyTV
New England" branding; it's also meant the end of the affiliation,
as WBIN goes its own way as an independent.
Where will MyNetwork end up next? While an official announcement
hadn't been made at week's end, the network (officially now just
a "programming service," supplying only 10 hours of
TV a week) is expected to land on CBS-owned indie WSBK (Channel
38), where it would replace a prime-time lineup that now includes
"The Insider," "Entertainment Tonight" and
a 9 PM newscast produced by WBZ-TV.
wouldn't be the first CBS-owned station carrying the Fox-owned
MyNetwork service; it's also seen on CBS-owned WBFS in Miami,
another market where the CBS/Tribune-owned CW network landed
on a Tribune station rather than a CBS O&O. (That was the
case in Boston, as well, where CW landed on Tribune's WLVI; that
station was later sold to Sunbeam to become a sister to NBC affiliate
*Back on radio, there's a new lineup in place at Greater Media
talker WTKK (96.9 Boston): Doug Meehan, who's been filling in
on Jay Severin's old 2-6 PM shift for more than a month, gets
the nod as permanent afternoon host. Meehan's best known for
his time as the morning traffic reporter on WFXT (Fox 25), though
he's also done some talk at WRKO. WTKK also made Philadelphia-based
Michael Smerconish the permanent 6-10 PM host. Smerconish's show
has been airing in evenings since Michelle McPhee's contract
wasn't renewed a few months back.
WROR-FM (105.7 Framingham) has named a replacement for longtime
"Loren and Wally" sidekick Sue Cope: columnist Lauren
Beckham Falcone moves over from the Boston Herald after
18 years to join the WROR morning team.
And one of Boston's most potent pirate stations spent some
time off the air amidst rumors that it was the subject of an
FCC raid. "Hot 97," which actually operates at 87.7,
disappeared from the dial late last week, returning on Saturday
with a much weaker signal. The operators of the station were
already busted by the FCC a few years back on their original
frequency of 97.5, and still haven't paid a fine stemming from
*Up in northern New Hampshire, unbuilt WUKV (97.1 Colebrook)
has changed calls to WOXX, a similar-sounding call to new owner
Barry Lunderville's "Kiss" WXXS (102.3 Lancaster).
*A station sale, of sorts, in MAINE:
Gary Fogg's Wireless Fidelity of North America transfers unbuilt
WGUY (1230) to Innovative Advertising Consultants (majority-owned
by Dan Priestley's Waterfront Communications) for $44,000. WGUY
has a pending application to shift its construction permit from
Ellsworth to the Bangor suburb of Veazie, where Priestley owns
WNZS (1340) and WWNZ (1400).
*It was a quiet week in CANADA (at
least in the area we cover, far from Vancouver), but it could
get busier on the radio dial in two Maritimes cities. Newcap
has filed applications for new FM facilities in Fredericton and
Miramichi, New Brunswick - and that triggers a CRTC call for
competing applications, which can be filed through September
12. A search of Industry Canada records shows a vacant class
B allocation on 93.1 in Fredericton (and one on 107.9 in nearby
Oromocto); Miramichi has no vacant allocations of its own, but
there are vacant channels in nearby Bathurst and Allardville.
The CRTC denied an application from the Cobequid Radio Society
for a 50-watt community station on 106.9 in Lower Sackville,
Nova Scotia; by majority vote, the commission decided that the
proposed board of directors didn't comply with the campus/community
radio policy that requires community participation, and that
the proposed country format (a replacement for the former CFDR
"KIXX 780") was too commercial to fulfill the diversity
requirements of the campus/community policy.
the NERW Archives
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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 21, 2010 -
- The future of digital radio in the United States remains
a hot topic for debate whenever broadcast people get together.
North of the border in CANADA, however, the debate is over: the
L-band Eureka-147 DAB system that launched to extensive fanfare
just over a decade ago is now dead.
- Last week, the CBC notified Industry Canada that it's pulling
the plug on its DAB transmitters, beginning with the multiplex
in Montreal that carried two English and two French radio signals.
While the CRTC has not yet given public notice of CBC shutdowns
at its other digital transmitters, we checked with the lone Canadian
DAB receiver owner we know - and he reports that as of Friday,
the CBC multiplex on "channel LF" (1461 MHz) was indeed
off the air. (Thanks to Bill Hepburn for his monitoring assistance
- With the CBC signals gone, it's a pretty good bet that the
remaining commercial DAB signals will soon disappear as well.
In Toronto, Bill reports that many of the stations on the three
remaining multiplexes had no audio on Friday; out of 15 stations
that were supposed to be available, only nine had audio - and
that audio, he reports, was "internet-quality."
- The demise of the CBC DAB signals reflects a reality that
the CBC has been quietly acknowledging for some years now; the
promises made for DAB circa 1999, including bouquets of new services
aimed at niche audiences, never came true - and with only "improved
audio quality" (and barely even that) to sell the new radios,
the radios largely failed to sell. As early as 2003, the engineers
maintaining the DAB transmitters at the CN Tower were already
complaining that the signals were unreliable at best; most of
the commercial signals in Toronto were apparently off the air
for much of 2009 without much, if any, complaint from listeners.
That should be no surprise: one estimate we've seen suggests
that no more than 1,000 DAB radios ever found their way into
listeners' hands during the years the system was in operation.
- While digital radio fades away, the pressure for new analog
signals continues unabated. This week marks the end of a frequency
test aimed at squeezing yet another FM signal into the crowded
Toronto dial. Since May 31, "CARN Radio" has been testing
from the First Canadian Place transmitter site, reportedly with
about 500 watts, as Fitzroy Gordon attempts to find a workable
dial position for the Caribbean-focused station the CRTC licensed
to him back in 2006. CBC, which operates Radio One outlet CBLA
on 99.1 from First Canadian Place, objected to Gordon's proposed
use of the second-adjacent 98.7 frequency, which would normally
have been the end of that story - but Canada's heritage minster
intervened to authorize the test on 98.7. It's not yet clear
when a decision will be made about whether CARN can use 98.7
as a permanent frequency.
- The week's big news from NEW YORK came from the Capital District,
where veteran morning man Don Weeks announced that when his contract
is up later this year, he's retiring from WGY (810 Schenectady)
after 30 years on the job. Weeks, who's 71, has been on the air
in the Albany market since 1956, including a stint as a top-40
DJ at WTRY (980, now WOFX) and a long run doing weather and hosting
the kiddie shows on WAST (Channel 13, now WNYT). Last year, he
was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association
Hall of Fame (and indeed, that's where this picture of him was
taken!) "It has been a great run but I want time now to
pursue some other interests," Weeks said in a statement;
WGY says it will launch the proverbial national search to find
a replacement for WGY's morning slot.
- Rochester's Bob Lonsberry has lost one of his jobs: on Thursday,
he was abruptly canned from his longtime morning gig on Clear
Channel's KNRS (105.7) in Salt Lake City. For the better part
of the last decade, Lonsberry had been doing the 6-9 AM show
(8-11 Eastern Time) on KNRS, followed immediately by his 11 AM-2
PM talk show on sister station WHAM (1180 Rochester), usually
from Rochester but sometimes from Utah. He told readers of his
blog that it was the Salt Lake job that was providing him with
most of his income, and he's blaming the arrival of PPM ratings
in Salt Lake City for the weak numbers that led to his dismissal.
Lonsberry also alleges that KNRS was uncomfortable with his endorsement
in a recent Utah election campaign - but he says he's most upset
that Clear Channel also fired his son, Lee Lonsberry, who had
started out as a producer for other Clear Channel stations in
Salt Lake before working on his father's talk show.
Five Years Ago: June 19, 2006 -
- In 43 years on the air, the 100.5 dial spot in Rochester,
NEW YORK has seen a few formats come and go - automated beautiful
music, "Heart of Gold" full-service AC, "Variety
100.5" AC and "Mix 100.5" hot AC. In all that
time, one thing has remained constant, though: the WVOR calls
that first appeared on the frequency way back in 1963. As of
this past Thursday (June 16) at noon, WVOR's long run on the
air is pretty much over. After stunting for a day as all-Dave
Matthews "Dave FM," Clear Channel pulled the plug on
"Mix," ran one liner jokingly introducing the station
as "Country 100.5," announced "just kidding"
- and relaunched the station as "100.5 the Drive."
- While Clear Channel's initial press release described "Drive"
as being a AAA (adult album alternative) format, the station
appears to be running more of an adult hits format, not all that
different from the old "Mix" format with a few more
currents added here and there - and remarkably reminiscent of
the very earliest days of "Mix," when the format debuted
with a rather unusual variety rock approach that, in retrospect,
was something of a precursor of the full-on "Jack"-type
variety hits stations that came along a few years later. "Mix"
was already running with a fairly light airstaff, after the departure
of morning man Chuck Kelly earlier this year, and it's now running
jockless as "Drive." If the initial positioning holds,
the plan seems to be to market "Drive" as a low- to
no-personality alternative to Entercom's adult hits "Fickle"
(WFKL 93.3) and classic hits "Buzz" (WBZA 98.9). And
about those calls - "WVOR" will give way, we're told,
to WDVI as soon as the paperwork clears the FCC (and, presumably,
the WVOR calls are parked somewhere else in the Clear Channel
empire so they can't be grabbed by a competitor.)
- NERW wonders: are memories of the glory days of WVOR, when
the local Lincoln Group ownership ran the station as a top-notch
live-and-local community voice, with heavy doses of local news
and public service, still strong enough that anyone could resurrect
the old "Heart of Gold" if they wanted to? Or can Rochester
radio in 2006 really be summed up as... "Shut up and Drive"?
- An LPTV in the Burlington, VERMONT market lost its former
studio building to fire June 6. The old Hotel Holland in Rouses
Point, N.Y. was the home of WWBI-CA (Channel 27) in its days
as an independent, and continued to house equipment for the station
in its more recent days as a Pax and Daystar outlet. The building
was razed last week, and it's not clear whether WWBI is still
on the air. (Local cable companies have been carrying the national
Pax/i network feed in place of WWBI's signal for some time, anyway.)
- The word from NEW JERSEY is that WKOE (106.3 Ocean City)
has begun testing its new signal on 106.5, licensed to Bass River
Township, north of Atlantic City. Are format shuffles on the
way among Press Communications' "Breeze" and "G
Rock" simulcasts up and down the Shore?
- A well-known western PENNSYLVANIA sports radio voice is about
to be silenced. Stan Savran's contract with WBGG (970 Pittsburgh)
expires July 7, and the Clear Channel sports talker isn't renewing.
Savran's 3-6 PM weekday slot is likely to be filled by Tim Benz,
who's moving over from competing sports talker WEAE (1250). Savran
keeps his TV gig, hosting "SportsBeat" on FSN Pittsburgh.
- In the Scranton market, the standards simulcast between WNAK
(730 Nanticoke) and WNAK-FM (94.3 Carbondale) has ended. The
FM side flipped last Monday to "Lite 94.3," with the
ubiquitous John Tesh in mornings. Standards remain in place on
the AM side.
- New calls for the new "Joe FM" in the State College
market: WUBZ (105.9 Phillipsburg) is now WJOW.
10 Years Ago: June 18, 2001 -
- The airwaves of central NEW YORK are undergoing some interesting
transformations this week. We'll start in Utica, where Clear
Channel finally stopped stunting on WRBY (102.5 Rome) last week,
launching (as predicted here in NERW) a "Bob Country"
format to challenge Forever's market-leading WFRG (104.3). There's
not a lot of local content to be heard on the new "Bob";
mornings are handled by the syndicated team of Tim and Willy,
while Lia and After Midnight take the evening and overnight hours.
Still, it ought to be enough to shave a point or two off the
"Frog," which seems to be Clear Channel's motivation
- Down the Thruway toward Syracuse, WBGJ (100.3 Sylvan Beach)
hit the airwaves this past week, initially with a simulcast of
Radio Disney from WOLF (1490 Syracuse) and its sister stations.
The signal's not drawing many raves so far, but we hear it's
not yet at full power, either. (We'll have to head out that way
once we get back to town to see what the site looks like.)
- Michael Sleezer's new 1440 in Gloversville has calls: WFNY
will be the ID on the brand-new AM there; those calls lived on
a never-built Family Radio CP in Syracuse for a while in the
80s (it eventually took air at 90.3 as public radio WRVD).
- In New York City, the "Save WEVD" folks have set
Thursday (June 21) for a street protest in front of the Forward
Association headquarters at 45 E. 33rd St. They're hoping to
persuade WEVD (1050 New York)'s owners to keep the left-leaning
talk station rather than selling it to Disney, as has been widely
rumored. The protest is scheduled to run from 4 until 6 PM.
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- Mega-opoly has reached its logical conclusion up in Portland,
Maine, as Fuller-Jeffrey announces plans to trade its KKSO(AM)/KJJY-FM
Des Moines for Barnstable Broadcasting's WCSO(FM) Portland, WLPZ(AM)
Westbrook-Portland, and WHOM(FM) Mt. Washington NH-Portland.
With this deal, all of Portland's major radio stations are now
in the hands of just two owners, Fuller-Jeffrey and Saga. With
the most recent Arbs I have access to, Fall '95 12+, Saga and
Fuller-Jeffrey will control a total 61.1 percent of the Portland
audience. (The rest is divided among some much smaller players,
notably The Meg Company's AAA WCLZ 98.9, and the Wireless Talking
Machine Company, which has an adult-standards simulcast on WLAM
870 Gorham, WZOU 1470 Lewiston, and brand-new WVYH 106.7 N. Windham,
along with hot-AC WKZS 99.9 Auburn and country WTHT 107.5 Lewiston,
for a 12.3 total share last fall.
- Saga has been an increasingly aggressive player elsewhere
in New England as well, especially by increasing the coverage
of its flagship Manchester NH property, ac WZID 95.7. In addition
to WZID's translator on 96.5 in Laconia NH, the station has applied
for a translator on 101.9 in Peterborough NH, in the southwestern
corner of the state. In other translator news, Rhode Island's
first translator has been licensed. W243AI in Newport will rebroadcast
the classical programs of WCRB 102.5 Waltham-Boston.
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