In this week’s issue… Remembering “Dandy” Dan – More changes at WEEI – ABC on the move – Job cuts at Greater, Corus – Superpower FM powers down

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*”Dandy” Dan Daniel was one of the giants of NEW YORK radio, both physically (he stood 6′ 5″) and on the air, where his long career spanned four big radio homes.

wmca-danielThe Texas native, who died Tuesday at 81, came to New York in 1961 from stints at WDGY in Minneapolis and KXYZ in Houston. At WMCA (570), Daniel was at first the overnight jock, soon moving to afternoons as part of the classic “Good Guy” lineup that made WMCA a fierce top-40 competitor in the Beatles era. Daniel moved to mornings at WMCA before leaving in 1970 to do network announcing (NBC’s “Monitor” and several game shows).

His second New York chapter came a few years later at WYNY (97.1), NBC’s adult contemporary FM, followed by time at WHN (1050), its country successor WYNY on 103.5, and then WCBS-FM (101.1), where he worked middays from 1996 until his retirement in 2002.

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From the NERW Archives

Yup, 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, fifteen and – where available – twenty 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 29, 2015

*It’s a new era in Boston talk radio, for whoever’s left to listen. Today marks the launch of a new mostly-local lineup and new branding at Entercom’s venerable WRKO (680) and the start of the new Rush Limbaugh-anchored talk format at iHeart’s WKOX (1430 Everett). The week also brings new ownership to WMEX (1510) at a price that looks stunningly low (but we’ll show why it might actually be unsustainably high). And it may bring a new talker to another New England market, too.

wrko-newlogoWRKO first: what was once “the Talk Station” is now “the Voice of Boston,” and the final piece of its new, Rush Limbaugh-free schedule drops into place this morning with a new Boston.com-produced morning show. As had been widely expected, former TV anchor Kim Carrigan is hosting “The Boston.com Morning Show,” with assistance from Jon Meterparel on sports (late of WEEI, down the hall) and producer David Cullinane to deliver “four hours of rapid-cadence news, talk and trending live from the newsroom at Boston.com.”

Market manager Phil Zachary is positioning the new show as a move away from “traditional talk radio…facing strong headwinds,” emphasizing that it’s part of WRKO’s first all-local weekday lineup in 20 years. The rest of that lineup is pretty much as we’d been anticipating: Barry Armstrong will continue to lease the 10 AM-noon slot for his Financial Exchange show, followed in the former Rush slot at noon by former morning man Jeff Kuhner, the lone piece of the schedule produced solely by WRKO. At 3, Howie Carr’s show stays in place, and then it’s syndication after 7 PM.

*For the second time this decade, CANADA’s broadcast regulators have pulled the plug on a licensee occupying a valuable Toronto FM frequency. Aboriginal Voices Radio has been a frequent thorn in the CRTC’s side for failing to live up to its promises to serve urban aboriginal communities in large markets across the country.

Calling it “a decision that shocks only the people who haven’t been paying attention,” our friend Steve Faguy provides a highly detailed look at why the CRTC imposed the death penalty on “Voices Radio,” which will have to shut down CKAV-1 (106.5 Toronto), CKAV-9 (95.7 Ottawa) and its stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on July 25.

What finally did Voices in was a disastrous CRTC hearing back in May, at which Voices presented the commission with its new consultants, Bray & Partners and Steve Kowch, promising that this time it was going to get its many issues under control. Those problems included a persistent lack of any local programming, much less news (and how could it do any, with a staff of two part-timers at the end?), as well as filing the proper annual reports and maintaining program logs and logger recordings.

Five Years Ago: June 27, 2011

*Want to make every message-board server in NEW YORK melt down from a deluge of speculative posts? It’s easy, really – just spread the word that former Jacor/Clear Channel/Tribune honcho Randy Michaels is coming back into radio in a big way, partnering with an investment firm to take over three of Emmis Communications’ biggest stations, including the struggling WRXP (101.9 New York).

That’s just what happened last week, of course, and it’s a tribute to the IT staffs of the various radio discussion sites that they haven’t crashed under the crush of rumor and wishful thinking that’s surrounded the first few days of the new Merlin Media LLC, Michaels’ partnership with the GTCR private equity firm and Emmis itself, which will continue to hold a minority stake in WRXP and its Chicago sister stations, WLUP (97.9) and WKQX (101.1).

Merlin’s not yet saying what it plans to do with the stations, but the speculation (based on domain-name registrations and one of the company’s first big hires, former WINS general manager Greg Janoff, now Merlin’s executive VP of revenue) is that the rock format in New York is on the way out, to be replaced by some sort of spoken-word format that would provide an FM challenger to CBS Radio’s lucrative AM trio of WCBS/WINS/WFAN and Citadel talker WABC. Unless, of course, the rumored new calls, “WYNY,” are actually pointing toward a revival of country music in a market where that format has been absent for years.

Ten Years Ago: June 26, 2006

It was originally slated to go to Pamal, but the Albany move-in signal of WNYQ (105.7 Malta) will instead go to Regent Communications