LAS VEGAS – It was a long and very busy Tuesday on and off the floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center, so today’s NAB Show update is in more of a headline form than yesterday’s; fear not, though – we’ll have some more extensive thoughts about the show coming your way tomorrow and in next Monday’s regular issue!


First, congratulations to Emmis’ WQHT (97.1 New York), the lone NERW-land outlet to take home a Crystal Radio Award for public service at Tuesday’s radio luncheon. (Other nominees on the list included WGHT in nearby Pompton Lakes, N.J., which has consistently overcome flooding of its own building to keep its corner of north Jersey informed during natural disasters.)

Tuesday’s session lineup included a tantalizing preview of the new broadcasting facilities at One World Trade Center, where Durst Organization assistant VP/director of broadcast operations John Lyons says the 400-foot spire atop the building will be topped out as soon as this week. Lyons is tight-lipped about which New York City broadcasters are expressing interest in putting main or backup transmitters at the new 1WTC, where negotiations are still underway with potential FM and TV tenants; until the lineup of tenants is established (and the FCC rules on DTV channel repacking), the exact antenna configuration atop the new building won’t be finalized.

Back home, the big news in broadcasting was coming from the Boston Red Sox radio network, where Jon Rish has abruptly exited the pre- and post-game shows (and fill-in duty as play-by-announcer), reportedly due to a threatened 30 percent cut in his salary. Rish was apparently working without a contract, and notified WEEI of his departure just three hours before the Sox home opener on Monday.

Much more on this story in next Monday’s NERW…and on NAB in tomorrow’s update!


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  1. Looks like the WEEI empire is crumbling quickly. First Ordway. Now Jon Rich. Who’s next? Hope Dennis & Callahan. They would have already been axed if it wasn’t for the infusion of money from NESN.

  2. I believe Rish made the announcement three hours before the game, but his actual departure date is not for another week or two.

    Word is three salespeople are also leaving, not sure it’s directly related to Rish leaving…but I’ll bet the core issue – the need to cut costs – is related.

    Also, word is that Giant Glass…a huge longtime sponsor of Sox games…is pulling out in part due to GG being sold to a new owner last year.

  3. Is there anybody at WUFC-AM 1510 who has the chops to apply for Rish’s position at WEEI-FM and the Red Sox networK? Mediocre pay is better than being a brokered-time host!

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