Over in Worcester, say goodbye to morning host John Taylor of WXLO (104.5 Fitchburg-Worcester). He's departed the AC station for the sunny skies of Florida after many years in Worcester. Harry Jacobs, the former WXLO midday host who now runs the ARS stations in Rochester NY, filled in one day, while WXLO ops manager Jim McKenna will handle most of the fill-in duties until a replacement for Taylor is hired. By the way, an apology to Upton Bell -- he's still the midday talk host on Worcester's WTAG (580); no "former" about it!
Up in Andover, Greater Media is pressing ahead with its application for a 93.3 translator for WBOS (92.9 Brookline-Boston).
Down on Cape Cod, Ernie Boch's talker WXTK (94.9) has been granted a construction permit to move to 95.1, reducing the co-channel interference from WHOM up on Mt. Washington.
And out in the Springfield area, one translator is gone and another has taken the airwaves. W221AP, the Westfield-licensed translator that was supposed to relay WIHS (104.9 Middletown CT), was ordered off the air after the FCC discovered it was operating with 40 watts from high atop Mount Tom in Holyoke, rather than with 1 watt from down in Westfield as licensed. W221AP was relaying Brian Dodge's "Love Radio" network from WGLV (104.3 Hartford VT), and is just the latest in a long string of cases in which Dodge has been caught breaking the FCC's rules. Meantime, W246AM is on the air on 97.1 in Amherst MA, relaying the country sounds of WPVQ (93.9 Turners Falls). And congratulations to Sid Whitaker of WHYN (560 Springfield), who's been named news director at the Clear Channel-owned news-talker.
And there's now some local programming on WRPT (650 Ashland). Alert NERW listeners have been hearing Indian-language programming on the station, replacing some of the TalkAmerica talk shows.
Elsewhere in Maine, Seacoast Broadcasting is expanding again. After adding Boothbay Harbor's WCME (96.7) last month, they're now buying WIGY (97.5) in Madison. WIGY now runs satellite oldies, but will soon be simulcasting the (also largely-satellite) oldies of Seacoast's WABK (104.3 Gardner-Augusta). No word yet on the fate of WIGY sister station WGUY (102.1 Dexter-Bangor).
And that's about it for this week...we'll be back next Thursday with much more, including a look at our recent trip to Toronto.