As for Clapprood's future, she tells the Boston Globe she'll work on a book while considering returning to law school or to television.
Could this be the end of WBMT (88.3 Boxford)? NERW hears that the Masconomet Regional School District is considering pulling the plug on the little noncommercial station because of rising maintenance and operation costs. We'll keep you posted as we learn more about WBMT's future.
Up in Lowell, the first half of WCAP (980)'s annual radiothon on Tuesday raised more than $8,000 for the Salvation Army. The radiothon wraps up Saturday morning. WBZ-TV holds its annual Childrens Hospital Telethon tonight from 8 till 11; it will be simulcast on WBZ (1030) once the Bruins game ends.
Norm Nathan fans will get a chance to remember the late jazz DJ and talk show host in February, when his family puts on a benefit concert in his memory. It all happens Sunday, February 22, at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington; stay tuned to NERW for ticket details.
And a clarification on WKOX (1200 Framingham) and its many attempts to move its transmitter: As so many of you have pointed out, route 30 does not run through Sudbury. There were actually two different proposed WKOX sites, one at the former Unisys plant in Sudbury, the other at the former Dow plant on route 30 on the Natick/Wayland line.
Over in Nashua, WSMN (1590) is returning (sort of) to an adult standards format after spending several years as a country station. The country format has become hotly competitive in the Merrimack Valley since WKLB-FM moved to the 99.5 Lowell facility from 96.9 Boston, so WSMN is switching to standards under the "Music of Your Times" moniker.
Manchester's WKBR (1250) has added a simulcast of WRKO's nightly "Two Chicks Dishing" talk show. It runs from 8 till 11 PM.
And our best wishes to Gardner Hill, who's returned to his job as host of WKXL (1450/102.3 Concord)'s "Party Line" show after undergoing more than five months of cancer treatment. Hill left the air on June 13, and twenty-one guest hosts filled his chair during his absence. He returned to WKXL with an emotional welcome-back broadcast December 2.
LeSea Broadcasting has applied for a construction permit for the Scotts Corners shortwave facility it's buying. The former WVHA has been off the air for several months.
Portland news-talker WGAN (560) has a new afternoon anchor. Sid Whitaker joins the Saga-owned station from Fox affiliate WPXT (Channel 51), where he was working the assignment desk.
Vermont ETV will change its name to Vermont Public Television after the first of the year to better reflect the network's programming.
And across the lake in Plattsburgh, NY, Family Broadcasting has received FCC permission to buy WZBZ (1070) from Barry Lunderville; the station will become WDOT when the deal closes.
WYSL (1040) in Avon has finally turned on its night power, several months after moving to the "24-hour" 1040 frequency from its old daytime-only spot on 1030. WYSL is staying on until 6:30 pm nightly with a simulcast of WOKR (Channel 13)'s newscasts.
A few new stations are taking to the airwaves in the Catskills. WGKR (105.3 Grand Gorge) has applied for a license to cover from the FCC. It's the newest outlet of the Sound of Life religious network. Also applying for licenses to cover are translators W231AG (94.1) and W293AE (106.3) in Newburgh.
The Rochester Knighthawks' lacrosse games will be on two Rochester-area stations next season. The team will move from WHAM (1180) to Jacor sister stations WHTK (1280 Rochester) and WMHX (102.3 Canandaigua) next year. It'll be a rare split of the simulcast between WMHX and WMAX-FM (106.7 Irondequoit-Rochester) during the games.
Radio with Pictures: Kevin O'Neill, the "Why Guy" feature reporter at Buffalo's WIVB (Channel 4), is taking his dispute with the station very public. In an interview with the Buffalo News, O'Neill said this week that he wants to break his contract with WIVB because he's not being paid enough -- and he wants to take job offers in New York or Miami. In Syracuse, W18AL (Channel 18) is back with a simulcast of The Box programming from W35AQ (Channel 35). And as Lowell Paxson gets ready to launch his PaxNet next August, he's changed the calls on more than a dozen of his TV stations. WAQF (Channel 51) Batavia-Buffalo-Rochester will sign on under the WPXV call letters instead if the FCC approves.
And that's it for this week; we'll be back in seven days with the first part of NERW's annual Year in Review. Have a great holiday...and if you're traveling, let us know what you hear on the radio dials as you go!