Other news from MASSACHUSETTS: Boston's WBZ (1030) is making good on its claim of "news all day, every day" next month by dropping its "Sports Saturday" and "Sports Sunday" shows in favor of all news. BZ's specialty sports shows, "Calling all Sports," "Upton Bell and Bob Lobel," and "The McDonoughs on Sports" will continue.
Congratulations to Ted O'Brien. The WABU (Channel 68) news director has been named associate director of Washington's Pew Center for Civic Journalism. And congratulations as well to the Deane brothers of WJDF (97.3) in Orange. Jay, Donn, and Fred Deane won the Citizen of the Month award for their little station's contribution to civic life in Orange.
Where are they now?: Charles ("Call me Chuck") Adler dropped NERW a line to let us know he's doing middays at Toronto's CFRB (1010) -- and getting back to some of his old WRKO listeners via CFRB's RealAudio feed (not to mention a few of us who can hear CFRB directly :-)
Then there's Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg, who'll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next Thursday along with several other top '60s jocks.
W267AI, the Hancock Tower translator of modern rocker WFNX (101.7 Lynn), has been granted a power boost...increasing from a massive 3 watts to a blistering, um, 4 watts. No word on how owner Steve Mindich will be able to afford the increased power bill...
In Manchester, Robin Bonneau retires from WGIR on Friday after 44 years in Granite State radio. Bonneau got his start at WKXL in Concord in 1954, moving to WTSV AM-FM in Claremont later that same year. When Norman Knight bought WTSV in 1959, Bonneau became general manager, adding co-owned WTSL Lebanon seven years later. Bonneau moved to WGIR AM-FM as GM in 1973. He's been doing sales there in recent years. By the way, one of our NERW readers did some checking around -- and we can tell you that (at least so far) Knight's sale of WGIR to Capstar did not include the station's land or building, valued at over $600,000. Knight is also still listed as the owner of the WGIR transmitting facilities on Uncanoonuc Mountain in Goffstown.
And why have some Milford-area listeners been hearing WATD (95.9 Marshfield MA) on 94.3? NERW suspects the input antenna at translator W232AJ Greenville, which normally listens to the 95.9 signal from W240AM West Keene, got misaligned somehow...
Down the road in Brattleboro, WKVT-FM (92.7) adds the House of Blues Radio Hour on Sunday mornings at 9, followed by Doug Bassett from 10 till noon.
Up the coast in New Brunswick, there's been a change of plans at CHSJ (700) in Saint John. The station won't be leaving the air April 1 after all; it will remain on indefinitely, including a scheduled DX test in the early morning hours of April 6. Listen at 1:15 and 2:16 AM Eastern time to hear it for yourself. CHSJ has been simulcasting on its new 94.1 FM frequency for several months.
Hamden's WKCI (101.3) will have to wait a while longer for approval of its planned new tower. The zoning board in Hamden has postponed a planned hearing on the tower until April 16.
Staff changes at several upstate CHR outlets: at Syracuse's WWHT (107.9), PD Ed Lacomb is out; no replacement has been named yet. In the Utica area, WOWZ (97.9 Whitesboro)/WOWB (105.5 Little Falls), a.k.a. "Wow FM," is shuffling staff in the wake of the departure of middayer Pam Anderson. Donna Jeffries is taking midday duties temporarily, while part-timer "Kookinbocker" (we don't make these names up, really!) takes over afternoons under the air name "Rick Devoe." (Or perhaps that's "Kehoe" -- we've heard both versions) And in Rochester, overnighter Magic Man has resigned from WPXY (97.9). "Norm on the Barstool" extends his 10PM shift all the way to 3AM, while former morning sidekick Athena takes on 3 to 5:30 AM, followed by producing duties for Scott Spezzano's morning show. As for the rumors of a job out of town for 'PXY PD Clarke Ingram, word at press time is that he's about to sign a new deal to stay with ARS/CBS and 98PXY.
There are new calls for Binghamton's soft AC outlet. The former WGRG (101.7 Owego) is now WLTB. NERW's still waiting to hear the modern rock format on its sister AM station, WEBO (1330). Rochester's "Sunny 106" is finally using its new calls on-air -- WYSY (106.7 Irondequoit) and WISY (102.3 Canandaigua) replace WMAX-FM and WMHX, respectively. The WMAX-FM calls migrate to the former WRCD (107.3 Honeoye Falls), where they're still hidden away as "WMAX-FM Honeoye Falls no longer lives...this is Jam'n 107."
The country trimulcast on 107.1 surrounding New York City (WWXY Briarcliff Manor, WWVY Hampton Bays, and WWZY Long Branch NJ) is adding a fourth player. Big City Radio is buying WRNJ-FM (107.1 Belvidere NJ), which serves the Easton PA market. It's expected to join the "Y107" simulcast April 1.
And the correct legal IDs are once again running on WPGL (90.7 Pattersonville) and WGKR (105.3 Grand Gorge)...but we're told they're running a partial translator ID with no calls given for W230AC (93.9 Troy), and the new W255AJ (98.9 Albany) identified as "Albany-Camp Pinnacle-Voorheesville."
That'll do it for this week, as NERW heads off to check out the radio dials of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Allentown, northern New Jersey, and the Big Apple. All the details next Thursday!