That didn't faze the folks at soon-to-be ARS-owned WAAF; they've found a new home on Univision affiliate WUNI (27) in Worcester, where they're scheduled to debut this Saturday (10/12) at midnight.
Speaking of WABU, they're bidding farewell to late-night talk host Charles Adler ("call me Chuck"), as he departs his nightly 10pm call-in spot to return home to Canada in search of greener pastures. Adler's zenith in Boston came a couple of years ago, when he was holding down 7-10pm on WRKO (680), with the middle hour simulcast on WABU. But then WABU got the Red Sox contract, bumping Adler to weird hours like 4pm and 11pm; and then WRKO bumped Chuck to weekends so it could plug in "Two Chicks Dishing" in evenings. WABU is bolstering its sports image by introducing a nightly sports talkfest in the 10pm time slot; it will be a post-game show on nights when WABU has the 'Sox or other sports.
Meanwhile, to the south, WB affiliate WBNE-TV (59) in New Haven, Connecticut has signed on to carry 20 regular-season Whalers games; the biggest broadcast schedule the Whalers have enjoyed since the days when they were on now-defunct WHCT (18) in Hartford.
WBUR has been edging away from music on weekends for several years, and NERW is still saddened by the cancellation a few years back of James Isaacs' weekend-afternoon music shows. Isaacs played a mix of jazz, R&B, and what was later discovered to be AAA, and he did it with a lot of style and a ton of class. "Sweet Soul Music" was his last music show on WBUR; he stays with the station to do music reviews and features for "Morning Edition."
Noncomm music options on Saturday nights in the Hub include the excellent "Blues After Hours" (9pm-1am) and "Jazz Gallery" (overnights) on WGBH (89.7), and "Rhythm 95" on Harvard's WHRB (95.3), among others.