New England RadioWatch: November 29, 1996
- Winning an "A.I.R." award wasn't enough to save Boston newsman Dave
Faneuf's job. Just two days after he was named best newscaster,
Faneuf was let go from CBS's oldies station, WODS (103.3). "Oldies
103" management tells the Boston Herald that afternoon news on a music
station no longer makes economic sense in Boston. Morning news guy
Gordon Hill appears to be safe for now.
- Speaking of the Herald, it's involved in a noisy feud with Boston's
all-news WBZ (1030). An article in Wednesday's Herald calls BZ "Radio
Ripoff" and accuses the station of reading news from the paper
verbatim. This is probably a good time to restate our policy here at
NERW: If we use an item from one of the local papers, we credit them.
We also mention the papers when they goof, so we'll note in passing
that the same issue of the Herald showed Oldies 103 as "WODS-AM."
- A few pre-Thanksgiving bits from the FCC, courtesy of NERW's research
director Garrett Wollman:
- The dark AM/FM combo up in Lincoln, Maine has been sold. WTOX (1450)
and WHMX (105.7) had been in bankruptcy; they're being transferred to
the Bangor Baptist Church, which owns WHCF (88.5). No word on exactly
what WHCF plans with its new outlets, both of which serve territory
that's already well within the reach of WHCF's 100kw transmitter.
- Up in Milbridge, Maine, way down east beyond Bar Harbor, one Robert
Scott Hogg, Sr. has applied for a new station on 93.7.
- And that's about all the miscellany we can scrape up today. Next
time, we finish our Maine history, and just maybe move on to New
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