If the station's goal was to get publicity, WAAF succeeded -- there have been articles in the Boston papers almost every day since the stunt -- but at a price. The mayor was not amused by WAAF's offer to put the jocks in a gallows on City Hall Plaza so Menino could throw pies at them. Instead, an angry mayor reportedly faxed a letter to the FCC on city letterhead, asking the commission to investigate the incident.
The letter comes at a very bad time for WAAF owner American Radio Systems, which just last week received Justice Department approval to sell its stations to CBS (although WAAF is one of several stations that must then be spun off). It's now up to the FCC to approve the sale, and an angry mayor can't help matters much.
This week, ARS fired Opie and Anthony, suspended WAAF general manager Bruce Mittman for a month, and placed program director Dave Douglas on a one-month suspension. No permanent replacement has been named for the PM drive slot.
Could one of the oldest construction permits in the northeast finally be coming to the air? NERW notes that WEIB (106.3) in Northampton has applied for a license to cover...and we hope to hear soon from our Western Massachusetts readers about the status of 106.3. That frequency's been in FCC limbo for literally decades.
Boston's One-on-One Sports outlet, WNRB (1510), is adding local content. Mike Adams (formerly of New England Cable News) has signed on to do weeknights from 7 till 9.
Cape Cod's new "Star 93.5," WYST Harwich Port, has picked up the Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill morning show out of New York.
Say goodbye to W243AC in Dexter; the FCC has cancelled the CP for the never-built translator. It was to have relayed WDME (103.1) from Dover-Foxcroft.
Missing in action: WHRR (102.9 Dennysville), which had been relaying WQHR (96.1 Presque Isle) but was not heard this week by a NERW listener on the road Down East.
The mysterious Cumulus group that's bought a slew of stations in Maine and elsewhere over the last year or so is changing its name. Cumulus has filed with the FCC to reorganize its ownership under the "Quaestus" name. In the Pine Tree State, that includes WCME (96.7 Boothbay Harbor), WKCG (101.3 Augusta), WABK (104.3 Gardiner), WFAU (1280 Gardiner), WTOS (105.1 Skowhegan), WIGY (97.5 Madison), WQCB (106.5 Brewer), and WBZN (107.3 Old Town).
Congratulations to Louie Manno and Jim Condon. The morning team at Burlington's WKDR (1390) is celebrating fifteen years on the air together. The partnership began back in 1983 in southeast Connecticut at what was then WFAN (now WVVE 102.3 Stonington). A year later, the pair moved to Burlington and WQCR (now WOKO 98.9), moving to WKDR (then on 1070) in 1988. Speaking of WKDR, it's getting ready to move into a new home in downtown Burlington next month.
The FCC has approved the sale of WRDM (1550 Bloomfield) to Hibernia, so NERW expects a format change to Radio Disney real soon now.
Country WWYZ (92.5 Waterbury) went all the way to Canada to find a new morning jock. Neil Hedley comes to 'YZ from Kitchener, Ontario. Music director John Saville had been doing mornings and now returns to nights.
On the web: You'll find a new site for Waterbury's WATR (1320). Check out that schedule -- yes, that really is live, local programming, even on the weekends!
The FCC has deleted two unbuilt FM translators. W229AB Broadalbin was to have relayed WJIV (101.9 Cherry Valley) on 93.7, while W246AE in Rochester would have been a rebroadcast of WCMF (96.5), which puts a fine signal over the tower across town where the 97.1 signal would have been.
Binghamton's WKGB (92.5 Susquehanna PA) has a new program director. Jim Free replaces Ben Smith, the former 'KGB owner who sold the station last year.
Are you ready for some baseball? The majors started playing earlier in the week, and now the minors have started, too -- all except the short-season A New York-Penn League, which doesn't begin play until later in the season. Here's where you'll find the action this season around our region:
The Yankees keep WABC (770) as their New York flagship, along with the usual smattering of southern New England affiliates, while the Blue Jays move from CJCL (590) to CHUM (1050), which should be an easier catch in the US. Other Jays affiliates with decent signals to the south include CHAM (820) Hamilton, CKLY (910) Lindsay -- although it'll move to 91.9 FM mid-season, CJBK (1290) London, CHOK (1070) Sarnia, and even CJCH (920) up there in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
And that's it for this week; we'll see you again next Thursday!