This NERW comes to you a day early...as we head out to Ohio and Indiana for the Memorial Day weekend; more on that trip on Thursday, May 28. In the meantime, here's what's been happening in the last few days in Northeast radio...
The folks at Syracuse Community Radio have a callsign for one of their construction permits. 88.7 in Truxton NY will be WXXC. Meantime, the FCC granted a CP for SCR's 90.5 MHz station in Fenner NY.
The new 97.9 construction permit in Jewett (in the Catskills between Oneonta and Albany) was assigned the WAXK calls, while the 1660 kHz facility in the New York City market (licensed to Elizabeth NJ) has applied to change calls from WJDM to WBAH. The sister outlet on 1530 remains WJDM for now.
Radio people on the move: Congratulations to J.J. Rice, who moves from assistant PD at Rochester's WPXY (97.9) down the Thruway to the PD seat at WWHT ("Hot" 107.9) in Syracuse recently vacated by Ed LaComb.
The Buffalo Broadcast Pioneers held their Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Tuesday night. Entering the Hall are WKBW news veterans Irv Weinstein, Rick Azar, and Tom Jolls; WGR talk host John Otto; Buffalo Bills broadcaster Van Miller; sportscaster (and former Bill) Ernie Warlick; and the late Chuck Healy (of WIVB) and Fran Striker (the creator of the Lone Ranger). "Buffalo" Bob Smith (the Howdy Doody one, not the WXXI talk host!) was inducted into the hall last year but was unable to attend; he was at this year's event. And the Pioneers gave distinguished broadcaster awards to Simon Goldman of WJTN in Jamestown, Eddy Joseph of WHLD in Niagara Falls, St. Bonaventure basketball broadcaster Don McLean, WHLD's Iney Wallens, and "Ramblin' Lou" Schriver, owner of WXRL in Lancaster, who just celebrated 50 years on the air.
A format change in the Worcester market: WXXW (98.9 Webster) has dumped the satellite oldies (and the Don & Mike talk show in afternoon drive) to go classic rock as "98-9 the Bus."
There's a familiar voice back in mornings at modern rocker WFNX (101.7 Lynn), as Neal Robert returns from several years doing weekends at WBCN (104.1) to take over the morning slot at 'FNX.
A correction: WBZ-DT (Channel 30) and WCVB-DT (Channel 20) are digital TV construction permits, not licenses. [A correction to the correction: WBZ-DT and WCVB-DT are digital TV applications, not construction permits. -GAW]
Dennis Jackson's new 106.5 in Farmington has been assigned the WZEN calls.
Hinsdale's WYRY (104.9) has a new website; http://www.wyry.com is the place to find the country station that serves Keene and Brattleboro.
And we're told the old WXPO (Channel 50) tower in Windham, NH has been torn down, nearly 30 years after WXPO's one-year run on the air.
In Waterbury, WATR (1320) is operating from what we're told is a beautiful new studio across the hall from its old facilities. WATR took over space formerly used by ex-sister station WWYZ (92.5).
And we're told the morning show on WBLM (102.9 Portland) is being simulcast from 7-9 on Friday mornings on UPN affiliate WPME-TV (Channel 35) in Lewiston.
That's it for this abbreviated NERW; see you with our regular report in eight days!