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By - 11/22/14 - 12:39 pm
Tom Doyle

Mark Watson reports the station let go Tom Doyle, responsible for the parody songs and "Men from Maine" bits on the show and is further slashing humor and music to emphasize unfunny talk, which is dirt cheap, apparently.

According to his bio, already purged from the WROR Web site, Doyle has done more than 300 "Townie Tunes" for the station, including "Charlestown," done... Read more

By - 11/14/14 - 3:32 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the Globe has narrowed its search for a new headquarters to two locations in Charlestown - including the Schrafft's building - and the Landmark Center in the Fenway.

By - 11/13/14 - 7:12 pm

Dan Kennedy has the memo, which includes news the Globe is re-hiring Sacha Pfeiffer, who left the Globe for WBUR, and hiring Jon Chesto away from the Boston Business Journal.

Speaking of the BBJ, they're looking for an editor-in-chief.

By - 11/13/14 - 7:47 am

The Globe reports local columnist Howard Louis Carr, Jr. has been granted a leave of absence from his radio show on WRKO.

By - 11/6/14 - 3:12 pm
Saying farewell to Tom Menino on the Red Line

Hand-lettered farewell on the Red Line. Photo by Dan Meade.

Almost 10 years ago, I took a position as a newscast writer for WBUR. Mine was the early morning shift, and my job was to arrive at 4 in the morning and start putting together the local news portion of Morning Edition. The other part of my job was to call some of the people about whom I was writing - local lawmakers, state officials,... Read more

By - 11/5/14 - 9:07 am

Dan Kennedy reports on the possible deal with Winstanley Enterprises of Concord for the 16.4-acre site - and the move of the Globies to parts unknown in late 2016 or early 2017.

The move could portend a complex without housing, since the company specializes in office and retail development, but not housing.

The Dorchester Reporter explains why the Globe should stay... Read more

By - 11/3/14 - 3:29 pm
Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Tom (c) and Ray Magliozzi at Honk in Somerville in 2007. Photo by Greg Cook.

WBUR reports that Tom Magliozzi, co-host of Car Talk with his brother Ray, has died at 77. Greg Cook reports the cause was complications of Alzheimer's.

In a statement, the station says:

No one could have imagined, when two native Cambridge guys came into the WBUR studios in 1977 and started taking listeners’ calls about cars, that they would change public radio forever. But

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By - 10/31/14 - 1:03 pm

Neumeier, who spent 20 years at WBZ before moving to CSNE, is in the hospital today after a stroke Wednesday night, WBZ reports.

By - 10/30/14 - 11:46 pm

The Sun-Times, which is sort of Chicago's equivalent of the Herald (only with fewer professionally taken photos), is scheduled to launch news aggregator sites in 70 cities across the country tomorrow, including Boston. The Sun-Times extols:

The effort is designed to offer content in a manner similar to websites such as Deadspin and Buzzfeed, which aggregate news stories while offering additional commentary.

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By - 10/28/14 - 9:19 pm

I'm a bit behind on this story, but, yes, the Globe yesterday tweeted a rather unusual photo to go with a link to a story about the health benefits of chocolate.

By - 10/10/14 - 12:50 am

WPRI reports that the Providence Phoenix will publish its final issue next Thursday, ending nearly 36 years of service to Rhode Island. The Boston Phoenix stopped publishing in March 2013.

With the Providence paper's closing, only the weekly Portland Phoenix remains of what was once a large regional media empire: Boston Phoenix, Providence Phoenix, Portland Phoenix, Worcester Phoenix, Stuff@Night magazine,... Read more

By - 10/9/14 - 4:59 pm

The station wishes them well. Shortsleeve had been with the station for 20 years.

By - 10/7/14 - 9:55 am

The WBZ meteorologist explains why he was holding a mug upside down the other day: He wanted to see if anybody would notice (they did). Seems he's supposed to do morning chitchat while holding a mug, but there's never anything in the mug.

By - 10/5/14 - 9:43 am

This photo of Barry Burbank is spreading across the Twittersphere this slow Sunday morning, so the question becomes: Why was Barry Burbank holding a coffee cup upside down one morning? One of the more awake local twitterers has reached out to Barry, but in the meantime, one can only guess.

By - 10/1/14 - 9:07 pm

Fire destroyed the Plainfield, NH home owned by Bay State Banner publisher Mel Miller Sunday night and now fire officials are trying to figure out what caused the fire, the Valley News reports:

All that remained of the house on Monday afternoon was the stucco and stone foundation spanning the perimeter of the home and a massive chimney standing some 50 feet high.

Miller... Read more

By - 10/1/14 - 10:11 am
Watermelon cartoon in the Herald

This is today's Herald editorial cartoon. As Greg Reibman writes:

Would it have been so bad to just say "peppermint" or "bubblegum"?

UPDATE: The Herald has issued a sorry/not sorry statement:

As Jerry Holbert discussed on Boston Herald Radio this morning, his cartoon satirizing the U.S. Secret Service breach at the White House has offended some people and to them we apologize.

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By - 9/25/14 - 11:58 am

Be sure to check out the latest Arlington Public News "Arlington in 2" segment hosted by Hannah Perlmutter. Arlington in 2 keeps you updated about things happening in and around Arlington, Massachusetts. This refreshing new show will help you keep up with dynamic situations in your local community. Follow the hashtag #Arlingtonin2 and our twitter handle @arlingtonpublic to stay informed. Arlington in 2 will try... Read more

By - 9/22/14 - 1:24 pm

UPDATE: NECN reports the three were found trying to cross into Canada at Niagara Falls.

At Blue Mass Group, David compares how the Globe and the Herald wrote up the initial story of those three Afghan army officers who disappeared from the Cape Cod Mall over the weekend. One guess which paper mentioned how rogue Afghan soldiers are now killing Americans in Afghanistan.... Read more

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