Props to Jim Braude for asking Obama about those Somerville parking tickets.
So have you noticed WGBH-FM coming in even feistier than usual? The station reports it finished replacing its 36-year-old antenna on top of the hill that gave it its call letters a couple weeks ago. The new antenna now
Broadcasts at 100,000-watt power and provides a stronger signal to downtown Boston and reaches more Massachusetts communities and all six New England states.
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WGBH says it's expanding their Boston Public Radio show from two to three hours a day, starting in September.
Bill Marx pledges his support for an FCC effort by the Committee for Community Access to get 'GBH's radio license pulled over the way it dumped jazz and other musical programming when it decided to try to bust WBUR's near monopoly on the giant local market for NPR news and information:
Has the duplication of reporting muscle brought about a cornucopia of investigative... Read more
Part of the effort to try to convince WGBH to drop David Koch as a trustee over his stand on climate change.
Last night, Kathy Cahill reports, some guy in his 20s knocked on her door in Roslindale and said he was soliciting donations for WGBH. WGBH? "Fraudulent?" she asked.
"We really are coming to your door!" WGBH enthuses.
The station has joined the ranks of politicians, cable companies and Jehovah's Witnesses and unleashed a brigade of door-to-door solicitors, "reminding our neighbors of the... Read more
Rally outside the 'GBHplex in Brighton at 3 p.m. today to try to convince WGBH to drop David Koch from its foundation's board of trustees.
Because either they're not going to let the Globe and Herald dominate that part of the commentosphere any longer or they want to do a story on the ghastly people who post those horrid things.
WGBH announces that among the contributors to a new "Open Mic" segment on its "Boston Public Radio" midday show will be Christopher Lydon, anchor of the station's 10 o'clock TV news who later got famously fired in a contract dispute over at WBUR.
Emily Rooney, Rev. Eugene Rivers, Charlie Baker and Brian McGrory will also contribute to the 1 p.m. segment on Jim Braude's and... Read more
WGBH says its hiring the former WTKK talkers to talk away between noon and and 2 p.m. on weekdays on its "Boston Public Radio" show. The move frees up Callie Crossley and Emily Rooney, who currently hold down the microphones then, to do other things, although the station says they'll continue to get some words in edgewise on the show. 'GBH adds that Edgar B.... Read more
Despite all the nice talk abut how the WGBH deal isn't going to affect [WBUR's relationship with PRI], it's impossible to believe that 'GBH won't have an inside track to get national shows like "This American... Read more
The classical-music website Boston Musical Intelligencer has just posted an interview with the new WCRB/Allclassical995 general manager Benjamin Roe. It covers a multitude of subjects: technical issues, programming, fund-raising (WCRB vis-a-vis WGBH). It can be viewed at:
What do WGBH-fm, WUMB-fm and now Club Passim all have in common? An aversion to the peoples' music. Each has gone to great lengths to re-invent themselves, scrubbing their programming and websites of the F word (folk, that is).
The first to go was "Folk Radio WUMB" (UMass Boston), when it accepted federal funding from NPR and CPB, which mandated a format change to AAA.... Read more
Too crime ridden, too filled with people who aren't like her, too far on the other side of 128, apparently.
Last night on "Greater Boston," Rooney chatted with Donna Latson Gittens about why real-estate sales are up in Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.
"Are you trying to tell me there are actually neighborhoods outside of Beacon Hill and Back Bay?" she asked. That seemed... Read more
Boston Music Intelligencer takes a peek at the latest Arbitron numbers for WGBH (and WCRB) and WBUR.
Boston Music Intelligencer reports February ratings show WGBH listenership didn't increase after its changeover to all talk, while WCRB's has gone down since its takeover by 'GBH. Also discusses 'GBH's decision to stop talking to the site altogether.