WBZ announces it's giving Jen Brien the mike between midnight and 5 a.m.
"The Jen Brien Show" will be a mix of pop culture, current events, politics, and the comings and goings of people in New England. Brien replaces Steve LeVeille who retired last year.
Maybe the same person who thought it would be a good idea to have Williams and Lisa Hughes anchor the news while standing outside in the station parking lot. Williams, being a man's man, of course, just stood there without a hat. They finally got him back inside, and by the looks of things just in time - his face was bright red.
WBZ announced today that the longtime overnight talk host is retiring at the end of the week. In a statement, WBZ NewsRadio Director of News and Programming Peter Casey said:
Steve called yesterday and informed me of his decision. Although it came as a surprise, I do know Steve enjoys his time in Maine and had always thought that he would retire there sometime. I... Read more
Michael Page alerts us that CBS is getting ready to smush all its Boston stations (Channel 4, WBZ 1030, Channel 38 and 98.5) into a single CBS Boston site with local news, sports and service-y type stuff all wrapped up under an emphasis on the CBS-ness of it all - four years after Channel 4 started calling itself WBZ again instead of... Read more
LeVeille isn't on WBZ 1030 this week and some anxious fans are wondering.
UPDATE: Just heard from one of those people in A Position to Know, who says there's nothing sinister going on: LeVeille had a cold last week and now he's on vacation: "He hasn't been purged again!"
Bruce Wall is now all but promising some excitement on Friday, Feb. 27, when Lovell Dyett supporters show up on Soldiers Field Road to demand Dyett be moved to a time slot where most people are awake enough to hear him. He's claiming WBZ has told him he and his followers are not welcome on its property and that:
Pastor Wall is concerned... Read more
This morning, the Mouth that Roared declared that nobody cares what he's doing every minute of the day. And I couldn't help but agree: I don't care what he's doing every minute of the day.
Of course, Keller said that in the context of being roughly the 74,000th media pundit to sneeringly declare his disdain for people who use Twitter, because if he doesn't... Read more
Lovell Dyett supporters don't think much of the way WBZ brought him back - via a taped 30-minute show airing at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Bruce Wall reports the Friends of Lovell Dyett are planning a protest march on Friday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. around the 'BZ studios at 1170 Soldiers Field Rd.
[WBZ Program Director] Peter Casey is saying,... Read more
And he kept shuffling papers and he was unable to finish his anecdotes, he'd sound like Bob Lobel did doing the sports this morning on WBZ.
And Steve Garfield was there this morning:
Bob Lobel will be doing the morning drive-time sports reports on WBZ next week, we hear. It's not a permanent thing (at least, not yet).
A little bird chirps in our ear that management just let staff know that LeVeille is returning. The station had dropped the overnight host earlier this month to save money, but apparently decided it couldn't argue with the hundreds of people who barraged station management with letters and e-mail.
The Salem News interviews Generosa Aiello on her sadness at the loss of Steve Leveille:
... Aiello, a chatty 96-year-old, phoned the station every Friday morning between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. for the past 30 years. Her weekly discussions earned the great-grandmother a following of her own. ...
Garrett makes the case:
... While radio (like anything else) is indeed a business, CBS seems not to understand what New Englanders listen to. In addition, I would also add that Bostonians (like myself) are a particular species of animal; stubborn in our habits and set in our ways: Don't move our arm chair, or touch our TV remote. We are that kind of... Read more
Dick Summer, who once did the overnight shift on WBZ, is busy putting together an Internet station. And he's trying to get in contact with Steve Leveille, who used to do the overnight shift on WBZ and others recently let go by CBS stations. He explains in a post to the Boston Radio Interest mailing list:
Non - Political talk, done... Read more
A little birdie from Brighton passes along some of the e-mail WBZ's gotten since canning Steve LeVeille (along with Lovell Dyett, Tom Cuddy and Pat Desmarais). Posted verbatim, although I took out last names, phone numbers and the like:
WITH MUCH SADNESS I WILL MISS NOT ONLY STEVE L BUT MY LONELY NIGHTS
WITHOUT... Read more
That's what happens when you no longer broadcast with 50,000 WATTS OF POWER. Scott Fybush, who knows a thing or two about Boston radio, explains that there's something wrong with 'BZ's connection to its main transmitter in Hull and it's temporarily using its non-HD and lower-power (only 10,000 watts) backup transmitter on Soldiers Field Road.... Read more
Sadly, I think Keller was dead serious this morning on WBZ when he accused people who plan to cut back their Christmas shopping this year of being "selfish" because they are helping to ruin the economy. Good to know he still has a secure job.