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Kiss 108 Tops Boston For March - 4/17 - Tom Taylor Now on the monthly March radio ratings for Boston: #1 is Clear Channel CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM, 7.3-7.6-7.2, ahead of Greater Media’s AC WMJX (6.3-6.8-6.5). CBS Radio’s news/talk WBZ enjoys its best month since April of last year, going 5.9-6.0-6.4. Also smiling is Greater Media’s country WKLB, 6.3-6.1-6.3. In fifth place is Greater Media’s classic hits WROR, 4.9-5.6-5.8, a recent high. Boston University’s news/talk non-com WBUR pulls its best number in over four years, since January 2010 (4.2-4.3-4.7). Entercom’s talk WRKO turns in its best share since November 2012, going 2.2-2.5-3.0. In this sports trough, between the NFL and baseball, Entercom’s all-sports WEEI-FM treads water, 3.4-2.8-2.7. There’s a different kind of trough for Clear Channel’s rhythmic “Jam’n” WJMN, sinking to its smallest share ever under PPM measurement (4.0-3.8-3.3). That might have something to do with Greater Media’s rhythmic AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT, 4.0-3.6-3.6. Boston’s #1 station for cume, by quite a margin, is AC “Magic” WMJX at 1,256,700.....

Lauren Victory To 61 - 4/16 - Lauren Victory joins Tribune's Channel 61/WTIC in Hartford as a reporter. She comes from WPTZ-TV in Burlington VT, where she has been a reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing MI, and WNEP in Scranton PA.....

Geiger To Head WTIC-TV, WCCT-TV - 4/10 - Chris Geiger has been named vice president and general manager of WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV, the Fox and CW affiliates in Hartford-New Haven. He comes from Sinclair's Syracuse TV cluster.....

Rowland Leaves WTIC-AM - 4/4 - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland, identified Monday in federal court as a co-conspirator in an alleged campaign financing scheme, announced Thursday that he was leaving as WTIC-AM's afternoon talk-show host. More at courant.com.....

Verrilli Gone from WBZ-TV - 3/26 - John Verrilli, the news director of CBS-owned Channel 4/WBZ and Channel 38/WSBK since 2009, is out due to low news ratings. More at bostonherald.com.....

WPRO-FM Leads Providence - 3/21 - Tom Taylor Now on the February radio ratings for Providence: Rhythmic “Hot 106.3,” Cumulus-owned WWKX, gains 3.7-3.1-4.0 to its best topline number since November 2010. Up-top in the rankings, there’s Cumulus CHR WPRO-FM, 8.7-10.3-10.0, followed by Clear Channel’s rock WHJY, 6.5-6.5-7.4, then Clear Channel’s classic hits WWBB (all-Christmas 9.2, then 7.2 and 6.9). Cumulus has an ex-Christmas station, too - AC “Lite Rock” WWLI, 11.5-6.1-6.2. They love their sports in southern New England, where Entercom’s WVEI-FM holds 3.5-4.8-4.1. The CHR, WPRO-FM, holds the cume lead by a big margin, with 533,800 listeners.....

WRCH Leads Hartford - 3/21 - Tom Taylor Now on the February radio ratings for Hartford: Another record for CBS Radio’s AC “Lite 100.5” WRCH, which wins for the 32nd straight time, 15.3-9.2-9.9. CBS controls the next two spots, with news/talk WTIC (8.0-8.9-8.5) and hot AC WTIC-FM (7.6-6.9-7.9). Clear Channel’s country WWYZ has fourth place, 7.3-7.7-7.1, just ahead of CBS rhythmic “Hot 93.7” WZMX, 6.3-6.3-6.8. Buckley’s just-sold classic hits WDRC-FM goes 7.0-7.3-6.3, tied with Clear Channel CHR “Kiss” WKSS, 6.4-6.5-6.3. And the “Talk of Connecticut” simulcast based at WDRC perks up, 0.1-0.5-1.0. The cume leader is the same as the 6+ share leader – AC WRCH at exactly 350,000.....

Kiss 108 Tops Boston February Radio Ratings - 3/19 - Tom Taylor Now on the Boston February radio ratings: With all-Christmas safely gone until year-end, Clear Channel CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM can reassert itself with its largest share since last August, 6.8-7.3-7.6. Holiday-book AC WMJX is second, 11.8-6.3-6.8, followed by Greater Media country sister WKLB, 4.8-6.3-6.1. Right behind, chronicling the messy New England Winter, is CBS Radio’s news/talk WBZ, 6.0-5.9-6.0. How about CBS Radio’s challenger to Kiss, the Amp Radio WODS which launched in June 2012? It goes 3.8-3.6-3.4. In the bloody sports wars, there’s CBS Radio’s “Sports Hub” WBZ-FM, 5.2-5.6-4.5 versus Entercom’s WEEI-FM, 2.9-3.4-2.8, and sibling “ESPN Boston” WEEI, 0.2-0.1-0.1. Boston University’s non-com news/talk WGBH holds 3.2-4.2-4.3, ahead of WGBH Foundation’s similar-formatted WGBH, 2.4-3.0-2.9. There’s some pickup for Entercom’s talk WRKO, 2.3-2.2-2.5. And let’s mention a station that hasn’t gotten much attention lately – Clear Channel’s EDM dance-formatted “Evolution 101.7” WEDX. It’s found its zone, going 0.8-0.8-0.9. Cume leader, by more a margin of than 200,000 people, is CHR “Kiss,” with 1,336,900.....

WEEI's Salk To Seattle - 3/13 - Mike Salk leaves Boston sports talker WEEI, where he co-hosted the "Salk And Holley" show, to head to Seattle, where he'll be program director of all-sports KIRO-AM.....

Nick Coit To 6 - 3/13 - Nick Coit has joined Channel 6/WLNE, the ABC affiliate in Providence, as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor. He left left WABI-TV Bangor three months ago.....

Connoisseur Pays $7.9M For Buckley's CT Radioers - 3/13 - From Tom Taylor Now: Connoisseur’s paying about $7.9 million for the Buckley stations in Connecticut, the home state for both groups. A week ago, you heard about the sale of Hartford’s classic hits WDRC-FM Hartford (102.9) plus the four AMs of the “Talk of Connecticut” regional service based at sister WDRC (1360). Now the deal’s been filed, and we see that Jeff Warshaw and Mike Driscoll of Westport-based Connoisseur are paying $7,922,035 cash. There’s a deposit of $400,000 which becomes part of the “holdback” after the closing, to handle potential obligations. We also discover that there can be adjustments to the price through December 2016 related to overpayments or underpayments of ASCAP or BMI royalties. Dick Foreman repped seller Buckley in the deal that leaves the family-owned Buckley Broadcasting no longer owning any stations in the East.....

Jan Carabeo Leaves 61 - 3/7 - Jan Carabeo, a morning reporter for the past two years at Tribune's Channel 61/WTIC in Hartford, jumps to CBS-owned Channel 3/KYW in Philadephia as a reporter. Before Hartford, she was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WSYR-TV in Syracuse.....

Glenn Ordway Starts Online Show - 2/28 - Glenn Ordway, who left Entercom sports talker WEEI last year, is launching his own online radio venture, which will debut March 27. Via SportsTalkBoston, with a show called "The Big Show Unfiltered" in his old afternoon drive timeslot.....

Top Cop To 4 - 2/25 - Former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis is joining CBS-owned Channel 4/WBZ as a security analyst. Davis has worked in law enforcement for more than three decades.....

Taricani Leaves 10 - 2/24 - Jim Taricani, the veteran investigative reporter at Channel 10/WJAR in Providence, will retire after 32 years at the station on April 1. His contract will expire this summer.....

WRCH Tops Hartford Radio Heap - 2/21 - January radio ratings via Tom Taylor Now: Lots of healthy-looking shares in the town once called “The Insurance Capital.” No insurance necessary for stations like CBS Radio’s AC “Lite 100.5” WRCH, 10.6-15.3 (all-Christmas) and now 9.2. Sister news/talk WTIC may have a P.R. problem on its hands with an investigation of former Governor John Rowland, now co-hosting PM drive for WTIC. But the station’s overall ratings are growing, 6.6-8.0-8.9. Clear Channel’s country WWYZ is third, 8.4-7.3-7.7. Fourth is Buckley’s classic hits WDRC-FM, 7.6-7.0-7.3. AC “Lite” leads in cume, at 361,400.....

WPRO Tops Providence Radio Heap - 2/21 - January radio ratings via Tom Taylor Now: A study in contrasts for two former all-Christmas stations. Clear Channel’s classic hits “B101” WWBB is now tied for third, 5.3-9.2-7.2. While Cumulus AC “Lite Rock” WWLI falls from #1 to #6, going 7.9-11.5-6.1. Who’s #1 in this January book? Cumulus top 40 WPRO-FM reassumes center stage, 10.4-8.7-10.3. CC’s hot AC “Sunny” WSNE is next, 8.0-6.4 (feeling the all-Christmas draft) and now 7.3. Then the tie 7.2-share between “B101” and Hall’s country WCTK, 6.6-6.3-7.2. It’s a rebound month for Entercom’s all-sports WVEI-FM, 4.1-3.5-4.8. CHR WPRO-FM is the cume champ at 538,900.....

Kiss 108 Tops Boston Radio Heap - 2/19 - Tom Taylor Now on the monthly January Boston radio ratings: Maybe Bostonians are a bit jaded about snow and ice. CBS Radio’s news/talk WBZ (5.6-6.0-5.9) doesn’t see much action out of the Winter onslaught. Clear Channel CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM regains the top spot, 6.8-6.8-7.3. Then there’s Greater Media country WKLB, 6.0-4.9-6.3. Third place is holiday-book winner WMJX, the Greater Media AC/all-Christmas station (6.7-11.8-6.3). WBZ is in fourth place followed by all-sports sister WBZ-FM, 5.1-5.2-5.6. Greater Media’s alternative WBOS has a spike, 2.7-3.2-4.0. But CBS Radio’s CHR “Amp” settles back down (4.5-3.8-3.6), near the level of last Summer. Entercom’s fairly new rhythmic AC “Hot 96.9” WBQT picks up again, 3.6-3.5-4.0. That's the best topline share for 93.7 since Boston went PPM. The talk market remains scattered, after WBZ – Boston University’s non-com news/talk is back, 3.9-3.2-4.2. WGBH Foundation-owned non-com news/talk WGBH goes 2.6-2.4-3.0. Entercom’s talk WRKO is off 2.9-2.3-2.2. Cume leader – CHR Kiss 108 at 1,354,200.....

Mike Dowling Leaving WCVB - 2/11 - Sports reporter Mike Dowling is leaving Channel 5/WCVB after 28 years with the Hearst-owned station. His last day will be February 21. In a statement, Dowling said he has been "living the dream" at the "best television station in Boston and in the best sports town in the country." He said he will spent more time with his family and pursue other interests after leaving WCVB.....

Erika Tarantal To 5 - 2/10 - Erika Tarantal is joining Channel 5/WCVB, Hearst's ABC affiliate in Boston, as an anchor and reporter. She comes from NBC-owned Channel 4/WNBC in NYC, where she anchored the weekend evening newscasts.....

Bianca de la Garza To Leave 5 - 2/5 - Bianca de la Garza, the morning news anchor at Hearst's Channel 5/WCVB in Boston, is leaving the station in May to develop a local "entertainment and lifestyle focused show" for her own production company, Lucky Gal Productions.....

John Henry Takes Globe Publisher Title - 1/31 - Red Sox owner John Henry, who bought the Boston Globe for $70 million in cash last October, is now owner and publisher. "My main role as publisher is to ensure that the Globe has the right management and that management has the resources to accomplish its mission," he says. More at jimromemesko.com.....

Magic Tops Boston Radio Heap - 1/23 - Tom Taylor Now on the Boston Holiday monthly radio ratings: Greater Media’s AC “Magic” (5.6-6.7-11.8) matches the Boston market’s all-time high, which it set a year ago. That easily tops Clear Channel’s CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM, which cranks out a third-straight 6.8 share. Bad weather is usually good news for CBS Radio’s news/talk WBZ, up 5.5-5.6-6.0. Softer book for Greater Media’s country WKLB, 5.8-6.0-4.9 (feeling the Christmas blahs?). A dramatic three-month drop for CBS Radio’s classic rock WZLX, 6.9-6.2-4.8. In sports, CBS Radio’s “Sports Hub” WBZ-FM goes 6.7-5.1-5.2. The World Series euphoria from the Red Sox is subsiding for Entercom’s WEEI-FM, 5.0-3.2-2.9. Little sister WEEI/850 goes 0.3-0.2-0.2. In talk, Entercom’s WRKO is off, 2.7-2.9-2.3. So is Boston University’s news/talk non-com WBUR-FM, 4.2-3.9-3.2. Cume leader in Boston? No question. It’s all-Christmas “Magic” WMJX, up from 1,254,400 two months ago to 1,684,000.....

Evening Newscast For WNAC - 1/13 - Channel 12/WPRI in Providence is adding a half-hour local newscast to sister Fox affiliate Channel 64/WNAC on January 27. The 6:30 PM show will be anchored by Shannon Hegy, Steve Nielsen, and chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca.....

Craig & Reed Land Anchor Gigs At 8 - 1/9 - Hartford/New Haven's Channel 8/WTNH names Anne Craig as its new evening co-anchor and Ali Reed as new morning co-anchor. Craig, previously the morning anchor, returned from maternity leave in November. Since her return, she has been filling in on the evening newscast, which was left without a co-anchor when Sonia Baghdady left the station. Reed, previously a reporter at WTNH, filled in on the morning newscast while Craig was on maternity leave.....

Globe Publisher To Step Down - 1/8 - Boston Globe publisher Christopher Mayer plans to step down after nearly 30 years at the newspaper and four years at its helm, as part of a business transition under new owner John Henry. More at boston.com.....

Mascaro To WPRO - 1/3 - Tony Mascaro leaves his operations manager gig at NYC's WABC-AM to program Cumulus sister news talker WPRO-AM/WEAN-FM in Providence.....

Cox Leaves 8 - 12/17 - Erin Cox, a reporter for the past 14 years at New Haven's Channel 8/WTNH, is leaving the TV business for a job in the communications department at defense firm Sikorsky.....

Baghdady Leaves 8 - 12/3 - Channel 8/WTNH news anchor Sonia Baghdady has left the New Haven station. No word on her future plans.....

Graziano To Head WPIX - 11/18 - Rich Graziano has been named president and general manager of Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX in NYC. He comes from Tribune's Hartford complex, where he has been president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT since 2005 and publisher, president, and CEO of the Hartford Courant since 2009. Graziano replaces Eric Meyrowitz, who left WPIX last week.....

St. Peter To Head NECN - 11/11 - Mike St. Peter is the new senior vice president and general manager of New England Cable News, NBCUniversal's 24-hour cable network that's based in the Boston area. He comes from the news director job at NBC's Channel 30/WVIT in Hartford.....

Matt Scott To 61 - 11/5 - Meteoroligist Matt Scott joins Hartford's Tribune-owned Fox affiliate, Channel 61/WTIC. He comes from Long Island's News 12. He has also worked in West Virginia, Mississippi, Charlotte, and Boston.....

Murray Joins WEZN - 10/23 - "Big Jim" Murray joins hot dcult contemporary WEZN in Bridgeport CT for mornings where he'll be teaming current morning host Anna Zap.....

Judge Blocks Globe Sale - 10/23 - A Massachusetts judge has temporarily blocked the New York Times Company's planned sale of the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram And Gazette to the investor John Henry, citing a lawsuit involving the Worcester newspaper and its delivery workers. More at nytimes.com.....

Zachary To Entercom - 10/2 - Entercom has hired Phil Zachary as its new VP/market manager for its Boston stations. Zachary has been president/COO of Curtis Media since 2002. He replaces Jeff Brown, who departed to take the same position at Cumulus Atlanta. More at radioinsight.com.....

Savage Returns To WRKO - 9/23 - Righty talker Michael Savage returns to Boston news talker WRKO, 680 AM, after a one-year absence. "The Savage Nation" will air weeknights from 10 PM to 1 AM.....

Shannon Hegy Joins 12 - 9/23 - After six years at Channel 40/WGGB in Springfield MA, Shannon Hegy jumps to Channel 12/WPRI in Providence, where she is set to become the station's main news anchor, co-hosting evening newscasts with Dave Madsen.....

Besthoff Jumps From 3 To 30 - 9/13 - After 11 years at Hartford's Channel 3/WFSB, Len Besthoff is joining rival Channel 30/WVIT. He will be the NBC-owned station's chief investigative reporter.....

WFXT To Start 5 PM Newscast - 9/6 - Fox-owned Channel 25/WFXT in Boston launches a 5 PM hour-long weekday newscast on October 7. It will be anchored by WFXT's current evening anchor team - Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom, with meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz.....

Allisom Demers Leaves WRCH - 8/26 - Allison Demers is retiring from CBS Radio's adult contemporary WRCH in Hartford after 20 years. Most recently, she's been part of the "Allan, Mike And Allison" morning show. She was also the station's news director.....

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New ND At 6 - 8/21 - Nicole Moye has been named news director at Channel 6/WLNE in Providence. She comes from WPMT-TV in Harrisburg, where she was the assistant news director.....

New Radio Home For Celtics - 8/21 - The Celtics will have a new home on the radio dial in the coming season. Entercom Communications, whose WRKO and WEEI stations in the Boston market have been the radio home for the Celtics since 2005, will no longer broadcast the NBA franchise's games beginning in 2013-14. More at boston.com.....

Schrader Leaves 8's ND Gig - 8/19 - Erik Schrader, the news director for the past two years at New Haven's Channel 8/WTNH, is out the door. He's apparently moving to a general manager spot at another LIN television station. Managing Editor Al Carl has been promoted to news director at WTNH.....

Jason Wolfe Leaves WEEI & WRKO - 8/15 - Jason Wolfe, vice president of programming for Entercom's sports talker WEEI and news talker WRKO in Boston, has been let go after 22 years with the company. Radio Insight has more.....

NYT Sells Globe To Red Sox Owner - 8/3 - The New York Times Company has agreed to sell the Boston Globe and its other New England media properties to John W. Henry, principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, returning the paper to local ownership after two decades in which it struggled to stem the decline in circulation and revenue. Henry will pay $70 million for the paper. That would represent a staggering drop in value for the Globe, which the Times bought in 1993 for $1.1 billion, the highest price paid for an American newspaper. More at nytimes.com.....

Storm N Norman Leaves WEBE - 8/1 - Storm N Norman is retiring from the Bridgeport CT's WEBE "Wake-Up Morning Show" on August 3. With nearly 40 years behind the microphone, and as one of adult contemporary WEBE's original hosts at its launch in 1984, Storm N Norman has become a radio fixture in Fairfield and New Haven counties. More at radio-online.com.....

Jo Ling Kent Leaves WVIT - 7/31 - Jo Ling Kent joins Fox Business Network as a NYC-based anchor and correspondent. Kent previously was a reporter at NBC's Channel 30/WVIT in Hartford-New Haven.....

Deoleo To Co-Host JMN's AM Show - 7/26 - Santi Deoleo joins the on-air morning team at Boston urban contemporary outlet WJMN, 94.5 FM. Deoleo, who formerly served as JAM'N 94.5's morning show producer on Ramiro's House, will now be a co-host on the show.....

Paywall For Prov Journal - 7/17 - The Providence Journal says it will put a paywall up at its website, starting July 23rd. More providencejournal.com.....

3 Still In Running For Globe - 7/12 - At least three investor groups with local ties apparently remain in contention to buy the Boston Globe and its related businesses. The narrowed field of bidders includes members of the Taylor family that formerly owned the Globe; Boston Red Sox owner John Henry; and Robert Loring, a Massachusetts native who owns the Tampa Tribune. The owner of the U-T San Diego newspaper is a possible fourth finalist, but the status of the bid could not be confirmed. The competing bids range from $65 million to $80 million, according to boston.com.....

6 Loses ND, Again - 7/2 - Bob Rockstroh is out as news director at ratings-challenged Citadel Communications-owned Channel 6/WLNE in Providence, according to a NewsBlues tipster.....

Melville Names BUR's ND - 7/2 - Tom Melville is the new news director at Boston University's news talk WBUR. He had been the station's executive editor of content since joining the station in 2011. Prior to that, he was news director at New England Cable News.....

Eric Fisher To 4 - 6/27 - Eric Fisher, who spent the past three years at Comcast/NBC's the Weather Channel, has been named chief meteorologist at CBS's Channel 4/WBZ. He'll debut August 19.....

Jen Brien To WBZ-AM Overnights - 6/26 - Jen Brien has been named overnight host at CBS news talker WBZ-AM, 1030. Her career includes stints at Boston's WRKO, Providence's WPRO and WHJJ, and Cape Cod's WCOD and WXTK.....

Eric Clemons To WTIC - 6/24 - Eric Clemons joins Hartford's Channel 64/WTIC as a sportscaster. His career includes stops at Mobile's WALA-TV, WHDH-TV in Boston, WVUE in New Orleans, and Hartford's WFSB-TV.....

Antoinette Antonio Joins 5 - 6/20 - Antoinette Antonio has been named weekend co-anchor at Boston's Channel 5/WCVB. She comes from KOB-TV in Albuquerque, where she was the morning and noon anchor.....

Globe To Print Herald - 6/20 - Beginning July 1, the Boston Globe will begin printing the entire press run of the Boston Herald. The two papers announced the two-year agreement Wednesday afternoon. The Globe had already been printing and delivering about one-third of the Herald's print circulation - an agreement the two papers had reached last year. More at poynter.org.....

Jamie Muro Leaves WTNH - 6/17 - Veteran Channel 8/WTNH general assignment reporter Jamie Muro is leaving the New Haven station. He has accepted a position with the Hartford public relations/lobbying firm Sullivan And LeShane. More at courantblogs.com......

Megan Doll Leaves WPLR - 6/6 - News and traffic reporter Megan Doll leaves the "Chaz And AJ" morning show at New Haven rocker WPLR and sister WFOX in Stamford-Norwalk after 20 years. She'll be replaced with Pam Ciaburri.....

Woman Arrested After Confrontation With WLNE News Crew - 6/6 - A woman has been arrested after an exchange with a reporter and photographer for Channel 6/WLNE ended with the reporter being bitten by the woman's dog. The Providence women has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon after throwing a rock at WLNE photographer Marc Jackson and siccing her dogs on both Jackson and reporter Abbey Niezgoda.....

Adam Rivers Joins KC101 - 6/3 - Adam Rivers leaves Clear Channel's Winchester VA contemporary hit WKSI, where he was afternoon host and program director. To join Clear Channel's New Haven/Hartford contemporary hit WKCI, KC101, where he'll host afternoon drive and be assistant program director.....

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