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Todd Gutner Leaves 4 - 8/28 - Todd Gutner, the morning and noon weatherman at Channel 4/WBZ, who was replaced earlier this week by weekend morning weatherwoman Danielle Niles, heading to Portland, Maine's WCSH-TV.....

4 Moves Anchors - 8/26 - Changes at Boston's CBS-owned stations. Lisa Hughes and David Wade will co-anchor Channel 4/WBZ's 5 PM and 11 PM newscasts, while Paula Ebben and Jonathan Elias will co-anchor the 6 PM newscast and "WBZ News At Ten" on Channel 38/WSBK.....

Jack Williams Scales Back Duties At 4 - 8/19 - After 39 years at the Boston station, Channel 4/WBZ anchor Jack Williams said he wants to spend more time with his family. While leaving his full-time work, he still continuing doing "Wednesday's Child" reports for the CBS-owned station.....

Alison Morris Leaves 61 - 8/19 - Channel 61/WTIC evening anchor Alison Morris is leaving the Tribune station, which is Hartford's Fox affiliate. She joined WTIC in 2010 from Pittsburgh's KDKA-TV.....

PRO & RCH Stay At Top - 8/8 - Tom Taylor Now has the latest radio ratings for Providence (WPRO tops) and Hartford (WRCH tops).....

LaPlante Named ND At 4 - 8/8 - Gary LaPlante has been named news director of CBS-owned Channel 4/WBZ in Boston. He comes from Channel 25/WFXT where he was assistant news director. He's also worked as news director at WXXA-TV in Albany NY, assistant news director at WTEN-TV in Albany, and executive producer at WFSB in Hartford. He's also worked at WHDH in Boston, as well as WPRI and WLNE in Providence.....

6 Promotes Alexandra Cowley - 8/7 - Alexandra Cowley, who joined Providence's Channel 6/WLNE three years ago as a photojournalist, starts August 20 as the station's new primary co-anchor at 6 PM and 11 PM.....

K-Love For Hartford's WCCC - 7/31 - From Tom Taylor Now: Last call for classic rock today on Hartford’s WCCC-FM – it’s sold to “K-Love” parent EMF. At least the Tanger family-held Marlin Broadcasting gives the airstaff and listeners a chance to shed some tears together. There may even be a call-in from onetime WCCC-FM (106.9) talent Howard Stern, who did a similar farewell when CBS Radio killed off the rock on Philadelphia’s WYSP (94.1) three years ago. The inexorable march of Sacramento-based not-for-profit Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation has now reached the capital city of Connecticut, says the Hartford Courant - staffers like Miss Klonk and J Raven got the bad news on Wednesday. Marlin has played the “only non-corporate station” card for quite a while against Clear Channel, CBS and others, but it’s not easy being a standalone. (And believe it, the folks in that boat, like Hymen Childs at KKDA-FM in Dallas, Jerry Lee in Philadelphia and Saul Levine in L.A. are acutely aware of their place in the media world.) We don’t know the selling price, but EMF has been paying strong prices to fill in parts of the U.S. map where it doesn’t have full-power stations. (It paid Cox $15.5 million cash for a New York City move-in at 96.7.) WCCC-FM ranked ninth among subscribing stations in the latest Nielsen PPMs, with age 6+ AQH share, going 4.5-4.8-4.2 in the last several months. Marlin’s classical AM, WCCC (1290), isn’t part of the transaction with EMF.....

Fox Sports Wages War With WEEI - 7/28 - From Tom Taylor Now: Entercom faces a national ad pullout from Fox and Fox Sports. That could hurt – and Fox Sports President Eric Shanks wants it to hurt, telling Entercom CEO David Field he hopes that “you will discuss our decision with your staff at WEEI-FM,” the Boston sports-talker where this whole thing about Erin Andrews all began two weeks ago. Somebody tells this NOW Newsletter that “the internal memos at the Boston cluster show it’s a meltdown.” How would you like to read a sentence like this, from Fox? - “I am writing to inform you that going forward, Fox’s entertainment and sports divisions will not be advertising on your stations for the foreseeable future.” That’s Eric Shanks, expressing his objections both to Kirk Minihane’s original comments about Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews (“a gutless bitch”) and then Kirk’s apology. The Fox exec says “to make matters worse, the ‘apology’ was posted under a banner (allegedly approved by your Boston market manager Phil Zachary) hailing ‘The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.” Shanks calls Minihane’s apology “juvenile and insincere.” Then Kirk returned live on Wednesday, apologized again on the air - and got into more trouble. That’s where he said “I think she stinks at her job...If she weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress at Perkins,” the restaurant chain. Not really a classic apology, is it? As for the pullout of ad money, Shanks quotes one of his executives saying “sometimes you need to vote with your feet.” More about Shanks and the national situation from SI.com here. Late Friday, Entercom did suspend Kirk Minihane for a week.....

4's Acting ND To Chicago - 7/22 - Sarah Dunlap Burke, the acting news director at CBS-owned Channel 4/WBZ-4 in, who has been filling in for John Verrilli since his departure in March, starts August 25 as assistant news director at ABC-owned WLS-TV in Chicago.....

Frank Holland To 5 - 7/18 - Frank Holland leaves Chicago's WGN-TV for Boston's Channel 5/WCVB to anchor and reeport news.....

Kiss Tops Boston - 7/10 - Clear Channel's contemporary hit Kiss 108 tops the Boston radio ratings for June. Details from Tom Taylor Now.....

Kimberly Brown To 7 - 7/9 - Kimberly Bookman joins Boston's Channel 7/WHDH as a reporter. She comes from cross-town Channel 5/WCVB and had worked at Channel 25/WFXT and NECN.....

Shape-Up At WDRC - 7/8 - From ctnow.com: Connoisseur Media became the new owners of former Buckley-owned radio stations in Connecticut Monday, making termination of most of the WDRC-FM personalities, the general manager and the program director the first order of business before announcing plans for a new format for the state's oldest radio station.....

Fox Unloads 25 - 6/25 - Fox Television Stations will swap Boston's Fox affiliate, Channel 25/WFXT, to Cox Media Group, in exchange for Cox's two San Francisco TVers. More from tvnewscheck.com.....

Boston's 101.7 Goes Country - 6/16 - Clear Channel flips the 101.7 signal in the Boston area to "new hit country" with the "Bull" logo. The frequency is former alt rock WFNX, which Clear Channel bought two years ago. In the meantime, it's had a variety of firms, the latest of which was electronic dance music as "Evolution".....

WPRO Tops Providence - 6/13 - Analysis of the Providence May radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: Nice move for Hall’s fourth-place country WCTK, 6.2-6.4-7.3. Ahead of it are a couple of Cumulus stations (CHR WPRO-FM, 10.2-8.8-8.9 and AC WWLI, 6.9-7.8-7.8) and Clear Channel’s classic hits “B101” WWBB, 7.2-7.8-7.7. Cumulus talker WPRO is up to its best share this year, 4.5-4.6-4.8. Top 40 WPRO-FM holds the cume lead at 555,000.....

WRCH Tops Hartford - 6/13 - Analysis of the Hartford May radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: This is 35 number ones in a row for CBS Radio’s AC WRCH, 9.4-8.5-9.0. But last month, it had to share the lead with Clear Channel’s country WWYZ, 8.5-8.8-8.2. Third place this time is a tie between CBS Radio’s talk WTIC, 8.3-8.2-6.9 and rhythmic sister “Hot 93.7” WZMX, 6.0-5.9-6.9. AC “Lite” WRCH keeps the cume lead at 374,500, though Clear Channel top 40 WKSS is right there at 372,200. “Kiss” is the #6 station in AQH rank.....

Kiss 108 Tops Boston Again - 6/11 - Analysis of the May Boston radio ratings by Tom Taylor Now: The Red Sox are helping Entercom’s all-sports WEEI-FM this month just about as much as they did in April, but no more. The station’s flat, 2.7-3.3-3.4. So it must be frustrating for ‘EEI to see CBS-owned rival WBZ-FM not only above it, but gaining in share, 4.7-4.3-5.1. (Much further down is Entercom’s "ESPN Boston" WEEI-AM the original home of the format, 0.1-0.2-0.2.) Up at the top, there’s Clear Channel CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS (7.2-7.2-7.6), Greater Media’s country WKLB with its largest share since last September (6.3-6.4-6.8), and sibling AC WMJX (6.5-7.0-6.5). The 5.5 for CBS’s news/talk WBZ looks low (6.4-5.9-5.5). And it’s a weakish share for CBS Radio’s challenger to Kiss, "Amp Radio” WODS, 3.8-3.7-3.2. In the talk spectrum there’s Boston U’s news/talk non-com WBUR, 4.7-3.8-3.6, Entercom’s talk WRKO reeling off a third straight 3.0. And the WGBH Foundation’s news/talk non-com WGBH, 2.4-2.8-2.3. CHR “Kiss” smooches away with the weekly cume title at nearly 1.4 million.....

Karen Meyers Leaves 6 - 5/28 - Karen Meyers is out after three years as news anchor at Providence's Channel 6/WLNE. He contract was not renewed.....

11's Watkins To 8 - 5/28 - Jim Watkins, the longtime evening news anchor at Tribune's Channel 11/WPIX in NYC who left last year, joins New Haven's Channel 8/WTNH as a weekend morning anchor.....

61's Rachel Frank To NYC - 5/23 - Channel 61/WTIC meteorologist Rachel Frank heads to NYC's WPIX-TV. Both stations are owned by Tribune..... 4 Ups Lauren Leamanczyk - 5/22 - Lauren Leamanczyk has been named an investigative correspondent for Channel 4/WBZ. She joined CBS-owned WBZ-TV in 2011 as New Hampshire bureau chief. Lately, she's been serving as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.....

Hard Landing For 7's Chopper - 5/21 - Channel 7/WHDH's helicopter made a hard landing shortly after take off on May 21st. "The Bell B206 helicopter reportedly experienced an engine problem as it took off," an FAA spokesperson Channel 5/WCVB. WCVB reports the chopper's tail rotor had broken off. The helicopter landed on a taxi way at Beverly Municipal Airport, near Boston. No injuries were reported.....

WPRO Tops Providence - 5/16 - The latest Providence radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: It’s getting tighter at the top, with Cumulus CHR WPRO-FM (10.0-10.2-8.8) out of the double-digit cloud for once. Tied for second are two rapid risers – Cumulus AC “Lite Rock” WWLI with a strong 6.2-6.9-7.8 move, and Clear Channel’s classic hits “B101” WWBB.6.9-7.2-7.8. The leading talk station is Cumulus’ WPRO, 4.6-4.5-4.6. And sports is strong stuff in southern New England, with Entercom’s WVEI-FM up 4.1-4.6-4.7. CHR WPRO-FM leads in cume at 570,000.....

WRCH Tops Hartford - 5/16 - The latest Hartford radio ratings from Tom Taylor Now: It’s 34 #1’s in a row for AC WRCH – but a warning sign, too. It’s dropped 9.9-9.4-8.5, to its lowest level ever in PPM measurement. Even more alarmingly for CBS, it’s tied with somebody else. That’s Clear Channel’s country WWYZ, 7.1-8.5-8.5. CBS news/talk WTIC is third, 8.5-8.3-8.2. Hot AC sister WTIC-FM is next, 7.9-6.9-6.8. Marlin’s classic rock WCCC does its best PPM topline since April 2012, 3.4-4.2-4.5. “Lite” WRCH still leads in cume at 373,400.....

Kiss 108 Tops Boston Again - 5/14 - Boston April monthy radio ratings courtesy of Tom Taylor Now: Some baseball bump for Red Sox flagship WEEI-FM, with the Entercom station up 2.8-2.7-3.3. But it still trails CBS-owned rival “Sports Hub” WBZ-FM, 4.5-4.7-4.3. Up on top, there’s Clear Channel CHR “Kiss 108” WXKS-FM, 7.6-7.2 and another 7.2. Then (getting closer) Greater Media’s AC “Magic” WMJX, 6.8-6.5-7.0. Sister country WKLB is third, 6.1-6.3-6.4. CBS Radio’s news/talk WBZ clocks in fourth, 6.0-6.4-5.9. Then a couple of “classic” stations – Greater Media’s classic hits WROR (5.6-5.8-5.5) and CBS’ classic rock WZLX (4.7-4.6-4.8). Last month Clear Channel’s rhythmic “Jam’n” WJMN experienced its lowest share ever in PPM, but there’s some bounce this time, 3.8-3.3-3.6. Greater Media’s rhythmic “Beat” WBQT is off a tad, 3.6-3.6-3.4. CHR “Kiss” leads in cume at 1,443,100.....

Hobson & Keating Out At NECN - 5/8 - Nannette Hobson is out after more than two years as news director at Comcast-owned New England Cable News. The channel's assistant news director, Bob Keating, was also pink-slipped.....

WPRO-FM Leads Providence - 4/22 - The March radio ratings for Providence, according to Tom Taylor Now: The definition of “steady” could be Cumulus-owned CHR WPRO-FM, 10.3-10.0-10.2. Next is Clear Channel’s classic hits “B101” WWBB, 7.2-6.9-7.2. Wrapped up for third and fourth places are CC’s rock WHJY (6.5-7.4-6.9) and Cumulus AC “Lite Rock” WWLI, 6.1-6.2-6.9. Keep an eye out for Davidson’s Spanish tropical “Latina 100.3” WKKB, 2.4-2.2-2.5. The market’s cume king is CHR WPRO-FM at 560,400.....

WRCH Leads Hartford - 4/22 - The March radio ratings for Hartford, according to Tom Taylor Now: 33 straight times at the top for CBS Radio’s AC WRCH, 9.2-9.9-9.4. Clear Channel’s country WWYZ is next with a big book, 7.7-7.1-8.5, followed by CBS’ news/talk WTIC, 8.9-8.5-8.3. (And we’ll soon see if there’s any effect from the departure of recently-indicted afternoon host John Rowland, a former governor.) WRCH holds the cume lead at 365,200 folks.....

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.....

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.....

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.....

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.....

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