Monthly Archive for May, 2012
WHDH has added a trio of reporters to their news operations. TVSpy reported on Monday that the staffers will be joining from significantly smaller markets.
The expansion news begins with Brandon Gunnoe, formerly an anchor and reporter at KVOA in Tucson, joins 7 as a weekend anchor and weekday reporter, replacing newser-turned-professor Dave Kartunen. Nancy Chen has also signed a contract with the station to be a reporter. She previously worked at KSBY. Also, Alexandra Field arrives on Bulfinch Place as a freelance reporter. She comes from WRGB, the CBS-affil in Albany.
WCVB has launched a substantially revised website. The new site, which is a part of a roll-out on all Hearst stations, eschews the venerable naughties-throwback TheBostonChannel.com for a simpler wcvb.com domain.
In an effort to retain name recognition, the website features a less prominent “The Boston Channel” name, though the effort to standardize branding appears to be in full force.
NESN has come to another content-sharing agreement, this time with NBC10 in Providence. Similar to the deal inked with CBS-affil WBZ, NESN staffers will appear in cut-ins on the station’s noon and 6 p.m. broadcasts, and WJAR will provide weather reports for the Providence feed of the regional sports net. In addition, WJAR sports guy Frank Carpano will appear on NESN’s pregame show.
In a press release, NESN president Sean McGrail remarks, “WJAR has been a leader in providing the Providence market with the best news and sports coverage for decades,” adding, “We are proud to partner with WJAR and excited to provide Rhode Island sports fans with more localized coverage through this exceptional affiliation.”
The content-share agreement will begin on Tuesday May 29th. Via nesn.com
This is an editorial written by the btvn managing editor Stephen. The views expressed in this commentary are that of the managing editor and not necessarily that of the website.
While btvn‘s primary focus is on the television side of the Boston media landscape, when news broke that independent alternative station WFNX was sold to Clear Channel, I had to make note of it on the site.
Realizing that he couldn’t move his thriving
escort service advertiser print rag to the radio, Phoenix Media head Stephen Mindich cut a deal with the devil to keep his red-lit printing press moving. As a result, the outspoken critic of mass layoffs and corporate America laid off all but four of his twenty-one employees and sold his radio station to the largest operator of radio stations in the country. Not just any conglomerate, but the purveyors of crosstown talker Rush Radio 1200. As in Rush Limbaugh.
So let me get this straight, in order to protect his money, made by preaching against capitalism, Mr. Mindich sold away the lone remaining independent alt-rocker in the country and the livelihoods of those who worked there. Brilliant strategy, Mr. Mindich, absolutely brilliant.
I can understand and appreciate what he must have been going through. Saying that running a radio station in today’s economy is difficult would be an understatement. Running one station in a market of clusters is next to impossible. However, had things been as dire as the PM/GC memo said, wouldn’t you think there’d be a slow cutting rather than the fatal blow that was issued? Were live DJs at all hours of the day really necessary? Could they have gone without filling the vacancies? ‘FNX had a cult following, how about a donation drive? Nope, pocket padding sounds like a much better plan to me.
In many ways, losing WFNX is like losing the old WLVI. Sure, there were many critics of both and the money just wasn’t there, but once it’s gone, a voice is lost. The smallest television station in Boston was replaced by a repackaged version of an existing broadcast, and the smallest radio station in Boston will be replaced by another flavor of Clear Channel’s one-size-fits-all radio format.
People can’t be mad at Clear Channel, as they never abandoned their principals and their bottom line. Having the existing capacity, they saw an $11 million station and bought it. Soon we’ll be hearing “Country 101.7″ featuring some anonymous DJ from out-of-state, while people like Adam-12 and Julie Kramer are left to pick up the pieces.
In the end, the real losers are the talented staff behind Alternative Boston, as well as the dedicated listeners who have tuned in for nearly three decades. Thank you, WFNX, for the memories. Thank you for shaping my taste in music, and thank you for putting on a great show for 29 years. Life goes on, and luckily for Mr. Mindich there will (unfortunately) always be a market for the world’s oldest profession.
Former ’56er Paul Mueller has resurfaced in Tampa as a reporter for regional cable net Bay News 9. The popular weekender was last seen at WGGB in Springfield before his abrupt departure just over one year ago.
In the time between, Mueller confronted and waged an inspiring battle with his alcoholism. He relocated to Florida and began to rebuild and renew. On April 23rd, he celebrated his one-year anniversary alcohol free.
Mueller, a longtime friend and supporter of btvn, wrote on Facebook that he is “grateful and entirely humbled to be allowed to begin the next chapter of [his] career.”
This move comes after several interviews with different outlets in the southeast. Paul Mueller’s first day at Bay News 9 is Monday May 7th.
New England Cable News primary co-anchor John Daly has left the regional cable network, according to sources.
Daly, who joined the network in January 2011 after an extensive overhaul, anchored the evening newscast with Latoya Edwards. He departed the station to launch his own blog, Informed-Not-Inflamed.com.
Prior to his tenure at NECN, Daly had been host of HGTV’s House Detectives, as well as reporting and anchoring in various capacities at various outlets throughout the country.
Hat-tip to btvn commentator Dan for the heads up to this story