Changes at WBCN-Boston

Changes at WBCN-Boston

Post by Paul_Munafo.LO.. » Fri, 11 Feb 1994 05:01:14

I must refute the recent posting regarding the tendency of 'BCN to drift
towards a more Classic Rock format. I've heard from someone inside, that
station PD Oedipus "snapped" recently...He cancelled ALL specialty programming.
Including the very popular "Heavy Metal From Hell" hosted by Mike Colucci....He
pulled all Billy Joel out of format, cut out most Bob Seger, limited the amount
of Beatles stuff to be played. I believe that this is an attempt to make a
transition to a more "Modern Rock" format. Alternative Rocker WFNX-FM has that
market cornered in Boston, and with the recent industry concentration on
younger audiences, coupled with Boston's huge college population, and Infinity
owning crosstown Classic Rocker WZLX-FM, This could be a move to skew younger.
Also notable are some changes in station on-air sound: lame duck morning man
Charles Laquidara going on at 5:30 AM, as opposed to the usual six AM...No
female voices are to be used in on-air phone bits....Mishegas, the popular
morning show trivia game will now be played only by males over the age of
18...And most notably the amount of forward promo-ing of Stern's show has now
been reduced dramatically, This alledgedly due to the fact that Stern's show,
although regularly pulling 15's, is not translating into a bigger overall for
the station. This reportedly is agitating station management. Also disturbing
those at "The Rock", the irregular timing of Stern's show. Recently, Stern's
show clocked in from 7PM-1AM......This disregard for timing on the part of
Howard's show has apparently caused some problems with programming the
overnights. With the inevitable switch of Howard's show to morning drive, this
could turn out to be a major problem.