AA back in Boston....

Dan Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Mon Apr 2 22:27:09 EDT 2007

I suspect that WBIX is doing a lot better than you believe. If it were not,
I think Alex Langer would long ago have tried to sell it again. I have heard
no rumors of that. The station is sold out with brokered programs and
infomercials from 6:00AM until at least 6:00PM M-F And the rebroadcast of
NECN audio from 8:00PM to 10:00PM may bring in some additional revenue. As
for WILD and WJIB, time will tell whether one or both have some kind of
future in Progressive talk. One thing is certain, though; Bob Bittner has
automated WJIB to the extent that selling time to one or more of what are
now three syndicators of Progressive talk (Jones, AirAmerica, and Nova-M)
would not lighten his workload. The effect would more likely be just the
opposite. Though Bob is anti-coporate, it it is not clear that he is a
Liberal. He also does not believe that easy-listening music and political
talk make a good mix. And I think he remains unconvinced that any of the
program syndicators is in a position to guarantee him a reliable income
stream. For its part, Jones claims it has never paid any station to carry
its Progressive talk shows and vows that it never will.

Dan Strassberg, dan.strassberg@att.net
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald A." <donald_astelle@yahoo.com>
To: "Donna Halper" <dlh@donnahalper.com>;
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2007 8:53 PM
Subject: AA back in Boston....

> Air America is under new owners, and has a new PD who
> is experienced in talk radio and running a network.
> It would be interesting to see if they can transform
> it  into a viable operation.
> On another forum, someone was speculating about how
> Air America could return to Boston....and that
> "something" was better than "nothing".
> Here are the scenarios proposed.
> WILD - 1090AM  WILD has a great daytime signal....but
> no night-time signal...
> WBIX - 1060AM  I can't imagine they are making *any*
> money right now...maybe enough to pay the electric
> bill.  1060AM has a super daytime signal....and,
> well...they have bad night time signal.  (But, again,
> something is better than nothing.)
> WJIB - 740AM  Another great daytime signal for 250
> watts!  And a very small night time signal.  I know
> Bob Bittner loves the music format....but is having a
> hard time with music royalty/licensing issues.  This
> would solve that.  From what I understand, Bob's
> politics leans a little (a lot?) to the Left.  I would
> think this would be a perfect fit.  Plus it would
> remove some of the man-hours needed to run WJIB as a
> music station, allow him to focus on some other
> things...and maybe even provide an opportunity to make
> a small profit.  (After all, if anyone desrves to make
> a profit it's Bob!)
> If a daytime signal is all thats available, 1090-WILD
> would be best...and the politics would fit in with
> it's history.
> WJIB is situated in what some call "The People's
> Republic of Cambridge"...I would think the format
> would be welcome there.
> I know Donna had trouble with the night signal of WXKS
> and WKOX.
> Donna, can you get either 740AM or 1060AM at home
> after dark?
> Don't pick lemons.
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