"Hometown Tradition" Does NOT Continue At WCCM

Laurence Glavin lglavin@mail.com
Wed May 16 13:08:41 EDT 2007

I noticed that any kind of local news seems to have disappeared from
WCCM-AM 1490, Haverhill-Lawrence.  Early in the day, they pick up Doug
Stephan's "Good Day" show with news at the top-of-the-hour from the
USA Radio network, but no local cutins going from one to the other.
Mid-mornings they run program-length commercials that at least are 
real call-in shows, but nonetheless sponsored by area businesses...
still no local news, not even at noon.  Yet part of the station ID
package includes the slogan "the hometown tradition continues".
Some of you may be aware that one of the missing soldiers in Iraq
is from Lawrence, MA, but on WCCM today, the only reference to him
has come through a network feed. A certain ubiquitous radio scribe
recently opined that local ownership would be the best way to provide
local service to a small-market city, but here we have a radio station
owned in part by a NEWSPAPER (but for how much longer?) with NO 

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