Down the coast in Portland, a few changes at news-talk WGAN (560), where PD Dave Winsor has replaced Don Kroah and Pat LaMarche on the morning show. Also out the door on Western Avenue is morning show producer Chris Barry; he's being replaced by Adam Wolf, currently a talk show producer at Boston's WBZ.
Our good wishes are going out to veteran Concord broadcaster Gardner Hill, who told his listeners on WKXL (102.3/1450) that he's suffering cancer and will be off the air while he undergoes chemotherapy. Hill is a 29-year veteran of WKXL and now serves as the station's operations manager.
NERW research director Garrett Wollman was enjoying the new WFCR signal in the vicinity of the Boston University bridge when he heard something else interfering on 88.5, with an announcer with a British accent. No idea what it might be so far... Garrett's also been hearing "Rebel Music Radio" in the Allston MA area on 89.3.
Radio with pictures: Boston Fox O&O WFXT (Channel 25) has swapped anchor teams on its weekday and weekend newscasts. Tori Ryden joins Dave Barker Sunday-Thursday, while Karen Adams will work with Glenn Pearson on Friday and Saturday.
What goes around...: Just a few months after being moved from GM of CBS's WBZ (1030) to WODS (103.3), Ted Jordan has returned to the GM's chair at 1030. Jordan will work as GM for both the AM and FM, now that former WBZ GM Ed Goldman has been promoted to GM duties at WBZ-TV (Channel 4).
Monitor Radio has reached the end of the line. The Christian Science church will shut down the news service next week, after a deal to sell it to World Times fell through. 87 workers, including 75 in Boston, will be out of work. Monitor's shortwave stations, WSHB in South Carolina and KSHB in Saipan, will run religious programming until a buyer is found.
Call letters: WXLO (104.5 Fitchburg-Worcester) has legally changed calls from WXLO-FM to WXLO(FM), some six years after the WXLO(AM) calls were last used on the 960 kHz facility that's now back to its original WFGL calls.
Wondering what happened to WHDH veteran Jess Cain? He'll be back in front of the mike Sunday night (June 22) at a benefit concert for the Friends of MusicAmerica, the group that's still trying to persuade WGBH to return the popular music show to the airwaves. For more information, you can contact the group at 617-259-0250.
And WKOX is at it again! The Framingham station has found yet another possible site for a new transmitter; this time along route 30 at the former Dow plant in Wayland near the Natick line. WKOX has tried and failed repeatedly to raise its power to better serve Boston.
The FCC has returned the application of Northeast Gospel Broadcasting for 88.1 in Eagle Bridge NY.
WYUL (94.7 Chateaugay) has reportedly picked a permanent format. Look for the Montreal rimshotter to go oldies, a format last heard in Montreal on the former CKIS "Oldies 990" (now talk CKGM).
In Albany, Paul Vandenburgh has been named PD at talker WROW (590), where he hosts the morning show. He replaces recently-departed Buzz Brindle in the PD seat. Michael Morgan replaces Brindle at sister WYJB (95.5), while keeping his PD duties at CHR WFLY (92.3) as well.
And the FCC has dismissed Family Life Ministries' application for a 104.3 translator in Geneva, relaying WCIY (88.9 Canandaigua).