OLD Media Moves

Boston talk radio station adds business news show

January 19, 2006

This is a first for the blog: I’m writing about business journalism on radio. WRKO, a Boston-based talk radio station, has added a business news show this week. Ironic when other media forms, such as newspapers, seem to be cutting their business information by eliminating stock listings.

Here is the announcement: “WRKO AM 680, Boston’s talk station, brings together three powerful business news sources — Boston Globe ‘Downtown’ business columnist Steve Bailey, Boston Herald Business Editor Cosmo Macero, and the Wall Street Journal — to create ‘Boston Business Today,’ a local news package which started Monday, January 16.

“‘Boston Business Today’ will cover Boston’s business community with news and thoughtful analysis hourly during ‘Boston This Morning’ and during ‘The Howie Carr Show.’

“Macero and Bailey, two of the city’s top business journalists, will bring to ‘Boston Business Today’ fresh business news and their view of important business stories. Macero will be on live at 6:37 a.m. every weekday, and Bailey will be on at 7:37 a.m. every weekday.

Joe Connolly of the Wall Street Journal will provide hourly business news updates, creating in-depth Greater Boston and New England business coverage to match the Wall Street Journal’s legendary reputation. Connolly’s reports will air during newsbreaks at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. during “Boston This Morning,” and then at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. during ‘The Howie Carr Show.’

“‘This is part of WRKO’s plan to provide Greater Boston with the best local coverage, whether it’s news, politics, business, lifestyle or the Boston Celtics,’ said WRKO Operations Director Brian Whittemore. ‘We’re bringing together three business heavy-hitters to create a must-listen package for anyone in Boston business.'”

I found this release on Dan Kennedy’s Media Nation blog.

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