Globe’s RadioBDC Dives into Talk

August 30, 2013

As the hardreading staff noted recently, the local dailies’ foray into Internet radio was bound to create some drama and conflict, even though Boston Herald Radio does talk (mostly to themselves) and RadioBDC does music. I wrote last month: “Be interesting to see if some news/talk shows start turning up on the indie rockstream.”

Lo and behold, from today’s Boston Globe:


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The new show is Edging the Xtreme, described this way on its home page:

Edging The Xtreme with Dan Egan focuses on the hip and happenings of the extreme sports world, with exclusive interviews with regional, national and international athletes in the world of skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing and so much more.


Be interesting to see how much more talk RadioBDC will start offering, yes?


Herald Doubles Down on Boston Casino Coverage

August 29, 2013

This is what the Boston Herald lives for.


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Our feisty local tabloid devotes nearly four full pages to the casino-industrial complex today.


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Corruption! Rampant patronage! Zero accountability!

For the Herald, this deal is the grift that keeps on giving.

Crosstown, by contrast, the Boston Globe has this nothingburger of a story in today’s Metro section:


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Aside from some mild finger-wagging by columnist Adrian Walker over Boston Mayor Tom Menino’s ram-rodding this deal through, our stately local broadsheet has had nary a discouraging word about the proposed billion-dollar gambling hell – sorry, hall.

C’mon, Globeniks – get on this stick. Where’s that righteous indignation about gambling? Or even some of your trademark tsk-tsking?

You gonna let the Herald have all the fun?


Suffolk Downs Casino: Dailies Play the Numbers Game

August 28, 2013

The Boston Herald and the Boston Globe do casino-half-full/casino-half-empty in today’s editions.

The Globe:


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The story itself gives a more detailed set of numbers.

A Suffolk Downs casino would pay Boston at least $32 million annually — and potentially far more — while guaranteeing at least 4,000 permanent jobs and providing East Boston an upfront payment of $33.4 million, under an agreement signed Tuesday with Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The deal includes provisions that would substantially increase the annual payment to the city if the casino is highly profitable. Under those provisions, the deal could be worth $52 million for Boston annually, based on projections from a city consultant that the resort would gross $1 billion per year in gambling revenue.


Crosstown, those eternally optimistic Heraldniks go for the big score:


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You need to go down to this graphic to get the more modest number.


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Then again, overstatement is pretty much the Herald’s business these days.

Brownout at the Boston Globe (Marco Rubio Edition)

August 27, 2013

It’s clear by now that former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) will do pretty much anything to grab a piece of the media spotlight.

Today it’s this story in the Boston Herald:

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It was a political twitter tornado.

When Scott Brown posted a picture of himself with a beaming U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) yesterday, the social media site lit up — especially after he followed it up with a one-word addendum: “Maybe.”

Maybe a GOP ticket in 2016?


Yes, and maybe the hardreading staff will win the Nobel Peace Prize for Two-Daily Town.

The best part of the Herald piece is the Scott Brown Shuffle when he was asked what he meant by “Maybe.”

“In the form of an update, as i was rushing to get a plane I responded — maybe to a charitable appearance request. That’s what I get 4 rushing,” Brown [tweeted].


Conclusive proof the Scott Brown truly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Of course Brown has had Twitter mishaps before, the most memorable being his midnight rambling last January.


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It is said that the act of texting (or, by extension, tweeting) automatically removes 10 I.Q. points. Those are points Scott Brown can ill afford to lose.

The Boston Globe, for its part, was smart enough to ignore the story altogether.




Boston Globe a Day Late, Charlie Card Short on MBTA Ring Story?

August 27, 2013

From our stately local broadsheet’s The Hive on Monday:

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Sick of fishing through your purse or flashing your wallet every time you ride the MBTA? A Kickstarter project, Sesame Ring, is offering stylish RFID rings that you can simply tap against CharlieCard readers as you sail through the crowds.

“Having missed the train many times while fishing for our CharlieCards, we looked for a solution in wearable technology. After months of hard work, we created the 3D-printed Sesame Ring, supported by the MBTA,” the project page states. “Now, you can walk right up to the gantry, use scientifically approved magic, and scoot on through!”


At first glance, the Globe is sucking hind teat here.

From the Googletron:

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But look closer and you see that Globe kissin’ cousin had the story four days ago – before the other news outlets.

(Except for Boston Magazine’s Boston Daily blog. But neither outlet credits the other, so tie goes to

Two-Daily Town Assignment Desk: Let’s see if the Boston Herald, routinely a lively index to the Globe, picks up this story in the next few days.

Why The Boston Herald Should Respect The Boston Globe (Annie Dookhan Edition)

August 26, 2013

From the Boston Sunday Globe’s front page:


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The Globe proceeded to devote another page-and-a-half to tracking Dookhan defendants freed by the crime lab debacle.


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Meanwhile, Sunday’s Boston Herald did what the feisty local tabloid always does: Inflate the personal into the political.


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That’s certainly newsworthy in its own right, but what the Herald will never admit is that the Globe story will be its assignment desk all this week.

That’s the Two-Daily Town two-step in a nutshell.

Vin Scully Celebrations: Globe 1, Herald 0

August 26, 2013

Vin Scully, the legendary 85-year-old broadcaster who has called Los Angeles Dodgers games for lo, these last 64 years, has just re-upped for 2014, and the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy paid tribute to him in Sunday’s edition.

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Ted Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Russell, Leonardo Da Vinci, Jim Brown, Winston Churchill, Bobby Orr, Yo-Yo Ma, Muhammad Ali . . .

And Vin Scully.

The best who ever lived.

On Friday, the Dodgers announced that Scully will be back as team broadcaster for his 65th year in 2014. A humbled Scully, now 85, gracefully participated in a press conference, telling the assembled media that he wished the Dodgers had simply released the news with a single line in the evening’s game notes.


Classic Scully.

The Sunday Boston Herald had nothing.

Classic Herald.

WQOM Catholic Radio Billboard: Try ‘God Damn’

August 25, 2013

The billboard that WQOM Catholic Radio posted earlier this month has gotten the local station plenty of attention.

Start with this report in the Boston Pilot:

Radio station launches ‘Try God’ billboard campaign


BOSTON — 1060 AM WQOM Catholic Radio is launching a billboard campaign with the message “Try God: 1060 AM Catholic Radio” across the greater Boston area.

According to a [WQOM] press release, the goal of the billboard campaign “is to reach the widest possible audience in a broad cross-section of the Boston community as a way to expand the station’s current evangelization efforts and bring the ‘good news’ of the Gospel message to even more people in the region.”


The bad news, though, is that people in the region can’t stop mucking with the message.

A week or so ago the Boston Globe featured this Dan Wasserman cartoon:




Now comes today’s Boston Herald with a new alteration. (From our Credit Where Credit’s Due bureau: Fox25 had the story Friday. The dicey local tabloid failed to mention that.)

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A religious billboard with a little attitude and humor aimed at Mass Pike drivers captured the attention of clandestine critics who went to great lengths to change its message with a barb of their own that looked like the original script.

Chris Kelley, station manager of three-year-old WQOM Catholic Radio, said listeners called early Thursday morning reporting that the big black billboard suggesting: “Try God,” with the text “1060 AM Catholic Radio” underneath had grown a new punch line with the words “The Other White Meat” replacing the station’s call letters.


Scot Landry, host of “The Good Catholic Life” radio program on WQOM, was not in an especially forgiving mood about the edit. “This act of vandalism was certainly not a prank,” he told the Herald. “It should cause us to reflect on the subtle and not-so-subtle ways that hostility is increasing against the practice of faith and against religious expression.”

But Kelley tried to spin it into a higher good:

This act . . . is an indication that the ‘Try God’ billboard campaign is attracting attention and making people reflect on the role of God in our lives.


Or at least in our dinners.

Boston Herald a Day Late, $500,000 Short on Mayoral Race

August 22, 2013

Preliminary indications are that our feisty local tabloid is taking a pass on the Boston mayoral race. The first competitive City Hall election in 20 years is apparently less important than the non-existent political career of a certain Scott Brown (R-Nowhere).

Monday it was Brown traipsing around Iowa that earned him Page One of the Herald.  (Q: What’s the difference between Scott Brown and the Iowa State Fair butter cow? A: The cow will participate in the 2016 Iowa presidential caucus.)

Today the big news is that Brown continues not to run for governor. So that’s front-page material too.




But while the Herald recites Make Way for Charlie, a real campaign has broken out in the Boston mayoral race, mostly around City Councilor (and current co-favorite) John Connolly.

From Monday’s Boston Globe:


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So, to recap: Stand for Children, a national education non-profit, says it’s going to dump half a million bucks into the race. Initially no response in Monday’s Globe from the object of the kibitzer’s largesse. Rival candidates scream bloody murder. One proposes a People’s Pledge.  Connolly bites back at critics in Tuesday Globe, but still doesn’t say anything about the Stand for Children loot. Rivals scream louder. Wednesday, Connolly says he he won’t take the dough, but says People’s Pledges are just a gimmick – no wait – he signs the pledge.

Got that?

Meanwhile, the Herald isn’t reporting much of anything or even recycling Globe stuff the way it sometimes does. Thank goodness, though, for the Herald editorial page, which has noticed there’s a mayoral race.


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The Herald agrees with what Connolly used to believe: “[The People’s Pledge] has become just another self-serving campaign gimmick.”

But fun to watch, yes? As long as someone’s covering it.


Herald Goes Double ‘Dutch’

August 21, 2013

The Boston Herald devotes two pages today to remembrances of the great Elmore Leonard, who died yesterday at age 87.

Start with the Associated Press obituary, which begins “He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime. Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller . . . ”


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The obit includes Leonard’s legendary writing tip: “Try to leave out the parts that people [tend to] skip.”

In addition to that, the Herald has appreciations by James Verniere and Bill Burke.


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From Verniere’s piece:

In terms of the films based on his work, no one compares to Leonard except perhaps another hard-boiled master, Raymond Chandler (“The Big Sleep,” “Farewell, My Lovely”), and genre masters Ray Bradbury and Stephen King. That’s the company of giants. Leonard was one.



Crosstown at the Boston Globe there’s an obit picked up from the Washington Post, and an item in Names.

But the feisty local tabloid takes this round.