Hark! The Herald! (Flack Scratch You Back Edition)

April 23, 2015

From our Walt Whitman desk

For years, the hardreading staff has noted in awe the ability of the Boston Herald to celebrate itself and sing itself in the paper’s purported news pages.

But Wednesday’s edition of the selfie local tabloid might represent its greatest achievement yet: An interview with the Herald’s editor by the Herald’s favorite flack.

To half-wit:

This purported column by barely read Talkers magazine publisher Michael Harrison about barely heard Boston Herald Radio.

Forward-looking Herald charting a new course

Boston Herald Editor-in-Chief Joe Sciacca is a newspaperman with truth in his heart, ink in his blood and digital Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 12.40.50 AMvibrations in his brain.

Along with a multigenerational team of information practitioners, Sciacca has transformed what was purely a print publication into a multimedia news organization that spawned its own online radio station.


Seriously? Truth in his heart? Multimedia news organization?

Think the up to 17 Boston Herald Radio listeners know that?

You do the math.

Hark! The Herald! (‘National Honor’ Edition)

August 8, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

The Boston Herald’s incessant Garage Broadband Radiostream gets front-page treatment for the umpteenth time in a row today.


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And what is this “National Honor”?

36th place in a list published by a radio industry website whose traffic numbers are too low to be tracked (see here).

Regardless, here’s the story:

radioTalk radio journal recognizes Herald

Boston Herald Radio’s launch has been named to the prestigious Frontier Fifty list of outstanding talk media webcasts in the nation by the respected industry bible Talkers Magazine.

Talkers singled out Herald President and Publisher Patrick J. Purcell and Editor-in-Chief Joe Sciacca in its recognition of the innovative Internet radio platform.


Talkers editor Michael Harrison added,  “[t]he Boston Herald is playing a pivotal role in the evolution of the 21st century ‘media station,’ which is the obvious model of the communications platform of this unfolding new era.”

If you say so.

Then there’s this:

“We don’t call it the Frontier Fifty for nothing,” [Harrison] added. “These guys are like Lewis and Clark. History will reward them with honor even if the immediate road ahead is strewn with challenges and pain.”


Yes, well, the challenges and pain part sounds about right.

Anyway, here’s a nice shot of the National Honor:


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One last thing.

“We don’t call it the Frontier Fifty for nothing”?

Does that mean they pay?