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?


Hark! The Herald! (Internet Radio Edition)

July 30, 2013

From our Walt Whitman desk

Say, that’s some big news about the feisty local tabloid launching Boston Herald Radio, yeah?

All the details were, well, detailed in the Herald Radio Countdown that ran in Monday’s edition:

072513radiojfm06Herald internet radio to get Boston connected

The Herald is poised to take a dramatic step toward a richer experience for its online audience as it launches a new Internet radio station.

The countdown has begun for 6 a.m. next Monday, Aug. 5, when Boston Herald Radio goes live.

Veteran talk show host Jeff Katz will launch a morning drive news talk show that will lead into 12 hours of live broadcasting each weekday.

There will be four shows in all, including “Live from the Newsroom with Jeff Katz,” “Morning Meeting with Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot,” “The Michael Graham Show” and “Sports Town with Jon 
Meterparel and Jen Royle.”


In other words, the usual Herald suspects.

But let’s focus on the big picture:


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Note especially the hostage-like statements from local politicians.

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy 3.0:

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Gov. Deval Patrick:


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Truly, the hardreading staff can’t wait for the August 5 debut.