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The latest change at WOR involves a key off-air talent. As chief engineer, Tom Ray had his hand in every technical aspect of WOR and the WOR Radio Network since joining the station more than 15 years ago.
Ray tells FishbowlNY that it was solely his decision to walk away. “I’ve been thinking of leaving for a while now, not anything against Buckley or the radio station,”
Ray does have thoughts about his now-former home with Clear Channel. “The station had a hometown feel,” Ray cautions. “I hope it’s going to retain its hometown feel because it’s something that’s different in the market with all the big stations.”
Connoisseur Media has lost on its claim with the FCC. Connoisseur was fighting the sale of Buckley’s WOR Radio to Clear Channel. The media company also complained about the WHTZ/Z100 license renewal.
At issue for Connoisseur was that Clear Channel and its Aloha Station Trust had not divested all of the stations placed in trust when Clear Channel went private, All Access reports. Additionally, Connoisseur contends, Clear Channel’s bid for one of the Trust stations would violate the Commission’s order.
Connoisseur asked the FCC to set a six-month deadline for divestiture.
In response, the Commission noted that the Trust is not a party to either the WOR deal or the Z100 renewal and that the evidence does not show improper influence nor control of the trust stations by Clear Channel. Furthermore, Radio Online reports, it found that Clear Channel is qualified to hold the WOR and WHTZ station licenses and that the grant of the Assignment Application is consistent with the public interest.
Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.
- Z100 Names New Co-Host (left) for Elvis Duran‘s Morning Show, August 10
- Fareed Zakaria Definitely Plagiarized The New Yorker, August 10
- New York Times Public Editor Says Lolo Jones Piece Was Too Harsh, August 9
- Clear Channel to Purchase WOR Radio, August 13
- Helen Gurley Brown, Iconic Editor, Dead at 90, August 13
- Kelly Ripa Gets $20 Million A Year to Act an Idiot, August 9
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Clear Channel has announced plans to purchase the venerable AM news/talker WOR 710 from Buckley Radio. Terms of the agreement were not released. A mandatory meeting was held this morning at WOR informing staffers of the dramatic, if not somewhat expected news.
The legendary WOR goes back to the origins of radio, 1922. Since its founding, WOR has had a longstanding commitment to technology and innovation; it was one of the first radio stations in America to use directional antenna to increase the scope and range of its broadcast, was the first AM radio station in New York to broadcast with HD radio technology and is one of the best radio broadcast signals in the U.S.
Change seemed to be on the horizon for Buckley Radio, a “mom and pop” ownership, when president Rick Buckley died after 40 years at the helm in July 2011. Buckley had succeeded his father as head of Buckley Radio.
“WOR is an iconic New York City brand with a rich history and an exciting future,” John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, says. “Clear Channel is excited to add WOR as a powerful, high potential complement to our New York brands. We believe WOR makes our already incredible platform even more interesting for listeners, advertisers, and strategic partners and we look forward to the tremendous potential WOR adds to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York.”
The next morning, Regis Philbin, a member of this year’s Hall class, showed several pictures from the event on Live with Regis and Kelly. One photo had Philbin displaying his trophy, alongside NBC Nightly News anchor and Broadcaster of the Year, Brian Williams, and the 2007 inductee Anastos.
Of his Philbin said Anastos “was terrific.”
In addition to Philbin, among those being inducted in the NYSBA’s Hall of Fame were the late but legendary air personality William B. Williams and Rick Buckley, the head of Buckley Broadcasting and WOR.
Joey Reynolds is a legendary broadcasting personality with more than 50 years under his belt.
Reynolds, most recently, was overnight talk show host on WOR and heard nationally on the WOR Radio Network. That gig, the longest of his career, lasted 14 years.
Now Reynolds is returning to TV, where he has dabbled throughout his career.
Beginning last night (this morning), Reynolds took his banter and wit to WNBC’s digital platform—New York Nonstop, hosting a two-hour All Night with Joey Reynolds.
The show is long awaited. After leaving WOR in April, it was rumored to start as soon as last May.
Seen each Monday night (Tuesday morning) through Friday night (Saturday morning) from midnight to 2 a.m., Reynolds says All Night will eventually offer a “triple play” for viewers, simulcasting the show online and syndicated for radio. (InsideRadio.com reports the program, initially, will be heard on WOR HD Radio, with many other stations to follow.
“What used to be able to be done with one ad in The New York Times, now needs to be in radio, television, [and] magazines. It’s gotta be all over the place,” Reynolds admits. “You can’t just be one thing anymore. You have to be on more than one platform.”