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CC Throws Everything Into The Harbor


Clear Channel's 5th station in the City of Boston (101.7 WHBA-FM) is called "The Harbor." It's being labeled a "Variety Hit Music" station by the Boston Clear Channel Crew and it will be commercial free for the entire summer. Ops manager Dylan Sprague said, "We are going to play everything - and that means a surprising variety of songs from lots of decades, genres and artists. You can expect to hear 80s rock and pop hits, some 70s disco, 90s alternative and of course some great hair bands.

Here is a sampling of The Harbor playlist: Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Prince, No Doubt, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Maroon 5, Van Halen, U2, Journey, Nirvana and Matchbox 20. Boston Market Manager Mary Menna said, "We're extremely excited to bring a different sound to Boston. The Harbor offers the community quality programming and is a station that is not afraid to play all of the greatest songs all on one station.  It will be fun and upbeat and Boston listeners are going to love it."

(7/25/2012 8:04:21 PM)
Laurence might just have something here. After all, most of us on-air folks have been playing some form of "The Devil's Music" all of our careers. Maybe it's time to photoshop some horns, hooves and a tail onto Bob's picture and see if anybody is convinced this might be an evidential artifact of the Head Honcho of Hades. I'm also willing to consider it. :)

- Ronald T. Robinson
(7/25/2012 1:11:56 PM)
"We're extremely excited to bring a new sound to Boston". What happens to people who become spokesmen or spokeswomen for Corporations? National Review Online has theorized that the Colorado Gunman may have been possessed by the Devil. I'm not sure about that, but in this case, I'm willing to entertain the possibility.

- Laurence Glavin
(7/25/2012 10:49:16 AM)
Signal is a factor. Clear Channel bought a small station here. And it's smaller than it might look at first. See here:

With just 1.7kw on one of Boston's second-tier skyscrapers, the station is already a fraction the size of its competitors. But the signal is also dinged to the south by short-spacing to Providence and Falmouth, putting out as little as 410 watts down that way. CC will try to fix that, but the license won't let it do much.

- Doc Searls
(7/25/2012 5:30:40 AM)
Ronald, I have to agree...what this format really does is gets rid of all the announcers and turns the channel into a jukebox. With so many new choices crowding radio to the sidelines, do we really need another music service? We need to differentiate ourselves from the playlists and IPods...this ain't it.

- Bubba Rocket
(7/24/2012 11:04:31 PM)
Wow! Am I to understand that music selection is still considered really, really, really important and is worthy of all the angst and sphincter-tightening that comes with making those choices? And that this is being promoted as some kind of new, big thing strikes me as just a tad... shall I say... superficial.

- Ronald T. Robinson

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