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Review: The Runaways

The mid 1970s was a time of tight pants and even tighter radio playlists.
Doesn't quite take them back home
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 09, 2010

Read 'em and weep

Teleprompter? I hardly even know her!
Idiot Box
By MATT BORS  |  February 19, 2010

Diane Sawyer and the new voice of authority

The sight of Barack Obama in the White House has, rather quickly, taken on the air of the ordinary.
Anchors away
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 11, 2009

Mr. Respectable

Last Wednesday, oft-vilified media mogul Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corp. — parent company of (among others) the Times of London, the New York Post , and Fox News — will soon begin charging readers for access to all its news sites.
What's behind Rupert Murdoch's paid-content push? Plus, the ambitions of BoMag's new editor.
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 14, 2009

Review: One Day You'll Understand

In 1987, as French television broadcasts the trial of Klaus Barbie, the Nazi "Butcher of Lyon," Victor Bastien is going through a related trial of his own.
Clumsy contrivance gives way to real tragedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 24, 2009

Press releases: Kill your antenna

Listen, TV broadcasters: I've had enough of your pleading with me to call for a coupon to help me handle the "DTV transition."

By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 14, 2009


The Fox and the Wolff

No point in looking for an explanation or asking "why" something was said or done; Murdoch has no demonstrated ability to do so.
How did a controversial media reporter get total access to the most — and perhaps most  — newspaper man in the world? He just asked.
By DANIEL MCCARTHY  |  December 17, 2008

Blowing up

Everyone’s got the bad-economy blues these days — but the mood among peddlers of the printed word is especially bleak.
No longer the wimpy kid brother to sports-Radio powerhouse WEEI-AM, now has its own seat at Boston sports media’s grown-ups’ table
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 10, 2008

The little station that could . . . and did

I love WFNX. I suppose I might be expected to say that, but that is really how I feel.
WFNX could have been a country station. A message from the kid who voted new wave.
By BRAD MINDICH  |  December 01, 2008

Live radio lives

Radio, it's rumored, is a dying industry, falling behind the new-media Zeitgeist like an asthmatic jogger.
WFNX pumped to carry its strengths into the future
By JAYSON O'BRYAN  |  December 01, 2008

Local influence

In a day when so much radio seems less and less local, WFNX remains in touch.
WFNX is keeping it close to home
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  December 01, 2008


Fast-breaking music

WFNX has always been a maverick radio station.
You heard it here first
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 01, 2008

Fair is foul

These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 12, 2008

Divide and be conquered

Things do indeed look bad for their Grand Old Party. Actually, it's even worse than they think.
The GOP relied on talk radio to carry its water, but votes are worth more than ratings
By BY STEVEN STARK  |  November 12, 2008


After leaving daily newspapers, where do journalists go?
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 25, 2008

Almost Famous: Joe Bernstein

I’ve been all over the country, and I have to say, the quality of the State Police department here — they’re the best.
Retired former senior special agent for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service
By FRANK MULLIN  |  September 10, 2008


Hummel splits from ABC6; Planned Parenthood CEO resigns

When Jim Hummel decided to depart last week because of the approach being pursued by new management, it seemed to encapsulate the take-this-paycheck-and-shove-it fantasy of many people.
Politics + media
By IAN DONNIS  |  August 06, 2008

Is the Mountain of Rock crumbling?

The rock radio station in Augusta that helped launch the careers of bands such as Civil Disturbance and Dead Season is undergoing major changes.
Changes at WTOS
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2008

Welcome to Shangri-La

The first annual Shangri-La Festival, which will be held at the Fairgrounds in Blue Hill boasts an impressive lineup that spans generations and genres.
Maine's newest music fest begins Friday in Blue Hill
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2008

The week in boners

With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008

Cicilline: A go or no for governor?

Call it a case of art imitating life.
His rough patch shows how the mayor’s office remains a tricky launching pad
By IAN DONNIS  |  July 09, 2008


Polvo give it another go

The North Carolina quartet’s noisy sound was music to a select group of ears.
After a decade-long hiatus, the progenitors of math rock find their chemistry still exists
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  June 17, 2008

Open book?

On any given day, New England Cable News features more smart, substantive politics coverage than any other Boston television station.
Sal DiMasi is an embattled politician. His wife is an aspiring talk-show host. Welcome to New England Cable News’ ethics problem.
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 21, 2008

I didn’t give at the office

Hats off to the brave lawmakers at Halitosis Hall!
Halitosis Hall gets an ‘F’ for long-range thinking
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 30, 2008

Staying focused

If current PPH newshounds don't stay sharp, they might as well be writing on the wall.
Press releases
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 09, 2008

'Toon time

The Waltham-based classical music radio station WCRB will host its annual Classical Cartoon Festival this coming Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm at Symphony Hall.
WCRB hosts the 10th annual Classical Cartoon Festival
By STACEY GALLOTTA  |  April 03, 2008


The Gray Lady, the FCC, and indecency

Phoenix readers must think I’m obsessed with four-letter locker-room words, but I’m really not.
Freedom watch
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 26, 2008

Newspapers censor Bono’s ‘fucking’ gaffe

Why does our ostensibly “free” press insist on acting like prudes or cowards when reporting stories for which it’s vital that readers learn someone said “fuck” rather than an undefined “expletive”?
The FCC’s ‘broadcast indecency’ rules: Still, well, bullshit
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  March 12, 2008

Mining the past

John Coltrane acid blasts rage through the Mars Volta’s new The Bedlam in Goliath.
The classic sounds of the Mars Volta and Louis XIV
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 12, 2008

Sisyphus, the Dems, ’Gansett, and the Sox

University of Rhode Island economics professor Leonard Lardaro has joined an evocative phrase to describe the state’s seemingly perpetual budget problems: Rhode Island and Sisyphus Plantations.
Not for nothing
By IAN DONNIS  |  January 30, 2008