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Eric Jackson and Jazz Week
When he headed for BU from his home town of Camden, New Jersey, in 1968, Eric Jackson thought his ultimate destination was medical school and a career in psychiatry. But as a jazz fan from an early age — and the son of a fairly renowned jazz DJ — he foun
| April 29, 2011
Boston Media Smackdown: WBUR vs. WGBH, Boston Globe vs. Everyone
At last weekend's NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIA REFORM, the Free Press folks asked me to bring together a cross-section of our fair city's movers and...
| April 16, 2011
After eleven years the Roxbury International Film Festival looks like its going to expand its boundaries, and not just by adding the word "International" to...
| July 29, 2010
Tony Cennamo (1933-2010)
Tony Cennamo is synonymous with jazz radio in Boston. A fixture on WBUR from the early '70s to his last late-night show in 1997, Cennamo — who died on June 8 — was lively, outspoken, even outrageous. But his depth of knowledge was irreproachable.
Boston jazz loses a great
| June 18, 2010
The onliest Sonny
Sonny Rollins has held the unofficial title of world’s greatest living improviser at least since the early ’70s, following the death of John Coltrane and the second of two extended Rollins sabbaticals from public performance.
Rollins looks at 80
| April 09, 2010
Radio Boston goes daily; 'BUR-'GBH heats up
Radio Boston, WBUR's weekly local-news show, is about to become a five-day-a-week affair. As Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin notes, a posting for an executive producer...
| February 17, 2010
Clearing the air
Adam Reilly’s analysis of right-wing talk radio’s support of Scott Brown was nearly perfect.
Letters to the Boston editor, February 12, 2010
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| February 12, 2010
The Ayla Brown effect
Ayla Brown's appearance yesterday on behalf of her father, would-be US Senator Scott Brown, is big news: the Herald gives it the cover treatment, and...
| January 13, 2010
Through a glass darkly
Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
| January 08, 2010
Tonight in Copley Square: WGBH and its discontents
In a piece that'll be out later this week, I cite the coming public-radio battle between WBUR-FM and WGBH-FM as one of the big media...
| January 05, 2010
If, as the Globe editorial page put it, Boston politics need CPR, why is the press idly standing by?
Are the media abetting the death of Boston politics?
| November 14, 2007
With any institution in flux, it’s easier to pinpoint when things fell apart than when they were put back together.
WBUR has done a 180 under Paul La Camera, thanks, in part to some serious-news hires
| July 19, 2007
It’s the morning of Ted Kennedy’s 74th birthday, and as the senator enters NECN’s Newton headquarters, he warmly greets Chet Curtis — who is tan and rested after a stint in his Fort Lauderdale condo — as an old friend.
How Chet Curtis became the Larry King of New England Cable
| March 03, 2006
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