Media Briefing for Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 16th, 2009

The coverage area of New York City’s only fulltime classical music FM radio station is about to get smaller. The New York Times is receiving $45 million in a complicated deal, in which all-Spanish radio station WCAA, now at 105.9 FM, will take opver WQXR’s strong 96.3 spot on the dial. WQXR in turn will be moved to 105.9, where it will be about one-third as strong, and will be blocked in eastern and northern Fairfield County and New Haven County, Connecticut and in Suffolk County, Long Island by WHCN transmitting on 105.9 from West Peak in Meriden, Connecticut and by WBLI 106.1 transmitting from Selden, long Island. WQXR will be operated by New York City NPR station WNYC AM-FM. (New York Times)

The corporate owner of an institution in Boston radio, WBCN 104.1, one of the nation’s first and leading rock stations, is pulling the plug. (Boston Globe) (Boston Phoenix)

WBCN’s history is captured in photographs. (Boston Phoenix) (Boston Globe) Memories are offered by listeners. (Boston Globe) The big mattress was one of the most memorable of WBCN features. (Boston Herald) WBCN launched many star dj’s. (Boston Herald)

Eighteen years after the progressive rock format on WBCN began, in 1986, it was still the station on top in Boston. (Boston Globe)

Boston, which already has 3 all sports AM stations – WEEI 850, WAMG 890 and WWZN 1510 – is getting an all sports FM station with the elimination of WBCN. (Boston Globe) (Boston Herald)

Bob Woodruff, the ABC television reporter seriously injured in a bomb explosion In Iraq in 2006, is returning to Iraq. (New York Times)

Online startups are providing hyperlocal news without the paper and with tiny staffs and budgets. (Boston Globe)

If WiFi coverage in a larger residence is spotty, the user can use the power lines that transport electricity through the house to also provide strong WiFi coverage. (Boston Globe)

Google and Microsoft have been sparring with eachother for years. Now, the gloves have come off in a digital faceoff. (Boston Globe)

Google is wooing advertisers, promoting itself and its Internet expertise, pitching itself as an ad agency ally. (Boston Globe)

Microsoft is offering a Web-based version of office. <a href= (Boston Globe) (Associated Press)

For 30 years Dr. Timothy Johnson has been giving viewers the latest news and trends in medicine on Boston ABC affiliate WCVB chanel 5. (Boston Globe)

Next week, NBC introduces a new series called The Wanted, focusing on terrorists and war criminals still at large. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

As the publishing industry struggles, the Harvard Business Review is reorganizing itself. (Boston Globe)

The U.S. is working to digitize health records for all. (Boston Globe)

The debate over publishing stolen Twitter documents is on. (New York Times) A hacker has exposed private Twitter documents. (New York Times) (San Francisco Chronicle)

Microsoft’s new search engine Bing has gotten a modest lift in its first month, but not as much as some analysts expected. (New York Times)

The Palestinian government shut down the West Bank operations of the Arabic satellite channel Al-Jazeera on Wednesday, a day after a guest on the station accused the Palestinian president of involvement in Yasser Arafat’s death. <a href= (Associated Press)

With the on-going economic downturn, 88% of Internet users are looking for financial information. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Facebook has reached another milestone: it has 250 million users. (Computerworld)

No topic is more hotly debated in book and literary circles these days that e-books. (New York Times)

Lifestyle Lift, a cosmetic surgery company, has reached a settlement with the State of New York over its attempts to fake positive consumer reviews on the Web, the New York attorney general’s office said Tuesday. The company had ordered employees to pretend they were satisfied customers and write glowing reviews of its face-lift procedure on Web sites, according to the attorney general’s statement. Lifestyle Lift also created its own sites of face-lift reviews to appear as independent sources. One e-mail message, discovered by the attorney general’s office, told employees to devote the day to doing more postings on the Web as a satisfied client. (New York Times)

The states are seeking to jam prisoner cellphone airwaves. (New York Times) The proposal is opposed by copnsumer groups. (Bloomberg News)

In the U.K., the BBC is resisting pressure to give some of its radio and TV license fees to other broadcasters. (New York Times)

The Lithuanian government has enacted a law that any information about gays — including in the media — be kept away from the children. (Associated Press)

A forecaster says the worst is over for advertising in the U.S. (Associated Press)

New Google maps display celebrities’ favorite places. (Associated Press)

At a bankruptcy auction, San Francisco My Network TV affiliate KRON-TV channel 4 failed to sell. (Associated Press)

The Sinclair group of TV stations faces possible bankruptcy. (Los Angeles Times) (Baltimore Sun) (Associated Press)

New Vision Television, which owns 26 TV stations from Honolulu, Hawaii to Portland, Oregon to the state of Georgia, is filing a “pre-arranged consensual bankruptcy proceeding in the United States Bankruptcy Court.” (PR Newswire)

ABC denies paying for an interview with Michael Jackson’s father Joe. (Los Angeles Times)

The Washington Post has launched an Afghanistan battle blog.

Casey Kasem is leaving the American Top 20 weekly radio show. (Miami Herald) (New York Times)

Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV channel 4 is broadcasting its audio on its sister FM station WLWK 94.5’s subcarrier for HD FM radio listeners. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Because TV channel 6 ends where the FM radio band begins, FM listeners including in the automobile had been able to listen to the audio of a channel 6 television station if there was one in the area. That came to an end on June 12 when U.S. TV stations switched from analog to digital telecasting. But in the Albany-Schenectady market, FM listeners can once again tune in the audio of CBS affiliate WRGB channel 6, with a new special transmitter at 87.9, just agt the start of the FM band. (Albany Times Union)