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WROR-FM (105.7 MHz) is a commercial classic hits radio station licensed to Framingham, Massachusetts, serving Greater Boston and owned by the Beasley Broadcast Group. Its studios are located on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester.[2] Its signal transmits from the lower FM mast of the Prudential Tower and reaches as far north as Portsmouth, New Hampshire and as far south as Providence, Rhode Island.[3]

WROR-FM
WROR-FM logo.pngWROR-HD2 logo.png
CityFramingham, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaGreater Boston
Branding105.7 WROR
Slogan80s & More!
Frequency105.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air dateFebruary 10, 1960 (as WKOX-FM)[1]
FormatClassic hits
HD2: Classic rock "The Bone"
ERP23,000 watts
HAAT224 meters (735 ft)
ClassB
Facility ID20438
Transmitter coordinates42°20′50.00″N 71°4′59.00″W / 42.3472222°N 71.0830556°W / 42.3472222; -71.0830556 (WROR-FM)Coordinates: 42°20′50.00″N 71°4′59.00″W / 42.3472222°N 71.0830556°W / 42.3472222; -71.0830556 (WROR-FM)
Callsign meaningFormer call sign of WBZ-FM from 1968–1991, original (1996) format was modeled after it
Former callsignsWKOX-FM (1960–1971)
WVBF (1971–1993)
WCLB-FM (1993–1995)
WKLB-FM (1995–1996)
AffiliationsBoston Celtics Radio Network
OwnerBeasley Broadcast Group
(Beasley Media Group Licenses, LLC)
Sister stationsWBOS, WBQT, WBZ-FM, WKLB-FM, WRCA
WebcastListen Live or
Listen Live (via iHeartRadio)
Websitewww.wror.com
HD2: wror.com/wror-hd2-the-bone/

WROR broadcasts using the HD Radio format, with its HD-2 subchannel airing a classic rock format called "The Bone."

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

On February 10, 1960, the station first signed on as WKOX-FM, the FM companion of WKOX, then on 1190 AM (now WXKS on 1200).[4] Initially it simulcast AM 1190, when WKOX was a daytimer and could not broadcast after sunset. At night, WKOX-FM began airing classical music for Boston's MetroWest suburbs.

Top 40 eraEdit

In January 1969, the station began broadcasting a Top 40/album rock format as The New FM 105, and then later as FM Stereo 105. WKOX-FM was the Boston area's first FM Top 40 station featuring live disc jockeys, as opposed to some Boston FM stations that were automated. In July 1969, WKOX-FM converted to stereo broadcasting. DJs on WKOX-FM included Bill Thomas, Brother Bill Heizer, FM Douglas, (Program Director) Dick Stevens, John Leisher, Alan Fraser, J. William Charles, with Kenny McKay and Jimmy Conlee.

WKOX AM and FM were acquired by Fairbanks Communications in July 1971. After the sale, WKOX-FM became WVBF (also known as the Electronic Mama), as a hybrid Top 40/Rock station, initially retaining some of the WKOX-FM DJs. The call letters officially stood for Welcome Virginia Brown Fairbanks, the wife of station owner Richard M. Fairbanks (who himself had a station named after himself, WRMF in West Palm Beach, Florida). WVBF improved its signal coverage, targeting the Greater Boston area. Some of the DJs that were added to WVBF during their early months included Buddy Ballou, John "Big John" Gillis, Bill "BLF Bash" Freeman and Charlie Kendall.

During Fairbanks ownership in the 1970s, WVBF evolved from being a high energy Top 40/Rock hybrid station in 1971/1972, to becoming a mainstream top 40 station by 1975, and eventually evolved into a hot adult contemporary format over the years. WVBF also had many different nicknames in that era, including WVBF FM 105, WVBF Stereo 105, F105 WVBF and The New WVBF Boston 105. In the early 1990s, WVBF was the radio home of Delilah before she moved to Seattle and became a syndicated evening radio personality across the country.

Switch to countryEdit

On February 12, 1993, citing the growing popularity of country music, WVBF became WCLB, "The Country CLuB".[5][6] The format change was made in an effort to throw off Greater Media from launching a country format on smooth jazz station 96.9 WCDJ, which had just been acquired from Emmis Communications. Nevertheless, Greater Media went ahead with its plans, launching 96.9 as WBCS. The Boston radio market quickly went from no FM country stations to two country stations. Confusion with other FM stations and WCVB-TV led to a call sign change to WKLB in 1995.

In 1995, WKLB was to be sold to Evergreen Media, and was widely expected to become a talk station. However, a series of subsequent trades in 1996 placed WKLB under the ownership of Greater Media, owner of WBCS.[7]

On August 24, 1996, the intellectual property of WKLB merged with WBCS, with the newly merged country station utilizing the 96.9 frequency of WBCS along with the WKLB call letters, combining personalities from both stations. Some 105.7 personalities remained there for the new format. The two stations also simulcast for eleven days to transition WKLB listeners to the new frequency. On August 22, 1997, WKLB-FM relocated to the weaker 99.5 frequency, but returned to full-market coverage in 2006 with the station's move to the 102.5 frequency.

Move to oldiesEdit

The move enabled 105.7 to pick up a new format, and on September 5, 1996, the station became a 1970s-based oldies station using the WROR call letters that were used years earlier on 98.5 FM.[8] (For years, 98.5 WROR had been an oldies oriented adult-contemporary station.) When 105.7 picked up the call letters, they had been in storage on co-owned 1150 AM (now WWDJ). The station played 1970s pop and rock oldies, disco, some 1960s oldies, 1980s soft rock and top-40 crossovers, along with some classic rock. The legendary WROR call letters were familiar to many listeners, and the station originally attempted to re-assemble the WROR identity, including hiring several personalities from the defunct WROR. Leading broadcasters who were involved with WROR in the 1970s and early 1980s included program director Gary Berkowitz and air personalities such as Joe Martelle, Phil Redo (former market manager of Greater Media/Boston), Larry Justice and Frank Kingston Smith (formerly with WABC in New York City), as well as current WROR General Manager Tom Baker. By 1999, the format had been modified to classic rock, similar to co-owned WMGK in Philadelphia.

In 2006, WROR gradually moved back to more of a classic hits format, although with a rock lean, so that 1980s pop and dance acts such as Madonna and Michael Jackson are not usually heard. The station emphasizes 1970s, 80s and 90s hits. In 2012, following the switch by longtime rival 103.3 WODS from classic hits to Top 40, WROR became the only classic hits station in Boston. On September 2, 2012, "The Lost 45s" program hosted by Barry Scott returned to WROR. It had previously aired the show for several months in 2001 and the program aired on WODS before its format change. In April 2014, the show was dropped by WROR.

Beasley ownershipEdit

On July 19, 2016, Beasley Media Group announced it would acquire Greater Media and its 21 stations (including WROR) for $240 million.[9] The FCC approved the sale on October 6, 2016, and the sale closed on November 1, 2016.[10]

Following Beasley's 2017 acquisition of WBZ-FM (98.5), WROR-FM began broadcasting Boston Celtics games that conflict with broadcasts of the Boston Bruins or the New England Patriots; WBZ-FM is the flagship station for all three teams.

WROR 105.7 HD-2Edit

In early 2006, WROR launched its HD2 digital subchannel with a "Laugh Tracks" format, which consisted of a mix of song parodies, classic comedy bits and upcoming local comedians.[11] This would later be replaced with an all-70s hits format. In December 2013, it was replaced with a classic rock format known as "The Bone."

Loren and WallyEdit

The station is best known for its morning team, Loren Owens and Wally Brine, co-starring Tom Doyle who contributed character voices and parody songs, along with Lauren Beckham Falcone reporting news and Hank Morse with traffic, and produced by Brian "Lung Boy" Bell. (Doyle was let go on November 19, 2014.) The program has aired on the station since 1981 (when it was still WVBF).[12]

In December 2016, co-host Wally Brine announced his retirement, although he still participates in the program and the show still includes his name. [13]

The show has several segments:

Men from MaineEdit

Men from Maine is a one- to two-minute comedy segment, opening with soap opera organ music and Loren stating something varying along the lines of, "Welcome to another thrilling episode of the exciting adventures of Men from Maine. As today's action packed drama begins...". Episodes typically revolve around the two main characters Lem (played by Tom) and Ephus (played by Wally), and other residents of Bangor, Maine, such as Ephus' wife Effie and son Ephus Junior, Doc Cider (after Dock Sider shoes) and Pastor Fazool (after pasta e fagioli). The same characters have been used in songs about Maine on the segment "Tom's Townie Tunes" (see below). The humor of the segment is at its root generic "redneck humor", but set in very rural, backwoods Maine as opposed to the American South. Episode themes can run all the way from industrial accidents handled in incompetent ways (many residents, including Lem and Ephus work in the local sawmill), to bestiality. In all cases, the humor comes from the stupidity of the characters, and their obliviousness to it. Every episode ends with the characters going "Ayuh!"

At least one listener has found the show offensive, as heard on the first Men from Maine CD (sold during the holiday season to raise money for charity). Offended by the humor poking fun at her home state, a woman called the station, threatening to continue protesting the show until it is taken off the air. But as of September 2011, the segment is still played on the Loren and Wally show and some can be found as a "Loren & Wally Podcast of the Day" on iTunes, and 2 episodes are posted on YouTube.

Tom's Townie TunesEdit

Tom's Townie Tunes is a segment created by morning crew member Tom Doyle that spoofs classic rock hits, using humorous lyrics to poke fun at towns in Massachusetts (and an additional few songs about the surrounding region, such as Maine). Often the songs are about high crime rates, poverty, and the general misery of residents in low class areas, while other songs satirize Harvard graduates and Kerry Healey's failed run for Governor of Massachusetts (sung to the tune of "867-5309 (Jenny)" by Tommy Tutone). The first ever Townie Tune was about Provincetown, Massachusetts (sung to the tune of Funkytown). Doyle's sports-related songs have occasionally gained airplay on other stations during championship seasons. During the holiday season, Tom often sings parodies of classic Christmas songs.

Other Townie Tunes include:

Townie Tune Song parodied
"Stuck With a Kid at B.U." "Stuck in the Middle With You" by Stealers Wheel
"Fung Wah Bus" "Magic Bus" by The Who
"F-You Babe" "I Got You, Babe" by Sonny & Cher
"Somerville Song" "Summertime, Summertime"
"Buying A Sheep Tonight" (Men From Maine song Posted on YouTube) "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens
"Brady Shuffle" "The Curly Shuffle" by Jump 'N The Saddle Band
"I Heard You Came From Brookline" "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
"You Ain't Seen Newton Yet" "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
"The Rectum of Edmund Fitzgerald" "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot
"Come To Medford" "Come Together" by The Beatles
"Haverhill" "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett
"Naked Bare in Ipswich" "Takin' Care of Business" by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
"Weymouth" "Tequila" by The Champs
"Curt's So Good" "Hurts So Good" by John Cougar Mellencamp
"Don't Worry, Big Papi" "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
"Fifty Ways To Kill A Plover" "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" by Paul Simon
"In Maine" (Men From Maine song) "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton
"Livin' in Revere" "Reelin' in the Years" by Steely Dan
"The Most Miserable Time of the Year" "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (Christmas song)
"Golden Banana" (a strip club on U.S. Route 1 in Peabody) "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow
"Alone Again, Natalie" "Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan
"Turkey for Thanksgiving" "Workin' for a Livin'" by Huey Lewis and the News
"Free Turkey Weekend"

(used as a promotion to win a free Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving)

"Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
"Escape to The Cape" "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes
"Leased Cadillac" (in honor of Gov. Patrick's official car) "Pink Cadillac" by Bruce Springsteen
"Red, Red Tide" "Red Red Wine" by UB40
"Malden Eyes" "Lyin' Eyes" by The Eagles
"Rehabber's Delight" "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang
"The Sex Change Song" "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette
"Barry Bonds" "Charlie Brown" by the Coasters
"Nomar's Number 5"

(later rewritten as "No More Number 5")

"Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega
"Terry's Got a Brand New Team" "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" by James Brown
"Sanjaya" "Elvira" by The Oak Ridge Boys
"All I Wanna Do (Is Wipe My Bum)" "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
"Okajima!" "Oklahoma!" by Rodgers and Hammerstein
"Matsuzaka" "Macarena" by Los del Río
"Garbage Man" "Piano Man" by Billy Joel
"The Panty Song" "Shanty" by Jonathan Edwards
"Groin Fatigue" "Centerfield" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"I Want a Girl Like Lindsay Lohan" "Slow Hand" by the Pointer Sisters
"Casino Song" "Do You Want to Know a Secret" by The Beatles
"Donald the Coroner" "Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"The Norwood Song" "I'm Into Something Good" by Herman's Hermits
"Spin The Wheel of Meat"

(promotional song for "Wheel of Meat" giveaway)

"Lights" by Journey

"We Are Family" by Sister Sledge

"I Just Want to Celebrate" by Rare Earth

"Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire

"Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra

"You're Still Juan Damón To Me" "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" by Billy Joel
"Johnny Damon" "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares
"Stupid Cheat" "Super Freak" by Rick James
"These Boots Were Made in Brockton" "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra
"The Angels Song" "Hotel California" by the Eagles
"Foxboro" "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys
"Very Key People" "Indian Reservation" by Paul Revere & the Raiders
"Try A Sausage On The Mild Side" "Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed
"You're 16-0" (later "17 and 0" and "18 and 0") "You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr
"It's Time To Beat the Giants" "She Blinded Me With Science" by Thomas Dolby
"Addicted to Porn" "Addicted to Love" by Robert Palmer
"Beat L.A." "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith
"Manny Song" "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" by Looking Glass
"The 401(k) Song" "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
"Hazel Mae" "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart
"Pat's Life" "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra
"You Don't Mess Around With Lynn" "You Don't Mess Around With Jim" by Jim Croce
"Bourne Bridge" "The Unicorn" by the Irish Rovers
"North Shore People" "Short People" by Randy Newman
"Everybody Plays the Pool" "Everybody Plays the Fool" by The Main Ingredient
"I'm So Indicted" "I'm So Excited" by The Pointer Sisters
"Batter Named Shinchuchu" "Chattanooga Choo-Choo"
"Chatham" "Shattered" by the Rolling Stones
"Bring Whitey In" "Mighty Quinn" by Manfred Mann
"Saugus Nights" "Summer Nights" from Grease
"Dominic the Bookie"

"Gostkowsi The Kicker"

"Dominick The Donkey" by Lou Monte
"Sue Cope Got Pulled Over by a Trooper" "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy
"All My Harvard Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" by Hank Williams Jr.
"T Breakdown" "Breakdown" by Tom Petty
"Lovely Humarock" "Loves Me Like A Rock" by Paul Simon
"Wonderland" "Winter Wonderland"
"The Pothole Song" "On The Road Again" by Willie Nelson
"The Natick Collection" "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog
"Lowell Man" "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave
"He's Kim Jong-un" "Undun" by the Guess Who
"We Got the Beards"

(during the 2013 ALDS, ALCS, and World Series)

"We Got the Beat" by The Go-Go's
"We're Market Basket" "We are the Champions" by Queen

Christmas musicEdit

From 2007 through 2011, WROR-FM broadcast an all-Christmas music format during the holiday season. Also, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, kids could call Santa Claus and talk to him about what the kids want for Christmas by phone. Kids could also e-mail Santa Claus. The all-Christmas music format was competitive, with WROR and rival WODS often starting the Christmas music within hours. In 2011, for example, WODS started playing Christmas music on November 10, and WROR changed within an hour.[14] Holiday music could start as early as November 6 (as was the case in 2008)[15] and as late as November 18 (in 2010),[16] and usually ends on December 26. After WODS changed its format in 2012, Greater Media elected to move the all-Christmas format to co-owned 106.7 WMJX as of December 5, 2012 (that station had previously offered such programming in 2005), however, WROR continues to incorporate Christmas music into its normal format during the holiday season, and the station's Santa Claus program still aired during the 2012 holiday season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Boston Radio Dial: WROR-FM". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  2. ^ WROR.com/contact-us
  3. ^ Radio-Locator.com/WROR
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1961-62 page B-81
  5. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-RandR/1990s/1993/RR-1993-02-19.pdf
  6. ^ 105.7 WCLB TV Commercials 1993
  7. ^ WBCS-FM owners to take over WKLB-FM, Boston Globe, June 15, 1996
  8. ^ ROR-FM back in letter and spirit, Boston Globe, September 5, 1996
  9. ^ Beasley Acquires Greater Media
  10. ^ Beasley Closes on Greater Media Purchase; Makes Multiple Staff Moves
  11. ^ Tucker, Ken (January 19, 2006). "Greater Media, Emmis Unveil HD2 Strategies". Billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  12. ^ Simon, Clea (July 26, 2001). "Loren and Wally: 20 years on air". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  13. ^ http://wror.com/wally/#thanksservingb Wally Set To Retire His Alarm Clock!
  14. ^ "WROR flips to oldies music". Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  15. ^ Heslam, Jessica (November 7, 2008). "Oh, joy! Radio stations take Christmas carol plunge early". Boston Herald. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "Radio Stations Kick Off Holiday Season". CBS Boston. November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2012.

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