DONE DEAL. The Lowell Sun reports that UMass Lowell radio station WUML (91.5 FM) is moving ahead with plans to broadcast former WBUR host Christopher Lydon and Lowell Spinners baseball games. (Thanks to Media Log reader A.R.)
The students who run the station reportedly turned out at an emotionally charged meeting last week, at which university official Lou DiNatale (when did he move up there?) said, "We don't want this winner-take-all thing where the students run the whole thing or the administration runs the whole thing. We really want some kind of a merger."
That makes sense, provided it's carried out in the right way.
1. The Lydon announcement is obviously the most interesting. Supposedly Lydon, the founding host of The Connection, will helm a one-hour nightly talk show. Presumably it will be syndicated. Media Log Central is actually a whole lot closer to Lowell than Boston is, yet I can't pick up WUML when driving around the North Shore. A podcast would be nice, too. "Podcasts are thoroughly interesting to me," Lydon tells the Globe's Scott Kirsner today.
2. The Spinners deal strikes me as more dubious. According to the Sun, up until now the Spinners have been carried on WCAP (AM 980), a commercial station. That seems right. The Spinners, after all, are a private, profit-making business, and I'm not sure a public station such as WUML ought to be getting involved with them. For what it's worth, North Shore Spirit baseball games are carried on WESX Radio (AM 1230) and seem to do very well.
TRIBUTE TO BRUDNOY. Yesterday's memorial service for the late talk-radio legend David Brudnoy was a deeply moving event. The Globe's Michael Levenson's account is online here.
The highlights: the graceful manner in which Brudnoy's former radio colleague Peter Meade presided over the nearly three-hour testimonial; a few brief words from Brudnoy's on-air successor, Paul Sullivan, who is himself battling cancer; and a quiet, heartfelt tribute from Brudnoy's best friend, Ward Cromer.
What was especially moving, though, were the numerous photos and video clips of Brudnoy over the years, accompanied by music recorded by Brudnoy's cousin Sharon Isbin, an internationally renowed classical guitarist. The service closed with excerpts from that astonishing interview Brudnoy gave as he lay dying at Massachusetts General Hospital last December.
"Don't wait until people die to tell them you love them," the raspy-voiced Brudnoy was heard saying throughout Emerson College's Cutler Majestic Theatre. "We tend to be very stingy about that."