Rolling Stone doesn't mention them. Neither does the Boston Globe. But while Boston mourns the demise of WBCN, the biggest winner in the CBS Boston Radio shakeup may be The Toucher and Rich Show.
The story may sound familiar. CBS is moving its Alternative music station to internet only. It's moving it's "Hot Adult Contemporary" station to the better signal vacated by the Alt-rock station. And plugging a new station into the frequency vacated by the popular music station. In this case, however, the new station will be sports-talk station -- "98.5 The Sports Hub" and the new morning show will be actually, the not so new morning show of Toucher and Rich.
When the news of WBCN leaving terrestrial radio broke there was much speculation as to what would happen to the on air talent.
“I thought we were going to get fired when our agent called and said I think you are going to get fired today,” said Toucher.
The fate of the rest of the on air talent has yet to be announced.
While they may be changing stations and formats, Toucher and Rich assured fans this morning that they don’t have to worry about any massive changes to the show itself.
“This show is not going to be a sports talk show per say,” said Toucher. “It is going to be very much what it is now. We don't see a reason for [the show] to change.”
“We have been told that dating on demands, drunken recaps, all our popular bits will be the same,” said Shertenlieb.
Despite the furor over the demise of WBCN, T&R seem optimistic about the change.
“This is going to be a big, big thing,” said co-host Fred Toucher during the broadcast this morning. “What I know about who they might be binging in, this is going to be a great alternative to what is currently out there.”
“And if everything goes in the direction we are all hoping that it goes, its gonna be the show the way we have wanted to do it, with no songs,” added co-host Rich Shertenlieb.