The April 2015 edition of CCB Media’s newsletter may now be viewed online or downloaded.
CAPE COD BROADCASTING MEDIA ANNOUNCES EDITORIAL TRANSITIONS TO BOLSTER BROADCAST/ONLINE NEWS COVERAGE
April 16, 2015 (Hyannis, MA) – Today, Cape Cod Broadcasting Media (CCB) announces it will broaden its broadcast and online news capabilities by bringing back veteran Cape Cod newscaster Matt Pitta, after more than a decade away from the company, and naming journalist Laura Reckford News Editor of CapeCod.com, the media group’s acclaimed online news site.
Pitta, who has been covering Cape-centric news for more than two decades, will take on the role of News Director at CCB Media. Pitta previously worked at Hyannis-based CCB Media from 1996 until 2002.
As News Director, Pitta will transition his signature news program “Cape Cod This Morning,” formerly heard on 95 WXTK, to CCB Media’s WFCC Cape Classical 107.5 weekday mornings from 6 – 7 am. He will also be heard on CCB Media’s radio morning newscasts on Ocean 104.7, 99.9 the Q, and Cape Country 104. Additionally, Pitta will be responsible for leading the CapeCod.com News Team, and overseeing all news programs for CCB Media.
“I am excited to re-join the team at CCB Media. They have shown a passion for local news and to serving the community that is attractive to someone like me who dedicates my days to the news and happenings of Cape Cod,” said Matt Pitta. “Their commitment to providing news on many channels to satisfy the users’ many habits from radio, to web, to mobile and beyond is both extremely progressive and an inspiring atmosphere for me.”
Pitta’s move from iHeart Radio, formerly Qantum Communications, continues the evolution and growth of CCB Media’s on-air news presence and the CapeCod.com News Center expansion.
Pitta began his career at Boch Broadcasting. Along with his prior tenure at CCB Media, Pitta spent six years as Broadcast Editor of the Associated Press’ Boston-based bureau. A three-time Edward R. Murrow award recipient, Pitta has also served as a professor of journalism at Emerson College and Suffolk University, both in Boston.
Pitta’s return transitions Reckford to the new, full-time role of New Editor of CapeCod.com, where she will add depth, information and additional resources to the station’s on-air reporting.
Reckford’s Cape news background began at Cape Cod Life, where as Managing Editor she launched the publication’s Home Magazine and online editions. Reckford, who began her career with New York editing posts at Good Housekeeping, Viacom and 20th Century Fox, previously served as Editor and Managing Editor at both the Falmouth and Barnstable Enterprise newspapers.
“I am truly excited to take on the role of News Editor of CapeCod.com,” said Laura Reckford. “As a highly regarded source for news throughout the whole of Cape Cod, this company is committed to providing listeners with the sharpest and most engaging content to keep them informed on what’s impacting their respective communities at any given time.”
Reckford is also a freelance writer for Frommer’s travel guides, crafting numerous New England and Cape Cod editions, as well as specific Europe guides. Additionally, she penned the Arts and Artisans Trails of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket 2006 for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.
A longtime resident of Falmouth, Mass., Reckford is the recipient of numerous awards from the New England News and Press Association.
“Matt and Laura both share experience and strong reporting skills that will be invaluable as we continue to provide the best source of news for the Cape Cod community,” said CCB Media General Manager Beverly Tilden. “Together, this dynamic duo will bring a new depth of on-air reporting that is sure to attract the ears and minds of residents throughout the Cape.”
With these editorial transitions, CCB Media also announces Cape Wide News will make its own transition to the company by operating through CapeCod.com. Since its inception, Cape Wide News has served as the Cape’s premier police and rescue breaking news online outlet. The website currently receives more than 400,000 unique page views a month and is a complete complementary platform to the on-air and online products made available to consumers through CCB Media.
About Cape Cod Broadcasting Media:
Cape Cod Broadcasting is locally owned and operated. CCB Media includes: WQRC, 99.9 the Q, Cape Cod’s Fresh Mix; Ocean 104.7, Crafted for the Cape; Cape Country 104, Today’s Country and the Legends; and WFCC, Cape Classical 107.5, as well as CapeCod.com, the Cape’s fastest growing local community news site.
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CCB MEDIA INTRODUCES “MORE FUN IN THE MORNINGS”
McKenna reunites Karen Blake and Ralphie Marino on 99.9 The Q
Cat Wilson is “That Girl” on Cape Country Mornings
Hyannis, MA – January 15, 2015 – Monday morning, January 19, will debut an exciting new morning show based on a tried and true concept…that Karen Blake and Ralphie Marino make a great mornings happen on the radio ”Karen & Ralphie Morning Show” reunites this veteran morning duo weekday mornings on 99.9 The Q (WQRC.) “Our program director, Jerry McKenna first put Karen and Ralphie together on Star 93.7 and it was a huge hit, and Ralphie has been a frequent guest on Karen’s show on the Q, the fun and chemistry flows from the speakers,” said CCB Media General Manager Bev Tilden. “Our listeners tell us they want to start their day on a light and bright note…Karen and Ralph have that playful nature that makes mornings a little better.”
When asked about Karen and Ralphie, McKenna said, “Ralphie and Karen are true professionals. They each know how to create great morning radio.” McKenna added, “Listening to Karen and Ralphie is like listening in on a husband and wife, siblings or the best of friends…it is life itself”…The show is destined to be a must listen for the Cape.
In other news at CCB Media, Cat Wilson takes the reins of the morning with her new show “That Girl” on Cape Country 104! “Cat’s a great personality and really connects with the Cape audience,” said McKenna. “She’s invested in the music too and her enthusiasm for all things that matter to the Country audience makes her the perfect choice to get our Country audience going in the morning!” Wilson is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on CCB’s Ocean 104.7.
Karen Blake hosted the 99.9 The Q Morning show for the past year and has entertained listeners for decades in the Boston market.. Karen began her career at KISS 108 in Boston and made stops at WZOU, Star 93.7, Oldies 103 and she was nominated for Major Market Radio Personality of the Year while at ZOU.
Ralphie Marino will continue to be heard on Country mid-days after hosting mornings at Cape Country 104 for the past year. He is a veteran morning host having entertained in New York Mornings at KTU, Boston afternoons at JAMN, Mornings at Star and in the Manchester, NH market. Ralphie can be found instigating fun on the Cape from the gym, to the beach to the entertainment spots of Cape Cod.
Cat Wilson is That Girl on Cape Country – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality having hosted programs on Cool 102, the Rocket and Rock 104.7. Cat stays involved with some of her passionate projects including the local music community, supporting our Military and Veterans through Big Nick’s Ride for the Fallen and she’s even a Demolition Derby Champion at the Barnstable Fair!
McKenna joined the station at the end of 2013 and has been architecting the new morning shows for months. “Jerry has been working with our morning shows and news team to make sure that mornings include the news you need and the positive energy listeners need to start the day right,” explained Tilden, “we try to listen to our audience and provide the information and entertainment they want.”
99-9 The Q – Cape Cod’s Fresh Mix core artists include, Pink, The Fray, Justin Timberlake, One Republic, Bruno Mars and Katie Perry.
Cape Country 104 plays Today’s Best Country including artists like: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and legends like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and George Strait.
Cape Cod Broadcasting is locally owned and operated. CCB Media includes: WQRC, 99-9 The Q, Cape Cod’s Fresh Mix; WOCN, Ocean 104.7, Crafted for the Cape; Cape Country 104, Today’s Country and the Legends; and WFCC, Cape Classical 107.5 are the radio stations along with CapeCod.com.
CCB MEDIA LAUNCHES NEW CAPE COD LOCAL SPORTS PAGE ON CAPECOD.COM
SEAN WALSH NAMED SPORTS EDITOR
HYANNIS, MA – November 24, 2014 — Cape Cod Broadcasting Media announced this week it has hired Sean Walsh as its new Sports Editor for CapeCod.com to coincide with and augment its growing online news service. Walsh’s hiring was immediately followed by today’s launch of a new sports section on www.capecod.com.
“It has been our plan to add sports to our growing coverage of the Cape community on CapeCod.com,” said CCB Media GM, Beverly Tilden. “We are excited to have such an accomplished and knowledgeable writer/reporter in Sean Walsh to guide our launch. Sean’s experience in the community includes sports administration as well as coaching and CapeCod.com readership will benefit from his resources and unique prospective on local sports.”
Walsh has been a career print and digital media journalist and photographer since high school, first covering sports while attending Acton-Boxborough Regional High School where he played varsity football, track and baseball. During his undergraduate days at Ithaca College he wrote for the Ithaca Times and then went on to complete graduate studies at New York University.
CapeCod.com readers can expect up-to-the-minute game scores – updated each day, through the day – great photos, game reports, feature stories and sports columns offering deep insight into the local sports scene. Readers will soon be able to purchase copies of photos that have been published at CapeCod.com at very reasonable prices and will be able to count on CapeCod.com sports to provide everything they want and need to know about local sports.
“I sincerely cannot imagine a greater opportunity or exciting chance to highlight all the great things athletes do here on the Cape,” Walsh said. “So much happens that goes unnoticed it’s what I do best: highlight the good things people achieve on the fields and courts and rinks. Digital news is the future and CapeCod.com is news for Cape Cod.”
Walsh has been a staff writer, photographer and editor for the Falmouth Enterprise, The Register, Old Colony Memorial and the Boston Globe, to name a few, and served as the first official photographer in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He has received numerous regional and national awards for his stories and photos. Most recently, he was the Editor in Chief and Publisher of the Cape Cod Sports Report and a guest editor, writer and photographer for Patch.com. He was also an English Teacher at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School through this year.
He simultaneously served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves during college and began his coaching career in 1987 in Babe Ruth Baseball. Now in his 28th season as a baseball coach, Walsh has also coached football, track & field, soccer and basketball. As general manager of the Bourne Braves, his team captured the 2003 Cape Cod Baseball League Western Division Crown. Prior to that, he had served for five years as the Public Relations Director of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
For the past three years, Walsh has been voted the Executive of the Year for District 10 American Legion Baseball and in 2012 and 2013 was voted District 10 American Legion Coach of the Year after winning back-to-back Massachusetts State Championship titles with Barnstable Post 206 American Legion.
The founding president of the Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Walsh created www.redraiderpride.com, one of the state’s most popular and comprehensive web sites devoted to high school sports, according to the Boston Globe.
He may be followed on Twitter @coachwalshccbm or emailed directly at [email protected].
The August 2014 edition of CCB Media’s newsletter may now be viewed online or downloaded.