Changes In WBZ Radio's News Presentation
Sat Sep 24 12:14:38 EDT 2005
At 11:15 AM 9/24/2005, Mark Watson wrote:
> I've noticed over the past few days that WBZ radio has changed how they
> start off the top and bottom of the hour, at least during the all news
> portion of the day. For example, After the J.J. Wright ID, the anchor
> starts off with "WBZ news time is 5 o'clock. I'm Diane Stern, here are
> some of the stories we're following in the WBZ news room, top stories
> teased with audio from a newsmaker along with a tease of the story from a
> WBZ reporter. There's also a weather tease from the Accu Weather
> meterologist and a sports tease from the sports anchor. All this takes up
> close to, if not, 60 seconds. Traffic on the 3's and weather on the 10's
> still in their righful places. I haven't had a chance to listen after 8
> PM when the talk shows begin, so I don't know if they do the new top of
> hour opening then either. Overnights they run CBS news, followed by
> traffic and recorded local news brief, so the new top of hour opening
> probably won't run those hours.
> These changes put them more in line with co-owned WINS (1010 New York),
> who for many years have had a similar top & bottom hour opening. Is WBZ
> adopting these changes as a result of a mandate from Infinity or to try
> to freshen things up to boost ratings? (They've dropped out of first
> place in recent times).
Also noticed change - IMHO
Noise (not music) bed is too loud making it difficult to hear what news
reader is saying.
It is annoying.
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