Bonneville is already using "Nightside" name

Thu Oct 4 12:04:42 EDT 2007

I like what Dan Rea is doing with the slot and wish him well. He is a great
journalist and has put in a lot of time breaking really good stories.
What he did in the investigation of Joe Salvati - not letting go of the
story - is unheard of these days in broadcast journalism. 
I think his goal of a local show who puts people's feet to the fire is a
good angle.
I don't know if he is right to far right but I sense a moderate to
conservative philosophy. 
My only criticism of him is that he did, unwittingly, continue to perpetuate
the myth that 
Saddam Hussein was involved in 9-11, after a caller from Medford a few
months back talked about the young men from the town
signing up to go to Iraq. The caller kept saying, We can't forget 9-11, we
can't forget 9-11. And Rea said, That's right. 
When called on it by another caller towards the end of that hour, Rea denied
that he said it and berated the caller quite defensively.
The caller was right and Rea was wrong. 

Tony Schinella

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As for Dan Rea, I gather that his politics are pretty far to the
right, although I have not yet heard evidence of that. What I have
heard so far, I like. His approach seems quite free of the overheated
invective and name-calling that characterize nearly all of talk radio
today. Heaven knows, we need less inflammatory rhetoric and a more
rational approach to issue-oriented talk. Rea may be offering just
that; time will tell. If, indeed, calm reason is what Rea offers us,
not only he, but also 'BZ management, will deserve kudos for
responsible use of the license for New England's best AM facility. One
can only hope that the approach will prove popular enough to be
emulated. I can think of only one other current talk-show host who
fits the rational mold--and his politics clearly lean to the left:
Thom Hartmann.

Dan Strassberg (
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> Garrett Wollman wrote:
>>I certainly don't want to pre-judge the show when it's only just
>>begun, but if the past few months of "on-air auditions" have been
>>guide, I don't think I'm likely to be listening.  Don't get me
>>Dan Rea is a competent broadcaster and a good interviewer, but every
>>time I've listened to him over the past few months, he's really left
>>me cold.  Based on what I've heard, I can't imagine ever hearing a
>>news story and thinking, "I wonder what Dan Rea has to say about
>>this."  Perhaps WBZ is trying to make a break from the past two
>>decades of distinctly opinionated evening talk hosts, but I don't
>>think they're likely to carry me along.
> I'm not sure I'd quite put it that way, but I also see him as a
> break from the way nights have been done on WBZ.  David Brudnoy &
> Paul Sullivan were just more "folksy" (not really the right word,
> but the only one that comes to mind right now), where Dan seems to
> have a harder edged, let's-get-to-the-point approach.  I'll probably
> still tune in if I'm on the road at night, but he definitely has a
> different style than his predecessors.

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