Radio never warned me (regarding Spfld tornado)
Fri Jun 10 10:22:44 EDT 2011

It's not just the Mom and Pops that have cut back on local radio news.

A few months ago, there was a chemical plant explosion about a mile down 
the road, so naturally I tuned in to WBZ. It was a Sunday evening about 8 PM, 
and the talent had prerecorded the news for that evening at the end of her 
shift, which I estimated at 6 PM. Nothing at all about the story on WBZ 
through out the evening.

Four Boston TV stations showed up, and the story ran on the CBS Radio net 
news at midnight.  WBZ  covered the story the next morning. So much for the 
immediacy of radio news.

When working at 1170 Soldiers Field Rd on the TV side in the early 70s, 
there was a
live newscast at 11 PM , 7 days a week.  Streeter Stuart often held down 
that shift.

With all the ads that WBZ airs, you would think that they could spring for 
evening coverage on the weekends. I know, I know, they take their orders 
from NY; ad revenue is not what it used to be, etc.

But think of all the major stories that have happened on weekends.  
Watergate comes to mind, on a Saturday evening.  I heard about it on NBC "Monitor", 
it was much later that CBS Radio had the story on the air.

Tornadoes, chemical plant explosions, inquiring minds want to know- this is 
serious business.

J Ballard



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