WBZ should hang it's head in shame

John Francini francini@mac.com
Thu May 31 16:47:05 EDT 2012

I don't know…

On a trip back from Pennsylvania through New York a week ago, I put on WINS 1010 -- it sounded reassuringly similar to the way it had sounded years ago, which is really not much different -- in any important respect -- to how WBZ-1030 sounds now. (Timeframe was from 13:30 to 15:00 during a weekday) Same top-of-hour "give us 22 minutes and we'll give you the world" sounder, same wire-service teletype chatter bed under the news reader. (BZ hasn't used a teletype background bed in decades, mind you.)  Same news delivery style.

Maybe it's a measure of my age (52), but if I'm about to drive through (or around!) a major city on a long trip, I will immediately hunt the AM band -- not FM -- for the local all-news/traffic/sports station and stay on it until I'm out of the metro area.


On 31 May 2012, at 15:40, Chris Hall wrote:

> Most of us have very fond feelings for WBZ but it is 2012 not 1985. KISS-108 sounded great in 1985 and it would be great nostalgia but it would not be viable CHR in 2012. While almost all the other CBS Radio owned and programmed news outlets have moved along with the times WBZ is stagnant in the past to its detriment and that is sad. They get away with it because there is no competition, Do you think CBS would sit back and allow WBZ-TV to look and sound like they did in 1987.......never. Someone in the organization would be wise to bring in the programmers from WINS and WCBS before it is too late.
> I recently wrote on Radio Info of being at a family Christening loaded with both men and women in the 20 to 35 year age group. Since at the time it was a hot topic I asked around if anyone listened to WBZ all news radio.  The answerers ranged from I didn’t know there was an all news station......you mean  channel 4? (WBZ-TV).......  is it closer on the dial to WEEI or the Sports Hub. They do not have the fast paced product that this age group would listen to.
> I asked my niece (32) and nephews (28) and (30) , the three of them agreed that WBZ was one of the stations that Nana and Grampy always had on in the car whenever they took them out for a ride or to McDonalds over 20 years ago. Nana died in 1999, Grampy left us in 2007. If WBZ continues to keep their head in the sand it will be at their own peril, even if they were to move the current product to FM it may be too late for the long run.

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