Boston radio and school closing/delay announcements

A Joseph Ross
Wed Feb 13 00:59:46 EST 2013

On 2/12/2013 8:26 PM, Ari Alpert wrote:

> I'm wondering if this is the end of an era. Over the last few days, I noticed that WBZ AM did not list all cities and towns that cancelled or delayed school opening. Instead, listeners were referred to the web site. School delays and closings always seemed like a public service that is well-served by radio, especially given significant power outages in the region. Are battery-powered radios no longer ubiquitous or it is assumed that everyone has battery-powered web-enabled devices or schools provide reverse 911-like service?

I think it stopped being a public service long ago.  Circa 1981, I 
needed to cancel a Brookline Tenant Union meeting due to snow, and when 
I called several radio stations, I was told that to list a cancellation, 
we had to be pre-registered, and it cost over $400 to do so.

A. Joseph Ross, J.D.|92 State Street|Suite 700|Boston, MA 02109-2004

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