Who gets to keep WBZ calls?
Sat Oct 14 10:18:24 EDT 2017
Seems like most TV viewers don't pay so much attention to TV calls as radio
That was proved to me, many years ago when WTIC Ch 3 in Hartford was sold
and changed calls to WFSB and viewership was not impacted. WTIC at or near
the top of ratings on AM, FM & TV and was a heritage call in Hartford and
WTIC calls remained with the AM, and FM stations. Yet, later WTIC calls
appeared on Ch 61, although mostly for nostalgic reasons and those TV calls
did not appear to have an effect on TV ratings, as Fox, Ch61 has toggled
identities CH61, WTIC Ch61, Fox CT, and back to, now Fox CH61.
So, Max $/value for this deal would probably mean that WBZ calls stay on
1030, and Channel 4 gets a new callsign.
I'm going to miss CH4 weather on 1030. I believe that the ch4 TV
meteorologists are among the best, or maybe the best in the country on radio
and TV. CBS often uses CH 4 meteorogists for national news reports. And,
they know how to deliver a concise and accurate radio weather forecast.
EX: In just a minute you will know that Cape Cod might be going to have
showers due to a storm passing to the south, yet Boston will be rainfree and
you might find some sun out near Worcester & Lowell. More than many other
areas of the country, New England is often near the confluence of
continental and coastal storms and fronts, so conditions often vary a lot
over a smaller area. We often have dry, pleasant weather in Springfield and
Hartford when Boston is drizzly due to stalled low pressure just off the
coast. And, Ch 4 Wx is much better than accuweather. We have some very good
wx forecasters here in Springfield -Hartford area also. A quality detailed
forecast on TV is one thing I try to get every morning, followed by good
forecasts, like the ones on WBZ AM, and WTIC AM, from the radio, during the
From: Rob Landry
Sent: Friday, October 13, 2017 8:16 PM
To: Scott Fybush
Cc: Sean Smyth ; A Joseph Ross ; Boston Radio Group
Subject: Re: Entercom announces what it plans to keep
On Fri, 13 Oct 2017, Scott Fybush wrote:
> Another consideration: CBS is unloading the CBS Radio division to get
> money. If they can get more money by selling the 1030 facility with the
> WBZ calls, they have little reason to withhold the calls and reduce their
Unless "WBZ" is an important part of their TV station branding. Most folks
here think of it as "Channel 4", so perhaps the call letters aren't so
important. But I'm not in TV, and I rarely even watch TV these days.
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