WGBH names new morning news anchor
After 10 months on the air with its news/public affairs format WGBH 89.7 is infusing some personality element to its morning drive. The station announced today that as of next Monday(10/11), veteran radio news producer/host/reporter Bob Seay will become WGBH's new local news anchor/commentator during its morning commute block(6am-10am) which includes NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The Takeaway. Seay replaces news anchor Belinda Robinson. Here's the official press release from WGBH 89.7 :
Bob Seay joins 89.7 WGBH Radio as new morning anchor
Veteran radio host, producer and reporter Bob Seay makes the move to Boston this month to become 89.7 WGBH Radio’s new morning news host and anchor. Seay has been a fixture at stations on the Cape and in Rhode Island in a career spanning nearly 40 years in radio journalism.
“We’re thrilled to have Bob’s talent and experience to share with WGBH listeners,” said Radio General Manager John Voci. “His strong background in news, public affairs and arts, and knowledge of New England and our issues, will be a great addition to our local news team.”
Seay officially begins on October 11 and can be heard on 89.7 from 6-10am, giving listeners local perspective during the WGBH co-production The Takeaway and NPR’s signature newsmagazine Morning Edition.
Seay began his career on Cape Cod in 1972, spending four years at WOCB in West Yarmouth followed by an additional four at WVLC/WLOM in Orleans. He then earned the position of news director and morning anchor at WQRC in Hyannis in 1980. During his 17 years at the station, he hosted a weekly public affairs program, produced features on Cape Cod environmental issues and interviewed key newsmakers, including President Ronald Reagan. From there he was tapped to serve as station manager of WOMR, a community station in Provincetown where he spent nine years. During that time, he also served as a part-time news announcer at WBUR in Boston, and from 2004-06 handled WBUR’s Weekend Edition hosting duties,
In 2006, Seay made the move to Providence public radio station WRNI, where he served as Morning Edition anchor and host of two arts-related programs: ‘Rhode Island Artscape,’ a monthly special featuring prominent artists and musicians; and ‘Trinity Rep Radio Theater,’ a presentation of dramatic readings.
Seay, a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to WGBH. While in graduate school at Boston University in 1967-68, he was on the “BU Crew” that performed a variety of production tasks for WGBH television programs, including the legendary 1968 James Brown concert that later became the subject of the documentary The Night James Brown Saved Boston.
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