WBZ, WGBH, WBUR win Murrow awards for news reportsing
Three local stations have won national Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The awards, named for broadcast pioneer Murrow, have honored excellence in electronic journalism since 1971.
In the large market category, WBUR 90.9 has collected six awards in Audio Reporting(Hard News), Audio Investigative News, Audio News Documentary, Audio Use of Sound, Audio Sports Reporting and Audio Website.
WBZ 1030 picked up four awards in Audio Newscast, Audio Breaking News, Writing and Overall Excellence.
WGBH 89.7 won two awards for Audio Continuing Coverage and Audio Series.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 18th. All winning entries can be heard here.
BRW Notebook :
Patriots radio update : The Globe is reporting that the legendary Patriots play-by-play voice Gil Santos is still dealing with the physical aftereffects from a severe case of pneumonia that landed him at MGH's ICU a couple months ago. Santos has called Patriots fortunes on the local radio for 35 of team's 51 seasons including the three Super Bowl wins. With four months to go before the first Patriots preseason game vs. the Saints at Foxborough, Santos is still rehabbing according to the Globe report. Replacing a local media legend is always a sensitive issue. There's really no right way to handle it but the Patriots will likely attempt it. Obviously, everyone involved would feel more comfortable about the change if Santos was assured of remaining on Patriots broadcast team in some capacity and maybe sharing play-by-play role only for home games and becoming their announcer emeritus but nothing is ever certain especially in radio.
And that's a wrap : One of the longest career runs in Boston TV/radio history ended last Sunday when Massachusetts Broadcasters hall of famer, Don Latulippe had worked his last shift as he made the closing announcement on Easter Sunday's Park Street Church broadcast on WEZE 590. Latulippe began his radio career in 1937 at the young age of 7 performing "Pennies from Heaven" on the Laco Shampoo Hour on the old WHDH 850. After an illustrious career in local radio and TV, he officially retired back in 1995 but has stayed active with part-time work at WEZE 590. He was inducted into Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.
New night owl : WTKK 96.9 shook up its overnight schedule a couple weeks ago. Gone are West Coast longtimers "John and Jeff". In their place(1am-4:30am), the station is now running nationally syndicated "Overnight America" hosted by St.Louis-based Jon Grayson. Of course, Grayson briefly replaced Steve LeVeille on WBZ 1030 in January 2009, but after a massive listener outcry LeVeille was brought back 3 weeks later(BRW 1/27/09)....In other WTKK news, advice guru Mel Robbins has left her Saturday morning show to focus on her new weekday afternoon on WDBO 96.5/Orlando which she's hosting remotely from a studio on her farm in Sherborn. Robbins is also busy working on A&E's "Monster In Law" show. Her Saturday morning slot(10a-1pm) at WTKK is currently being filled by station's morning drive newsman Hank Morse.