Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WBZ wins Peabody Award for Boston Marathon bombings coverage

WBZ 1030 and sister station WBZ-TV received one of 27 George Foster Peabody Awards for the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings a year ago. The awards, announced today by the University of Georgia College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens, are among the most prestigious in broadcasting industry. WBZ was honored for its “wide-ranging, enterprising, non-sensational” coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. The station was praised  for becoming “crucial sources not just to their city but to a stunned nation.”



CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio Receive a Peabody Award, “Awarding Stories That Matter,”
for Overall Excellence for Coverage of The Boston Marathon Bombings   

BOSTON, MA – April 2, 2014 -  CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV News and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 are honored to receive a 2013 George Foster Peabody Award for overall excellence for combined coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings.  The 2013 Peabody Award recipients are determined b the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications (release attached).  In awards material, WBZ-TV’s and WBZ NewsRadio’s coverage is described as follows:

“Out in force to cover the annual marathon, both WBZ-TV and Newsradio 1030 had a journalistic advantage when the bombs detonated.  Neither gave it up as their reporters spent hour after hour on the air providing wide-ranging, enterprising, non-sensational coverage of the casualties, the suspects and the intense, nerve-wracking manhunt.  They become crucial sources not just to their city but to a stunned nation.”

The awards will be given out at the 73rd annual Peabody Award ceremony on Monday, May 19 in New York. 

About CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio:
Boston’s WBZ-TV and sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV) are part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.  For more, go to, like us on Facebook at CBS Boston and follow us on Twitter @CBSBoston WBZ NewsRadio is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States.  A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 126 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets.  CBS RADIO also owns and operates Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM), the flagship station of the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, and the New England Patriots; WBMX-FM MIX 104.1; WODS-FM 103.3 AMP Radio; and WZLX-FM 100.7 Boston’s Classic Rock.

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BRW Notebook :

If it's broken, fix it : Sports talker WEEI 93.7 is gone back to a winning formula by installing a new afternoon drive-time team which consists of former midday hosts - Dale Arnold with Michael Holley. "Dale and Holley" is now officially replaces a disastrous "Salk and Holley" which mercifully ended last month after a beyond-unbearable 1-year run.(BRW 3/12).

The original Dale and Holley pairing ran from 2005-2011 in the midday slot, before management idiotically broke up the duo as part of a ratings war with rival 98.5 FM “The Sports Hub's”(BRW 2/15/11). Arnold was relegated to mostly weekend and fill-in role while Holley was shifted to co-host the "Big Show" with Glenn "Big O" Ordway.

The Boston Globe was the first to report that the temporary "Dale and Holley" reunion tour would likely take a full-time residency at 93.7. Yesterday(4/1), Arnold confirmed the "Dale and Holley 2" with a tweet.

Reunion Tour : Glenn Ordway announced he's hired former WEEI's former program director Jason Wolfe as Chief Content Officer for his new venture Wolfe spent 22 years at WEEI in Boston before the company let him go last August. Ordway, of course, has launched his new multi-platform effort "Big Show Unfiltered" back on March 17. There are some whispers that the show may land somewhere on the local dial shortly.

What a Fool Believes :
WROR 105.7's morning drive time duo of "Loren and Wally" had their morning listeners scrambling trying to understand why the station renamed itself as "Samba 105.7" which featured regular Classic Hits playlist with Spanish language content in-between. The station ran a recorded announcement in English stating that the station is complying with the new mandate from the Department of USWTF which required them to broadcast a minimum of 77.9% of programming in Spanish to accommodate the new SAP radio guidelines. The announcement also mentioned that the station posted the instructions on how to disable the SAP feature on It's unknown how many WROR listeners had actually bought into the spoof.

The complaint bureau : The Committee for Community Access, a local public interest media advocacy umbrella organization, filed Petitions to Deny Renewal of the licenses held by WGBH Educational Foundation and WCRB 99.5 with the Federal Communications Commission, Washington D.C. on March 4.

Massachusetts radio stations have a 10-year FCC renewal cycle and 2014 is the year for all radio stations in the state to renew their licenses with the FCC. 

CCA is requesting that the trustees of WGBH Educational Foundation restore full time music programming on the high power, clear signal facility of WGBH 89.7. As you recall, WGBH began transition to news/public affairs programming in December 2009. Its classical programming was moved to WCRB 99.5. More information on CCA is here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The FCC will not deny a license renewal over programming objectives. The fact that the FCC accepted this filing is asinine.