Almost 10 years ago, I took a position as a newscast writer for WBUR. Mine was the early morning shift, and my job was to arrive at 4 in the morning and start putting together the local news portion of Morning Edition. The other part of my job was to call some of the people about whom I was writing - local lawmakers, state officials, an occasional bereaved relative, and get "tape" (what most non-journalists call soundbites). I'd often wince while the phone rang, imagining it jangling in someone's bedroom.
The move could portend a complex without housing, since the company specializes in office and retail development, but not housing.
WBUR reports that Tom Magliozzi, co-host of Car Talk with his brother Ray, has died at 77. Greg Cook reports the cause was complications of Alzheimer's.
In a statement, the station says:
No one could have imagined, when two native Cambridge guys came into the WBUR studios in 1977 and started taking listenersâ€™ calls about cars, that they would change public radio forever. But in fact that is exactly what happened.
Neumeier, who spent 20 years at WBZ before moving to CSNE, is in the hospital today after a stroke Wednesday night, WBZ reports.
WPRI reports that the Providence Phoenix will publish its final issue next Thursday, ending nearly 36 years of service to Rhode Island. The Boston Phoenix stopped publishing in March 2013.
The station wishes them well. Shortsleeve had been with the station for 20 years.
The WBZ meteorologist explains why he was holding a mug upside down the other day: He wanted to see if anybody would notice (they did). Seems he's supposed to do morning chitchat while holding a mug, but there's never anything in the mug.
Bruce Allen snorts.
This photo of Barry Burbank is spreading across the Twittersphere this slow Sunday morning, so the question becomes: Why was Barry Burbank holding a coffee cup upside down one morning? One of the more awake local twitterers has reached out to Barry, but in the meantime, one can only guess.
Fire destroyed the Plainfield, NH home owned by Bay State Banner publisher Mel Miller Sunday night and now fire officials are trying to figure out what caused the fire, the Valley News reports:
All that remained of the house on Monday afternoon was the stucco and stone foundation spanning the perimeter of the home and a massive chimney standing some 50 feet high.
Be sure to check out the latest Arlington Public News "Arlington in 2" segment hosted by Hannah Perlmutter. Arlington in 2 keeps you updated about things happening in and around Arlington, Massachusetts. This refreshing new show will help you keep up with dynamic situations in your local community. Follow the hashtag #Arlingtonin2 and our twitter handle @arlingtonpublic to stay informed. Arlington in 2 will try to encourage positive dialogue between communities to address matters of common interest.
UPDATE: NECN reports the three were found trying to cross into Canada at Niagara Falls.
At Blue Mass Group, David compares how the Globe and the Herald wrote up the initial story of those three Afghan army officers who disappeared from the Cape Cod Mall over the weekend. One guess which paper mentioned how rogue Afghan soldiers are now killing Americans in Afghanistan.
So have you noticed WGBH-FM coming in even feistier than usual? The station reports it finished replacing its 36-year-old antenna on top of the hill that gave it its call letters a couple weeks ago. The new antenna now
Broadcasts at 100,000-watt power and provides a stronger signal to downtown Boston and reaches more Massachusetts communities and all six New England states.
David Bernstein, formerly of the Phoenix and currently of Boston Magazine, reports:
Big personal news to relate: after the November election I am moving to Richmond, VA, where my wife is starting an exciting new job.
I expect to still write and comment about Massachusetts politics beyond 2014, and am pleased to say that Boston Magazine and WGBH have expressed interest in finding continuing roles for me.
Boston Magazine gave major weight to SAT scores, even though 26 of the 65 schools wouldnâ€™t disclose them. So those 26 were assigned an average of the scores for schools that did report, thereby placing them safely in the middle of the pack.