Peter Casey, who had been news and program director at WBZ-AM for 21 years, is out of a job today, less than a week after iHeartMedia took over the news station from CBS.
Dylan Sprague, iHeart's senior vice president for programming for the Boston region, announced the shakeup to staff in a memo today: Read more.
Scott Fybush reports union officials representing staffers at WBZ 1030 are scheduled to meet with honchos from the Company Formerly Known as Clear Channel in Medford today, following Friday's Globe story about how the company will make workers re-apply for their jobs and sign a new contract if they're allowed to stay. Read more.
The Globe reports.
All Access reports CBS plans to sell or swap the AM news station (and also 98.5 FM) as it merges with Entercom. Entercom, meanwhile, will unload WRKO and WKAF (97.7 FM).
Both Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson pulled out of a debate planned for Channel 4 tonight because of a contract tiff between the station and union members over pay for longtime workers, the Globe reports. The union, an IBEW local, had planned a picket line.
WBZ reports that Neil Chayet, who has been looking at the law for 42 years, is retiring.
Over four decades, Chayet has researched, written, and recorded more than 10,000 episodes.
WBZ interviews its own reporter, Bill Shields, reassures worried viewers who briefly made him a trending topic on Twitter yesterday that he was just trying to lighten the mood in his shoreline storm reports about being too old for this kind of stuff, not foreshadowing a grumpy exit from the TV news biz.
WBZ's Bill Shields was standing at Plymouth Rock around 12:30 p.m., after he had been forced to put on goggles because of the high winds. He began shuffling to show us something. "Jesus!" he exclaimed, as the wind almost knocked him over.
Meanwhile, down in Sandwich, WBZ's Beth Germano and NBC Boston's Susan Tran both struggled not to be swept out into the angry sea. Tran brought a large yellow scarf with her to hold aloft to prove that it was, in fact, windy. Dan Hausle, also on a beach in Sandwich, picked up some flotsam, or possibly jetsam.
WCVB's David Bienick was standing by at the Charlton rest stop on the turnpike, where he scooped out some snow with his hand before running after some guy getting in his car to ask him, in so many words, what kind of idiot he was. WCVB later showed us a viewer photo of a ruler stuck in the snow, followed by another viewer photo of a patio table covered by snow.
WBZ reports stupid Kansas City fans angry at Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher are unloading on Channel 4 meteorologist Eric Fisher, at least on Twitter. He's even gotten death threats.
Ch 2, 4, 38, 44 and all of their associated digital auxiliaries went dark again. Stress-related crack in the tower. Plans to move to the temporary antennas as they did back in October when they had the burn out does not seem to have happened. Read more.
WGBH reported today that all the Needham antenna problems that have plagued it, WGBX, WBZ, WCVB and WSBK are finally fixed and that all the stations are now back to full strength over the air (cable signals were never affected):
As of about 4:55am this morning, all stations are operating normally.
Channel 4 reports the rabbit-ear set should be able to pick up its signals again (story not for acrophobes due to photo of technician hanging onto the side of the antenna 1,200 feet up).
WBZ was having its issues this afternoon, or, as Barry Burbank put it:
Problems At The Transmitter! OUCH!
He added he's "highly confident" the problems will be fixed before the Patriots game tomorrow.
Just ask WBZ's Steve Burton.
New England One reports reporter investigative reporter Lauren Leamanczyk is leaving for a job on a Minneapolis station's equivalent of WBZ's I-Team. She's the 18th newsroom staffer to leave Channel 4 in a little more than a year.
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