Question/comment about WBZ's new IDs

Question/comment about WBZ's new IDs

Post by John Franci » Sun, 21 Nov 1993 17:50:32


I have a question.  How frequently, on average, do stations change their
music on their IDs, program intros, etc?  Even when the programming is
exactly the same except for the intro music?

I ask because WBZ-AM (mostly all-news) changed their
top/bottom-of-the-hour news intro music.  In the past their previous music
was always ear-grabbing and left no doubt that "here was the NEWS!"  I'm
not sure I like the new music as much.  

I'm also not too sure I like the new IDs either.  They've started really
pushing the fact that they are a 50,000-watt clear-channel station -- as if
the listenership cares. [I do, but I suspect I'm in the minority.]  Some of
the new IDs make the station sound "full of itself", such as:

"You've made the right choice.  Boston's 50,000 watt clear-channel news
station, WBZ AM 1030."

Or, something like: "This is it. Boston's 50,000 watt powerhouse news
station, WBZ AM 1030".

They used to advertise their various personalities and programs in the ID
before -- seemed much less aggressive.

Comments?

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Question/comment about WBZ's new IDs

Post by Rebecca A Coff » Wed, 24 Nov 1993 01:44:55


Speaking of WBZ in Boston, can someone please tell me what happened to Larry Gl
ick?
I listened to him for years, why they took him off the air is beyond me...

Thanks..

 
 
 

Question/comment about WBZ's new IDs

Post by Fred Bak » Thu, 25 Nov 1993 21:17:48


Quote:>Speaking of WBZ in Boston, can someone please tell me what happened to Larry Gl
>ick?
>I listened to him for years, why they took him off the air is beyond me...

>Thanks..

He retired and moved away.  He was replaced by the great and inimatable
NORM NATHAN.   One of the best.

-FB
11-22-93; 2:20 PM EST.
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Question/comment about WBZ's new IDs

Post by Scott D Fybu » Thu, 25 Nov 1993 21:17:59


Quote:>Speaking of WBZ in Boston, can someone please tell me what happened to Larry
 Glick?
>I listened to him for years, why they took him off the air is beyond me...

Larry hasn't been at BZ for years.  He left for WHDH in the mid-80s,
and worked there for several years before retiring (semi-voluntarily)
about two years ago.

Larry's still living in Dedham, and is occasionally seen in local
theater productions.

 
 
 

Question/comment about WBZ's new IDs

Post by Terry M. Stader KA8SC » Fri, 26 Nov 1993 21:16:16

John (and others),

I have noticed to that even the various radio personalities on the air
are boasting that they can be heard in 38 states! Sure they are a
clear channel station... but I wonder what the real issue is here. I am
not against it... don't get me wrong, I am just curious as to whether
their license is up for renewal? Are they ready to make another change?
Buy another station on the West Coast so they can simulcast and have 50 states?

Terry M. Stader, KA8SCP, America Online (AOL) Ham Radio Club Host
Macintosh Amateur Radio Software List Maintainer


 
 
 

Question/comment about WBZ's new IDs

Post by Scott D Fybu » Mon, 29 Nov 1993 08:38:23


Quote:>I have noticed to that even the various radio personalities on the air
>are boasting that they can be heard in 38 states! Sure they are a
>clear channel station... but I wonder what the real issue is here. I am
>not against it... don't get me wrong, I am just curious as to whether
>their license is up for renewal? Are they ready to make another change?
>Buy another station on the West Coast so they can simulcast and have 50 states?

Well, actually, WBZ's corporate parent, Westinghouse Broadcasting Corp.,
better known as "Group W," already owns stations that can be heard in at
least 45 states (AK, HI, and the Pacific Northwest are iffy).  The stations
are: WBZ-AM-TV Boston, WINS-AM/WNEW-FM New York, KYW-AM-TV/WMMR-FM
Philadelphia, KDKA AM-TV Pittsburgh, WJZ-TV Baltimore, WMAQ-AM Chicago,
KILT-AM-FM/KIKK-AM-FM Houston, WLLZ-FM Detroit, KFWB-AM/KTWV-FM Los Angeles,
KPIX-TV San Francisco, and pending FCC approval, AM1550 and FM95.7 in San
Francisco.  Of these, WBZ, WINS, KYW, KDKA, and WMAQ are all 50 thousand
watt clear-channel stations.

As far as I know, there are no major changes planned at WBZ (at least I
HOPE not ;-).  What the new stagers and image spots (heard at :08 and :38
during the day) are designed to do are simply to remind New Englanders
what they're listening to.  It seems many people are using WBZ as a
utility, but forgetting to mention it in their ratings books.  At least
that's management's belief.  Go figure...


"This...is...IT.  The 50 thousand watt clear channel voice of NEWS RADIO.
WBZ Boston...NEWS RADIO 1030...dah dumm..."