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  • #185286

    High Tides
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    I’m wondering why Josh Binswanger has been anchoring the afternoon-early evening shift at WBZ lately rather than his usual morning shift, and why I very seldom hear Carl Stevens anymore.  Does anybody have any info.?

    #185287

    nowradioguy
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    I’m wondering why Josh Binswanger has been anchoring the afternoon-early evening shift at WBZ lately rather than his usual morning shift, and why I very seldom hear Carl Stevens anymore. Does anybody have any info.?

    From the other message board, it was announced that WBZ would be making changes to its drivetime newscasts in January 2019.
    One of the changes was the swap of the drive-time male anchors; to wit, Jeff Brown to AM drive, Josh to PM drive. Another change was that the drive-time anchors would now anchor for a full half-hour, instead of the traditional 18/12 split between the two anchors.
    Of course, you probably have also noticed that AccuWeather reports are now heard only TWICE an hour, rather than six. The traffic reporters are now permitted to sign off each report with their names (the only good change in all of these, BTW). And, of course, it’s no longer “WBZ Newsradio 1030”, but “Boston’s News Station”.
    I, too, had observed that Carl Stevens does not get the air time he once got. He seems to be doing less on-the-scene live reporting. Adam Kaufman no longer does live sports reports twice each hour; they appear to be pre-recorded. There’s no “AceTicket.com sports studio” at the new location, so, sure, why not? There is now zero interaction between the news anchor and the sports anchor. (I wonder how Gary Lapierre and Gil Santos would’ve liked this arrangement?) FWIW, none of the PM drive anchors EVER has any interaction with Tom Cuddy.
    Other changes: the mid-day anchors are now Ben Parker and Nicole Davis. Ben is an excellent reporter, as is Carl Stevens. I’d rather hear Ben “reporting live from the scene”.
    And many times you are likely to hear the sports reports given by either Doug Cope (a very good news anchor and reporter) and Charlie Sherman (who is better at sports than he is anchoring news; sorry, Charlie).
    The “suits” will tell you that this is what must be done to survive and to reach a younger demographic. If you are thinking, as am I, that there are more “surprises” to come, you’d be correct. If you are thinking, as am I, that you may not like them, you’d also be correct.
    #185288

    OldNewsGuy
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    Of course, you probably have also noticed that AccuWeather reports are now heard only TWICE an hour, rather than six

    Does that mean no more “Traffic and Weather on the 3’s”?

    #185292

    DavidZ
    Participant

    They still have traffic & weather together on the 3s but the anchor now reads a truncated report other than :23 & :53 past the hour when it’s delivered by Accu Weather.

    I was wondering if they would have additional Accu Weather reports during inclement weather or when big storms were on the horizon.

    I have my answer…this morning they added additional Accu Weather reports at :03 & :33 past. Jeff & Deb Lawler still read the weather report at :13 & :43 past.

    #185317

    Larry Weil
    Participant

    And, of course, it’s no longer “WBZ Newsradio 1030”, but “Boston’s News Station”.

    This makes me wonder if they are planning for an FM simulcast?

    #185320

    nowradioguy
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    And, of course, it’s no longer “WBZ Newsradio 1030”, but “Boston’s News Station”.

    This makes me wonder if they are planning for an FM simulcast?

    Never say never, but, for now, at least, if you’ll wander over to the other message board that likewise engages in discussions about radio, you’ll find there a thread that covers, in depth, opinions on why or why not WBZ would go in the direction of an FM simulcast. I’m with the party that claims they will not, since iHeart is not likely to trash one of its full-market FM signals, whether 94.5 or 100.7 or 107.9, to enable this to become reality. In the case of a news/talker like WBZ, not much is gained by having news/traffic/weather/talk simulcast on an FM signal, whose reach, both geographically and demographically,  can never equal that of AM 1030.
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