How Boston Radio Handled Today’s Bombing Coverage
The radio industry’s response to today’s explosions at the Boston Marathon has been very varied.
Shortly after news broke, CBS’ entire cluster began simulcasting the coverage of either News 1030 WBZ or sister WBZ-TV 4. Entercom’s 93.7 WEEI-FM broke in with local coverage following its post-game coverage of the Boston Red Sox game before temporarily simulcasting sister Talk 680 WRKO and then returning to local programming. The remainder of the commercial music stations mostly continued with their normal programming, although the stations that are staffed including Clear Channel’s “Kiss 108” WXKS and “Jam’n 94.5” and Greater Media’s “Country 102.5” WKLB and “Hot 96.9” WBQT were breaking in with updates between songs.
Of the two NPR affiliates, Boston University’s 90.9 WBUR went to wall-to-wall coverage around 3:30. When we last able to check 89.7 WGBH they were continuing with their normal national programming, however their webstream has been unresponsive for over an hour now. Its sister 99.5 WCRB continued with their regular Classical music programming.
Reader Jeremy Andrews chimes in with the following note:
Listening to John Frassica’s coverage on 1550 WNTN Newton, MA. One guy, old studio, some PSAs and whatever information he has. It’s real and calm. None of that over the top hyper stuff. Let’s just say WNTN has been a brokered Ethnic station for the past 2 decades. It’s rare that they do news coverage like this. Normally they sign off when the last show is finished, which would have been at 4:30 Eastern (It’s now 5:20).