|City of license||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Broadcast area||Greater Boston|
|Branding||"WBZ NewsRadio 1030"|
|Frequency||1030 (kHz) (Also on HD Radio)|
|First air date||September 19, 1921|
|Callsign meaning||sequentially assigned|
|Affiliations||CBS Radio Network|
ABC News Radio
|Sister stations||WBCN, WBMX, WODS, WZLX|
WBZ is the callsign for an AM radio station in Boston, Massachusetts which is owned by CBS Radio (formerly Infinity Broadcasting), which itself is owned by the CBS Corporation. A city of license or community of license, in American and Canadian broadcasting is the community that a Radio station or Television station Greater Boston is the area of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts surrounding the city of Boston Massachusetts. A slogan is a memorable Motto or Phrase used in a Political, commercial, Religious and other context as a repetitive expression of Frequency is a measure of the number of occurrences of a repeating event per unit Time. The hertz (symbol Hz) is a measure of Frequency, informally defined as the number of events occurring per Second. HD Radio is the name used by iBiquity for a system of digital transmission for audio broadcast stations Events 335 - Dalmatius is raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I. Year 1921 ( MCMXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1921 calendar of the Gregorian calendar This article is about Broadcast radio, for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. All-news radio is a Radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of News. Talk radio is a Radio format containing discussion about topical issues In radio Telecommunications, effective radiated power or equivalent radiated power (ERP is a standardized theoretical measurement of radio frequency (RF The watt (symbol W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one Joule of energy per Second. This is a list of broadcast station classes applicable in much of North America under international agreements between the United States, Canada and The facility ID number or FIN is a unique positive integer assigned by the United States Federal Communications Commission to each domestic and international In Broadcasting and Radio communications a call sign (also known as a callsign or call letters, or abbreviated as a call, or otherwise The CBS Radio Network provides news sports and other programming to more than 1000 radio stations throughout the United States ABC News Radio is the radio service of ABC News, a division of the ABC Television Network The Associated Press ( AP) is an American News agency. The AP is a Cooperative owned by its contributing Newspapers radio The Boston Bruins are a professional Ice hockey team based in Boston Massachusetts. This article is about the radio group for the radio network see CBS Radio Network. In Broadcasting, sister stations or sister channels (or "sibling stations" in gender-neutral form are radio and/or Television stations WBCN 1041 FM, is a commercial Radio station based in Boston Massachusetts. WBMX, known on-air as " Mix 985," is a Radio station with a Hot adult contemporary format in Boston Massachusetts. WZLX (1007 FM Boston) is a prominent Classic rock radio station in the Boston market A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using Streaming media technology A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages In Broadcasting and Radio communications a call sign (also known as a callsign or call letters, or abbreviated as a call, or otherwise Amplitude modulation ( AM) is a technique used in electronic communication most commonly for transmitting information via a Radio Carrier wave This article is about radio broadcasting for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. This article is about the radio group for the radio network see CBS Radio Network. CBS Corporation () is an American Media conglomerate focused on Broadcasting, Publishing, Billboards, and Television Originally based in Springfield, Massachusetts, WBZ swapped callsigns with sister station WBZA (then located in Boston) in 1931, a move that placed the station at its current location. Springfield is a City in and the County seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
WBZ radio, which broadcasts at 1030 kHz, is the oldest surviving commercial radio station in New England, as it began broadcasting in 1921 (Pioneering station WGI in nearby Medford Hillsides was transmitting regular programming as early as 1919 as experimental station 1XE, but went out of business in 1925). The hertz (symbol Hz) is a measure of Frequency, informally defined as the number of events occurring per Second. History See also History of New England New England's earliest inhabitants were Algonquian -speaking Native Americans including the Year 1921 ( MCMXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1921 calendar of the Gregorian calendar WBZ currently runs an all-news format during the day and a talk radio format at night, with hosts like Dan Rea, Steve LeVeille, and Jordan Rich. All-news radio is a Radio format devoted entirely to discussion and broadcast of News. Talk radio is a Radio format containing discussion about topical issues Currently on WBZ-AM 1030 in Boston Massachusetts, Jordan Rich hosts his overnight talk show on Friday and Saturday nights as well as a broadcast on Sunday evenings The station is the most listened-to radio station in the Boston area, and covers much of the eastern United States at night with its 50,000-watt signal from their transmitter location in Hull, Massachusetts, which has been used by the station since 1940. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The watt (symbol W) is the SI derived unit of power, equal to one Joule of energy per Second. For biologic transmitters see Transmitter substance. A transmitter is an electronic device which usually with the aid of an antenna Hull is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. Year 1940 ( MCMXL) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
During the daytime hours, WBZ is also well-known for "Traffic on the 3s", which provides a summary of traffic conditions in the area. In addition, national and international news, as well as some segments, are provided by the ABC Information network and the CBS Radio Network (until December 2005, this included noted radio raconteur Paul Harvey, which was provided by ABC), but almost all programming, including the nighttime talk shows, is produced in-house. The American Broadcasting Company ( ABC) is an American Television network. The CBS Radio Network provides news sports and other programming to more than 1000 radio stations throughout the United States Paul Harvey Aurandt (born September 4, 1918) better known as Paul Harvey, is an American Radio broadcaster for the WBZ has also been heavily involved in charitable work, with its annual Christmastime fund drive for Boston's Children's Hospital (which it does along with sister TV station WBZ-TV) being the most high-profile. WBZ-TV, channel 4 is an owned-and-operated television station of the CBS Television Network, located in Boston Massachusetts.
For the past 15 years, it was the home of talkmaster David Brudnoy until the day before his death in 2004. David Brudnoy ( June 5, 1940 &ndash December 9, 2004) was a popular Talk radio host in Boston from 1976 to 2004 "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Other notable personalities included talk show host Bob Kennedy, poet/personality Dick Summer, famed disc jockeys Bruce Bradley, Jeff Kaye, Ron Landry and later, Larry Justice, jazz DJ turned talkmaster Norm Nathan, late-night talker and humorist Larry Glick, and morning personalities Tom Bergeron and Dave Maynard. Jazz is an American Musical art form which originated in the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States Larry Glick (born 1922 was a Boston radio talk show host whose long-running show on WBZ and later WHDH became a New England institution in Tom Bergeron (born May 6, 1955 in Haverhill Massachusetts) is an American Television personality and Game show host, best
During the 1940s, WBZ operated a shortwave station using the callsign WBOS; this station has been dark since 1953 and the callsign has since been reassigned to what is now an AAA station. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949 Events and trends The 1940s was a period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s which also leads the period to be WBOS is a commercial radio station located in Brookline Massachusetts, broadcasting to the Greater Boston area on 92 Adult album alternative (also triple-A, AAA, or adult alternative) is a Radio format broadcast mostly on FM. Group W made half-hearted attempts to launch FM service, at various points operating FM service on 100. 7 (now WZLX, ironically a current sister to WBZ-AM) and 106. 7 (now WMJX owned by Greater Media), before selling each to other chains. WMJX-FM is a radio station licensed to Boston Massachusetts It broadcasts on 106 Additionally, during the 1970s, WBZ was one of a number of clear channel AM stations that petitioned to be allowed to increase their power; WBZ would have used half a megawatt out of Provincetown, Massachusetts to reach all of New England during the day. The term is also used in the context of T1 A clear channel, in its general sense is a communications channel, such as a radio Provincetown is a town located at the extreme tip of Cape Cod in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States. A backlash from smaller stations led to the petition being denied and station protections limited to a 750 miles radius, as well as the cancellation of the entire clear channel service.
WBZ 1030 Boston is the oldest surviving broadcaster in New England, and was the first licensed "commercial" radio station in the United States. History See also History of New England New England's earliest inhabitants were Algonquian -speaking Native Americans including the It was first licensed for operation in Springfield by Westinghouse in September of 1921. Founded in 1886 as Westinghouse Electric Company and later renamed Westinghouse Electric Corporation by George Westinghouse. Year 1921 ( MCMXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1921 calendar of the Gregorian calendar A second station, WBZA, was built in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924. In 1931, the stations swapped call letters and the main studio and operations were relocated to Boston as WBZ, with the WBZA call letters used for Springfield, both stations simulcasting on the same frequency. WBZA, Springfield was deleted in 1962. The original format was general entertainment and information which included dramas, sports, news, talk shows, special events, some music, and public affairs programming. Drama is the specific mode of Fiction represented in Performance. Sport is an Activity that is governed by a set of rules or Customs and often engaged in competitively News is any new information or information on Current events which is presented by print, broadcast, Internet, or Word of mouth A talk show ( American) or chat show ( Global) is a Television or Radio program where one person or group of people come together to
In 1926 WBZ became one of the first affiliates of the first network, NBC, becoming Boston's home of the NBC Blue Network. The Blue Network was the on-air name of an American radio production and distribution service from 1942 to 1945 which traced its formal origins back to 1927 In the early 1930s, a call-letter swap sent WBZ to Boston and WBZA to Springfield. Springfield is a City in and the County seat of Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States. In 1931, WBZ built a transmitter complex in Millis, Massachusetts which allowed the station to boost power to 50,000 watts. Year 1931 ( MCMXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1931 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Millis is a town in Norfolk County in the US state of Massachusetts. But WBZ didn't stay in Millis for long; the station moved its transmitter site to Hull, Massachusetts in 1940 a move which allowed Westinghouse to launch a shortwave station and have the transmitters and antennas for both at the same site. Hull is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. Year 1940 ( MCMXL) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. WBZ moved to its present dial location, 1030 kilocycles (kilohertz) on March 29, 1941. WBZ continued to be an NBC Radio affiliate, although when the Justice Department ordered NBC to divest of one its two radio networks, NBC kept the "Red", which simply became NBC Radio. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's For animal rights group see Justice Department (JD The United States Department of Justice ( DOJ) is a Cabinet department WBZ switched affiliations from the "Blue" to the "Red" to remain with NBC. Like other major-market network-affiliated radio stations of the time, WBZ also broadcast a few hours of local programming, including Vaudeville-like musical performances from Max Zides, Tom Currier, and others, during those hours when NBC wasn't feeding programs to affiliates. Vaudeville was a Genre of variety entertainment prevalent on the stage in the United States and Canada, from the early 1880s On June 9, 1948, WBZ-TV Channel 4 signed on and took NBC Television affiliation (switching to CBS on January 2, 1995). Later that month, WBZ Radio moved its studios from the Hotel Bradford in downtown Boston to join WBZ-TV in a newly-completed building at 1170 Soldiers Field Road in the Allston section of Boston. In 1951 Don Kent (meteorologist) started as a meteorologist at the station, for a tenure that would endure for over three decades. Year 1951 ( MCMLI) was a Common year starting on Monday. Events of 1951 January Don Kent (born 1920 was a radio and television Meteorologist for several decades in the Boston Massachusetts area Meteorology (from Greek grc μετέωρος metéōros, "high in the sky" and grc -λογία -logia) is the Interdisciplinary
In 1952, WBZ radio expanded its broadcasting schedule to 24-hour-a-day programming. Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. By then, entertainment shows were moving to television and WBZ radio began to play more music. WBZ Radio itself dropped its NBC affiliation in 1956 after three decades, deciding to program popular music around-the-clock. Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The best known personality in WBZ Radio's history, Dave Maynard, joined the station in 1958. Another beloved WBZ Radio host was Carl De Suze, whose career at WBZ began in the 1940s and continued into the early 1980s. The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949 Events and trends The 1940s was a period between the radical 1930s and the conservative 1950s which also leads the period to be The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. De Suze was the station's morning man for over three decades. Another popular WBZ voice was longtime news anchor Gary LaPierre, who began at the station in 1964. Year 1964 ( MCMLXIV) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the 1964 Gregorian calendar. LaPierre, who anchored WBZ's morning newscasts for over 35 years, retired from WBZ at the end of 2006. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Governor Mitt Romney declared the day of his final broadcast, December 29, 2006, "Gary LaPierre" day. Romney, Senator Ted Kennedy, Mayor Tom Menino, former Mayor Ray Flynn, former Governor Michael Dukakis, and other notables called in during his final broadcast. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (born February 22 1932 is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Thomas Michael Menino (born December 27, 1942) is the mayor of Boston Massachusetts, United States and the city's first Raymond Leo Flynn (born July 22, 1939) also known as Ray Flynn, was elected Mayor of Boston (1984–1993 Michael Stanley Dukakis (born November 3, 1933) is an American Democratic politician former Governor of Massachusetts, and was the Democratic 
By 1960 WBZ offered a full service music format leaning toward MOR music but also featuring an increasing amount of rock and roll. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Within a few years, WBZ was a top 40 rock and roll station, and with its combination of hit music, popular personalities, powerful signal, and top-notch news coverage, WBZ was "the" radio station in the market. The Top Forty or Top 40 is a music industry shorthand for the currently most-popular songs in a particular genre. Rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll) is a form of Music that evolved in the United States in the late 1940s and early 1950s with roots in mostly African However, due to increased competition in the Top-40 format - first from rival WMEX (who had a head start, switching to a Top 40/rock and roll format in 1957) then from WRKO - WBZ adopted a more full-service adult approach.
WBZ wasn't Group W/Westinghouse's only Top-40 music station; for a while, WINS New York and KFWB Los Angeles were as well, although they were both top-40 stations when Westinghouse purchased them. WINS (1010 kHz known on-air as "Ten-Ten WINS", is a radio station in New York City, owned by CBS Radio. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous KFWB is a Los Angeles, California AM radio station operating on 980 KHz with 5000 Watts of power from a transmitter site near Lincoln Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West In 1965, WINS dropped rock-and-roll to become the nation's third all-news radio station (after XETRA serving Los Angeles and San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico, and WAVA in Arlington, Virginia). Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Tijuana (ˌtiːəˈwɑːnə Spanish, ti'xwana|ti'ʍana is the largest city of the Mexican state of Baja California, situated on the U The United Mexican States ( or commonly Mexico (ˈmɛksɪkoʊ () is a federal constitutional Republic in North America. WAVA-AM and WAVA-FM are Religious formatted broadcast Radio stations Both stations are licensed to Arlington Virginia and serve Arlington can refer to the following Arlington National Cemetery, military cemetery in Virginia Places Canada The Commonwealth of Virginia ( is an American state Westinghouse eventually took KFWB down that path as well.
By the beginning of the 1970s, WBZ evolved into an Adult Contemporary Full Service format playing several songs an hour between 6 and 9 a. This article is about the Decade 1970-1979 For the Year 1970 see 1970. Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreviated AC, refers to styles of popular music that ranges from "lush Sixties pop often vocal -based and rooted in m. , 10 to 12 songs an hour between 9 a. m. and 4 p. m. and 4 to 6 songs an hour between 4 and 7 p. m. . At night WBZ programmed talk shows with such personalities as Guy Mainella, a pioneer in sports talk; Jerry Williams, in the evenings; and Larry Glick's entertaining overnight show (the latter two held the same popular shifts at WMEX years earlier). They also programmed music during the day on weekends. Westinghouse offered a similar format on 1020 KDKA Pittsburgh.
Beginning in the late 1960s, WBZ made a major push into live play-by-play sports. The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969 From 1966 through the seventies, and again for a time in the early nineties, WBZ was home to radio broadcasts of New England Patriots football. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. The New England Patriots, commonly called the " Pats " by sports writers and fans are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with In the Fall of 1969, WBZ became the radio flagship of both the Boston Bruins (NHL) and the Boston Celtics (NBA). Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Boston Bruins are a professional Ice hockey team based in Boston Massachusetts. The National Hockey League ( NHL) is a professional Ice hockey league composed of 30 teams in North America The Boston Celtics are an American professional Basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, playing in the Atlantic Division of the The Bruins stayed through the 1977-78 season; the Celtics left WBZ after the team's 1980-81 NBA Championship season. During the years when the Bruins and Celtics were both on WBZ and both playing at the same time, one of them (usually the Celtics) would be heard on then-sister station WBZ-FM (now WMJX).
In the 1980s WBZ cut back the music slightly. WBZ continued the Full Service AC format until January of 1991 when they began wall to wall Gulf War coverage along with other news during the day. Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. After that WBZ became strictly talk and news. At that point WBZ began a morning news block until 10 a. m. and also ran all news from 4 to 7 p. m. . In 1992 WBZ dropped the midday talk shows and became an all news station during the day and talk at night. During the 1990s, David Brudnoy had a popular nighttime show on WBZ radio, but his career was cut short by AIDS. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 In the summer of 2007, evening talk host Paul Sullivan stepped down as Brudnoy's successor, due to health issues stemming from a battle with cancer (Sullivan eventually lost that battle on September 9, 2007. )
In recent years, the all-news format on weekdays has been extended until 8 p. m. The Boston Bruins returned to WBZ in October of 1995, and have remained there ever since. The 2006/2007 NHL season will mark WBZ's eleventh season as the Bruins' flagship station (the 2004/2005 season was cancelled due to a labor dispute).
In February 2007, the station created the WBZ Radio Hall of Fame. Gary Lapierre is the first honoree.