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WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

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WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

Post by SolarMax » Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:40 pm

iHeart will acquire Boston's legendary WBZ 1030 as part of the CBS Radio/Entercom deal.
While this isn't an unusual takeover practice, it can't bode well for WBZ's staff and for its many fans around the country.

WBZ-AM’s new owner tells employees to re-apply for jobs

The Boston Globe has a paywall, but allows a few freebies per month. Certain to be versions of this story on Scott Fybush's NERW and other industry sites.

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Re: WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

Post by Calvert DeForest » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:54 pm

Most of WBZ's schedule appears to be occupied with All-News programming. iHeart doesn't own any News-formatted stations. This could be a problem.

News formats are budget-heavy. Lotsa payroll and resources involved. That's not iHeart's M.O. They're in the Talk business, and they own a syndication company that provides plenty of it. I can see them flipping WBZ-AM to Talk and moving their Premiere content over there.
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Re: WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

Post by SolarMax » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:25 pm

Calvert DeForest wrote:
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:54 pm
Most of WBZ's schedule appears to be occupied with All-News programming. iHeart doesn't own any News-formatted stations. This could be a problem.

News formats are budget-heavy. Lotsa payroll and resources involved. That's not iHeart's M.O. They're in the Talk business, and they own a syndication company that provides plenty of it. I can see them flipping WBZ-AM to Talk and moving their Premiere content over there.
WBZ's evenings and overnights are talk, not all-news. As you'd hope from this Boston classic, it is local and regionally-based talk, with intelligent, engaging hosts. For a time, Jordan Rich's Saturday and Sunday WBZ overnight program was simulcast on WCCO 830 in Minneapolis. Replacing any of these with Premiere feeds would be a great loss for the Boston market and those many of us who are longtime fans of the station. I used to listen to them way back in the '60s "BZ 103" rock'n'roll days with Dick Summer booming into Detroit.

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Re: WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

Post by Calvert DeForest » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:02 am

SolarMax wrote:
Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:25 pm
WBZ's evenings and overnights are talk, not all-news. As you'd hope from this Boston classic, it is local and regionally-based talk, with intelligent, engaging hosts. For a time, Jordan Rich's Saturday and Sunday WBZ overnight program was simulcast on WCCO 830 in Minneapolis. Replacing any of these with Premiere feeds would be a great loss for the Boston market and those many of us who are longtime fans of the station. I used to listen to them way back in the '60s "BZ 103" rock'n'roll days with Dick Summer booming into Detroit.
Even 12 hours a day of news is an expense that iHeart isn't known for supporting. Their News/Talk formats lean toward the Talk side with 5-10 minutes of actual news content per hour, perhaps a little more during drive times.

Local talk is something iHeart limits to drive time as well. Non-Drive dayparts are filled with syndicated fare from Premiere (Limbaugh, Hannity, Noory, etc). When they purchased WOR in NYC a few years back, most of the local talk content was replaced with syndication. CBS, on the other hand, is known for programming mostly local talk content on their O&O's. Vastly different programming philosophies could lead to big changes.
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Re: WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

Post by SolarMax » Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:23 pm

Some followup...
WBZ listeners urge iHeart not to weaken Boston News radio

From listener petition site SaveWBZ1030
(late on Nov. 9) iHeartMedia reached a deal with SAG-AFTRA, the union representing WBZ employees. Thanks to your support, iHeartMedia will be keeping all of WBZ’s employees on staff through the transition.

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Re: WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

Post by Calvert DeForest » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:50 am

Interesting! It appears that iHeart has at least agreed to honor the current contract. The next concern (as the poster pointed out) is what happens when the contract comes up for renewal. If iHeart chooses to retain WBZ's news emphasis, it will be unique to them. Hopefully they will keep people in place who have the experience and know how the format works.
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Re: WBZ's New Owner: Employees must re-apply for their jobs

Post by MWmetalhead » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:21 pm

Long-form talk radio with syndicated hosts has a shaky ratings track record in Beantown. Given the fact iFart owns both WRKO and WBZ, there's no reason for them to push Rush & others onto WBZ. They will use WRKO to clear such programming, in all likelihood.

I think WBZ will more-or-less stick to its current approach. I could see use of some syndicated programming on a limited basis such as weekend nights and overnights, for example. Some of 1030's local long-form talk programming after dark is abysmally boring, especially on the weekend. Not sure how anyone under the age of 80 is able to tolerate some of that stuff.
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