WBZ’s 90TH Birthday…Proud To Be A Part Of Half Of It.

A Blog by Gary LaPierre

     If this was the Fox News Network that headline above would read: “News Alert” or “breaking News”…..followed by some articulate anchor chick saying…“it started before most of us were born…and today it’s 90-years old…..Radio.”   OMG!!

     Sorry, don’t need to be snide about the whole subject by pointing out one of the bad things that has happened since electronic journalism took a voice.  In my near half century immersed in electronic journalism (radio & TV) it has really been a kick in the past few days listening to some of the old tapes from the last 90-years, broadcast by WBZ Radio.   It was the first commercially licensed broadcast radio station in the country and to this day, it is the 900 pound gorilla in the room when it comes to a discussion of broadcasting integrity.  For better or for worse, WBZ created the image of what was to become newsman Gary LaPierre. It has been a part of my life since I was 18-years old and today, 50-years later, I’m as proud and humbled as I was on day one….of what this station represents to American history.  Listening to tapes from more than 50-years back, as well as from today, we occasionally heard the words..“here is a special bulletin from WBZ”…or “We have a news alert from WBZ”…or “we have this breaking news from WBZ” and in every single case, the story to follow was huge…and justified the alert…i.e. man stepping on the moon, the Berlin wall falling, the President has been assassinated, the space shuttle explodes, Iraq is being invaded…whatever……pick one…all worthy of an alert!

     But today?   Heard and seen recently………”We have a Fox News Alert…the producers of Dancing With The Stars have just announced Chas Bono will be one of the contestants this season.”    Pass me the ipecac and praise the longevity and integrity of WBZ Newsradio in Boston.   Happy Birthday ya’ll!!!


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