Rod Fritz is an anchor/reporter for WBZ and can be heard anchoring the News during the weekend. Fritz, a veteran of over 30 years in radio news, began his career in Boston in 1976 at WHDH-AM as News Director. Rod coordinated the entire radio stations efforts during the Blizzard of ’78 and won a number AP and UPI awards for local coverage during his tenure. Rod then spent two years working at KIMN in Denver, CO during a time when he was awarded numerous awards for coverage of many local and national stories. Rod returned to his roots in Boston in 1980, as New Director of WROR-FM. He then moved on to anchor and Assistant Director of News and Programming at all news WEEI . In 1986 Rod was named morning news anchor and News Director at WMJX-FM/WMEX-AM and coordinated efforts and won awards for the coverage of the Presidential campaign of 1988, as well as an award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association on the 25th Anniversary of Man’s Landing on the Moon. Fritz spent a year in Bristol, CT at ESPN Radio, as national sports anchor during the early years of the network’s operation.
Rod spent 7 years supervising the news division of WRKO, from 1999 to 2006. He also produced and anchored major news events and breaking news stories, including complete Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the shuttle disaster, the Rhode Island Night Club fire, Worcester cold storage fire, and local and state election results. He was on the air when the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. Rod has been honored three times as Best Newscaster in Massachusetts by the Associated Press. Twice Rod has served as President of the Massachusetts Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
He recently spent the past year in New York as a Network News Anchor for Fox News Radio. Rod anchored the national newscast on over 600 radio stations coast-to-coast as well as Satellite Radio.
Rod is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and Psychological Operations (PSYOPS). He also received an associates degree from Leland Powers School of Radio, TV & Theatre in Boston. He is a graduate of Natick High School.
At the WBZ Water Cooler: Opening Day for the Red Sox is only a day away. It’s been a busy few months down in Ft. Myers, and that’s where we found Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe who’s been covering the boys of summer.
At the WBZ Water Cooler: Is your bracket already busted?
Residents from Needham and Boston are competing in this season’s ‘Survivor’ on CBS.
At The WBZ Water Cooler: figure skating is underway at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and it’s always a fan favorite.
The Patriots and Broncos are ready to square off in the AFC Championship, so what will that thin air do to the Pats who obviously aren’t used to playing a mile above sea level?
At The WBZ Water Cooler: Every day that goes by it seems we learn more about the bogus interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial, but we wanted to look at the signing itself.
At The WBZ Water Cooler: Thanksgiving week means turkey, family, football and seeing old friends.
At the WBZ Water Cooler: Prime 5K season is winding down here a bit, but really the season never ends, so we decided to take in a race.
This Veterans Day the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is trying to get the word out about a specialty program, where veterans are helping veterans.
At the WBZ Water Cooler: Fall is alive and well. The air is crisp, there’s football and beautiful scenery all around New England. We took a walk around the Charles where we saw rowers all over the water, and wouldn’t you know it… we bumped into a Rowing Olympian, Eliot Hovey.