Rod Fritz

420x316 grad fritz1 Rod FritzRod 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.

Dispatch performs at the Colonnade Hotel Boston. (Photo courtesy Colleen Hynes)

WBZ WaterCooler: Dispatch Highlights Nantucket Music Fest

Nantucket Music Festival will be held this weekend featuring bands such as Dispatch and Guster.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–08/01/2014

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WBZ WaterCooler: Timing Your Trip To Avoid Traffic

At The WBZ Water Cooler: A lot of you are getting ready to head up north, or maybe to the Cape, and you are bound to hit some traffic along the way. AAA’S Mary Maguire tells us, it’s good to “time your trip” to try and avoid the busy congestion.

07/25/2014

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WBZ Water Cooler: Bad Boston Common Karaoke

At The WBZ Water Cooler: This time of year with the weather getting warmer you never know what you are going to see on Boston Common.

06/11/2014

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WBZ Water Cooler: Gone Fishin’

At The WBZ Water Cooler: The Summer weather has arrived and many of you are taking the weekend’s to head up north and maybe do a little fishing.

06/11/2014

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WBZ WaterCooler: Graduation Day

At the WBZ Water Cooler: It’s a big weekend for college graduations.

05/17/2014

Jon Lester covers first during a drill on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers at the Red Sox' Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Chris Gobeille, WBZ-TV)

WBZ WaterCooler: Red Sox Ready For Opener

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.

03/30/2014

March Madness bracket

WBZ WaterCooler: Bracket Busted?

At the WBZ Water Cooler: Is your bracket already busted?

03/23/2014

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WBZ WaterCooler: Mass. Residents Competing On CBS’ ‘Survivor’

Residents from Needham and Boston are competing in this season’s ‘Survivor’ on CBS.

03/05/2014

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WBZ Water Cooler: The Man Behind Olympic Figure Skating’s Telecasts

At The WBZ Water Cooler: figure skating is underway at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia and it’s always a fan favorite.

02/11/2014

Tom Brady looks at his sideline in the first quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Denver Broncos on January 14, 2006 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

WBZ Water Cooler: Could High-Altitude Affect Patriots-Broncos Outcome?

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?

01/19/2014

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