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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.

In these combination of pictures taken on December 10, 2013 US President Barack Obama delivers a speech next to sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie (R) during the memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela(Photo: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

WBZ Water Cooler: The Mandela Memorial Interpreter

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.

12/15/2013

(Photo credit: Beth Germano)

WBZ Water Cooler: Thanksgiving Week A Time To Reunite With Classmates

At The WBZ Water Cooler: Thanksgiving week means turkey, family, football and seeing old friends.

11/25/2013

Barrett in the Boston 5K (Credit: Drew Moholland/WBZ)

WBZ Water Cooler: The Art Of The 5K

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.

11/16/2013

Veteran's Parade

WBZ Water Cooler: Veterans Helping Veterans With PTSD

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.

11/11/2013

(Photo by Drew Moholland)

WBZ WaterCooler: Autumn Along The Charles

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.

09/28/2013

Levelle Hawkins #83, Aaron Dobson #17, Danny Amendola #80, and Josh Boyce #82 (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

WBZ Water Cooler: September Super Bowl Picks

At The WBZ Water Cooler: Football season is here and before the weekend games really kick into gear, we wanted to get the experts to lock in their Super Bowl picks. Believe it or not, the Patriots aren’t feeling the love from much of the WBZ Newsroom.

09/08/2013

File of a Little League Baseball Game (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images).

WBZ Water Cooler: Little League World Series

With its first Little League World Series win in its 62-year history Thursday night, Westport, CT will play in the winner’s bracket today.

08/18/2013

(credit: woodmans.com)

WBZ Water Cooler: Weekend Cookout Advice From Woodman’s Of Essex

At the WBZ Water Cooler: The holiday weekend has people doing all sorts of summer activities.

07/05/2013

Fireworks Safety Demonstration

WBZ Water Cooler: Doctors Warn Of Firework-Related Eye Injuries

Dr. Dan Briceland from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, says bottle rockets cause some of the most serious eye injuries, but even sparklers pose a very real threat.

06/30/2013

Grilling Guide

WBZ Water Cooler: Local Chef Offers Tips For Your Memorial Day BBQ

At The WBZ Water Cooler: It’s Memorial Day. That means it’s time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, the troops.

05/27/2013

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