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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.

Jimmy Cliff. (Credit: Jimmy Cliff Website)

Jimmy Cliff And The Commercial Controversy

At the WBZ Water Cooler, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff found himself in the middle of a Super Bowl commercial controversy this week.

02/03/2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Tom Petty performs in concert with the Allman Brothers Band at the Greek Theater on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)

WBZ Water Cooler: 2012 In Review

At the WBZ Water Cooler, 2012 was a newsworthy year in music. WBZ NewsRadio’s Rod Fritz shares some of the highlights.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–12/31/2012

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WBZ Water Cooler: Remembering Dave Brubeck

Legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died this week, at age 91 in Norwalk, Conn.

12/09/2012

Pete Townshend (R) and Roger Daltrey of The Who perform on stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on March 24, 2009 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

WBZ Water Cooler: Seeing The Who, 33 Years Later

The Who is returning to Providence Rhode Island, for the first time since a canceled 1979 show.

12/09/2012

Gary Lilly is up for adoption at Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. (Photo courtesy: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Website)

Adopt A Cat For $5 On Black Friday At Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society

Looking for a Black Friday deal that will continue to give long after the holiday season is over?

11/21/2012

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WBZ Water Cooler: Hitting the Polls For The First Time

The WBZ Water Cooler tracked down some young people, voting in their very first election.

11/11/2012

SEAFORD, NY - NOVEMBER 02: In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, patrons wait in line to get their gas containers filled on November 2, 2012 in Seaford, New York. This station had one line for cars and one for walkers with containers. With the death toll continuing to rise and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

WBZ Water Cooler: How Local Businesses Dealt With Sandy

Mobile gas stations have hit New York. National Guard Col. Richard Goldenberg says the priority will be providing gas to law enforcement agents, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders.

11/03/2012

The heavily damaged Rockaway neighborhood in Queens. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WBZ Water Cooler: How Massachusetts Waited Out Sandy

Most of New York City’s 1,700 public schools will reopen on Monday, a week after Hurricane Sandy blasted through the region.

11/03/2012

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WBZ Water Cooler: Kids Ready To Trick-Or-Treat

The kids are getting ready to hit the streets and fill up those pillow cases with candy. Parents are preparing to deal with the resulting sugar highs.

10/31/2012

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WBZ Water Cooler: What Costumes Will You See Halloween Night?

Halloween night is just about here, but People have been out and about all week in Boston showing off their Halloween Costumes.

10/31/2012

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