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.
The Farmers’ Almanac is predicting that Old Man Winter is waking up this year and will return with a lot of snow.
The WBZ Water Cooler broke the news of the Augusta Policy change to some local Bay State female golfers. Some were thrilled, some not so much.
Facebook recovered a little bit Monday, closing at $20.01, up 96 cents. Even so, the stock has lost about half it’s value since its initial public offering three months ago.
Kyle Murdock comes from a lobster fishing family. He’s opening the Sea Hag seafood processing plant in Tenants Harbor.
The Mashantucket tribe reports slot revenues of $51 million, a decline of nearly 16 percent from July of last year.
At The WBZ Water Cooler: If you are enjoying a summer beverage this week, try and stay hydrated.
A University of New Hampshire graduate teamed up with the Portsmouth Police Department to start a social media campaign about responsible drinking.
There’s a push from the city council in Medford to get rid of all the satellite dishes just hanging around.
It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and The National Memorial Day Concert is Sunday night.
At the WBZ Water Cooler: Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to get the grill ready for some cookouts.