Wednesday, May 01, 2013

 

WBUR, WGBH: A Marathon of Coverage

Radio coverage for the Boston Marathon tragedy was not all that great.

Outside of WBZ radio, (which quite often took audio from sister TV station Channel 4, WBZ-TV), not many stations had the initiative (or resources) to cover the crisis.

Some of the CBS music stations were lucky enough to have an all news format they owned in their Boston cluster they could simulcast.

Kiss 108 on occaision took audio from Channel 5...which was a surprise to see a CHR drop music to carry all-news.

Entercom decided to simulcast Howie Carr on their network of stations ("So, who do YOU think did it?" "Do you think we should have the death penalty?")

Greater Media stations didn't seem to do much of anything.

Boston's 2 major non-commercial stations WBUR and WGBH-FM dove right in and gave it their full atttention.

Many were surprised that Outside of all-news WBZ, the best coverage was on the left side of the FM band.

Current.org had this story of how the two pubcasters jumped right in.

Live from Boston: A marathon of coverage
Boston bombings mobilize WBUR, WGBH

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