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Boston Stations Cover First Anniversary of Marathon Bombing

Boston stations had expanded local morning newscasts this morning to cover the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

WBZ preempted “CBS This Morning” for special coverage of the anniversary, anchored by David Wade and Paula Ebben from a rooftop. “This morning, on this day of remembrance, we stand on a rooftop overlooking Boylston Street here in the city of Boston to reflect that our city was tested one year ago, the day that we proved to the world that we are indeed Boston Strong,” Wade said. The CBS-owned station had Sera Congi, Bill Shields and Beth Germano reporting from various locations around the city.

ABC affiliate WCVB also aired local programming in place of “Good Morning America.” Bianca de la Garza and Randy Price anchored the station’s coverage from Copley Square, just blocks away from the marathon finish line. Jim Lokay and Antoinette Antonio were live from the marathon’s starting line and Erika Tarantal and Cindy Fitzgibbon were live from Boylston Street.

Gene Lavanchy and Shannon Mulaire anchored on Fox-owned WFXT, with Catherine Parrotta reporting live from Copley Square.

NBC affiliate WHDH aired the “Today” show at its normal time, with Christa Delcamp and Kayna Whitworth anchoring cut-ins live from Copley Square.

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Today we look at the number seven market in the US, where it seems Winter is having one last go.

Helicopter in KOMO Crash Was Formerly Used by WBZ, WFXT

komo crashThe helicopter involved in the KOMO crash was previously used by  two Boston stations, CBS owned WBZ and Fox owned WFXT, WBZ reports.

According to NBC News, the chopper, a Eurocopter AS350, was on loan from Helicopter Inc. of Cahokia, Ill., while KOMO’s regular one had new equipment installed. Gary Pfitzner, the chopper’s pilot, and Bill Strothman, a former KOMO photographer, were killed in the accident.

WBZ reports the chopper was used in Boston for 10 years and flown to Detroit last November.

KOMO shares a helicopter with KING, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” KING president and general manager Ray Heacox said in a statement. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community and our thoughts are with all those affected.”

[h/t WBZ managing editor Pete Wilson]

Boston FOX Viewers Help Police Nab ‘Most Wanted Sex Offenders’


Days after airing a report on WFXT, viewers of the Boston FOX owned station have helped Massachusetts State Police track down seven of the ten most wanted sex offenders in Massachusetts.

WFXT crime reporter Bob Ward aired the list of men on “New England’s Unsolved” during the WFXT 10:00 p.m. Sunday newscast. By Wednesday, seven of the men were in custody.

 Click here to see the station’s story on its website. You can also see the names of the men still at-large.

Meteorologist A.J. Burnett Joins WCSH

aj burnettMeteorologist A.J. Burnett is joining WCSH, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine. Burnett begins October 11.

“I’m thrilled to be able to work in an area as challenging, weather wise, as Maine, and excited to work with a weather staff with such vast knowledge and experience. But perhaps the best part for me, personally, is that I get to stay right here in New England – it’s where I grew up and call ‘home,’” Burnett told TVSpy.

Burnett has worked at both WFXT and WCVB, the Fox and ABC affiliate in Boston. He has also been a freelance meteorologist at WMUR in Manchester and New England Cable News.

Boston FOX Station Adds Minneapolis Anchor

JoyLimNakrin300Joy Lim Nakrin will join Boston FOX owned station WFXT as an anchor, reporter and legal expert.

Currently, Nakrin is a reporter and weekend anchor for Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP.

“We wanted her to stay here and we made her an offer to stay,” KSTP news director Lindsay Radford told the Pioneer Press. “We know it was a tough decision for her. At the end of the day, her hometown called. It was an opportunity that was tough to say ‘no’ to.” Read more

Boston’s WFXT Launches 5 p.m. Newscast

WFXT, the Fox owned station in Boston, is launching a 5 p.m. newscast next month. The hourlong broadcast will debut on October 7.

The newscast will be anchored by WFXT’s current evening anchor team, Maria Stephanos and Mark Ockerbloom (pictured) with chief meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz. The newscast will bring the total hours of news produced on WFXT to 52 hours a week, the most of any station in Boston.

“Dr. Oz,” which currently airs in the 5 p.m. hour, will move to 3 p.m., replacing “Anderson Live,” which was not renewed for a third season.

Whitey Bulger Expert on WFXT Shows Up Half Dressed for Interview

Howie Carr, a Boston radio talk show host, looked like he was only expecting to be shot in close up for his guest slot as a Whitey Bulger expert during Boston FOX owned station WFXT‘s verdict coverage.

Anchor Maria Stephanos told viewers Carr “knows Whitey Bulger, probably just as well as Whitey knows himself.” But as the camera zoomed out to reveal her guest, viewers were treated to Carr wearing a button down shirt, a tie, with shorts and Birkenstocks.

“You knew we would probably have a verdict today and you still couldn’t dress the part for television Howie.” To which Carr replied, “The glass is half full.” Leaving Stephanos to counter, “The glass is half full but the outfit is half empty.”

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Boston Stations Break In for Whitey Bulger Trial Verdict Coverage

 

 

 

 

The fifth day of jury deliberations in the racketeering and conspiracy trial of Boston gangster James Whitey Bulger brought a guilty verdict on 33 counts which included 11 murders. Bulger was one of America’s most wanted fugitives after disappearing in 1995 until being caught in California in 2011.

Boston station’s responded quickly to the news a verdict had been reached.

FOX owned WFXT interrupted the “Ricki Lake” show at 1:33 p.m. with the news from a tweet sent by the Massachusetts US attorney’s office that said, “There is a verdict in the James Bulger case.”

ABC affiliate WCVB broke into afternoon food show “The Chew” at 1:34 p.m. with Susan Wornick.  “Good afternoon,” said Wornick. “Susan Wornick in Newscenter 5 with the news we have been waiting for now for five days, actually for more than a month. There is a verdict in the trial of James Whitey Bulger.”

Boston NBC affiliate WHDH broke into soap opera “Days of Our Lives” at 1:35 with b-roll of Bulger being escorted to the courthouse by helicopter which was voiced over by Kayna Whitworth. Whitworth then tossed to Ryan Schulteis live at the courthouse.

WBZ, Boston’s CBS owned station, broke in at 1:38 p.m. with anchors Jack Williams and Lisa Hughes who tossed to Sera Congi live at the courthouse.

 NECN cut into regular news reports anchored by Steve Aveson and Mike Nikitas at 1:38 with John Moroney outside the courtroom and Alysha Palumbo inside the courtroom.

Eric Fisher Named Chief Meteorologist at WBZ

Eric Fisher is joining WBZ in Boston as chief meteorologist. He will officially join the CBS O&O August 19.

Fisher returns to Boston from Atlanta, where he has been a meteorologist at The Weather Channel since 2010. He has also worked as a meteorologist for WFXT in Boston and WGGB in Springfield, Mass.

“Eric is a native New Englander who’s very familiar with our area’s dynamic weather, and he has a track record for spot-on forecasting,” WBZ news director John Verrilli said in a statement. “He also has a great deal of experience reporting live, in extreme weather, and his skills will serve the community well when he reports on breaking weather from the WBZ Mobile AccuWeather Lab.”

Fisher will handle the weather forecasts on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WBZ and the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WSBK. Todd Gutner, who is currently the evening meteorologist, will shift to mornings, replacing Melissa Mack, who left WBZ earlier this year. Barry Burbank, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Mack’s departure, will be the weekend morning meteorologist and Joe Joyce will be the weekend evening meteorologist.

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