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WBZ LISTENERS URGE IHEART NOT TO WATER DOWN BOSTON NEWS RADIO

By Colin A. Young and Michael P. Norton
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 7, 2017....As the new owners acknowledge the anxiety they've stirred, faithful listeners of WBZ-AM are taking their concerns directly to the station's advertisers as part of a campaign aimed at ensuring the quality of local news radio is not diminished under iHeartMedia.

The Save WBZ Newsradio 1030 campaign comes on the heels of reports that iHeartMedia plans not to honor collective bargaining contracts at 'BZ. CBS Radio and Entercom are merging so 'BZ is becoming an iHeart station under a divestment deal announced last week in conjunction with a U.S. Justice Department settlement.

"People won't stand for this. WBZ is a New England institution, it's as much of a New England institution as Tom Brady or Kelly's Roast Beef," campaign coordinator Benjamin Goodman said Tuesday morning. "I have listened to WBZ all day and all night since I was a little kid, my parents did, their parents did. I'm hearing from friends and complete strangers from all over the country who have similar stories and who know, based on iHeartRadio's history, that they stand to really water down the newsroom."


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