A Tough Time For The WBZ Family

lana jones

lana jones

(WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It’s been a tough few weeks over here on Soldiers Field Road.

In a short span we’ve lost four iconic colleagues, TV anchorman Tony Pepper and ace reporter Charles Austin, longtime sports voice Gil Santos, and yesterday, abruptly, esteemed veteran street reporter Lana Jones.

For a sense of what Lana meant to us, listen to Carl Stevens’ poetic tribute on our website, wbznewsradio.iheart.com.

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A Carl Stevens Poem For Lana Jones

And when you consider the long, well-received careers all four of our departed colleagues had here, I hope you will appreciate the fact that in an industry where frequent turnover is the norm, Boston is an exception, a place where people settle in for long enough for us to get to know and trust them, not just here at BZ but across the market.

In the last 24 hours or so you may have heard some of Lana’s eulogists refer to our company as a family, and perhaps that raised an eyebrow. We are a business just like any other, and when layoffs come or contract disputes erupt, the analogy may seem tortured.

But if you think about it, any group where people bond with one another as they strive toward common goals can fairly be described as a family.

A school, a sports team, a religious congregation--all are families in a way, complete with love and hate, collegiality and conflict, cohesion and dysfunction.

Not so long ago, you’d occasionally hear a politician talk about the American family, but not so much any more. It feels like our differences and grievances have been inflamed past the point of no return.

We’ll find out if that’s true when the next major attack on us occurs, as it inevitably will.

In the meantime, all we can do is hold tight to the families we do have, at home, or at work.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. Listen to his previous podcasts on iHeartRadio. 

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