The History of WBZ NewsRadio: The 2010s


August/September 2012: WBZ NewsRadio broadcasts live from the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.Photo: WBZ Archive Photo

The 2012 Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.

The 2012 Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C.Photo: WBZ Archive Photo

October 2012: WBZ broadcasts live reports from Martha’s Vineyard as Superstorm Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the season, hits the region.

Superstorm Sandy Floods Five Corners in Vineyard Haven during Superstorm Sandy.

Superstorm Sandy Floods Five Corners in Vineyard Haven during Superstorm Sandy.Photo: WBZ Archive Photo

September 19, 2013: WBZ wins News/Talk Station of the Year in the 2013 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards. 

March 2013: WBZ covers the 2013 papal conclave live from Rome as Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley was a top candidate to become the next pope. Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected by college of cardinals and became Pope Francis.

WBZ covers the 2013 papal conclave live from Rome.

WBZ covers the 2013 papal conclave live from Rome.Photo: WBZ Archive Photo

April 2, 2014: WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and WBZ-TV are awarded the Peabody Award for Overall Excellence for their coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. 

Summer 2014: The two-month long strike by Market Basket employees begins, following the firing of CEO and president, Arthur T. Demoulas. WBZ NewsRadio extensively covers the story throughout the summer.

July 3, 2016: Jordan Rich retires from his weekend talk show, he continues to do feature segments and radio advertisement voice overs. 

July 2016: WBZ NewsRadio broadcasts live from the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.Photo: WBZ Archive Photo

The 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The 2016 Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.Photo: WBZ Archive Photo

January 20, 2017: WBZ NewsRadio’s Carl Stevens reports live all morning during Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration at the U.S. Capitol.

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol.

The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol.Photo: WBZ Archive Photo

November 2017: WBZ, WRKO, WZLX, and WKAF were sold by CBS Radio to iHeartMedia. 

April 19, 2018: New England Patriots play-by-play announcer and morning sports reporter Gil Santos dies. 

April 25, 2018: WBZ NewsRadio reporter Lana Jones unexpectedly dies.

August 25, 2018: After 70 years, WBZ NewsRadio leaves Soldiers Field Road and moves into iHeartMedia Boston’s studios at Cabot Road in Medford. 

The WBZ NewsRadio news room at Cabot Road in Medford, MA

The WBZ NewsRadio news room at Cabot Road in Medford, MAPhoto: WBZ Archive Photo

January 2019: Jeff Brown takes over as morning drive anchor. 

February 4, 2019: Legendary news anchor Gary LaPierre dies from leukemia. 

March 2020: COVID-19 social distancing protocols come into force. Dan Rea begins hosting Nightside remotely.

September 19, 2021: WBZ NewsRadio celebrates 100 years of broadcasting.


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