In Boston, WBZ NewsRadio has begun a 100-day celebration leading up to its 100-year anniversary.
The station, owned by iHeartMedia, passes the century mark on Sept. 19 and is thus one of the oldest in the United States. It originally was located in East Springfield, Mass., and first broadcast from Boston in 1924.
“WBZ NewsRadio is set to celebrate 100 years of being a legendary cornerstone of the Boston media landscape, broadcasting the latest headlines and news coverage on 1030 AM,” it announced.
“The station will celebrate on-air and online with short stories and photos of memorable moments in WBZ’s rich history.”
The announcement was made by Market President Alan Chartrand and the market’s VP of News, Talk & Sports Rob Sanchez.
They highlighted the station’s “heritage brand” and its strength as a local news source.
Interesting tidbit: In the earliest days, the station announcers were not allowed to use their names, just their initials. Chief announcer Arthur F. Edes was known as EFA, according to the station’s website. Gordon Swan, who would later become WBZ’s program director, was known as AGS.
Radio historian and Radio World contributor John Schneider noted recently that WBZ was the first radio station to receive a commercial broadcasting license. (Pittsburgh’s KDKA, he noted, was licensed as a “Commercial Land Station,” a category that had existed for years before, and on the night of its famous election returns it was using the call sign 8ZZ.)
WBZ has a whole section of its website dedicated to celebrating its history with fun photos and timelines.