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WBZ News (newscasts)
|Channels||Digital: 30 (UHF)
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
(CBS Television Licenses LLC)
|First air date||June 9, 1948|
|Call letters' meaning||named after radio station WBZ|
|Sister station(s)||WBZ, WBZ-FM, WBMX, WODS, WZLX, WSBK-TV|
|Former channel number(s)||Analog:
4 (VHF, 1948-2009)
|Former affiliations||NBC (1948–1995)|
|Transmitter power||825 kW|
|Public license information:||Profile
WBZ-TV, virtual channel 4, is a CBS-owned-and-operated television station, located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. WBZ-TV's studios and office facilities, shared with sister station WSBK-TV (channel 38), are located in the Allston-Brighton section of Boston, and its transmitter is located in Needham, Massachusetts.
As an NBC affiliate 
As the only television station being built from the ground up by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, WBZ-TV began operations on June 9, 1948 and immediately joined the NBC Television Network, owing to WBZ radio (1030 AM)'s long affiliation with NBC Radio. The station was first housed inside the Hotel Bradford, which also housed WBZ radio; its current home was not completed at the time, although master control and its self-supporting tower over the building were in use at sign-on. WBZ-TV and WBZ radio would not move into the new "Westinghouse Broadcasting Center" until June 17, 1948, when the building was finished. It is the first commercial television station to have begin operations in the New England region.
The station was knocked off the air on August 31, 1954, when Hurricane Carol destroyed its transmitter tower. A temporary transmitter was installed using a short, makeshift tower at the studio site and later on the original tower of WEEI-FM, (now WODS) in Malden. In 1957, WBZ-TV began broadcasting from a 1200-foot (366 m) tower in Needham, along with the original WBZ-FM at 106.5 FM (now WMJX). The tower site is now known as the CBS Digital Television Broadcasting Facility, and is used by several Boston-area television stations, including WGBH-TV (channel 2) and WCVB-TV (channel 5).
Channel 4 nearly lost its NBC affiliation in 1955 when Westinghouse balked at NBC's initial offer to trade sister stations KYW radio and WPTZ television (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia in exchange for the network's radio and television combination in Cleveland, Ohio. In response, NBC threatened to yank its programming from both WBZ-TV and WPTZ unless Westinghouse agreed to the trade. The swap was made in 1956, but Westinghouse immediately complained to the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Justice Department about NBC's extortion. In 1965, the FCC ordered the swap reversed without NBC realizing any profit on the deal.
WBZ-TV (sometimes informally referred to as "BZ" both on- and off-air) was a pioneer in Boston television. In 1948, it began live broadcasts of Boston's two Major League Baseball teams, the Red Sox and the Braves, broadcasts that at first were split with WNAC. It was also the first Boston station to have daily newscasts, starting with the station's very first night on the air.
In the mid-1960s, it adopted the Eyewitness News format that had been pioneered at KYW-TV.
Bob Emery and Boomtown 
The station also broadcast many locally-produced programs over the years. One of the most beloved was the long-running Big Brother Bob Emery show, hosted by veteran radio performer Emery, who first did the show on Boston-area radio in 1921 and who in 1947 hosted the first five-times-a-week children's show on network television on DuMont. For nearly two decades, from 1956 until 1974, Rex Trailer hosted a popular weekend-morning children's show called Boomtown. For part of that time, Boomtown originated from an outdoor "western town" set built next to WBZ-TV's studios. In 2005, WBZ aired a special documentary film directed by Michael Bavaro titled "Rex Trailer's Boomtown" featuring old clips and interviews with childhood fans like Jay Leno, Steven Wright, Tom Bergeron, Jimmy Tingle, and many others. The broadcast master in now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York City.
Evening Magazine 
In April 1977, Evening Magazine premiered on the station. A weeknight magazine series that originated on sister station KPIX, it spread to all other Group W stations in the late 1970s before its distribution to non-Westinghouse stations as PM Magazine. On WBZ, the original hosting teams were Robin Young and Marty Sender (1977–1980); Sender and Candace Hasey (1980–1981); and Sender and Sara Edwards (1981–1982). Later, Edwards and Barry Nolan became the longest running hosts of the program (1982–1990). Evening enjoyed an over-13-year run, the last nine of which had it compete directly with WCVB's newsmagazine Chronicle. In September 1990, due to a decline in the franchise's popularity and tabloid TV magazines heralding bigger ratings and revenue, Group W canceled Evening/PM, with the last WBZ broadcast on Monday, December 17 of that year.
Originally, from Tuesday, December 18, 1990 through mid-January 1991, the replacement in WBZ's weeknight 7:30 slot was Family Feud. With action in the Gulf War reaching a breaking point at that time, the station decided to begin airing expanded coverage of the war at 7:30, in an ongoing series titled Crisis in the Gulf: The 7:30 Report. Anchored by Jack Williams and Liz Walker, it served as a comprehensive update on the war until peace was called on February 27. Station management elected to keep the newscast going, but now as a newsmagazine that specialized in investigative reports. Now with Randy Price as the principal anchor, the title was shortened to The 7:30 Report. The show continued on for another year and a half. Then, from September 1992 until September 2010, WBZ aired Entertainment Tonight (which it had acquired from WHDH-TV) at 7:30pm. That show has been syndicated by CBS since 2006.
Late afternoon news/Live on 4 
WBZ was the first Boston station to have regularly scheduled late-afternoon news. In the 1970s, the station aired First 4 News at 5:30 p.m., anchored by Gail Harris. On Monday, July 21, 1979, a new format premiered in this time slot; Live on 4, a more infornal program mixing elements of a daytime talk show in with those of a traditional newscast, went on to become a trendsetter in the Boston market in the 1980s. At first anchored by Gail Harris and Chris Marrou, it later had hosting assumed by many others on the WBZ staff, including entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik and news anchor Chris Conangla in the mid-1980s. Live on 4 gave a loose preview of the news to be covered more in depth at 6 and 11, with featuring stories on lifestyle, health and entertainment topics, along with live, in-studio guests.
At one point, WCVB considered launching a competing program that was similarly structured (to be anchored by Peter Mehegan and Mary Richardson, who later became the long-running anchor team on Chronicle), but it was WNEV who made three attempts at a Live on 4-inspired show. First, they premiered the two-hour live talk/magazine show Look in the fall of 1982. After a year of disappointing ratings, Look was trimmed to an hour and retitled New England Afternoon. This, too, failed in the Nielsens, and was canceled in 1984. Three years later, WNEV tried the even more news-oriented copy New England News: Live at Five, which essentially became Boston's first proper 5 p.m. newscast, although it still featured the informal structure of Live on 4. Live at Five was a rare success in the ratings for WNEV's news, but in 1988, the format's creator, anchor Dave Wright (who imported it from ATV in Halifax), left the station following a feud between his news producers. WNEV's 5 p.m. news became a completely regular newscast thereafter, with its talent seated on the regular news set.
With syndicated news and tabloid programming becoming more the norm in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Live on 4, like Evening Magazine, was starting to become of lesser importance to Group W. In 1991, after a 12-year-run, Live on 4 bid farewell in favor the station acquiring A Current Affair for the 5:30 time slot (having moved the program from WFXT). WBZ launched a 5 p.m. newscast at that time. When ACA moved to WCVB's late night schedule in the fall of 1993 (later moving to WHDH's daytime lineup in 1994), WBZ switched their late afternoon newscast to 5:30, and began airing the freshman syndicated series American Journal (with WBZ alumnus Nancy Glass as anchor) at its 5 p.m. lead-in. American Journal would then be cast off to WCVB as well starting in its second season.
During the 1994-95 season, WBZ forewent late afternoon news altogether, airing The Maury Povich Show at 5:00 instead. By the summer of 1995, the station's news had fallen to third place for the very first time, thanks in part to WHDH and WCVB's full-hour 5 p.m. news accounting for their ratings dominance. In response, WBZ began airing two hours of news between 5 and 7 p.m. that fall, which was later scaled back to a 6:30 end time in 1997 (to accommodate CBS Evening News moving to 6:30, and the station picking up Extra for 7 p.m.). The 90-minute 5 p.m. news remained originally until September 2005, when WBZ launched a 4 p.m. newscast for the first time (to complete with WHDH's newscast in the same time slot). The 4 p.m. newscast was an hour, and since the station agreed to still only produce 90 minutes of news in the late afternoon and early evening, the 5:00 hour was then given to Dr. Phil. In January 2006, after only four months, the 4 p.m. newscast was cancelled, and WBZ resumed the 90 minute 5:00 news block of past years (with Dr. Phil moving back to 3 p.m.).
People Are Talking 
People Are Talking, (1980–1993) a live early-afternoon talk show aired on WBZ, as it did on some other Westinghouse stations. In Boston, it was originally hosted by Nancy Merrill and later by Buzz Luttrell, but the best-known host was the program's last, Tom Bergeron.
WBZ-TV carried The Oprah Winfrey Show during its first nationally syndicated year (1986–1987), airing the show weekdays at 9 a.m. Despite its overnight success, channel 4 had little interest in keeping the show as a part of its schedule, in part because the station had to give priority to the upcoming Group W-distributed talk show, The Wil Shriner Show in the fall of 1987. Oprah moved to a 5 p.m. weekday time slot on WCVB-TV, where it became an institution (later moving to 4 p.m. in 1994) for the balance of its run.
As an NBC affiliate, the station was known to preempt several hours of network programming a day — a common practice among Group W stations with NBC and CBS. This was significant, since WBZ-TV was NBC's second-largest affiliate in the Eastern Time Zone. It primarily preempted several daytime morning programs, with most preempted programs appearing on independent stations WSBK-TV and WQTV (now WBPX). In January 1983, when People Are Talking expanded to one hour, WBZ-TV dropped NBC's Another World, which moved first to WQTV, when to Worcester-based WHLL-TV (now WUNI-TV) and later to Lawrence-licensed WMFP in the early 1990s. The station also dropped a couple Saturday morning cartoons in 1990 (which also aired on WHLL), even though NBC later abandoned such programming in favor of their news show Saturday Today and live-action, teen-oriented shows such as Saved by the Bell.
NBC has traditionally been less tolerant of preemptions than the other networks and had to find alternate independent stations to air whatever programs that WBZ did not air. Despite this, NBC was generally satisfied with WBZ-TV, which was one of NBC's strongest affiliates. As a sidebar, sister station KYW-TV in Philadelphia (then NBC's largest affiliate) also heavily preempted NBC programming, but it spent most of the 1980s and 1990s as NBC's weakest major-market affiliate.
In the early 1980s, WBZ-TV lost its longtime spot as Boston's highest-rated news station to WCVB, but even then was a strong second for more than a decade. Its evening news team — anchors Liz Walker and Jack Williams, meteorologist Bruce Schwoegler and sportscaster Bob Lobel — was the longest-running news team in New England from 1981 until Walker moved to the noon newscasts in 2000. Other personalities who came to channel 4 during this time were entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik and political reporter John Henning. Williams is still at channel 4 today; Walker gave up anchoring duties in 2005 and hosted a Sunday morning talk show for several years before leaving the station in October 2008.
Transition to a CBS Affiliate 
In 1994, sister station WJZ-TV in Baltimore lost its affiliation with ABC after that network announced a deal with the E.W. Scripps Company to switch all but two of Scripps' television stations (including its Baltimore outlet, WMAR-TV) to ABC. Westinghouse felt betrayed by ABC's decision, and as a safeguard began shopping for affiliation deals for the entire Group W television unit. Group W eventually struck an agreement to switch WBZ-TV, KYW-TV, and WJZ-TV to CBS (Westinghouse's two other stations, in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, were already CBS affiliates).
The Boston market's third network affiliation switch took place on January 2, 1995. After a 47-year relationship with NBC, channel 4 became the third station in Boston to align with CBS. The network had originally affiliated with WNAC-TV in 1948, then moved to channel 5 (then known as WHDH-TV) in 1961. It then returned to WNAC-TV (the current WHDH) in 1972 and stayed there until the switch. As a CBS affiliate, WBZ-TV airs the entire CBS schedule with no pre-emptions except for local news emergencies, as per Westinghouse's original agreement with CBS.
When Westinghouse merged with CBS outright on November 24, 1995, WBZ-TV became a CBS-owned and operated station. As a condition of the merger, CBS had to sell recently-acquired WPRI-TV (channel 12) in Providence, Rhode Island. Channel 4 provides at least grade B coverage of all of Rhode Island, and city-grade coverage of Providence itself as well as Fall River and New Bedford. At the time, the FCC normally did not allow common ownership of two stations with overlapping signals, and wouldn't even consider a waiver for stations with overlapping city-grade signals.
In 1996, WBZ-TV became the first former Group W station to drop the classic Group W font.
As a CBS-owned station 
Although the station tends to rank #1 in daytime and primetime ratings, Channel 4's local news ratings have suffered since the switch in network affiliations. This is partly because at the time of the switch, CBS was well behind NBC in the network ratings. Taken as a whole, its local news is the lowest rated of Boston's "Big 3" affiliates, having dipped behind a resurgent WHDH-TV as well. In January 2006, attempting to bolster its local news ratings, Channel 4 reinstated its 5 pm news and dismissed its former lead anchor Josh Binswanger, leading to the return of long-time anchor Jack Williams to the prime-time newscasts. In addition, Ed Carroll's contract was not renewed and in October 2005 the station hired Ken Barlow from KARE-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to replace him as chief meteorologist.
In late August 2006, WBZ-TV ended its 4 pm weekday newscast and hired anchor Chris May from WHDH-TV. May, along with Sara Underwood, anchored the 5 p.m. weekday news on WBZ-TV. May has since moved to sister station KYW-TV in Philadelphia, and Underwood's contract with the station was not renewed. She left the station on March 4, 2008. As of September 18, 2006, WHDH now airs the only 4 p.m. weekday newscast in the Boston area.
In January 2007, the station launched Project Mass, a commitment to cover the community's top concerns in government, transit, healthcare, education, finance, and the environment. The initiative kicked-off with an online town meeting.
Channel 4 has changed its news and station branding continuously since the affiliation switch, from "Eyewitness News" to "WBZ News 4" to "News 4 New England" to "WBZ 4 News". On February 1, 2004, WBZ rebranded itself as "CBS 4;" the move was officially made in an attempt to alleviate lingering confusion from the 1995 affiliation swap, though the branding brought the station in line with other CBS-owned stations. The "CBS 4" branding was phased-out during the first quarter of 2007 and, as of February 2007, the station's newscast title was reverted from "CBS 4 News" to "WBZ News". The rebranding was completed on February 4, 2007, during the station's coverage of the Super Bowl. This makes the station the first station owned by CBS to depart from CBS' standardization since. It joins sister stations KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, WJZ-TV in Baltimore, and, from 2008–12, WWJ-TV in Detroit, in using call letters in its branding as opposed to the CBS name. General manager Ed Piette told The Boston Globe that he decided to ditch the "CBS 4" branding when he arrived in Boston for his first day of work and a cabbie asked him, "Whatever happened to WBZ?" Piette hopes to reemphasize WBZ-TV's local identity—a strategy that worked well when he was general manager at WCCO-TV.
After the 2000 acquisition of CBS by its former subsidiary, Viacom, WBZ-TV's operations were merged with that of Boston's UPN affiliate, WSBK-TV, and later with WLWC, the UPN affiliate in nearby Providence. Today, the operations of WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV are co-located at WBZ's studios in Brighton. WLWC was sold in 2006 to the Four Points Media Group, a holding company owned by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management; it, along with the other Four Points stations, has since been acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group.
WBZ's on-air staff continued to change in late 2007, when longtime morning anchor Scott Wahle was re-assigned and replaced by former WFXT anchor David Wade. In January 2008, longtime morning and midday meteorologist Barry Burbank was re-assigned to the weekend programs. He was replaced by meteorologist Todd Gutner.
On February 29, 2008, it was reported that the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike caused a significant loss in viewers during the late news. WBZ-TV finished with an average of 157,800 total viewers, down from 177,800 viewers in 2007.
On April 1, 2008, CBS' owned-and-operated television stations division ordered widespread budget cuts and staff layoffs from its stations. As a result of the budget cuts, roughly 30 staffers were released from WBZ-TV and WSBK-TV, including longtime sports director Bob Lobel, entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik, and WSBK anchor Scott Wahle. Lobel left channel 4 on May 16, while Kulhawik and Wahle left on May 29 and 30, respectively. Steve Burton is now the new sports director, while the position that Kulhawik held was eliminated. Jack Williams filled in for the 9 p.m. spot in the interim. It was announced on June 6 that reporter and now former-weekend anchor Kate Merrill will anchor the news, along with general assignment duty weekdays at 5 and 6 p.m. Lobel subsequently served as a guest co-host on CBS Radio sister station WODS's morning show in late 2008 and a guest sports anchor on WBZ radio in January 2009. Even with the budget cuts at CBS, WBZ-TV's 11 p.m. newscast was number one in its time slot in the 2007-08 time frame (it has since slipped back to second place).
On December 12, 2011, WBZ officially debuted a brand new studio. The new set was better optimized for high definition broadcasting; featuring LED lighting, a dedicated weather area, and 16 high definition monitors. Additionally, WBZ also adopted the standardized CBS graphics package used by other CBS O&O stations such as WCBS-TV. The new look, plus a greater emphasis on "hard news" coverage, are changes which the station hopes will help re-gain viewership it had lost to rival station WCVB. Ed Piette explained that the new look was an overdue change, as their current set had been in use for a decade, and thought it was no different than Cadillac automobiles updating their signature look since its establishment. Susan Walker, a broadcast professor at the Boston University however, criticized the re-branding for putting too much emphasis on WBZ being a CBS station (by using CBS's new standardized look for its owned and operated stations) and not branding itself as a local station.
Coverage area 
WBZ-TV's transmitter and antenna are located in Needham, Massachusetts on the same tower as WCVB-TV, WGBH-TV, WGBX-TV and WSBK-TV's HDTV transmitter. In fact, the tower and site are owned by CBS itself. Its signal covers Greater Boston, southern New Hampshire, extreme southern Maine, northern Rhode Island and northeastern Connecticut. WBZ-TV is also one of six local Boston TV stations seen in Canada to subscribers of the Bell TV satellite service, and is also seen on most cable systems in Atlantic Canada.
Digital television 
As part of the analog television shutdown and digital conversion, WBZ-TV shut down its analog transmitter on June 12, 2009, and continued to broadcast on its pre-transition digital channel 30. However, through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers displayed WBZ-DT's virtual channel 4.
WBZ-TV was a local television pioneer in lottery. It was the first station, in 1975, to air official lottery drawing results from the Massachusetts Lottery. During the 6pm Eyewitness News, graphic slides featuring the Lottery and The Numbers Game logos would appear with the nightly results from the Boston and Tri-State (Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont) regions. This would continue in varied forms, usually as the newscast went to commercial break, for almost a decade.
In spring 1984, WBZ introduced local live lottery drawings. In response to the Mass Lottery's second major game, Megabuck$, WBZ, in conjunction, created Lottery Live, a series of hosted, 1 minute machine studio drawings done live. Done in the style of a game-show format (albeit truncated), it meant to not only let viewers see the process of lottery results, but to generate excitement and interest into the Lottery. Hosted initially by Evening Magazine contributor and 4 Today host Tom Bergeron, Lottery Live aired the daily Numbers Game following the last main segment of Evening at 7:55 weeknights. Twice a week, following the conclusion of Evening at 7:58, the Megabuck$ drawings would air. The Numbers Game also aired at 7:55 Saturdays. Beginning in July 1987 (two months before Lottery Live ended its original WBZ run), a new state sweepstakes, Mass Millions, was introduced, and was televised on Lottery Live twice a week.
The station holds the record for having the longest initial involvement with the Lottery (12 years), culminating in its decision to release the lottery rights to another station in 1987. Both WCVB and WNEV (present-day WHDH) were in the running for picking up the rights; in the end, the torch was passed to WNEV, who saw the acquisition as helping their station revenues and key ratings periods (their news was continually third-place). The CBS affiliate continued the Lottery Live title and format with different hosts, upon its move in September 1987. WNEV/WHDH aired Lottery Live for seven seasons, until new ownership terminated the contract, upon which WCVB had their turn to air the games (from 1994–1998).
Eleven years after leaving its original station, Lottery Live would return to WBZ on May 20, 1998, with long-time host Dawn Hayes (from the WNEV/WHDH era) still at the helm. By this time, in addition to The Numbers Game still airing six nights a week at 7:53, late night airings (during the 11pm news) drew Megabuck$, Mass Million$, Mass Ca$h (1991) and The Big Game (1996) on individual nights. Due to new limited contacts permitting the local stations to carry Lottery Live for only three years at a time, WBZ moved the games to sister station WSBK-TV in 2001.
Special events 
In recent years, WBZ has produced coverage of the Boston Pops Orchestra's annual Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Memorial Shell. The 10:00 PM ET hour of the show is broadcast by the CBS network nationally—featuring the Pops' signature performances of the 1812 Overture and "Stars and Stripes Forever," as well as the fireworks over the Charles River. Live coverage of the event was broadcast in high-definition for the first time beginning in 2007. WBZ also airs coverage of First Night Boston on New Year's Eve.
WBZ-TV has aired local sporting events over the years. Besides the Braves (1948 until they moved to Milwaukee before the 1953 season) and the Red Sox (1948–1957; 1972–1974, and a handful of games in 2003 and 2004, along with certain NBC-aired games), WBZ-TV also broadcast the Boston Celtics from 1972–73 through 1984–85. In 1980, WBZ-TV was the first Boston television station to broadcast live wire-to-wire coverage of the Boston Marathon; the station has done so every year since, and has been the only Boston station to do so since 2007.
WBZ-TV became the official television station of the New England Patriots NFL team in 2009—airing all pre-season games, and the weekly program Patriots All-Access. As a part of the CBS network's overall coverage of the AFC (of which the Patriots are a member), WBZ-TV also airs all regular season Patriots games that are broadcast by CBS.
Logos and imaging 
In the early 1960s, WBZ unveiled a new stylized "4" logo, using a distinctive font that had been designed especially for Group W. The logo became italicized in the late 1980s, but remained the same font. It kept this logo for over 30 years until it unveiled its first "News 4 New England" logo in September 1996, a year and a half after the switch from NBC to CBS. The old logo was the longest-used numeric logo in New England television history until WCVB's stylized "5" crossed the 31-year mark in 2003.
The "Circle-4" logo that replaced the original "News 4" logo in 1998 was often referred to on-air by WBZ sports anchor Bob Lobel as "The Circle 4 Ranch." In 2004, WBZ began using using CBS's standardized branding, becoming "CBS 4". In 2007, it dropped the standardized logo and reverted to being known as just "WBZ", using a new logo with WBZ lettering and the CBS eye contained within a series of squares. A similar logo would later be adopted by sister radio station WBZ 1030. Alongside the introduction of a new set and the CBS O&O graphics package, WBZ introduced a logo combining the 2006 "CBS 4" logo with the squared WBZ lettering below it. However, the "squares" logo is still used as a secondary logo including certain promotions and on monitors in the station's news set.
News operation 
WBZ operates a Bell LongRanger 206LIV called "Sky Eye". In addition to its main studios, the station operates two other news bureaus. The "Worcester Bureau" is located in the Worcester Plaza office tower at 440-446 Main Street in that city. The "New Hampshire Bureau" is located on Elm Street in Manchester. The station's weather radar known as "WBZ Doppler Live" is located at Worcester Regional Airport. Along with other CBS-owned stations, WBZ offers a web-only "@ Your Desk" newscast available live and on-demand. WBZ produces a weeknight 10 o'clock newscast for sister station WSBK. On September 15, 2008, the station was in the process of upgrading its news set for high definition broadcasts. During that time, all newscasts originated from the on-air area of the newsroom. The renovations lasted for at least six weeks.
On December 11, 2008, during its 5:00 p.m. newscast, WBZ became the fourth station (behind WCVB, WHDH and WLVI) to broadcast news in high definition. Its sister station, WSBK-TV followed suit later that night.
News team 
Current on-air staff 
- Kerry Connolly – weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Paula Ebben – weekdays at noon and weeknights at 5:00 p.m. also reporter
- Jonathan Elias – weeknights at 5:00, 10:00, (on WSBK) and 11:00 p.m.
- Lisa Hughes – weeknights at 6:00, 10:00, (on WSBK) and 11:00 p.m.
- Kate Merrill – weekend mornings (5:00-8:00 Saturdays and 5:00-9:00 a.m. Sundays)
- Bobby Sisk - Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 6:30, and weekends at 11:00 p.m.
- David Wade – weekday mornings (4:30-7:00 a.m.) and weekdays at noon
- Jack Williams – weeknights at 6:00 p.m.
WBZ AccuWeather Team
WBZ Chief Meteorologist Todd Gutner also provides forecasts for sister stations WODS-FM, WBMX-FM, WXLO-FM, WWFX-FM and WORC-FM. All WBZ AccuWeather meteorologists provide forecasts for sister station WBZ-AM.
- Todd Gutner (AMS Seal of Approval) – Chief Meteorologist; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (WSBK) and 11:00 p.m.
- Barry Burbank (AMS Seal of Approval)– meteorologist; weekday mornings and noon (temporary)
- Joe Joyce (AMS Seal of Approval; NWA Member) – Meteorologist; weekend mornings (5:00-8:00 Saturdays and 5:00-9:00 a.m. Sundays); weekend evenings(temporary); also environmental reporter and fill-in
- Vacant position
- Steve Burton – Sports Director; weeknights at 5:00, 6:00, 10:00 (WSBK) and 11:00 p.m.
- Dan Roche – Sports Anchor; Saturdays at 6:00, Sundays at 6:30 and weekends at 11:00 p.m.; also sports reporter
- Levan Reid - Fill-In sports anchor
- Jim Armstrong- general assignment reporter
- Karen Anderson – general assignment reporter
- Paul Burton – weekend assignment reporter
- Sera Congi – general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Beth Germano – general assignment reporter
- Christina Hager – general assignment reporter
- Jon Keller – political editor and "Keller @ Large" feature producer; also on WBZ-AM and contributor for the Boston Herald and Boston Magazine)
- Lauren Leamanczyk - New Hampshire bureau reporter
- Ken Macleod - general assignment reporter
- Yadires Nova-Salcedo – "Centro" segment producer
- David Robichaud – morning reporter (4:30-7:00 a.m.)
- Bill Shields – general assignment reporter
- Joe Shortsleeve – chief correspondent and I-Team investigative reporter
- Bree Sison-general assignment reporter
- Jim Smith – weekend general assignment reporter
Notable former on-air staff 
- Sharyn Alfonsi (news anchor/reporter; now with ABC News)
- Sue Bennett (hostess of musical variety show in the early 1950s)
- Tom Bergeron (host of People Are Talking in the late 1980s/early 1990s; currently hosting America's Funniest Home Videos and Dancing with the Stars)
- Len Berman (sports anchor and play-by-play of Boston Celtics games 1974-75 through 1977-78)
- David Brudnoy (commnetator) (deceased)
- Gino Cappelletti (sports anchor/reporter)
- Jack Chase (news anchor)(deceased)
- Ken Coleman (play-by-play of Boston Red Sox telecasts 1972-74) (deceased)
- Alice Cook (sports anchor/reporter)
- Kathy Curran (general assignment and I-Team investigative reporter; now with WCVB)
- Sara Edwards (co-hostess, Evening Magazine 1980-90)
- Tom Ellis (news anchor)
- Nancy Glass (contributor to Evening Magazine)
- John Henning (news anchor/commentator) (deceased)
- Don Kent (meteorologist) (deceased)
- Bob Lobel (sports anchor)
- Mish Michaels (meteorologist)
- Pat Mitchell (talk show hostess)
- Sean Mooney (news anchor)
- Bob Neumeier (sports anchor/reporter; now at Comcast Sports Net New England)
- Barry Nolan (co-host of Evening Magazine 1980-90)
- Uma Pemmaraju (news reporter; now with Fox News Channel)
- Tony Pepper (news anchor)
- Johnny Pesky (analyst for Boston Red Sox telecasts, 1972-74)
- Randy Price (news anchor; now with WCVB)
- Dan Rea (news reporter; now with WBZ Radio)
- Gil Santos (play-by-play of Boston Celtics' games, 1981–85)
- Marty Sender (news reporter; later co-host of Evening Magazine 1977-80)
- Bob Starr (sports anchor)
- Dick Stockton (sports anchor and play-by-play of Boston Celtics games, 1972-73 and 1974–75)
- Rex Trailer (host of children's series Boomtown) (deceased)
- Roger Twibell (sports anchor and play-by-play of Boston Celtics' games, 1978-89 through 1980-81)
- Liz Walker (news anchor)
- Jim Watkins
- Jack White (news reporter) (deceased)
- Bob Wilson (postgame host of Boston Red Sox telecasts 1972-74)
- Robin Young (co-hostess, Evening Magazine, 1977–80)
- Nancy Russo Chapman First female meteorologist in Boston, 1989-1992
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- CBSBoston.com - Official Website
- Evening Magazine tribute
- Query the FCC's TV station database for WBZ-TV
- WBZ Facebook Alumni Group
- @cbsboston on Twitter
- CBS Channel 4 Boston on Facebook
- WBZ Channel 4 Boston at the iTunes Preview