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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by MarcB View Post
    I was in Bristol, Connecticut on Wednesday waiting for my Mom at the hair dressers. Caught wall-to-wall funeral coverage on:

    710 WOR NYC
    770 WABC NYC
    810 WGY Albany, NY
    880 WCBS NYC
    1010 WINS NYC
    1080 WTIC Hartford, CT
    1220 WQUN Hamden, CT
    Two of the stations on that list (WOR and WGY) are owned by iHeart. so there was no corporate reason why WBZ chose not to run the funeral, and it's obvious they had access to it.

  2. #12
    Yes, I think it's called for, especially when few, or no stations in the market have it

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by inorm99 View Post
    Yes, I think it's called for, especially when few, or no stations in the market have it
    Are you saying that Talk 1200 did not air the funeral? Or did you not attempt to listen to it there?

  4. #14
    Quote Originally Posted by inorm99 View Post
    Yes, I think it's called for, especially when few, or no stations in the market have it
    Personally, (IMHO!) I don't think so. I was not interested in hearing a funeral. I would have been more interested in a discussion of his Presidency, and not choirs singing, and a play by play of the hearse arriving/departing.

    I think a few clips of speakers, maybe the complete George Bush (the son) speech, but an update or extended report top and bottom of the hour would suit me fine. I would not enjoy having my traffic and weather (together!) reports cancelled so we can hear a description of the casket. ;-)

    That said, it's just another opinion, especially when WGBH was voering it wall to wall.

    I am also guessing that WBZ didn't want to reschedule all the daytime spots.

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  6. #16
    Personally, I think shutting down the stock market, the post office, federal govt. and airing the funeral live for a former president is overkill so I have no issue with their decision not to carry it. Especially if a couple other stations were already carrying it that is more than plenty. I'm surprised in NYC that both WCBS and WINS carried it - one could have while the other kept their normal routine going.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by spt87 View Post
    Personally, I think shutting down the stock market, the post office, federal govt. and airing the funeral live for a former president is overkill so I have no issue with their decision not to carry it. Especially if a couple other stations were already carrying it that is more than plenty. I'm surprised in NYC that both WCBS and WINS carried it - one could have while the other kept their normal routine going.
    I'm sure businesses dependent on the Post Office were delighted by the unexpected closing.

    There may be a certain amount of randomness in the decisions to carry or not carry - quick decisions by manager or PD without waiting for the slow moving bureaucracy. Once coverage is announced, its hard to back out.

    Still, anyone really interested would avoid radio and watch on TV or via streaming.

  8. #18
    I work at a postal sorting center.Only about 1% of employees got Wed off.Rest of us get to take a day of administrative leave within the next 6 months.(No delivery or open offices though.) We also got a similar day of mourning when Reagan (2004), Ford(2006), and Nixon (1994) passed.Been there since '86.Was working.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by raccoonradio View Post
    I work at a postal sorting center.Only about 1% of employees got Wed off.Rest of us get to take a day of administrative leave within the next 6 months.(No delivery or open offices though.) We also got a similar day of mourning when Reagan (2004), Ford(2006), and Nixon (1994) passed.Been there since '86.Was working.
    That leads to the obvious question of what the point of closing is? A symbolic gesture, apparently. They might as well have kept the offices open, possibly with some simple display honoring the former president, and offered 100% of the staff the admin leave day.

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