The change of ownership of one of Boston’s best-known radio stations — namely, WBZ NewsRadio 1030 — has cost the station’s longtime director of news and programming his job.
Peter Casey, who’d been with the station for 24 years, was terminated after iHeartMedia assumed ownership of WBZ 1030 following the merger of Entercom Communications Corp. and CBS Radio.
We’re told Casey got emotional as he made the announcement to the WBZ newsroom Wednesday morning. In a note to the staff later in the day, he cited many of the great WBZ personalities he’d been privileged to work with, citing Dave Maynard, Gary LaPierre, Diane Stern, Anthony Silva, David Brudnoy, Paul Sullivan, and Dan Rea, in particular.
“The city has changed. The people have changed. What has never changed is the connection New Englanders have to this blowtorch of a radio station that pumps it out across the six states and beyond,” Casey wrote. “From the three towers on that sleepy little street in Hull to this address where Hall of Famers spend their days cranking out news all day every day. The audience knows that you care about them. They know because when the city is sheltering in place, you do, too.
“I will cherish the memories of this place, of all of you and those that came before you,” he wrote. “I will keep those memories with me. I will keep them a part of me even as I walk out the door today on my very last day at WBZ NewsRadio 1030.”
Reached on his cell, Casey said it had been a difficult day, but he had only nice things to say about the station’s new bosses.
“The [iHeartMedia] people have been terrific with me — respectful and impressive,” he said.
Asked what’s next, Casey sighed.
“If this were June, I’d say you might catch me going down the 18th fairway of a golf course,” he said. “But I’ll take the next number of weeks, define and refine my message, and then look for something.”