BOSTON – This morning, WBZ listeners launched a campaign in response to news reports that iHeartMedia will not honor existing collective bargaining agreements as part of its acquisition of the legendary radio station. The online petition makes it clear that listeners will not stand by WBZ advertisers if iHeartMedia chooses to undermine the quality of the station’s newsroom and programming as part of its acquisition.
“WBZ is a New England tradition. If we learned anything from the successful listener campaigns to bring back David Brudnoy and Steve LeVeille, it’s that WBZ listeners will always stand up for quality, local journalism and commentary,” said Ben Goodman, coordinator of the Save WBZ 1030 campaign. “WBZ listeners stand with WBZ employees.”
The online email petition, at SaveWBZ1030.com, allows signers to send personalized messages to key WBZ advertisers and influential decision makers. An updated list of signers will be provided on a daily basis to station sponsors and influencers.
The campaign follows the same model that mobilized more than 1,000 WBZ listeners to successfully overturn a CBS corporate decision that halted local overnight programming in 2009.