The Bob Lobel experiment on WBZ radio this week has interesting, to say the least.
Sadly though, it must come to an end, as WBZ has tapped veteran Walt Perkins to take over the morning sports role opened up by the retirement of Gil Santos.
Perkins rejoined the WBZ in 2001, he had worked at the station in 1988 while working for 2 other media outlets WCVB and WSBK at the time.
He freelanced for WCVB from 1988 until 2003 and prior to that he worked in television at WLNE in Providence from 1985-1988. Perkins worked for WGIR in Manchester, New Hampshire and WEAN/WPJB-FM in Providence following graduation from the University of New Hampshire where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Communications.
Here’s the full release:
A New Voice of Sports in New England
(Boston) WBZ News Radio 1030 is pleased to introduce a new voice of morning sports to the New England audience. Walt Perkins will be the new morning sports anchor on WBZ News Radio 1030. Perkins takes over the morning role at WBZ News Radio following last week’s retirement of legendary sports anchor Gil Santos. Perkins has been a weekend sports anchor at WBZ since 2001 where he also led the station’s on-line sports reporting efforts for WBZ’s website (www.wbz.com <http://www.wbz.com>).
Walt Perkins is a 30 year broadcast veteran and is also a native New Englander and with that come the experience of being a sports fan as well as a broadcaster who has covered all the major local teams highs and lows during his career.
“First, I am extremely honored to be following a sports legend in Gil.” Perkins said. “He was one-of-a-kind and cannot be replaced. I pledge to do my best to keep up the high standard he set in this job for the past 38 years. Second, I look forward to working with the top-notch crew that is in place – on air and off – bringing New England the latest sports news and information.”
Perkins will anchor all of WBZ’s morning sportscasts beginning at 5:15 each week day. He will also cover the local sports teams as a reporter and for WBZ’s website. “Walt has proven to be a tremendous asset to WBZ’s sports coverage during the last few years” said Peter Casey, Director of news and Programming for WBZ, “his efforts in producing sports coverage for our website have helped make it one of the most popular sections of the site. We’re thrilled to now have him on board in the morning.”
Perkins has experience covering sports for television as well as radio. He has worked at TV stations in Boston and providence.