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Dan Rea replaces Paul Sullivan

No surprise, but it’s good news that veteran journalist Dan Rea has been named to replace the late Paul Sullivan as the evening talk-show host on WBZ Radio (AM 1030). Rea will continue in the tradition of Sullivan and his predecessor, the late David Brudnoy — that is, he’ll host a show where the conversation is civil, and where news and interviews take precedence over ideology.

Now, as Brudnoy always said, if we can only get the Bruins off WBZ, we’ll be all set.

(Via Universal Hub and the Herald’s Messenger Blog.)

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  1. O-FISH-L

    Dan Rea is a great choice, but I’d have thought C-BS would have waited at least 30 days after Paul Sullivan’s death to name a successor. I realize Paul left the station in June, but why not, out of respect, wait another 10 days to name a replacement? The rush seems to put corporate greed over dignity.Also, any word on whether Dan Rea will continue in his TV role at ch. 4? I haven’t seen any mention of his TV status in the news reports on this, although I may have missed it.

  2. Mike from Norwell

    The Bruins, who dat? Thought they would have been moved by now to some 10 watt college station.

  3. Dan Kennedy

    Fish: I think WBZ was ready to make the announcement when Paul was alive, and then held back when he died. Under the circumstances, is there any good time to make such an announcement? A class act will be followed by another class act, and no doubt Paul would have approved.

  4. amusedbutinformedobserver

    Maybe I’m showing my age, but I remember young Dan Rea as the conservative “answer” to Jerry Williams on BZ back in the 70s. He was a rabid YAFer back then

  5. Anonymous

    I’m not impressed. I hear Rea talking far too much. He is not acting as a host or a facilitator; he wants too much to be a part of the action. He often interupts guests and callers and takes too long to “put in his two cents worth.” He hasn’t proven to be particularly thoughtful, insightful, witty or warm.

  6. Don Harribine

    Dan Rea was a poor choice to replace Paul Sullivan and theannouncement was made much too soonHe talks too much and interrupts hiscallers. I don’t consider him a good talk show host, at least in the element of the Paul Sullivan’sand the David Brodnoys.

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