WBOR-TV is an RKO Network-owned-and-operated TV station licensed to Boston, Massachusetts, United States and serving the Greater Boston area. The station is owned by the RKO Network Stations LLC division of Zabrus Global Media, and operates as part of a triopoly with RKO Latino affiliate WBOL-TV (which is simulcast on WBOR-DT2) and independent station WOCS-TV. WBOR's studios are located at 75 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester and it's transmitter is located off Pine Street in Dover.

It is the Boston flagship TV station of the Boston Beacons of the Professional Soccer League (PSL) and the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).


WBOR-TV signed-on July 26, 1954 with station identification followed by an airing of the film Citizen Kane.

The station moved into three floors of the Leon Electric Building in Uphams Corner in 1995, bringing a new news studio along with it.

In 2014, WBOR-TV moved into the former WLVI studio in Dorchester after RKO's lease for WBOR and it's sister stations' space in the Leon Electric Building expired. RKO Television Stations completely renovated the building to build a new, larger studio space for WBOR-TV. WBOL-TV and WOCS-TV were given their own studio space at 88 Black Falcon Avenue in South Boston.


WBOR-TV supplements the full RKO Network schedule with syndicated programming such as King of the Hill, The Simpsons, Small Wonder, Maximum Exposure, Schitt's Creek, The Andy Griffith Show, Malcolm in the Middle, Webster, Forensic Files, Doctor Who, Everybody Hates Chris, and Storrs Media/Telco Productions' E/I TV programs: DragonflyTV, Animal Rescue, and Missing.

The station's weekday & weekend evening weatherman Ray Agnoletto, who has been with WBOR-TV since 1978, is also known for his segments where he wishes viewers, especially centenarians, a happy birthday on-air, titled Prince Spaghetti Birthday Wishes.

For many years, WBOR has often fostered an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. The station has used it's "One of the Good Things..." jingle (which KGMB in Hawaii also notably uses a version of) and the "Move Closer to Your World" news theme (also still used by WPVI-TV in Pennsylvania) since the 1970s.

Other well-known locally produced shows include Dizzino's Wonderland, the world's longest running local TV children's show airing since 1966.

News operation

WBOR-TV presently broadcasts 64½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 10½ hours each weekday, 5½ hours on Saturdays and 6½ hours on Sundays). The station's newscasts have used the same theme song, "Move Closer to Your World" by Al Ham, since 1975 (using MCTYW '72 for General Newscasts and MCTYW '91 for Breaking News). In Boston, "Move Closer to Your World" has been dubbed the "Love Theme from WBOR 12 NewsCenter" by not only longtime WBOR 12 NewsCenter news director Sally Bagnis-Alexander, but also the general public in Boston. WBOR is also known for it's WBOR 12 TalkBack segments (similar to WNEP's Talkback 16 segments).

In 1985, WBOR introduced the first WBOR 12 SkyEye helicopter, an Aérospatiale TwinStar, this helicopter is currently on display at the Museum of Science, Boston. The current WBOR 12 SkyEye team contains of two Bell 206 JetRanger helicopters. In 2003, WBOR 12 SeaEye debuted as the first speedboat used for news station marine reports, and the WBOR 12 SkyDrone, a news drone, debuted in 2019. WBOR also uses WBOR 12 StormEnforcer, a storm-chaser satellite truck that debuted in 2017.

In 1998, WBOR-TV began using "WBOR 12 DopplerBubble", a doppler weather radar system based at the station's Dover transmitter site for use in weather forecast segments within its newscasts and severe weather cut-ins; the radar system integrates the data from WBOR's radar with NEXRAD data from National Weather Service radars in and around the Greater Boston area.

Sal A. Burkett, a Brookline, Massachusetts native, has been stage director since 1993. He is also the host of WBOR 12 TalkBack. A alumni of WWLP (working there from 1983-1986), Sal also worked on the Grammys ceremonies in 1988 and 1989 and was the stage manager for the 1991 Michael Jay Solomon-produced Italian TV series C'est moi Xuxa! hosted by Xuxa.

The popularity of Move Closer to Your World in Boston caused a popular parody with locals "Move Closer to Boston".

Newscast themes

Notable current on-air staff

Studio Map

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