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.
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.
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".
- "Move Closer to Your World" by Al Ham (1975-present) (General Newscasts Theme)
- "Move Closer to Your World '91" by Cliff Schwarz (1994-present) (Breaking News & Promo Theme)
Notable current on-air staff
- Edward St. John - weekday morning anchor (formerly with NBC News, CNN Headline News, CNN, KUSA, and WNBC)
- Elizabeth Baëta-Quansah - weekday morning anchor (formerly with WBAL-TV)
- Amanda Nahng - weekday morning meteorologist (AMS Seal of Approval)
- Gil John Forrester - weekday morning traffic reporter
- Esteban Olazábal Loya - weekday evening anchor
- Kenneth Royce - weekday evening anchor
- Marissa Hopoate - weekday evening anchor (formerly with KSL-TV)
- Ray Agnoletto - weekday & weekend evening weatherman (AMS Seal of Approval)
- Luigi Agnoletto II - weekday & weekend evening traffic reporter
- Jamie Breathnach - weekday reporter
- Douglas McWhirter - weekday reporter (formerly with ITN, Channel 4 News, KTLA, and WCBS-TV)
- Frank Gjertsen - weekday reporter (formerly with WNDU-TV and WBZ-TV)
- Tamara Ghazzawi - weekday reporter (formerly with KOMU-TV and KTLA)
- Manjula Bir Singh - weekday reporter
- Betsy Rabinowitz - weekday reporter (formerly with WLOS and WWAY)
- Alicia Kavanaugh Jr. - weekday reporter (formerly with WCSM-TV)
- Frank Fitzpatrick - weekday reporter
- Rebekah Samejima - weekday reporter
- Ivan F. Rees - weekday reporter (formerly with KSL-TV and KUSA)
- Alan Kempthorne - weekday reporter (formerly with WMOM-TV and WBIN-TV)
- Nathan Haim - weekday sports reporter
- Wayne Ovadia - weekend morning anchor
- Karla Narjinari - weekend morning anchor
- Alan den Ouden - weekend morning anchor (formerly with KOTA-TV and WMAZ-TV)
- Bruce Thormaigh - weekend morning anchor
- Nolan Burger - weekend morning weatherman (AMS Seal of Approval)
- R. Jackson Bochart - weekend morning traffic reporter
- Rick & Thomas Tremain - weekend evening anchors (formerly with TVNZ and Al Jazeera English)
- Alice Heidegger - weekend evening anchor (formerly with KXGN-TV, KULR-TV, and KHON-TV)
- Barry Talukdar - weekend evening anchor
- Sinead Ashley-Cooper - weekend reporter (formerly with WCVB-TV and XETV)
- Barry Quast - weekend reporter
- Martin Boghossian - weekend reporter (formerly with XETV and KOLR)
- Steve S. Green - weekend reporter
- Tracy Madeline Hetherington - weekend reporter (formerly with KOMU-TV, WWAY, and WRAL-TV)
- Nicholas O'Conghaile - weekend reporter
- Casper Yamadayev - weekend reporter (formerly with WPIX, KDKA-TV, WBNB-TV, and KABC-TV)
- Meghan Alcalá-Galiano - weekend reporter (formerly with WRIC-TV)
- George Beanland Jr. - weekend reporter
- Ashlee Bonniwell - weekend reporter (formerly with KLET Student News)
- Benjamin Van Zyl - weekend sports reporter
- Moe Gjonbalaj - consumer investigator (WBOR 12 Let Moe Know)
- Jeffrey Hannola - investigative reporter (WBOR 12 Jeffrey to the Rescue)
- Jerry Siqueiros - helicopter reporter (WBOR 12 SkyEye) (formerly with WPLG, WLTV, KNVO & KFXV-LD, and KDVR)
- Alex Schwartzreich - helicopter reporter (WBOR 12 SkyEye)
- Van "Coyote" Duong - drone operator (WBOR 12 SkyDrone)
- Phil Buschmann-Scott - marine reporter (WBOR 12 SeaEye)
- Marshall Giuffrida - marine boat pilot (WBOR 12 SeaEye)
- Monica Hattestad - weather reporter/storm chaser (WBOR 12 StormEnforcer)