Media and Fire Buff

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Boston Media

  • IFB - "Interruptable Fold Back". An audio device that is in the ear of the reporter/anchor/camera person, that usually contains program audio mixed, minus their microphone, that can be interrupted by production staff at the studio or in the control vehicle. It is used so talent can get cues and information about their live remote shot.
  • Newscasts schedules can vary greatly. To see when local newscasts are airing, go to TitanTV.com.
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WBZ-TV Channel 4 (CBS)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation
450.0375 R 146.2 WBZ F-1 Desk 2019.02.11 N1BHH
450.3500 S 146.2 IFB 2019.03.24 ecps92
450.5375 146.2 CBS 4 ENG 2019.02.11
450.0375 S 146.2 Direct 1 2019.02.11 N1BHH
455.5375 S 146.2 Direct 3 / Helo 2019.04.15 ecps92
455.1875 S 146.2 Cueing

WCVB-TV Channel 5 (ABC)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
455.0875 S 167.9 ENG Operations 2019.02.11 W1KNE
450.4125 R 103.5 Helicopter Comms 2020.11.24 W1KNE
450.2875 R 110.9 News Ops 2019.02.11 W1KNE
455.5125 S 167.9 Radio IFB to Helicopter 2019.02.11 W1KNE

WHDH Channel 7 (IND)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
450.6125 136.5 WHDH 7 F-1 2015.05.05 N1BHH
450.0875 136.5 Engineering 2015.05.05 N1BHH
450.2500 77.0 Former 56 News (WLVI-TV) OPS - Unknown use now.
450.5125 R 136.5 Helicopter Comms 2020.05.24 ecps92

WFXT Channel 25 (FOX)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
450.1375 R D023 WFXT 25 Helicopter Ops F1/F3(Simplex) 2019.02.11 N1BHH
450.1625 R D143 WFXT 25 News Operations F2/F4(Simplex) 2019.02.11
464.5000 S 203.5 WFXT 25 Security Primary? F13 2021.01.22 W1KNE
464.5500 S 203.5 WFXT 25 Security Primary F14 2019.01.06 W1KNE
469.5000 S 203.5 WFXT 25 Engineering F15 2017.08.18
469.5500 S 203.5 WFXT 25 Studio Use F16 2017.08.18

WBTS-CD Channel 15 (NBC)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
451.9375 S 131.8 NBC BOS IFB 2021.01.22 W1KNE
456.9375 S 131.8 Helicopter Comms 2019.02.11 W1KNE

WBZ AM 1030 / FM 107.9 HD2


Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
450.6500 R 67.0 WBZ-AM 1030 Traffic 2020.09.30 ecps92

Total Traffic Network

  • Formerly Metro Traffic/SmartRoutes/Shadow Traffic
  • Studios in the old WXKS-FM/AM studios in Medford at Wellington Station.
Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
450.1125 R 141.3 Total Traffic Helicopter Coordination 2020.04.13 ecps92
460.9250 R 131.8 Former SmartRoutes 2018.07.24 ecps92

Springfield Media

WWLP Channel 22 (NBC)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
450.3125 R 127.3 WWLP Operations 2019.02.11 W1KNE
450.8500 S 127.3 WWLP Engineering
450.9500 S 127.3 WWLP Engineering

WGGB-TV Channel 40 (ABC)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
450.4375 R 110.9 News Operations

Manchester (NH) Media

WMUR-TV Channel 9 (ABC)

Radio Information

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/Reconfirmation
455.4875 R 146.2 Operations 2020.07.22 JBolduc

Boston Area Fire Buff Networks

Before Yellow Tape (BYT)

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Location Confirmation/ReConfirmations
472.1125 R 136.5 New BYT Ch.01 Boston 2020.01.09 ecps92
452.6000 R 114.8 Old BYT Ch.1 Boston 2016.01.30 ecps92

Boston Citywide (Citywide)

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Location Confirmation/ReConfirmations
472.9625 R 123.0 Citywide-1 Boston 2020.01.09 ecps92


Fire Radio System (FRS)

Formerly Boston Radio System - System disbanded Summer 2015

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Location Confirmation/ReConfirmations
464.9000 R 151.4 FRS Ch.1 - Old Freq Boston 2012.10.21 ecps92
469.4750 S 100.0 FRS Ch.2 Boston Area

Metro Radio System (MRS)

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Location Confirmation/ReConfirmations
463.8500 R 151.4 MRS Ch.1 Quincy 2019.01.08 W1KNE

Middlesex Radio

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Location Confirmation/ReConfirmations
464.2000 R N100 Woburn Ch.1 Woburn 2019.04.01 ecps92
464.2000 R 100.0 Woburn Ch.1 Woburn 2015.03.07 ecps92

Outside of Boston Metro

Cape Cod City Wide

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Confirmation/ReConfirmations
461.1000 R Unknown CapeWide F-1

Merrimack Valley Radio

Frequency Type Tone Notes/Comments Transmitter City Confirmation/ReConfirmations
463.5000 R 186.2 MVR Ch.1 (06.15.2012) Pelham (NH) 2012.12.29 ecps92
461.7000 R 82.5 old - MVR Ch.1 (05.2012 still in transition to Pelham) Andover 2012.05.04
461.7000 S 82.5 old - MVR Ch.2 Direct
462.0250 R 82.5 MVR Ch.3 Peterboro (NH) 2012.04.06
462.5500 206.5 MVR Ch.4 Lowell 2012.04.06


  • Special thanks to NECRAT/W1KNE and www.necrat.us for the tower photos.