CAPE COD BROADCASTING MEDIA ANNOUNCES EDITORIAL TRANSITIONS TO BOLSTER BROADCAST/ONLINE NEWS COVERAGE
April 16, 2015 (Hyannis, MA) – Today, Cape Cod Broadcasting Media (CCB) announces it will broaden its broadcast and online news capabilities by bringing back veteran Cape Cod newscaster Matt Pitta, after more than a decade away from the company, and naming journalist Laura Reckford News Editor of CapeCod.com, the media group’s acclaimed online news site.
Pitta, who has been covering Cape-centric news for more than two decades, will take on the role of News Director at CCB Media. Pitta previously worked at Hyannis-based CCB Media from 1996 until 2002.
As News Director, Pitta will transition his signature news program “Cape Cod This Morning,” formerly heard on 95 WXTK, to CCB Media’s WFCC Cape Classical 107.5 weekday mornings from 6 – 7 am. He will also be heard on CCB Media’s radio morning newscasts on Ocean 104.7, 99.9 the Q, and Cape Country 104. Additionally, Pitta will be responsible for leading the CapeCod.com News Team, and overseeing all news programs for CCB Media.
“I am excited to re-join the team at CCB Media. They have shown a passion for local news and to serving the community that is attractive to someone like me who dedicates my days to the news and happenings of Cape Cod,” said Matt Pitta. “Their commitment to providing news on many channels to satisfy the users’ many habits from radio, to web, to mobile and beyond is both extremely progressive and an inspiring atmosphere for me.”
Pitta’s move from iHeart Radio, formerly Qantum Communications, continues the evolution and growth of CCB Media’s on-air news presence and the CapeCod.com News Center expansion.
Pitta began his career at Boch Broadcasting. Along with his prior tenure at CCB Media, Pitta spent six years as Broadcast Editor of the Associated Press’ Boston-based bureau. A three-time Edward R. Murrow award recipient, Pitta has also served as a professor of journalism at Emerson College and Suffolk University, both in Boston.
Pitta’s return transitions Reckford to the new, full-time role of New Editor of CapeCod.com, where she will add depth, information and additional resources to the station’s on-air reporting.
Reckford’s Cape news background began at Cape Cod Life, where as Managing Editor she launched the publication’s Home Magazine and online editions. Reckford, who began her career with New York editing posts at Good Housekeeping, Viacom and 20th Century Fox, previously served as Editor and Managing Editor at both the Falmouth and Barnstable Enterprise newspapers.
“I am truly excited to take on the role of News Editor of CapeCod.com,” said Laura Reckford. “As a highly regarded source for news throughout the whole of Cape Cod, this company is committed to providing listeners with the sharpest and most engaging content to keep them informed on what’s impacting their respective communities at any given time.”
Reckford is also a freelance writer for Frommer’s travel guides, crafting numerous New England and Cape Cod editions, as well as specific Europe guides. Additionally, she penned the Arts and Artisans Trails of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket 2006 for the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.
A longtime resident of Falmouth, Mass., Reckford is the recipient of numerous awards from the New England News and Press Association.
“Matt and Laura both share experience and strong reporting skills that will be invaluable as we continue to provide the best source of news for the Cape Cod community,” said CCB Media General Manager Beverly Tilden. “Together, this dynamic duo will bring a new depth of on-air reporting that is sure to attract the ears and minds of residents throughout the Cape.”
With these editorial transitions, CCB Media also announces Cape Wide News will make its own transition to the company by operating through CapeCod.com. Since its inception, Cape Wide News has served as the Cape’s premier police and rescue breaking news online outlet. The website currently receives more than 400,000 unique page views a month and is a complete complementary platform to the on-air and online products made available to consumers through CCB Media.
About Cape Cod Broadcasting Media:
Cape Cod Broadcasting is locally owned and operated. CCB Media includes: WQRC, 99.9 the Q, Cape Cod’s Fresh Mix; Ocean 104.7, Crafted for the Cape; Cape Country 104, Today’s Country and the Legends; and WFCC, Cape Classical 107.5, as well as CapeCod.com, the Cape’s fastest growing local community news site.
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