Bob Seay

Morning Host, WGBH-FM

Bob Seay has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than three decades. 

Before joining WGBH in October 2010, Bob was Morning Edition host at Rhode Island Public Radio and the director of community radio station WOMR in Provincetown. For more than 15 years, he was the news and public affairs director at WQRC in Hyannis covering Cape Cod and the islands. Bob has also worked as a host on WBUR. 


Local News
4:54 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Lost Reels From 1968 James Brown Concert At The Garden

Mayor White speaking at a James Brown concert to promote interracial peace.
Credit WGBH OpenVault

HBO's "Mr. Dynamite" is not the first documentary about musician James Brown. But those behind the film, unlike makers of previous documentaries, had access to all three of the reels containing footage of the famous April 1968 concert in Boston, which WGBH broadcast live to the city.
One of the concert reels – the first of three – had been missing for decades. It was not until three years ago that the WGBH reel was discovered in a vault at the James Brown Estate in Nashville, when access to the estate was granted.

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Local News
5:37 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Suffolk Downs Asks Gaming Commission To Review Wynn Proposal

State gambling regulators will be discussing Wynn's $1.6 billion casino development in Everett and the future of horse racing at Suffolk Downs.

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How We Live
12:36 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Continuing To Learn From Ferguson Protests

Scene from protests in Ferguson, MO.
Credit AP

An attempt to calm tensions after the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown backfired overnight, when the Police Chief of Ferguson, Missouri marched with protesters who were calling for his resignation. 

Appearing in civilian clothes, Police Chief Thomas Jackson triggered scuffles and a standoff in the St. Louis suburb after joining the march late Thursday outside of his force's headquarters. Hours earlier he had released a video apology to the Brown family. 

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Local News
5:12 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Journalist Executed By Islamic State Militants

Journalist James Foley was captured once covering the uprising in Libya so he knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he'd cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

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Local News
3:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Buddy Cianci Talks Rhode Island's Low Self Esteem

Buddy Cianci

WGBH News Morning Edition host Bob Seay chatted with Vincent "Buddy" Cianci — the former and longest-running mayor of Providence, who is now a radio talk-show host and TV commentator — about a recent Gallup poll showing that more than any other Americans, Rhode Islanders are the most dissatisfied with the state of their state. Listen or read for more about the recent Gallup poll, the State of Rhode Island, the Curt Schilling loans, and Cianci's possible plans to once again run for public office.

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Local News
11:52 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Irish Journalist: Carmen Ortiz, DOJ Endangered Irish Peace Process In BC Case

Author and IRA expert Ed Moloney talks to reporters at his home in New York, Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Credit (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Morning Edition's Bob Seay talked to Irish journalist Ed Moloney, who worked with the Boston College oral history of Ireland's "Troubles" which was compelled to turn over recordings to the British government.

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Politics & Government
5:07 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Firefighters Approve Contract

Thursday night the Boston Firefighters Local 718 voted to ratify their contract, with 824 yes votes and 58 no votes.

"I'm very pleased to hear the results from tonight's vote, and I want to thank the membership for their confidence and support," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I'm glad that this matter is officially resolved. In particular, I want to thank Rich Paris and the leadership of Local 718 for their commitment to this process and to protecting the best interests of the people of Boston."

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Local News
5:34 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Funeral Services for Firefighters Begin Today

A 43-year-old Boston firefighter killed with a colleague as they fought a nine-alarm apartment fire last week is being laid to rest.

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8:52 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Retiring MFA Director Malcolm Rogers On The Search For Beauty And Meaning

Architect Norman Foster, left, Malcolm Rogers, center, director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Spencer de Grey, partner-in-charge of Foster and Partners, pose with a model of a new expanded MFA design.
Credit (AP Photo/Angela Rowlings)

Museum of Fine Arts Director Malcolm Rogers announced he would retire on Thursday. He talked to Morning Edition's Bob Seay about his tenure at the musueum.

On his biggest accomplishment at the MFA:

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Local News
12:43 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger performs in 1967.
Credit The Library of Congress

Pete Seeger, the folk singer and activist who died Monday night at age 94, had a strong connection to Cambridge, where he attended, and dropped out of, Harvard University, according to music critic Scott Alarik.

"He had a real soft for Boston and Cambridge," he said. "He really loved this town and the people in it."

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Local News
2:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Remembering JFK's Speech At Robert Frost Library Dedication

It was one of the more awkward moments in President John F. Kennedy's inauguration — poet Robert Frost stumbling, fighting against wind and solar glare to read the poem he had written especially for the occasion.

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Local News
11:34 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Documentary Examines JFK's Presidential Transformation

President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson in 1961, in front of the White House two years prior to the assassination of Kennedy.
Credit Abbie Rowe / Wikimedia Commons

The presidency of John F. Kennedy is being re-examined this month the 50th anniversary of his assassination approaches. Books are being released, symposiums are being held and mass media is taking another look inside the man, his image and his leadership, including tonight on WGBH's American Experience.

This is the JFK that Boston and the World has come to know.

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

Before those famous speeches and off-the-cuff news conferences, John F. Kennedy's roots were here in Boston where he was born and raised. And few, if any, who knew him here thought he could ever rise to the political force he would become.

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Local News
4:46 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hernandez Probable Cause Hearing Delayed

A judge has delayed a probable cause hearing for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez to give prosecutors more time to present evidence to a grand jury in their murder case against him.

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Politics & Government
10:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Morning Edition Audio: Connolly 'Ready to Run' Whether Menino In or Out

City councilor John Connolly

Mayoral Candidate John Connolly joined Morning Edition's Bob Seay to talk about the departing Mayor Tom Menino.

8:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Film Sheds Light on Sexual Assault in Military

Retired Air Force Technical Sgt. Jennifer Norris, left, with Protect Our Defenders, waits with her husband Lee Norris to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual misconduct
Credit (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The U.S. military was on full display at the Academy Awards, with movies like "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty." But it was an Oscar-nominated "documentary" that's lifting the curtain on sexual assaults in the military. The film "The Invisible War" depicts servicemen and women who have been sexually assaulted, and what they face when they speak up.

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10:10 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Maria Hinojosa on Latino Home Ownership Report

Owning a house: it's the American Dream but it's still far out of reach for millions of people. New information from the Latino Policy Institute reveals if you're Latino, it's way beyond a dream.

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11:03 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Report: Gateway Cities Underserved by MBTA

On Beacon Hill, lawmakers face an ambitious plan by Governor Patrick to overhaul transportation funding in Massachusetts. This comes as so many of us spend two hours or more a day commuting for work. And it's not just time, but expense. If you live in Taunton, New Bedford or Fall River, you're spending a quarter of your household income on transportation alone. And it's those commuters in small to mid-sized cities that are the focus of a new report out this morning.

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12:14 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Morning Edition Audio: Maria Hinojosa on Bay State Immigraton Trends

The latest Census reveals a trend among immigrants in Massachusetts. More than half of the immigrants in the Bay State are now US citizens. That's outpacing the US average.

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10:01 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Morning Edition Audio: Maria Hinojosa on a New Pope, Marco Rubio & Gabriel Gomez

With almost half of all Catholics in the world living in Latin America, how likely is it that the next Pope will be Latino?

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10:02 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Morning Edition Audio: Elizabeth Warren Recaps the State of the Union

File photo: Elizabeth Warren speaks at the Democratic National Convention.
Credit J. Scott Applewhite / AP

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined Morning Edition's Bob Seay this morning to talk about President Obama's State of the Union speech last night. 

On Gun Control:

"I have no doubt that a majority of people in Congress will put some restraint on guns, and help us bring down gun violence" she said. "But we've got to have a vote."

On the President's Negotiations with Congress:

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6:54 am
Sun February 10, 2013

Gov. Patrick Talks Blizzard Response

Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency bunker in Framingham.
Credit Courtesy Governor's Office

Gov. Deval Patrick talked to Morning Edition's Bob Seay about the state's response to the Blizzard of 2013.

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4:37 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Morning Edition: Immigration Reform Gaining Momentum

WGBH Radio's Bob Seay talks with Maria Hinojosa, host of the WGBH program Latino USA, on the momentum surrounding immigration reform.

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10:33 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Heather Goldstone on Bottle Ban: Reduce More, Recycle Less

Soda bottles at the Casella Waste Materials Recovery Facility in Charlestown, Mass.
Credit Cristina Quinn / WGBH

WGBH reporter Adam Reilly recently looked into the plastic bottle ban in Concord, Mass, finding the town split between environmental and business concerns.

For additional, environmental context, Morning Edition's Bob Seay talked to Heather Goldstone, author of WGBH's Living Lab.

Bob Seay: What impact can a single town have in banning these bottles?

Heather Goldstone: I think we have to be realistic – the biggest impact will probably be an educational or awareness impact.

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5:57 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Legislative Session Ends on Beacon Hill

After six hours of last-minute lawmaking on Beacon Hill the 2011-2012 legislative session was gaveled closed Monday.

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10:13 am
Wed November 14, 2012

In Studio: Bob Seay with Filmmaker Ken Burns

Ken Burns, seen here in this file photo, spoke with WGBH about his new film, The Dust Bowl.
Credit PBS

Ken Burns is a bit of a Renaissance man — his critically acclaimed documentaries have delved into topics as diverse as the Civil War, the evolution of jazz music, and America’s national park system. In Burns’ newest film, The Dust Bowl, the director continues to expand his horizons, exploring the devastation that occurred on the southern plains during the 1930s. Burns spoke to WGBH about making his new film, which premieres on PBS on November 18 and 19, 8- 10pm, ET.

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4:48 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Water Main Break in Worcester

Flooding behind Worcester State University.
Credit Jake Messier / WGBH

200,000 residents of Worcester are waiting for the water to be turned back on after a major water main break Monday afternoon. Officials say they hope repairs to be completed later this morning.

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7:14 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Efforts Continue to Restore Power

Utility crews are working around the clock to restore power. NStar is hoping to fully restore power by Thursday night, Nov. 1. National Grid says most of its customers should be back online by Friday night.

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7:18 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Gov. Deval Patrick: Stay Indoors During Sandy

Deval Patrick provides an update on storm preparations on Oct. 28 from the MEMA headquarters in Framingham.
Credit Eric Haynes / Governor's Office

At 7 a.m. on Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy was already making its presence known on the Massachusetts coast, Gov. Deval Patrick said.

"We have had reports of high seas and gusts ... of 40 or 50 mph," he said. "Lynn, Plum Island and New Bedford have ordered limited evacuations."

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5:12 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Framingham Compounding Pharmacy Had Been Previously Investigated

The Framingham compounding pharmacy at the center of the national meningitis outbreak was the subject of an investigation by Massachusetts’ regulators 6 years ago.

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11:40 am
Thu October 18, 2012

30 Issues: Why You Should Care About ... the Rhode Island Economy

The Rhode Island State House, as seen from College Hill.
thurdl01 Flickr Creative Commons

The collapse of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios has put Rhode Island's economy on the hot seat. But the Ocean State is struggling with bigger problems than the Schilling deal. Rhode Island has the nation's second-highest unemployment rate and considered one of the least business-friendly states in the U.S. Everyone, from Gov. Lincoln Chafee on down, is trying to turn it around.