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New England Radio Composite | April 1980

Curator’s Notes: This composite is a collection of various airchecks of stations in the 6 state New England region.  One of the real joys for a radio listener up there is, There are a lot of medium market stations, all within earshot of the major cities of Boston, Hartford,  Providence, and, while not technically in New England, Albany NY. If you liked radio in the Northeast, or lived anywhere in the central part of Massachusetts where atmospheric conditions varied so much that one could catch stations from all over New England, this will be a real treat for you!   Please consider a generous donation to this website for site support. You won’t find many things available for free on the web these days, so take the time to support your favorite website! Use the Donate button below...

Robin Young, WBZ AM 1030 Boston | December, 1975

I just can’t imagine a Christmas season anywhere else but here Audio player below description Curator’s Notes: Often, I don’t quite know where to begin, in describing a particular aircheck, this being one of them.  This one has historical significance for several reasons.  First, this is quite possibly the only aircheck of Robin Young’s early radio career, and certainly the only one that I am aware of from her time at WBZ Radio.  Second, this is possibly one of the only airchecks of WBZ, captured playing music during overnight hours.  For as far back as most anyone can remember, WBZ aired talk programming during evening and overnights, most notably, the Larry Glick show which began sometime in the mid-1970s and continued for the rest of the past century. You’l...

Frank Kingston Smith, WBZ Boston | December 28, 1979

Date of Recording: 12.28.1979 Station: 1030 WBZ Boston Format: Full Service Adult Contemporary Branding: “WBZ Radio 1030” Featured Air Personality: Frank Kingston Smith (Bobby Mitchell) (WFIL/WIBG/WICE/WRKO/WABC/WHDH/WVBF/WBZ/WRKO/WKKT/WODS) (Wikipedia) Contributor: Big Apple Airchecks Total Time: 9:48 (telescoped) Airchexx Entry: 1,545 Don Kent likes to keep the weather secret… Curator’s Notes: Considered the first commercial radio station in the United States, WBZ 1030 was one of New England’s original Top 40 stations. WBZ joined WMEX it was the second Top 40 station in Boston. When WRKO (ex WNAC) flipped to Top 40 in March, 1967, along with increased competition in the format, WBZ dumped Top 40 for Middle of the Road music (later termed Adult Contemporary)....

104.1 WBCN Boston Says Goodbye, Part 4 | August 8, 2009

For the third time this year, an iconic rock radio station in a major city is shifting formats: Boston’s 104.1 WBCN, “The Rock of Boston”, departed the airwaves on August 13th. The rock station had been broadcasting for 41 years. According to, WBCN was a victim of CBS Radio’s desire to launch an all-sports talk radio station on the FM dial. The company’s Adult Top 40 Mix station (made) the jump from 98.5 to 104.1, with the sports station taking over at 98.5. WBCN (lives) on off the radio waves as a Web and HD-radio broadcast. – Rolling Stone Magazine, July 16, 2009 Part four of this four-day retrospective concentrates on PM Drive. Bradley Jay is an in-studio guest, as is Ken Shelton (continued from the previous segment), and others. YouR...

WBZ Reports: Dale Dorman dies at 71 | October 26, 2014

A year ago this day, WBZ Newsradio 1030 began airing the story about the passing of Boston Legend Dale Dorman when the news broke sometime mid-afternoon of Sunday, October 26, 2014. This website did have the scoop within minutes of a Facebook posting by one of Dale’s friends and co-workers at WRKO, Harry Nelson, and by one of our Contributors. It seems the media followed our leads. Dale Dorman’s first major radio gig was in San Francisco, at the famous 610 KFRC. Later, Dale would begin a more than 40 year run in Boston, doing wakeups at WRKO, then on to Fairbanks’ 105.7 WVBF which had then rebranded as Top 40 “F-105”. And after that, a 20 year stint in Mornings at WXKS-FM, “Kiss-108” before going to WODS “Oldies 103.3” Dorman retired in...

Dick Summer & the Nightlite Show, WBZ Radio 103 Boston | August, 1964

Now, from the 50kw Boston blowtorch reaching 38 states, Dick Summer‘s legendary night show on mid-60s WBZ! The history of WBZ is a long, storied one reaching back to the beginnings of commercial broadcasting. Only the second licensed station in the US (although not in it’s inevitable form), WBZ was generally a pop station, first in the golden age of radio (pop in the respect that it ran the popular programs and music of the day, having been a part of the NBC ‘Red’ network in the 40s), and later, as Boston’s second top 40 station, lasting until 1966. Smack in the middle of WBZ’s top 40 era was Dick Summer. He ruled the nighttime airwaves in Boston and all up and down the eastern seaboard until the station shifted to nighttime talk in the late 60s. Summer&...

WBZ Boston’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, Part 2 | September 19, 2011

Here’s part 2 of the Steve LeVeille Broadcast, 2-5am, 9/19/11.

WBZ Boston’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, Part 1 | September 19, 2011

Here’s part 1 of the much anticipated WBZ Boston 90th anniversary celebration. Radio historian (and freelance news reporter) Scott Fybush guests on the Steve LeVeille Broadcast at 12 midnight, Monday, September 19, 2011. Listen as they talk about the history of WBZ, from its first broadcast at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield in 1921, to the WBZ/WBZA combo station from Springfield and Boston, to Fybush’s days as a news writer for veteran news anchor Gary LaPierre. There’s plenty more to come, including full newscasts from CBS radio and the first three minutes of Boston’s Morning News at 5:01 AM at the end of part two! This is the first two hours of the program. Part 2 will feature the final three hours of the Steve LeVeille broadcast from this day.

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