Frank Kingston Smith, WBZ Boston | December 28, 1979

1030 Boston WBZ

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).

This is how WBZ sounded in December of 1979. With Christmas over, Frank Kingston Smith is filling in for legendary morning man Carl DeSuze. Joined by Meteorologist Don Kent and Newsman Gary LaPierre, Smith talks between every record. We hear about the upcoming “First Night” New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Boston coming up, the cold weather and there no commericals whatsoever!