Robin Young, WBZ AM 1030 Boston | December, 1975

Robin Young
Robin Young, current host of NPR’s “Here and Now”

I just can’t imagine a Christmas season anywhere else but here

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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’ll notice a wide variety of music (scoped, of course) played during this program.  Everything from Seals and Crofts, the Moody Blues and The Supremes, to Swing music to Barbara Streisand show tunes.

This was aired in December, and Robin Young opens reading a letter from a dislocated Bostonian who moved to the deep south and misses the snow.  There was no Christmas music played (but as I recall from listening to WBZ as a child, the station did air some holiday music in rotation with the hits during this VERY dayparted time in WBZ’s storied history.  (And, yes, purists will chime in to note that WBZ always played 24 hours of Christmas music from 6pm Christmas Eve till 6pm Christmas day, right up through the early days of WBZ’s all-news format.  But that’s not the focus of this aircheck).