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680 Boston, WRKO, Dale Dorman

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 2010.

Although a crystal clear recording of WBZ’s web stream was available, since this is radio, I decided to record the old-fashioned AM signal, as it was received in the evening grayline propagation into Southwest Connecticut. Somehow, it seemed fitting.

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By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of and - All the BIG Hits!

4 thoughts on “WBZ Reports: Dale Dorman dies at 71 | October 26, 2014”
  1. I’m sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. I’ve listened to his airchecks here many times, and always enjoyed his light-hearted sense of humor. I know he’ll be missed by his family and scores of listeners.

  2. Steve if you ever can get a copy of one of Dale’s airchecks from Dec 1967 at KFRC that would be great. I had to rate that particular aircheck as one of the best, tight, bright, and Bill Drake would have been proud. RIP Dale

  3. hard to believe it’s been a year since Dale left us. while he is best known for his work in San Francisco and Boston, the Homer NY native began his career in Syracuse at 1490 WOLF.

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