Wednesday, April 13
A History Of Boston Radio
In our internet-oriented world, most people take radio for granted. It has become – for many – simply another way to get music, news and sports. But for people who grew up with it – like my next guest – radio still possesses a certain magic. And since 1920, Boston radio has remained vibrant, proving that live and local stations are as important as ever. Some facts: Most people believe that WBZ – which is the oldest surviving station in Massachusetts – was Boston’s first station. Wrong. It was 1XE. By the time WBZ’s first broadcast went live from the Eastern States Exposition in September of 1921, 1XE had already been broadcasting sporadically since 1919. Countless legendary radio personalities got their first big breaks on the Boston airwaves. Among them: Bob and Ray, Joes Rines, Arnie Ginsburg, Charles Laquidara and David Brudnoy. In Donna Halper’s new book, Boston Radio, she uses rare photographs to tell the story of the stations and the announcers Bostonians have loved for decades.