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RE: WEEI - Must they...

Well, it may not have been in 1978, but at one time, 
because of WITS's crappy 5-kW night signal from the N 
Quincy site, the night games were simulcast on WDLW 1330 
in Waltham.

Also, one of the talk guys on WITS (at some point--
probably not 1978) was Steve Fredericks (real name: 
Steve Ochsman). Fredericks may well have been the most 
taleted talk guy ever on Boston radio (and that may be 
true right up to the present). I think it's a toss-up 
between him and Gene Burns. His love was sports, but 
mostly on WMEX and WITS he did issue-oriented talk. He 
was top flight at both kinds of talk and certainly 
appealed to younger--and presumably broader--demos than 
Burns did.

I believe that when he left Boston to return to his 
native Philadelphia, he went to a sports-talk station 
(presumably WIP because I think it was the only sports 
talker in Philly for many years). I don't know what 
became of him. I heard that he had a serious drinking 
problem. (If I recall, he even owned up to it on the 
air.) But it never seemed to affect his work. Perhaps he 
is no longer living. If so, he died at a very early age. 
If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, I'd be 
interested in hearing.

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> Follow up on 1978
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org
> > [mailto:owner-boston-radio-interest@bostonradio.org]On Behalf Of Hakim
> > Madjid
> >
> > Just as a point of Boston Radio history, in 1978, the Red Sox games were
> > broadcast on 1510 in its WITS incarnation. Supposedly those call letters
> > stood for Information, Talk, and Sports. Their talk show talent
> > consisted of
> > Pat Whitley (sp?), Avi Nelson, and Jerry Williams. At the time
> > WITS was the
> > only full time talk station in the Boston area, as WEEI - 590 back then -
> > had gone to an all news format several years before.
> And because of 1510's crappy nightime signal....the 1978 night schedule was
> broadcast on WWEL-FM 107.9 Medford (just 3 months later...KISS 108 is
> born...)
> -Paul Hopfgarten
> -Derry NH