Avi Nelson filling in for Howie Carr

Dan Strassberg dan.strassberg@att.net
Sat Dec 23 15:09:39 EST 2006

I think Avi Nelson was also on the old WEEI 590. He was one of the first
people to host two-way telephone talk in Boston. Donna can confirm. Sherm
Feller doesn't count because he did not put the caller's side of the the
conversation on the air, so Jerry Williams was the first to do two-way
telephone-talk in Boston. Others who did it here very early on were Jim
Westover (on WEEI), Paul Benzaquin (WEEI), and Fred Gale (WNAC). Gale,
despite having a dynamite radio voice, must still hold some sort of record
for doing the dullest talk shows (two-way or not) in radio history. Another
guy with a dynamite voice but with very good presentation did an afternoon
or PM-drive show on the old WNAC 680. The name of the program was Listen!
Benzaquin may have co-hosted for a while. Unfortunately, I'm blanking on the
name of the gentleman I'm referring to, but if someone posts it, I'm pretty
sure I'll say "oh, yeah!"


Dan Strassberg
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Don A." <Donald_Astelle@yahoo.com>
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<anthrocoon@myway.com>; <boston-radio-interest@rolinin.bostonradio.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Avi Nelson filling in for Howie Carr

> > > I remember Avi Nelson having a talk show of his own in Boston years
> > > ago;
> > > what station?  Was it WHDH?
> >
> > He was a panelist on the "Five on 5" show Sunday mornings. A quick
> > Google didn't turn up precisely what station he was on.
> If I have my chronology right.  (I am getting old)....
> When WHDH first added talk in the evening (pre-Brudnoy), Avi was the host
> 8PM-12MD.
> Avi then had to give up that position to run for the Senate(?)
> This is when David Brudnoy hit the airwave with his own show.
> I am thinking this was late 70's.
> Avi had also been on WITS, WMEX, WMRE (1510AM) at different times.
> I remember Avi stayed on (a union thing) when they flipped to WMRE (Music
> your Life), and was playing music for awhile....I assume in order to keep
> collecting the union paycheck.
> But hearing Avi play music was interesting.
> I was trying to remember who took over the WHDH show after Brudnoy left to
> go to WRKO.
> I think it was Hubert Jessup, right?
> Anyone know who it was after that?
> Don

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