An Appreciation of Jess Cain

Maureen Carney
Thu Feb 14 13:34:50 EST 2008

Pudge Flynn was a neigbor of mine when I was growing up in Holliston. His now ex-wife is my brother's godmother and I used to babysit their son. He got Jess to include me in the birthday wishes when I turned 13, something I was very excited about (I think I was the last kid to listen to AM!) and I still have fond memories of it.

----- Original Message ----
From: Ed Forry <>
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2008 12:58:26 PM
Subject: An Appreciation of Jess Cain

I mourn the loss of our great friend, Jess Cain who passed this  
morning, Valentine's Day, at his home in the Back Bay.
I published an appreciation of Jess back in May, 2005, when he had  
been nominated for the radio hall of fame. It began:
"You are a Real Bostonian if you can recall the names of Sidney  
Flack, Hap Smiley, or Pressgate Fenway.
They were the comic creations of the great Jess Cain, the man who  
virtually invented the genre of local
morning radio on the old WHDH, 850 on the AM dial, and a man who  
helped several generations of Boston
radio listeners to wake up and greet each new day with a smile."  The  
full text, as well as Greg O'Brien's June,
2005 profile of Jess is online at Also, Jordan  
Rich  plans to devote a full hour
to remember Jess on his WBZ radio program, on Friday night, Feb 15  
beginning just after midnight (2/16)

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