The importance of local talk radio

Kevin Vahey
Mon Nov 24 12:01:39 EST 2008

Boston for some reason was not a great feeder for NY radio. Frank
Kingston Smith did land at WABC and I am pretty sure Palmer Payne
worked in NYC as well. Chicago got from Boston JJ Jeffrey, Chuck
Knapp, Jerry Williams, Paul Benzaquin, Larry Lujack and Roy Leonard to
name a few.

Buffalo sent many to Boston including Stan Roberts, Jackson Armstrong
and Bud Bullou.

On 11/24/08, Alan Tolz <> wrote:
> Actually, the pipeline between Hartford and Philadelphia was quite strong in
> the 1960's as Jim Nettleton, John Wade, Bill Corsair (on the talk radio
> side) and others went from WPOP and WDRC to WFIL with regularity.
> Alan
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kevin Vahey" <>
> To: "Doug Drown" <>
> Cc: "Dan.Strassberg" <>; "Boston Radio Group"
> <>
> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 11:21 AM
> Subject: Re: The importance of local talk radio
>> We have talked about this before but before satellite programming took
>> hold New England had a baseball like farm system for radio.
>> Bangor, Burlington, Pittsfield were class A
>> Manchester, Portland, Worcester, Springfield were AA
>> Providence and Hartford AAA  and then Boston
>> Of course Boston became a feeder not so much for New York but Chicago.
>> I remember Springfield having 2 great Top 40 stations WHYN and WTXL.
>> Worcester WORC and WAAB, Providence WPRO and WICE and Hartford WPOP
>> and WDRC.
>> Quite a number of smaller stations also had talk shows and actual
>> newsrooms. I remember in the late 60's visiting a friend at WNBP and
>> the lead story was how the fire department rescued a cat from a tree.

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