Dan Strassberg

Rob Landry 011010001@interpring.com
Thu Feb 27 11:23:09 EST 2020

A great many of my former colleagues are no longer with us. The latest to 
go was Bill Campbell, who started Magic 106.7 back in 1981 and was general 
manager of WCRB from 1998 to 2006. He was the best boss I've ever had, and 
quite a character. I remember one day having lunch with him and Mo Polayes 
(then the owner of WJZS 99.3) on Block Island. When Bill excused himself 
and disappeared, we assumed he had gone to the rest room, but a few 
minutes later I was looking over Mo's shoulder and there was Bill swimming 
around in the harbor. Bill was quite a character.

He's the only GM I've ever heard of who made it a habit to visit his 
transmitter sites. He actually persuaded Art Bump's people to hoist him up 
to the top of the Block Island radio tower while they were there istalling 
the antenna.

Mo and Art are also gone.

Whenever I had to go to Symphony Hall to work on the broadcast booth 
equipment, I always tiptoed past the stage door lest I disturb anyone who 
might be rehearsing; but when I went there with Bill one day, he sauntered 
right out onto the stage and proclaimed in a loud voice, "Hi everybody! 
I'm here!", which got him a dirty look from the only person in the hall, 
an electrician working on a chandelier.

The last time I saw him was at former WCRB traffic manager Karen 
Kozimor's funeral; the time before that was Dave MacNeill's funeral. 
There have been altogether too many funerals.


On Thu, 13 Feb 2020, Donna Halper wrote:

> On 2/13/2020 6:46 AM, Sean Smyth wrote:
>> Someone posted here in recent years about Dan. He was then in his 80s and
>> wasn’t really online anymore. His anecdotes and his knowledge are missed,
>> and it’s great that they’re on the record.
> I am told that Dan passed away, though I have never found an obit for him (I 
> found one for his wife, from back in 1988 but never one for him). He was born 
> in 1935, so yes he would be quite old by now. On the other hand, Joe Ross 
> does indeed still check in, and reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. 
> My birthday is tomorrow, in fact. We have lost some good folks from our 
> earliest incarnations of this list, and I miss that time when so many people 
> used to post.
> -- 
> Donna L. Halper, PhD
> Associate Professor of Communication & Media Studies
> Lesley University, Cambridge MA

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