The Mount Rushmore of Boston Radio

Martin Waters
Tue Mar 31 10:11:43 EDT 2020

       The DJ category is tough if it has to be only two. But, at least at the moment -- pending someone reminding me and my bad memory of more candidates -- I'd say Arnie Ginsburg and Charles Laquidara. I usually lean toward history-related choices. They were not only very influential in their field, great at what they did and had impressive longevity, but they were pioneers. Can we find a bigger mountain to carve on so we can also include Jess Cain? Just my $0.02.
    On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 08:05:50 AM EDT, Kevin Vahey <> wrote:  
 Doug - since we are talking radio I would eliminate Lobel from sports but
one has to take a hard look at Eddie Andelman and Glenn Ordway.

News - LaPierre was an icon but Anthony Silva has to be in the conversation.

Weather - on radio it has to be Don Kent

Talk - Jerry Williams invented talk radio in the Boston market and his
impact was proven in the 80's when he got the seatbelt law repealed. He was
so popular than when he left WMEX for WBBM in Chicago in 1965 that the
Chicago station showed up in diary ratings in Boston.

DJ - Jess and Arnie are icons but Carl DeSuze and Dave Maynard have to be
considered along with Charles Laquidara and Matt Siegel.

To Professor Halper - Somewhere in this equation we have to include one
Maxwell E. Richmond who I believe should be in the Massachusetts
Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Richmond was an awful person to work for but he was a genius in finding
talent. He adopted the same format that R. Peter Straus had taken with WMCA
in New York that at 10 PM the teenagers were in bed and we will go talk.

On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 2:48 AM Doug Drown <> wrote:

> A coronavirus diversion with which to have a little reflective fun:
>        One of the regular respondents to the New York Radio Message Board
> challenged his fellow respondents this past weekend to each come up with
> four nominees for a Mount Rushmore of New York Radio Personalities.  He
> laid down two requirements:  the nominees have to have been part of New
> York radio between 1960 and the present; each of the four has to represent
> a specific genre (DJ, newscaster, sportscaster, meteorologist, talk host,
> et al.), with no overlapping --- one can't be nominated to represent two
> categories.
>        His main criterion is that persons nominated be *influential ---
> *not
> necessarily in terms of popularity or longevity of service (though those
> can be factors), but overall excellence such that they were, or are,
> "cutting edge" --- ground breakers whose presence on the air in some way
> significantly influenced the broadcasting industry and/or the wider culture
> of the city or region: people whose singular gifts will long be remembered.
>        Let's give this a try with Boston radio personalities.  Participants
> may name a nominee and a runner-up in each category.
>        I haven't lived in eastern Massachusetts in many years, but here's
> my list:
>        DJ:  Arnie Ginsburg, Jess Cain
>        News:  Gary LaPierre
>        Sports:  Bob Lobel, Gil Santos
>        Weather:  Don Kent
>        Talk:  Jerry Williams, David Brudnoy
>        Your turn.
>        Doug Drown

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