The Mount Rushmore of Boston Radio
Tue Mar 31 19:35:18 EDT 2020
Dare I mention Howie Carr? Say what you will, he's proven himself to have
On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 8:03 AM Kevin Vahey <email@example.com> 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
> 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 impact was proven in the 80's when he got the seatbelt law repealed.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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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
> > 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
> > of the city or region: people whose singular gifts will long be
> > Let's give this a try with Boston radio personalities.
> > 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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