Monday, December 31, 2007


Up and down the dial...

New Year's celebrations

What's doin' on the dial this New Year's?

The Globe's Clea Simon has a rundown.....

Up and down the dial, New Year's celebrations

Sunday, December 30, 2007


Double-ya Vee as in Victah - See - Ay


One of the legends of New England radio is the one man station and curmudgeon Simon Geller. Geller, of Gloucester, was a retired radio engineer, that applied for, built and ran FM station WVCA out of his small apartment.

Why? Because he enjoyed radio....and enjoyed classical music.

He hung onto the station thru legal challenges up until shortly before his death when he sold it to the Tanger family...who promised to keep it classical. (The Tangers had run a few other classical formated station, so it appeared to be a good bet.)

Not sure what the legal bounds of "keeping it classical" were, but the small station had a hard time competing commercially with the giant signal of WCRB. (Geller didn't run any commercials.) It has since flipped to an oldies format...and is now branded as a purely local station for the North Shore of Boston...."North Shore 104.9". (They also carry the Red Sox and the Celtics.)

Sadly, the day when an individual can start and run their own radio station is over.

I came across this old 1986 aricle about Simon Geller, the man and his station, from Time magazine. I thought some might like to revisit the story.

In Massachusetts: Giving Music

The website for the current incarnation of this station is here:


Tuesday, December 25, 2007


Drop Jess Cain a card

Steve Buckley writes in the
about veteran WHDH morning man Jess Cain, who is at a hospice for the terminally ill in Cambridge these days. Cain recalled radio bits from the past, and welcomed visitors and friends, many of them from the radio biz. Buckley also gives an address where you can drop Cain a card: Jess Cain, Chilton House, 65 Chilton Street, Cambridge, Mass., 02138.

UPDATE: Jess' son Michael
"as a family we decided to bring dad home this friday 12/28/07. Obvioulsy his condition is still terminal, but he is feeling better and he wants to come home, so we have granted his wish. Thank you for all of your kind words. I am sure all of the letters and visitors had a lot to due with him "feeling better." "

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Channel 56 thru the years....

...starting with day one!

Let me see if this post of a Youtube video works the way I intended.... ;-)

Friday, December 14, 2007


RIP: Fred B. Cole, 92

Fred B. Cole, 92; mouthpiece of big-band era

"...he was finally hired by WHDH, where for 21 years he was the disc jockey playing big-band tunes on "Carnival of Music," which later was renamed "The Fred B. Cole Show." Mr. Cole, who in May was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, died in his sleep Thursday in his Hingham home. He was 92."

From what I hear, Fred was a good natured fellow, loved radio and enjoyed his colleagues in the business. He'd been known to make appearances at the "Media Gang" luncheon, even in his later years.


Two questions....

The obituary mentioned:

"Five years ago, Mr. Cole published a short tribute to the Ritz-Carlton dining room in the op-ed pages of the Globe and recalled the big-band performances he broadcast from the roof in the late 1930s."

1.) Does anyone have a copy of article? Is it available online anywhere?

2.) Does anyone know what station is shown in the picture above? (Notice the lock on the dial on the phone? I guess they didn't want DJ's making long-distance calls. Anyone remember those days?) ;-)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


I know this is a radio blog, but some of us watch the TV ratings game, especially for local Boston stations.

It looks like Channel 4 has made some improvements!

WBZ-TV sweeps to top at 11 p.m. but WCVB holds other key news slots

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