WBZ And Dotty Myles
Young Dorothy Metzger had always dreamed of being a singer. She was 17 and barely out of high school, when she got her big break– hired to perform at Boston’s popular Cocoanut Grove nightclub. She took the name Dotty Myles. The audience loved her. This was in late November 1942, relaxing in her dressing room, she suddenly heard people screaming “fire”! Flames were everywhere as she tried to escape, but she could not. Dotty suffered burns over half of her body, including her face and hands. 490 people died at the Cocoanut Grove that night. 20 plastic surgeries later – people doubted she would ever work again. Newspapers followed her progress, and her fans cheered her on. By the mid-40s, she became a radio singer, and her voice was heard often on WBZ. Thanks to radio, she didn’t have to worry about her scars, and she could do what she loved best… entertain an audience.