WBZ As A Music Station

From our earliest days, we featured concerts by nationally-known entertainers.  As well as many local stars– like vocal duo Hum and Strum or country star Georgia Mae.  Back then, WBZ aired many NBC network programs, like radio dramas and soap operas.  But in the summer of 1956, Top-40 was becoming popular and WBZ introduced the “Live Five,” disc jockeys who played the biggest hits; they included Carl deSuze, Bill Marlowe and Alan Dary.  In the 1960s, teen-aged listeners enjoyed Bruce Bradley; they went to see him at Paragon Park in the ‘BZ Sundeck Studio. Dick Summer’s overnight shift had a large following of college students. And when folk music became popular, Jefferson Kaye hosted a show called Hootenanny, which featured the best of local and national folk singers.

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