WBZ’s First Broadcast

When we first went on the air we couldn’t even toast our debut, as prohibition made that kind of celebration illegal. WBZ in Springfield was the first radio station to receive a commercial license. Our first live broadcast was September 19th.  WBZ soon opened a studio at the Hotel Kimball, and while a number of famous performers visited Springfield, it was obvious that a Boston studio was a must. A decade later a state-of-the-art studio was built at the Hotel Brunswick, near Copley Square. The governor, the mayor and other dignitaries joined well-known performers to welcome WBZ to Boston.  The Boston studio was called WBZA, but only a few years later, officially became WBZ, the call letters you know us by today.

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