The History Of WBZ Radio
A collection of pictures from the WBZ Radio archive of significant events and personalities throughout history of WBZ Radio
When WBZ 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. The first live broadcast of WBZ was September 19th, 1921.
In the 1920s, most people did not go to college. Radio was a lifeline for those wanting more education. WBZ was at the forefront of educational programming, joining the state Department of Education to provide extension courses.
Since WBZ went on the air in September 1921, listeners have heard the biggest names in politics. First was Governor Channing Cox, at the Eastern States Exposition; other politicians quickly followed, campaigning by radio became popular.
Radio sewing school – that’s right. Sewing on the radio. During World War II, you could learn to sew, in thirteen easy lessons on WBZ. Even though it was ‘sight unseen’ sewing, listeners could follow [...]
Millions rely on WBZ to find out what’s happening in the news. One afternoon in 1976, WBZ became the news. Veteran traffic reporter Joe Green performed an amazing rescue with the ‘BZ Copter’.
Since radio’s earliest days, WBZ has been at the forefront in providing coverage of local sports. In 1924 the NHL expanded to include the Boston Bruins as the first non-Canadian team.
In the early 80s, Dave Maynard created a monumental fundraiser which would become known as the WBZ Children’s Hospital Radiothon and Telethon.
In the 1930s Springfield and western Mass experienced devastating floods. WBZ was there to tell the story. As weather conditions grew worse, we also provided evacuation information. Much like we did this year with the tornadoes in Western Mass and the hurricane events.