WBZ Radio Through The YearsA collection of pictures from the WBZ Radio archive of significant events and personalities throughout history of WBZ Radio
WBZ's First BroadcastWhen 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.
WBZ And EducationIn 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.
WBZ’s Political BeginningsSince 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.
WBZ’s Radio Sewing School And Women’s Journal
WBZ’s Joe Green Helicopter RescueMillions 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'.
WBZ And SportsSince 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.
WBZ And King LeoIn the golden age of radio, everything was done live. Usually, live broadcasts weren't a problem, but one night in April of 1932, King Leo, an 18 year old trained lion, was brought to the WBZ studios at the Hotel Bradford to demonstrate how he could roar on cue.
WBZ Anniversaries
WBZ And Millions Of PenniesIn the early 80s, Dave Maynard created a monumental fundraiser which would become known as the WBZ Children’s Hospital Radiothon and Telethon.
Early Big News StoriesIn 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.
WBZ And Dotty MylesYoung 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.

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