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Halper did a fine job on the history of Broadcasting in Boston but ...
on August 23, 2014
Ms. Halper did a fine job on the history of Broadcasting in Boston but totally missed the town's first Rock n Roll Dee Jay, the legendary Joe Smith. Joe's show was wildly popular, far more listened to than the Arnie Ginsberg program. Ginsberg himself knew this and acknowledged it every night. When Joe Smith signed off, Ginsberg was still on for an hour or two, so all the people who had been listening to Joe, would switch over the Arnie and every night, Mr. Ginsberg would greet the new listeners with a "Welcome Joe Smith fans!". Joe left Boston radio around 1958 to assume a command position at Warner Bros. Records. By 1975 he had become the President of the combined Warner/Reprise/Electra/Asylum labels. I believe Joe retired around 2000. Though his stay in Boston was not long, he was an important figure in Beantown and a valuable contact for Boston radio people who kept in touch with the Hub's top Dee Jay. I don't remember for sure but I think Joe was on WBOS and Arnie was on rival WMEX.