Larry Glick

Larry Glick

Larry Glick (born 1922) was a Boston radio talk show host, whose long-running show on WBZ and later WHDH became a New England institution in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Prior to ending its run on WHDH in 1992, Larry's show went out first over WMEX in 1965. By 1967, he had been hired by WBZ, where he would spend the next 20 years. WBZ Radio was a powerful 50,000-watt station that blanketed the six New England states and reached well beyond, from the Maritime provinces of Canada down through the Carolinas in the South and as far west as the rockies. Third-shift workers and insomniacs throughout much of the eastern seabord and midwest took comfort when Larry's unique brand of talk radio came on at midnight. For six hours, Larry's affable and charismatic voice enfolded a mix of lighthearted chat, sassy sound effects, obscure and funny musical numbers, and lots of generally wacky calls from listeners.

A typical show might feature a sometimes serious guest, an exchange of repartee with his hapless (and usually less witty) engineer at the station, and free-ranging free associations on current events and life. Some callers became institutions like Larry: Arnold Tarbox, the dry and droll Maine fisherman; Charlie DiGiovanni, a wisecracking Boston cabdriver; the Champagne Lady; Boston newspaper legend, Kenny "The Night" Mayer; and a number of others. A call from some of these regulars could seem like a visit from an old friend.

Certainly Larry was an old friend to most of his fiercely loyal audience. He did not disappoint. A critical or mock-critical caller would hear “Take that!” followed by Larry's cue of a series of rifle-shots on tape. A sentimental moment might prompt playing of one of Larry's favorite irreverent love ballads, such as “Cry of the Wild Goose” by Frankie Laine, or “When The Ice Worm Nests Again” (probably performed by Canada's Alan Mills). Boston pride got trumpeted via Bennie Drohan's “Southie Is My Home Town”, and infamous Boston bibulousness was regularly lampooned with a traditional beery ballad to Lydia Pinkham (purveyor of a legal forty-proof patent medicine during Prohibition), acclaiming her “the savior of the human race”. His novelty "Glick University" T-shirts, like the "WMEX Good Guys" shirts before them, became collectors' items for his fans. The shirts were awarded as contest prizes or to guests Larry deemed a particularly "Good Guy".

Those who've never heard Larry will have difficulty understanding his magic, since his bighearted, zany persona does not translate into print. But those who've heard Click and Clack on Car Talk would readily recognize the amiable, boisterous and somewhat anarchic style he pioneered.

Likewise, anyone would understand the appeal of a talk-show host who loved "all" his listeners. Larry gave everyone a shot (sometimes several), and did his best to draw out even the most plodding callers. Every one of them was given a chance to shine and to make a contribution to the “family”.

As late as 2007, Larry was the Ambassador of Good Will for the Legal Seafood Restaurant in the Boca Raton (Florida) Mall.

During the 1970's, Larry became involved as a partner in a commercial hypnotherapy business with headquarters in Brookline, Massachusetts. The company promoted itself as a method for smoking cessation and for weight loss.

ee also

*WBZ (AM)
*WHDH
*Talk radio

External links

* [http://www.staffannouncer.com/larryglick.htm The Larry Glick Pictures and Audio Page] by Buffalonian Steve Cichon
* [http://www.bostonradio.org/stations/25444.html The Boston Radio Dial: WBZ(AM)]
* [http://hollywoodlog.typepad.com/nickerblog/2005/04/glick_universit.html Nickerblog "Glick University"]
* [http://northeastairchecks.com/ Northeast Airchecks]
* [http://www.jerrywilliams.org/memories-share.php Jerry Williams Memories]
* [http://grubstreet.ca/articles/radiointerviews-old/larryglick-afn41.htm Larry Glick Interview, with aircheck]


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