Uncle Dale signs off mornings at Oldies 103
Come tomorrow(9/15), for the first time in 40 years, Boston radio listeners will no longer be able to hear one of the local airwaves’ most recognizable performers on their daily commutes. Dale Dorman, one of Boston's most popular and long-lasting DJs, has played his last tune and did his last bit in the morning drive at Oldies 103.3FM this past Friday(9/12).
Dorman, 65, who last month marked a 40-year anniversary in Boston radio is best known for over two decades of doing afternoons at the Top 40 megagiant Kiss 108 from 1980 to 2003. Dorman arrived on the Boston radio scene in August 1968 with a morning gig at WRKO AM 680 which at the time was a Top40 outlet. He worked at WRKO from 1968 to 1978. After WRKO said goodbye to Dorman in 1978, he wentto work for WVBF 105.7FM(now WROR 105.7FM) where he stayed for two years. After parting ways with 'VBF in June 1980, Dorman was determined to get a job with at-the-time the hottest new station in town – Kiss 108. After few months of try-out's and fill-in's, persistent Dorman finally landed a permanent afternoon shift at Kiss on October 13, 1980. Five years ago(August 2003), Dorman’s contract at Kiss didn’t get renewed. In September 2003, he quickly landed in the mornings at Oldies 103.3 taking over for Paul Perry(now afternoons at WROR 105.7FM).
From 1969 to 1991, Dorman also was the voice for the morning and afternoon kids block cartoons(mornings and afternoons), on Channel 56/WLVI-TV and that's how he got to be known "Uncle Dale".
Dorman's departure from Oldies 103.3 is, according to very reliable sources, was made by his own desire to cut down on the workload and grueling early morning hours. Whether he’ll remain at Oldies in any kind of part-time/fill-in/weekend capacity is not yet known. CBS Radio Boston hasn't yet made any official announcement about him leaving. No word on who’ll replace him in the morning drive at Oldies 103.3.
BRW Notebook :
Power boost : After a long 12-year process of getting a power increase, WKOX AM 1200 will finally be able to boost its power to 50,000watts later this fall. WKOX is now transmitting from new site in Newton and has been most of last week. It is still at low power and will remain that way for some time. The station's format Latin musci forma "Rumba" is expected to stay the same.