Sunday, August 2, 2009

Former Boston rock radio vet passes away

Many longtime Boston radio listeners will remember George Taylor Morris as the programmer and personality at the old WCOZ 94.5FM in the mid 1970's. At the time, the upstart rock station WCOZ gave plenty of stiff competition to then-powerhouse WBCN 104.1FM. The two stations were embroiled in a seesaw battle for the allegiances of progressive rock fans from mid-70's to the early 80's.

It was announced this morning that GTM passed away from his battle with throat cancer. He was 62.

Morris left Boston in 1977 to take a job at WPIX-FM in NYC followed by a number of other radio gigs. He returned to the Hub in 1995 to become a morning personality at classic rocker WZLX 100.7FM. In April 1996, he shifted from mornings to middays to make room for legendary Charles Laquidara who moved over from WBCN 104.1FM to make room for Howard Stern. In 1998, Morris left WZLX to take over programming duties at WBOS 92.9FM and briefly serve as station's morning personality.

After ending his WBOS run, GTM left terrestrial radio to take a programming job at XM Satellite Radio in 2001. Until late last year, Morris served as host of XM Satellite Radio's interview and performance show "Artist Confidential" and program director of its Deep Tracks rock channel.


George Knight said...

GTM was someone who had a big heart and a true passion for music and radio. I will always be grateful for the time I had working for him. The world could use more people like George Taylor Morris.

Jerry Goodwin (The Duke of Madness) said...

Geets was my first PD (WCOZ-FM) when I moved to Boston from Detroit along with Mark Parenteau. With such memorable personalities such as Captain Ken Shelton, Lisa Carlin, Parenteau and myself, we fashioned a whole new style of progressive rock for the city of Boston under his tutelage. Ironically, all of us, except Geets, ended up at WBCN. I also had the privelidge of resurrecting my "Duke of Madness" show for his Deep Cuts channel on XM satellite radio in 2008. He was a kind, gentle man who knew how to get the best out of you without being a jerk