Saturday, March 12, 2011

Boston Bruins radio voice to be honored


Bob Wilson. If you were a Bruins fan back in the 1970's, that booming voice that filled the airways on a winter's night was the Bruins. Driving anywhere in New England or up and down the East Coast most nights, searching for the game on the car radio meant tuning until Wilson's voice filled the car. Then you knew you had the Bruins.


Wilson, who was associated with  NHL's Boston Bruins for 28 seasons(25 as the play-by-play voice and 3 as the color analyst) will be honored on Saturday March 26 during the Bruins/Rangers game at the TD Garden. At 11:30 a.m., the Bruins will dedicate their home radio broadcast booth to Wilson by renaming it the "Bob Wilson Radio Booth." The Bruins will also install a silver microphone encased in a black and gold frame on the TD Garden’s level 9 façade beneath the home radio broadcast booth, which will be permanently displayed.  In addition, Wilson will serve as 98.5 The Sports Hub's first intermission guest commentator alongside current play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers. Wilson will also be a special guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger and Massarotti" show on Thursday, March 24 at 2:40

 
Wilson quietly retired on January 5, 1995 as the NHL was in a midst of a labor dispute between club owners and players' union. Wilson's contract with rights holder American Radio Systems was suspended without pay which was one of the factors in his decision to call it quits. When the 1995 season finally got underway 15 days later, Wilson was replaced on the play-by-play call by Dale Arnold.

Wilson began his career with the Bruins in 1964 on the old WHDH 850, first handling team's color commentary chores and then moving onto broadcast play-by-play 3 years later. After 5 years with WHDH he left Boston for a two-year stint in St. Louis. He returned as the Bruins' play-by-play announcer on WBZ 1030 in 1971 and held the post for the next 23 seasons as the team went thru four different radio flagships(WBZ 1030, WITS 1510, WPLM 99.1 and WEEI 590),

Wilson, who was inducted into NHL's Hall of Fam in 1987, celebrated his 82nd birthday earlier this week(3/9).

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