Tuesday, September 15, 2009

WBZ's Dave Maynard inducted into station's Hall of Fame

A number of local radio legends will be honored when the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame holds its induction luncheon at the Dedham Hilton tomorrow afternoon. But for one of them this week will be even more special.

Dave Maynard, 80, who retired from WBZ AM 1030 in June 1991 after 34 years of service was honored by his station this morning. Maynard joined his former on-air colleagues - longtime news anchor Gary LaPierre and sports anchor Gil Santos - as the newest WBZ's Hall of Fame plaque was unveiled out in front of station's building on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton.(WBZ-TV's news report is here)

Tomorrow, Maynard, along with former WBCN morning man Charles Laquidara and the voice of NFL's New England Patriots football Gil Santos as well as a number of other legendary Boston radio and TV personalities and managers will be inducted into Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

BRW Notebook :

Remembering the voice of the Bruins : Fred Cusick, the longtime play-by-play voice of the Boston Bruins on TV and radio has passed away at the age of 90 earlier today.

Cusick called Bruins games on radio(WHDH AM 850 from 1952 to 1963 and WBZ AM 1030 from 1969 to 1971) and television(1963 to 1969, 1971-1997 on Channel 5, 56, 38 and NESN) for more than four decades, beginning his career with radio broadcasts on WHDH AM 850 in 1952. He called Bruins' first local TV broadcast on Channel 5 in 1963. He called Boston's Stanley Cup championship win vs. St. Louis Blues on Mother's Day in 1970(on WBZ AM 1030), when Bobby Orr scored the winning goal in overtime. He would later call that season and that play among the greatest highlights of his career. Cusick moved to television(TV 38) in 1971 and retired from calling Bruins games in 1997(WSBK and NESN. Cusick was scheduled to be inducted Wednesday into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame


Anonymous said...

Didn't Don Earl call Bruins games before Fred Cusick and thus called the famous 1970 Stanley Cup winning goal by Bobby Orr

raccoonradio said...

Earle called them on TV but I think Cusick took over the following year or so. The call we remember--"Orr, feeds Sanderson, back to Orr--he scores! He scores! And the Boston Bruins have their first Stanley Cup after 29 long years. It's the Bruins 4, the Blues 3". This was preserved on an album I had years ago GOAL BRUINS (Fleetwood Recording Studios) and the pix of Don Earle and Johnny Pearson were on the back cover. But Cusick may have had the radio call..

raccoonradio said...

According to Earle's entry on wikipedia, Don was on "WSBK-TV from 1967-1971. Earle was fired by WSBK after he was booed by the Boston Garden crowd while presenting the channel's "7th Player Award"."