Dale "Uncle Dale" Dorman, a Boston radio legend, passed away last Tuesday at the age of 71 after a long illness, it was announced by his family this morning.
Dorman was best known for over two decades of working afternoons at the Top 40 mega giant Kiss 108 from 1980 to 2003. The Homer,NY native arrived on the Boston radio scene in August 1968 with a morning gig at WRKO 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 went to work for WVBF 105.7(now WROR 105.7) where he stayed on 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.
In August 2003, after 23 years in the afternoon drive, Dorman’s contract at Kiss didn't get renewed. In September 2003, he quickly landed in the mornings at Oldies 103.3 where he spent five years hosting "The Breakfast Club". However, health probelms forced him to dial back full-time work at WODS in September 2008. For one year he hosted a Saturday morning shift(9am-Noon) on WODS until finally hanging up his microphone for good in September 2009.
From 1969 to 1991, Dorman also was the voice for the morning and afternoon kids block cartoons(mornings and afternoons), on Channel 56/WLVI and that's how he got to be known "Uncle Dale".
In 1995 Dorman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2010 Dorman was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.