Remembering Gary LaPierre

BOSTON, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — If you grew up around here in the past 80 years or so, chances are you listened to WBZ.

In the ‘60’s, BZ DJ’s spun the platters that mattered. All schoolkids were glued to Carl DeSuze in the mornings for snow day announcements. 

The station was a talk-radio innovator, introducing sports talk with Guy Mainella, and stirring national debate over that big clear-channel signal at night with Jerry Williams.

If you worked the overnight shift or just couldn’t sleep, Larry Glick was on in the background. Other personalities – Dave Maynard, David Brudnoy, Paul Sullivan just to name a few – were embraced by Bostonians. 

And WBZ News became the gold standard for Boston radio news coverage.

But from 1964 through 2006, there was one constant, a voice that millions of New Englanders came to know, like and trust – the late, great Gary LaPierre.

My colleagues will be recalling the rich details of Gary’s illustrious career today, so I would just note that Gary could do it all – spot news, breaking news, live interviews, talk – and make it sound easy. And he was one of us, born in Shelburne Falls, one of many local media greats who came through the old Grahm Junior College.

Rest in peace, Gary LaPierre, a giant in our industry and a role model for many young broadcasters, now “on the loose” in a better place. 

May his memory be a blessing.

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