Country Radio is Number One in Boston !

'Wailin' Jennings

I wrote this lament in the 1970s when Boston thought C & W were just two alphabet letters


Why was I born in Boston?

They think that 'wailin' means crying.

When I tell them Tom T. Hall is a star,

they all swear that I'm lying.




Oh, sure they've all heard of Dolly.

They think she's outstanding in her field.

But they've never heard her sing.

They can't get their eyes unpeeled.



Moe. Bandy the Rodeo Clown



They think that Moe works with Curley and Larry.

Eddie Rabbit, they only know

cause he sang for 'Dirty Harry'

and Mel cause he talks so s .. s.. slow.



Eddie Rabbitt - I Love a Rainy Night

Mel. He never stuttered when he sang!

Willie Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Roy Clark


Oh why was I born in Boston,

where when I talk about ol' Willie,

they remember his brother Ricky!

And they think Roy Clark is silly.


My lament was first printed in the 1970s when there was no country radio in Boston, the nation's tenth largest advertising market.

The media said there were few country fans in New England. Steve Morse, the music crtitic for the Boston Globe and myself were among the small number of print and broadcast journalists actively promoting the music. This fact did not go unnoticed, I am happy to say, by such great artists as Sleepy LaBeef, Dick Curless, and others.

I played a very minor role in the blossoming of the genre, but Steve Morse was relentless in promoting the music. He attended country shows from Boston to Bangor and beyond, and published reviews in the Boston Globe of pure Country performers like Moe Bandy and the previously mentioned Sleepy LaBeef. 

Conventional wisdom said that a Country music station would never survive in Boston. Happily, the pundits were wrong. In the Spring 2012 ratings, Boston's WKLB ranked a very strong fourth in the Arbitron survey, covering the 4 million listeners in and around the Bay State's capital.

Cape Cod and Providence RI also have healthy, thriving C & W stations.

Happily, one can now walk down Kenmore Square to Fenway Park and see and talk to fans of Nashville style music on every street corner. It took a long time for the music to get here, but better late than never. 

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Torys Ten 4 years ago from Central Utah

Fun little diddies! I wouldn't have guessed that country music had a following in Boston. I wonder why that is? Country people living in Boston or does country music have that wide of an appeal?

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Billrrrr 4 years ago from Cape Cod Author

A lot of people still can't believe it - especially the 20 or 30 radio stations in Boston that trail way behind Country music in the ratings!!!!!

County today does have a wide appeal. American Idol has had a large influence in spreading country. Many C & W performers have been well received by the idol audience.

Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreary are Idol winners. Kellie Pickler, Bucky Covington, Phil Stacey, and Josh Gracin didn't win, but are doing quite well in sales and concerts.

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