Country Radio is Number One in Boston !
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.