Countless radio hosts point to Larry Glick as their inspiration with his long-running late-night show on 50kw flamethrower WBZ-AM Boston. Tributes from “Glicknics” are pouring in to the station’s website, following the news that Glick died in Florida Thursday night after undergoing 10 hours of open heart surgery.
“Dancing with the Stars” host Tom Bergeron grew up listening to Glick, then worked with him at WBZ-AM & TV. The two had remained friends after Glick retired to Florida and Bergeron said, despite his age, Glick sounded as chipper as ever when they spoke by phone a few weeks ago. Bergeron told RBR/TVBR that Glick demonstrated not only how to be a great broadcaster, but also how to live a rich life.
“In all the years I spent at WBZ…the memory that I bring with me as my most cherished memory from all those years, in both TV and radio in Boston, are the hours I spent on the air with Larry Glick. It was like Christmas morning for me every time I could do it,” Bergeron said.
Best known for his long run at night on WBZ, Glick spent the last few years of his radio career at WHDH-AM Boston, before retiring in 1992. Even in retirement he couldn’t resist telling stories and jokes, so he worked as the official greeter at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant in Boca Raton, FL taking a version of his radio show from table to table to the delight of customers, particularly those from New England.
RBR/TVBR observation: Late night radio was never the same after Larry left. Political talk could never hold a candle to the “Orangutan Story,” which was replayed countless times by Glick as listeners requested it. Fortunately, someone has posted it on YouTube along with our favorite, the “Graveyard Marauder.”
See both below.