WBZ's Larry Glick dies at 87
WBZ radio reports that Larry Glick, host of a popular overnight talk show from 1968 until 1986, has died. The 87-year-old radio character died Thursday night in Florida after 10 hours of heart surgery. Glick’s faithful listeners were known as “Glicknics” and he built up a legion of them during his decades on the after-midnight Boston airwaves.
They remember him for his engaging personality, ready laugh and a sense of humor that was somewhere between corny and offbeat. When a caller would ask, "Is this Larry?" his invariable answer was, "Let me check." He did the news on the hour as "Streeter Glick," a takeoff on WBZ newsman Streeter Stuart.
Elizabeth Crowley, an editor at The Patriot Ledger, remembers the night her 8-year-old brother Joe called in and told Larry all about his father, J. Walter Crowley, a dentist in Somerville.
"My father went to work the next day, not knowing anything about it, and got an earful from his patients who thought it was the funniest thing they ever heard," Crowley said.
Glick began his radio career in Florida in 1953 and arrived at WMEX in Boston in 1964. He was part of a superstar lineup of talkers at WMEX that included Arnie “Woo Woo” Ginsberg and Jerry Williams of Marshfield. He followed Williams to WBZ in 1968 and was required listening for insomniacs and graveyard shift workers alike. WBZ said Glick retired to Florida, where he most recently worked as a greeter at Legal Seafood in Boca Raton.
He leaves his wife Lisa and a daughter Tali, both in Forida, and a daughter, Nannette in the Boston area.
Read this tribute to Glick on Wikipedia.
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WBZ's 65th anniversary in 1986 (At the 17-minute mark, Daphnee Keeler reminisces about her late dad, WBZ personality Fred B. Cole of Hingham)