Boston Radio Legend Bob Raleigh Passes Away
A Boston radio legend has passed away.
Bob Raleigh, who spent over 23 years at WBZ-AM, died last Friday at the age of 87. The announcement was made by both family members and WBZ-AM on social media.
Raleigh was known as the longtime overnight host on WBZ, with a free-wheeling program that featured fun segments such as trivia (with a free WBZ pen as the prize) and psychics giving out free readings to callers live on the air.
Raleigh joined WBZ in 1975, coming over from competitor WHDH to take over the midday shift. In 1980, he was moved to the overnight slot before moving back to middays in 1984, and then back to overnights before retiring in 1999.
He also had a stint as the traffic reporter on WBZ’s “Maynard in the Morning,” Boston’s No. 1 morning show with host Dave Maynard.
Before coming to Boston, Raleigh had worked at WPGC-AM, WWDC-AM and WEEL-AM, all in Washington, DC. When he left WPGC, the general manager at the time reportedly had a preference to keep the same names on-air even when the people left, so two more people assumed the name “Bob Raleigh” after he left for Boston.
Raleigh was married to his beloved Mary Lou before she passed away in 2018.