When I was a teenager, the small digital radio at my bedside was always tuned to Boston’s favorite nighttime radio station: Magic 106.7. Mostly because the host had the most wonderful voice.
Long before Delilah graced the national airwaves, there was David Allan Boucher – the sultry-sounding DJ who’s hosted this program since day one. He’s a Boston icon and his voice is like butter. Turns out he’s also somewhat of a mystery. No one really knows what he looks like!
I adored hearing him host his long-running show, “Bedtime Magic”, on the station every night as I would fall asleep. New Englanders would call in and make song requests or share their stories of heartbreak or unrequited love. If you’re from Boston, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the best radio station, isn’t it?
I just learned that Boucher’s radio show has been on since its debut in 1982! Not sure I listened the first couple of years, but during my high school years (1985-1988) I’m sure I listened every night. And whenever my husband and I return, I always tune in.
One special memory is hearing him tell us what color the lights were on the beacon atop the 26-story Old John Hancock building. Since 1950, the lights have been red or blue based on the weather. Here’s how the famous poem goes:
Steady blue, clear view.
Flashing blue, clouds due.
Steady red, rain ahead.
Flashing red, snow instead.
(*the only exception is during the summer when the lights communicate if the Red Sox game has been cancelled)
Here in New Jersey, I must admit that I do miss listening to Bedtime Magic.
I’ll have to try their “LISTEN LIVE” button and see if it can transport me back to Boston.
If only for the night.