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Steady Blue, Clear View

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,Β “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. SinceΒ 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.

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The current John Hancock Building is the one that looks like it has a black stripe down the middle. It doesn’t – it’s just a shadow. The Old John Hancock building is just to the left.

8 Comments

  1. Omg – “David Allen Boo-shay” πŸ˜‰ said in that low, sexy voice. Completely forgot about him. You have the best memory. If you ever get really homesick, call me up & I’ll put the phone by the radio ~

    • Kim

      November 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      I used to love him πŸ™‚ He’s still great. If we’re driving to Mass and it’s nighttime, I always switch off satellite radio and put Magic on in the car. It’s guaranteed to relax me – and make the girls fall fast asleep πŸ™‚

  2. Wow! After all those late nights……I made someone’s blog! πŸ˜‰ ~DAB

  3. I was privileged to work with David back in the mid 80s, and he is without a doubt one of the nicest guys I know. Just thought you should know that I found your blog–after he mentioned that you had written about him in it! He just posted a comment on his Facebook page. πŸ™‚ I know he’s pleased that you remember his show so fondly. I live in Illinois now, and always knew where Delilah got her inspiration from!

    • Kim

      November 21, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Bobby! And I have to ask – what Facebook page? I have the Magic 106.7 page up, but I don’t see it…

      Glad to hear he’s as nice in person as he is on the radio. Thanks so much for reading and commenting – stay warm in Illinois!

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