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My interview with Bradley Jay on WBZ-AM about "WBCN and The American Revolution" and the station's 50th anniversary, March 11, 2018, midnight - 2am.
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Danny Schechter, WBCN's intrepid "News Dissector" left us three years ago today, on March 19, 2015. It's fair to say that for those of us who knew, listened to and watched, worked with, and were family to Danny, it's still hard to believe he is gone, and a day doesn't go by when we are not left thinking "What would Danny say about this?"
Danny gave me my start in journalism, at age 14 at WBCN. Later, we worked together at ABC News in New York. And for years, the companies we each started were only floors apart at the fabled film building at 1600 Broadway in New York.
I have been fortunate in the production of "WBCN and The American Revolution" to have interviewed Danny, whose wise insights I get to see frequently (the nature of editing...) along with his work and some unexpected archives uncovered for the film, which tell Danny's story as a central part of WBCN's early days, and the story of "how a radio station, politics, and rock and roll changed everything."
WBCN and Danny's role there as "the News Dissector" was a life-defining experience for Danny -- he used to marvel at how, years later, during his time as a producer for 20/20 at ABC News, our boss there, ABC News President Roone Arledge, would take glee in referring to Danny by his WBCN nickname: "the News Dissector."
Below are some archives to remember Danny on this third anniversary of his loss, which comes the same week as the 50th anniversary of WBCN, which went on the air on March 15, 1968.
This is a clip from the interview Danny gave for "WBCN and The American Revolution," in which he describes the role of WBCN in changing everything during the tumultuous years starting in 1968:
This silent film clip of Danny speaking to protesters, a year before he joined WBCN, was taken by the film collective Newsreel, in Cambridge at M.I.T. on November 4, 1969, as over 1,000 students and supporters marched from the MIT Center for International Studies (CIS) to the MIT Instrumentation Labs, to demand an end to MIT's role in Vietnam war research and weapons development. You can read more about this protest in the Harvard Crimson of 11/5/69 by clicking here.
You can support the completion of "WBCN and The American Revolution," with its previously untold story of the radio station, of which Danny played a central part, with a tax-deductible contribution now as part of our crowdfunding campaign. Visit Finishthefilm.com or click here to see the trailer and make a donation now!
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