Legendary Boston Bruins Radio Voice Bob Wilson Dies
January 19, 2015 at 3:58 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of former BOSTON BRUINS radio voice and Hockey Hall of Famer BOB WILSON, who died THURSDAY at 85. WILSON was a radio personality at several BOSTON stations before becoming color commentator for BRUINS radio broadcasts at the old WHDH-A in 1964-67; he then became play-by-play voice for the BRUINS in 1967-1969. After a stint at KMOX-A/ST. LOUIS, WILSON returned to call BRUINS games in 1971 on WBZ-A, retiring in 1994. He hosted "BOB WILSON REMEMBERS THE '50s" at Oldies WLKZ/WOLFEBORO, NH during his retirement.
WILSON was honored by the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME with the FOSTER HEWITT Memorial Award in 1987 and by the MASSACHUSETTS BROADCASTERS HALL OF FAME in 2007. The BRUINS home radio booth at TD GARDEN was named the "BOB WILSON Radio Booth" in MARCH 2011.
BRUINS President CAM NEELY said, "On behalf of the BOSTON BRUINS organization, we are saddened to learn of the passing of BOB WILSON. For a generation of NEW ENGLAND hockey fans, BOB's legendary voice was synonymous with the BRUINS and he will always be a part of our club's history. Our thoughts are with NANCY and their children during this difficult time."