35 Years on Cape Cod Radio: Celebrate Dave Read

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Left to right: WQRC Sports Director, Jon Wetterlow, WQRC News Director, Bob Seay, Dave Read, Legendary weatherman, Don Kent

Today marks 35 years on Cape Cod morning radio for Ocean 104.7’s Dave Read.

The man most famous for bringing the weather news to Cape Cod traveled from Maine to WQRC where he first broadcast the WQRC morning show in 1979.

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Dave Read reporting on Weather for WCVX TV58

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Dave says he was first attracted to the idea because his wife wanted to be closer to her family in Weymouth. Dave spent 10 years doing mornings then added the title, “Weather Specialist” to his duties and he’s been keeping Cape Codders informed on the ever changing storms, winds and sunshine of the Cape.

He’s a huge fan of the Ocean music often sending his own music collection suggestions to our Program Director. Dave is well known in his hometown of Sandwich and is an active community member working tirelessly for A Baby Center in Hyannis, as a Cape Cod Healthcare volunteer and at Bridge to Hope. He’s a frequent traveler and you can see his photos on our Ocean Facebook page…they are a testament to both his passion for photography and the beauty of Cape Cod.

When asked how he stays excited about his job after all these years, Dave explained, “I try to keep it fresh and not to repeat things… and after all I have radio to thank for keeping me young!”

Here are just a few things that his co-workers have said over the years!

  • “35 years with one company in radio is the equivalent of an all-pro quarterback playing for the same team his entire career! It doesn’t happen very often, and it goes to show what a true talent Dave really is. Cape Codders recognize his distinct voice, the same familiar baritone that has been starting listeners’ days with a smile since 1979. His dedication to weather is unmatched, from his hopeful three “B” guarantee (bright, blue and beautiful) to storm coverage during blizzards and hurricanes (remember Bob!). Dave has a passion for radio that shines through everything he does, whether it’s announcing, producing or hosting a station event. It has been a joy to work alongside him since 1997, and it comes as no surprise that he has such a large, loyal following of listeners across Southeastern Massachusetts. Happy Anniversary, Dave… thanks for 35 amazing years of hard work and dedication. And as the man himself likes to frequently say, he’ll “talk to you again tomorrow in the AM on the FM!”
  • “Dave Read, ALWAYS quick to brighten someone’s day!”
  •  “He’s the Pied Piper of weather watchers, the ultimate hobbyist photographer and THE Mac Man!”
  • “Dave is a consummate professional, always going the extra step to make sure the listeners are aware of the latest.”

Congratulations Dave on 35 great years!

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Dave Read in Studio Today!

Be sure to listen to Dave for the latest forecasts on Ocean 104.7. Dave is also our weather expert for CapeCod.com!

Check out the latest weather from CapeCod.com below!

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Here is the Press Release from Dave’s Big Day!

Dave Read Crosses Major Milestone at Cape Cod Broadcasting

35 Years of Morning Entertainment

 

HYANNIS- August 20, 2014 — Today marked 35 years hosting radio on the Cape for Dave Read who joined WQRC on this date in 1979.   Now the morning host of CCB Media’s Ocean 104.7, Dave’s sailed through the years, noting two owners, several General Managers and “more salespeople than he can count” to make it through to today.   The station also honored Donna Credit, Ocean Mid-day host for her 20 year anniversary this year.

Dave was feted by the CCB Media staff at a brunch held in his honor this morning and CCB Media owner Greg Bone noted Dave’s positive outlook, enthusiasm and camaraderie. “Dave understands the importance of local radio and the connection with listeners, the community and our clients,” said Bone.  “Dave learned weather from his mentor Don Kent, and he has that same commitment to doing whatever it takes to provide critical storm coverage to our community.  But he has a lot of fun too…oh, those puns…if you don’t get the first one you can be sure another one’s coming!”

Dave said, “I enjoy the creativity of radio and the challenge to keep it fresh and interesting.  I guess some people think I’m doing a good job, ‘cause I’m still here!”

“We are honored to work with Dave everyday here at CCB.  He is a role model for the staff, General Manager, Beverly Tilden said, “His connection with the community and dedication to his work both in the station and around the Cape is a roadmap for any new talent hoping to be a success in the radio business.”

Besides hosting Ocean’s Morning Show, Dave is the weather specialist for the company’s four stations and CapeCod.com.   The man most famous for bringing the weather news to Cape Cod traveled from Maine to WQRC where he first broadcast the WQRC morning show in 1979. Dave says he was first attracted to the idea because his wife wanted to be closer to her family in Weymouth. Dave spent 10 years doing mornings then added the title, “Weather Specialist” to his duties and he’s been keeping Cape Codders informed on the ever changing storms, winds and sunshine of the Cape.

Dave is well known in his hometown of Sandwich and is an active community member working tirelessly for A Baby Center in Hyannis, as a Cape Cod Healthcare volunteer and at Bridge to Hope. He’s a frequent traveler and you can see his photos on our Ocean Facebook page…they are a testament to both his passion for photography and the beauty of Cape Cod. When asked how he stays excited about his job after all these years, Dave explained, “I try to keep it fresh and not to repeat things… and after all I have radio to thank for keeping me young!

Cape Cod Broadcasting is locally owned and operated.  CCB Media includes:  WQRC, 99-9 The Q, Cape Cod’s Fresh Mix; Ocean 104.7,  Crafted for the Cape; Cape Country 104, Today’s Best Country and the Legends; and WFCC, Cape Classical 107.5 are the radio stations along with CapeCod.com and Cape Club Rewards.
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