Larry Glick, a legendary talk show host on Boston radio stations who was best known for his late-night programs, is dead at the age of 87.
Glick, who had moved to the Boca Raton, Fla. area, died after undergoing open heart surgery Thursday afternoon, according to WBZ-AM news and programming director Peter Casey.
Glick had worked for WBZ for 20 years, building up a faithful following of "Glicknics," the radio station said on its website. He most recently worked as a greeter at a Legal Sea Foods in Boca Raton.
Glick's career at WBZ reached its zenith when he was host for the station's early morning weekday shows, from midnight on. His name became a household word among night owl radio fans who were reached by the station's powerful signal in close to 40 states and eastern Canada. He also worked in a 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. spot and in the mid-afternoons before leaving the station in 1987.
Glick worked at WHDH-AM, hosting a 10 p.m. to 2 a.m, show until 1992. When he retired, he said he might carry on with his act as a stage hypnotist.
Glick told the Globe in 1991 that he loved the nighttime airwaves because he preferred the audience.
"I like people better at night," he said. "During the day, they're in a more business frame of mind. At night they might be the same callers, but they're more relaxed and less stressed. They might have their feet up, with a drink next to them while they're listening to the radio."
He said he liked to keep an upbeat pace and didn't get too many lovesick callers. "I shoot them off the air if they get too draggy," he said.
Published in Boston Globe from Mar. 27 to Apr. 1, 2009.