Farewell, Wally: New England Legend To Retire
Wally Brine was born into the radio business.
As the only child of legendary WPRO/Providence morning host Salty Brine, he spent part of his life in an apartment housed in the radio transmitter building.
In 1968, Wally Brine got his first part-time radio job, at WPRO-FM.
Fast-forward to 1981, and Wally Brine joined WVBF “F-105” in Boston to host afternoons. Not long after he joined the station that would become WROR-FM, he was paired with Loren Owens and shifted to morning drive.
Now, after a 35-year run in Boston on WVBF, WCLB, and now WROR, Wally Brine has announced his retirement.
His final day on the air is set for Dec. 16.
“Oh Boy… This was such a tough decision,” he said in a statement released Tuesday (11/22) by WROR owner Beasley Media Group. “We call it a ‘Show,’ but it’s so much more than that. The studio is filled with my friends, and my family. Loren Owens and I have been together for 35 years — longer than most marriages. He’s been my friend, my teacher, my advisor, my confidant and my hero. I have been so blessed to have been teamed up with Loren. I will be forever grateful. I just wish there were two of me. One could stay, and the other could sleep in, travel with my wife and stay up late!”
Loren Owens added, “When Wally told me that he had decided to retire, I was flooded with mixed emotions. Imagine being able to spend your workday, every day, laughing and having fun with your best friend! Those opportunities only come around every… oh, I don’t know… perhaps 35 years.”
Boston radio veteran and Broadcast Advisor/Connector Clark Smidt provided his thoughts on the retirement of Wally Brine.