Richard L. “Dick” Kaye went to work at classical music station WCRB in 1952, and he was still there more than 35 years later.
A Harvard graduate with a degree in physics, he did not plan to become a broadcaster, but once he found radio, he never left. He first worked as an engineer for WBMS before going into announcing at WCRB, then just a day-timer. His engineering and business skill helped the station to expand; he became a part-owner of WCRB and would also serve in a number of other roles, including announcing, music directing and station management. He helped WCRB to become a 24-hour operation, and eventually got it onto the FM band.
He also became known for his ability as a fund-raiser: some sources say he helped to raise more than $3 million in support of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. By the time he retired in the early 1990s, he was chairman of the station’s board of directors, and WCRB was a fixture in the classical music community.