Hall of Fame: 2008

Bob Clayton

Bob Clayton’s long-running “Boston Ballroom” radio show appealed to both adults and teens. With a talent for picking hits, he helped launch the careers of many pop music singers.

Bob Clayton was a young lawyer, and business was slow. He heard there were jobs in radio, so he applied. The rest is Boston radio history. 

Throughout the ‘40s, ‘50s and into the ‘60s, he was the host of Boston Ballroom on WHDH radio, and he became one of Boston's most respected announcers. Not only did he get good ratings; he also had a talent for predicting which songs were going to be hits. An excellent interviewer, he knew how to put his guests at ease, and many stars appeared on his show to introduce their newest song. Clayton even did a TV version of Boston Ballroom on channel 5.

Clayton was that unique announcer who appealed to both the adults and the teens; if there was a perfect example of a "personality D.J.", it was he.

After his radio career ended, Clayton returned to practicing law. He died in 2002 at age 87.