Hall of Fame: 2007

Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson possesses one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in Boston sportscasting history. For 25 years, he was the radio voice of the Boston Bruins, and his masterful play-by-play is an unforgettable part of the team’s legacy.

Bob Wilson was born Robert Castellon in Arlington, Massachusetts. His first important broadcasting job in Boston was at WCOP as a Sunday night DJ.

In 1962, he joined WHDH as a staff announcer. Two years later, the station tapped him to become color man for Boston Bruins radio broadcasts. He took over the Bruins play-by-play chair, still on WHDH, in 1967.

When the Bruins radio broadcasts were captured by WBZ, Wilson left Boston to anchor sports at KMOX-TV in St. Louis. He returned to Boston for good in 1971, reclaiming his spot as Bruins play-by-play announcer just in time to call the team’s 1972 Stanley Cup championship on WBZ. For the next few seasons, he also called play-by-play for Boston Braves minor league hockey when those games were carried by WBZ.

For 23 seasons, Wilson moved with the Bruins as their broadcasts shifted from WBZ to WITS (in 1978) to WPLM (in 1981) to WEEI (in 1990). Finally, in January 1995, when the NHL suspended hockey games and locked out its players, Wilson chose retirement from the booth rather than undertake the grind of a compressed and shortened season once the labor dispute was resolved.

Even in retirement, Bob couldn’t stay away from radio. He did some part-time DJ work spinning oldies at WZLD in Laconia, New Hampshire before hanging up his mic for good.