Hall of Fame: 2012

Joe Green

A pioneer in the field of live traffic reports from a helicopter. Joe was both pilot and reporter for WBZ beginning in the early 1960s. Joe’s familiar voice on WBZ from the "Green Machine" high above Greater Boston guided commuters back and forth to and from work for over 30 years.

(1930–2006): A pioneer in the field of live traffic reports from a helicopter. Joe was both pilot and reporter for WBZ beginning in the early 1960s. Joe’s familiar voice on WBZ from the "Green Machine" high above Greater Boston guided commuters back and forth to and from work for over 30 years. Originally a Boston police officer, his heroism saved lives on several occasions  In 1976 Joe was asked by the United States Coast Guard to help rescue a man stranded on a rock amid swirling rapids in the Merrimack River. He brought his helicopter upstream against the wind, brought it up against the rock, pushed open the door, the man clung to his float and then climbed in. Green was given a special commendation by the Coast Guard as well as President Ford for the rescue.




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