Sam Kopper

The following is adapted from original material and from articles in the Patriot-Ledger, Wikipedia, and the Website of the Music Museum of New England.

In 1968 Sam Kopper arrived back in Boston after graduating from Syracuse University, taking a sales job at WBCN. WBCN was a cultural icon in Boston for nearly two decades and is credited with both spurring the city’s student protest movement and helping launch the careers of bands like U2. “Selling [time on ‘BCN] was not hard,” he once told an interviewer. “[The station] was coming out of every window in Back Bay, so places like head shops and record stores totally got it.”