Beneath the Streets of Boston: The Story of the Nation’s First Subway System (12-Part Audio Feature)

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A train in the original Harvard station, 1912.


We’ve all ridden on the subway to Boston countless times. But, did you ever wonder how it first came to be?

In this 12-part audio feature we will examine the history of the Boston subway system with Doug Most, the former editor of The Boston Globe Magazine, and now a deputy Assistant Managing Editor at the Globe, and author of the book The Race Underground: Boston, New York and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway.

We’ll also tell the story of Charlie on the MTA.

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Dave Skill’s 12-part series “Beneath the Streets of Boston: The Story of the Nation’s First Subway System” air weekdays, Monday, January 4 – Tuesday, January 19 at 5:26 a.m., 9:11 a.m., and during the WATD Midday Report.


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About the Author

Dave Skill’s radio career began in the fall of 1964 when he arrived on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. Dave barely got his bags unpacked when he paid a visit to WCHC, the campus radio station. And, before he knew it, he was spending so much time as a disc jockey and news writer/reporter, it seemed like he was majoring in “radio” and minoring in academics at “The Cross”. As you might imagine, his grades reflected it! During his junior and senior years, he also worked weekends in news and as a disc jockey at WNEB, the CBS radio affiliate in Worcester at the time... Click here to read more about Dave