Malcolm Alter


Malcolm was raised and educated in Boston, graduating from English High School and Emerson College where he majored in speech education and minored in broadcasting.

His love for jazz is what attracted him to radio, but found back in 1974 that there was no real demand for jazz disc jockeys. So, after his first job at WRYT in Boston (now WROL), where he was a staff announcer and producer, he spent his first years doing news at radio stations in the Metro Boston area including Lawrence, Quincy, Salem, Waltham.

He was in Natick at the defunct all news WGTR, when, after many times using the line borrowed from WINS, New York, ‘the news watch never stops’, it went to all satellite fed music. On that day, we finally announced…..’the news watch just stopped’, and then the music came on. He was one of the two staffers that stayed on part time, when he received a call from Metro Traffic Control to come in for an audition. He cashed in on the experience he gained driving a taxi in Boston as a student.

That’s when his career as a traffic reporter was born, September, 1982. He remembers hearing Kevin O’Keefe, the dean of Boston traffic reporters, but never expected to work along side him. He learned a lot from Kevin who was one of his mentors. During that time, Malcolm spent 15 years flying in the Metro Helicopter reporting traffic on several Boston radio stations, the bulk of it on WRKO, with a couple of years on WBZ. He came back down to earth in the fall of 1997 at which time he started his stint on WATD, and couldn’t be happier.

He loves working with Cathy Dee who gave him the nickname Captain Hubcap, and torments him about his horrible piano playing, especially on days when he’s having his lesson. These lessons started up a few short years ago after about a 35 year hiatus. He will be releasing a CD, shortly called Songs I Should Have Practiced Years Ago, and Still Haven’t Exactly Got It Right. Catchy! Trouble is, the title is too long to fit on the cover. He may have to shorten it a bit.