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The Plush, Yet Not Overly Ostentatious Norm Nathan Page
The Plush, Yet Not Overly Ostentatious Norm Nathan Page
By Steve Cichon
Trying to leave the world a little Sillier than I found it. That was Norm's motto, and his show certainly helped make that come true. Known as a jazz lover with a corn-ball sense of humor on Boston Radio from the 40s to the 90s, Norm's largest stage came in the mid 80's when he joined Boston's WBZ, a station that reaches over 68 states, 81 provinces, and 4 planets with it's 50,000 watt signal. He did the all-night talkshow on BZ weekends, but his show never had a real topic, and never touched on the "topics" that were the thrust of other shows. He always tried to "keep it light," with no politics or real social issues. Every call was taken with a smile on his face, and some of the best times were when he'd come on to octogenerian women or when a gullibile listener would be escorted down the road of Norm's imagination. He once convinced a listener, complaining about what kids are taught in school these days, that kids were being taught that a man named Sydney Goldfarb discovered America after rowing here from Europe in a kayak made out of paper mache. (Hear the call below!) He was also gracious. As someone who grew up in awe of him and his show, I once called the station, and asked if I could stop by. Not only did he say yes, but he put me on the air (on BZ?!?!!?) for a half hour. As a 16 year old kid, I was in heaven.

Norm Nathan in Images

Norm Nathan
Norm Nathan and his biggest fan... ME! On a visit to the WBZ studios, 1995
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The Norm Nathan Person
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Norm Smiles
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Norm, from a 1964 WHDH ad (image from manfrommars.com)
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Norm poses with a chicken
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Norm poses with a chicken again

Hear Norm Nathan!

Click Here for AudioDumb Birthday Game Song
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioNorm Nathan Show Open
WBZ 90s
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioNorm with Steven Wright
WBZ mid-90s.... Mocks Jordan Furniture
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioNorm for Jess Cain
WHDH July 17, 1963
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioGREAT Phone Call
America Discovered by Sydney Goldfarb
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioNorm with Jack Harte
Just Being Silly
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioThe Norm Nathan Public Toliets
WRKO 1982
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioSpring Peepers
Straight from Norm's Backyard
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioA Full Half Hour of NORM!
WBZ 1996
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioNorm plays jazz.
WRKO Feb 1982
mp3 Audio
Click Here for AudioTwo Norm "Commercials"
mp3 Audio

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Norm Nathan The Ultimate NORM NATHAN Collection!
ALL ON ONE CD... Over Twelve Hours of Norm Nathan Radio goodness from the mid-60s through the mid-90s... From stations WHDH, WRKO, and WBZ.
This mp3 CD is not for use with most portable CD players, and is probably best played for most people from their computers.
This collection is available for trade... or for $14.99.

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