1. The Wonderful World of Music (2:40)
2. Windows on the Square (2:12)
3. It's Easy (2:28)
4. Boutonierre (2:09)
5. The Good Doctor (2:16)
6. News Room (2:32)
7. The Man in the Blue Blazer (1:46)
8. Park Square (1:35)
9. On the Air! (1:38)
10. Nightwatch (2:13)
11. Account Exec's (2:16)
12. The Irishman (2:08)
Imagine if you could take the hustle and bustle of a popular AM radio station, the daily comings and goings of air staff, reporters, and salespeople, and somehow turn it into audio. That's exactly what W-EZE program director Robert R. Way had in mind when he composed these instrumentals in 1965 as a gift to the station's advertisers.
Way's name pops up online from time to time. After leaving W-EZE, the Georgia native worked full-time creating advertising jingles. In 1975 he left music and spent 20 years practicing clinical psychology. After retiring, he got back to his love of music and assembled the Robert Way Orchestra and Chorus, which continues to produce CDs of Way's original compositions and traditional American music.
This album appears at a crossroads in W-EZE's history. In the early 1960s, the station followed the "beautiful music" format, mixed with live news updates from their glass-walled studio in Park Square, Boston. Because the inner workings of the station could be seen by people passing by, all station staff wore signature blue blazers embellished with the station's logo and a fresh boutonierre.
As music migrated to the newly popular FM dial, W-EZE upped the news content and eventually became one of America's first all-talk stations, although music persisted in the overnight hours until the early 1970s.
Way's compositions are bright and jazzy, reflecting the energy not only within the station but around it on the streets of Boston. You'll hear the horns honking in afternoon traffic in "Park Square," the ceaseless chatter of the tickertape in "News Room," and the lonely tolling of the Copley Square church bells in "Nightwatch."
Two compositions, "The Good Doctor" and "The Irishman," are reserved for Music Director Dr. Louis Goldberg and station President Arthur Haley.
Way had access to a good-sized orchestra, judging by the complexity of the arrangements. It's a considerable investment of time and resources for an album that would have had a small run.
If you enjoy Way's music, you'll find his recent releases on CDBaby.