104.9 FM radio host Hank Morse on podcast with Bob Lobel, Mike Lynch

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard the voice of Medford-native Hank Morse on local radio, but that doesn’t mean he’s done talking — not by a long shot.

Morse, 56, a former host of the now-sold North Shore FM radio station 104.9, dove into the world of podcasting, co-hosting shows with former Boston TV sportscasters Bob Lobel and Mike Lynch.

Morse also recently appeared in local Medford sports circles, but he still took the time to answer some questions posed by the Transcript & Journal and Wicked Local about his Medford debut and what lies ahead.

A longtime Boston radio personality, Hank Morse still resides in his hometown of Medford, where he played sports regularly growing up in the 1970s and early 1980s. He graduated from Medford High School in 1984 .

What are your earliest memories growing up in Medford?

I lived in South Medford until I was 8 years old and constantly played street hockey and whiffle ball. We then moved to North Medford, where I played hockey, baseball and basketball. I was in the Park League every day during the summer months in Carr Park, and we played baseball, basketball, football, and street hockey in all the other city parks.

Tell us about your athletic affiliations and background at Medford, and how your involvement in Medford sports has helped you in life?

I played in the North Medford Little League, Medford Rec hockey, and St. Francis CYO basketball. I played baseball at Medford High School, basically carrying the batting bag for the undefeated 1983 team. I was a GBL all-star in 1984, my senior year. I was an outfielder on this team.

Sport at Medford taught you how to be a teammate. I looked up to the older guys like Dennis and Michael Todisco, who were great with the younger Medford Senior Babe Ruth team. They made you feel like part of the team. They never picked young players. They helped us improve and showed us how to act on and off the pitch. Craig Martorana and Chuck Veneziano were also guys I looked up to. They were great athletes, and even better people.

You’ve recently hosted events in Medford, like the tributes to Brian “Branny” Branson and Jimmy Martorana, what’s it like to be a part of those events?

I am so proud to have grown up in Medford. Mustangs were a powerhouse when I grew up. These guys were both good friends. Branny was my age, so we had a bond since middle school and were on a lot of teams together. Jimmy was six years younger, but he was a neighbor I knew well. They were good guys, who did so much for Medford in sport and beyond. I was honored to be able to contribute a little to honor their memory. It was horrible to lose them at such a young age. Branny was 55 and Jimmy 48.

It’s pretty cool to be considered the Voice of the North Shore, your list of interviews and gigs before the North Shore work are also super impressive, and that said, what is the radio brought to you over the years?

The radio gave me everything I had, but the most important thing it did was allow me to meet wonderful people, and not just famous people either. People you never hear from, but who are doing so many amazing things like helping charities, community causes and fundraisers.

I’ve always loved the immediacy of radio and being able to talk about important things early in the morning to help start people’s day. In addition to telling them about news, weather, sports and events of interest, I loved being able to talk about grassroots community events, things that didn’t make the headlines, but were so important. . When you can help a small group do important charity work, that means everything.

I learned from the best: Loren and Wally, Mike Barnicle, Dan Shaughnessy and Matt Siegel. They were big personalities, but I can’t count how many times they all did things quietly, without fanfare or publicity, because it was the right thing to do, and they could.

Loren and Wally are two of the best human beings I have ever met in my life. They have no ego. They are the most talented people I know, and both have huge, incredibly generous and caring hearts. They are gems.

Mike Barnicle too. He has been great with me and my family, professionally and personally. He’s like the Godfather of Boston. He takes care of EVERYONE. Whatever you need, Mike helps, no questions asked. And he’s the kind of guy who never asks anyone for anything. He’s a national media figure, but still the same guy who grew up in Fitchburg. He doesn’t care if you’re a plumber, doctor, CEO or janitor. He treats everyone the same. You can’t say that about a lot of people.

I had the chance to form beautiful lifelong friendships thanks to the radio. George Grey, owner of Lexington Toyota, is one of them. He started out as a customer on 96.9, and became a close friend. He’s another guy who’s had a lot of personal and business success, but the most important things in his life are his family, his friends and helping people who need it.

The greatest thing about a career in media has been meeting people who want to help others and make the world a better place. It sounds corny, but it’s true.

What are your next career steps?

I work in podcasting, co-hosting with Bob Lobel and Mike Lynch. I am also getting more involved in the creation and production of podcasts. Podcasting is exploding and growing. I like stories and tales. I think it’s one of the few things I’m good at. I love helping people tell their stories in podcast form, whether it’s their personal stories, career, business, or something they’re involved in.

The personal connection with podcasts is what really drives the industry. People agree to listen to them. It’s a great way for people to not only have fun, but also learn so many different things. If you have a family, love the Bruins, read mystery novels, play bocce, or have diabetes, you can find podcasts about all of them. This is something the podcast does better than most media.

Morse files

Name: Hank Morse

Age: 56

Current Residence: Medford

Family: wife Pam; daughter Abbey and son-in-law John Hanley, grandsons Harv, 4, and Ford, 3 months; his daughter Charlotte, a special education teacher in Washington, D.C.

Elementary School: Kennedy, Davenport, Roberts Jr. High

High School :: Medford High School, 1984

College: Boston University, 3.5, never graduated

Professional career highlights: 21 years on the Loren and Wally Show as a reporter/traffic personality; 13 years on 96.9 FM Talk as a news anchor; co-host of the Mike Barnicle Show (seven); 13 years at Kiss 108/WXKS-AM 1430; afternoon traffic host on the Dale Dorman Show; filler news and traffic anchor on the Matty’s in the morning show; 18 months at North Shore 104.9 as morning show host; founder, co-host of “UnAnchored Boston” podcast with Bob Lobel and Mike Lynch; and interviewed Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Larry Bird, Ted Kennedy, John McCain, Donald Trump and Kiefer Sutherland.

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