By Noah R. Bombard
WCRN radio talk show host Peter Blute announced this morning that today’s show was his last with the station.
Host of the Peter Blute Show, which airs on WCRN 830 AM weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m., Blute says he’s moving on to “explore new opportunities.” Blute says he doesn’t want to specify yet what those opportunities may be, but tells Worcester Wired they could include some other business or media opportunities and didn’t rule out getting back into politics “in some capacity, perhaps.”
Blute previously served as a Republican member of the U.S. Congress representing the Massachusetts 3rd district and then went on to be director of the Massachusetts Port Authority before turning his career to radio host. In 2006, Boston Magazine named the Blute family as number 10 in the top 50 families that run Boston.
“To know him is just to like him,” WCRN Program Director Hank Stolz says. “You meet him and he’s just one of those guys you immediately want to have a drink with.”
But aside from the larger-than-life personality listeners hear on the air, Stolz says one of the things that impressed him with Blute as they’ve worked together over the past several years is Blute’s passion for working with young people – particularly those who came to the station to work as interns.
“We had a few kids come here who really didn’t know what they wanted to do and didn’t have much direction and those kids are in college now and they stay in touch with Peter,” Stolz says. “That’s the real Peter Blute to me.”
Stolz says Blute informed the station of his decision to move on about a month ago and has been worked to make the transition seamless.
Beginning Tuesday morning, Stolz will be taking over the morning slot held by Blute as well as continuing his afternoon show through the summer. With Stolz hosing Wake Up Worcester from 5 to 6 a.m. and then the news from 6 to 9 a.m. in addition to his afternoon program, listeners will be getting a lot more Stolz this summer.
Blutte beat out Democrat and current Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. to win the seat representing the Massachusetts 3rd district in 1992. He then lost to Democrat James McGovern in 1996. From 1997 to 1998 he served as executive director of the Massachusetts Port Authority. That was until the infamous “booze cruise.” Blute resigned after the Boston Herald published photos of Blute hosting a workday boat party in Boston Harbor in which a woman exposed her breasts to a Herald photographer. Then-Gov. Paul Cellucci and Lt. Gov. Jane Swift praised Blute for the work he’d done at MassPort, but said the incident was too damaging for him to continue to serve as the head of the organization.