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Carter Alan

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Carter Alan is a disc jockey and radio announcer who has been working professionally in Boston since 1979. His work began at the student radio station at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by 19 years at Boston radio station WBCN. At WBCN, he was the music director as well as a DJ.[1] Alan is perhaps most famous for playing U2 before they were popular in the United States, helping them to "break" the market.[2]

In 1998, he moved to WZLX. As the assistant program director, Alan also hosts the midday show from 10 am to 2 pm, compiles the Rock 'n' Roll Diary, hosts Sunday Morning Blues every Sunday morning, and produced WZLX's first charity CD, From the Vaults.

He has also written four books: Outside Is America, The Road to Pop (both about the rock band U2), Life on the Road: The Adventures of Dinky Dawson and Radio Free Boston: The Rise And Fall Of WBCN.[3]


Alan lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.[4]


  1. Book review: “Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN’’ by Carter Alan
  2. Alan, Carter (2013). Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN. Northeastern. ISBN 1555537294. Search this book on
  3. Carter Alan on WBCN and the making of rock radio
  4. Carter Alan on WBCN and the making of rock radio

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