A longtime and iconic Boston radio host is retiring, after more than 40 years closing the night on MAGIC 106.7.
David Allan Boucher, the “Bedtime Magic” host who intentionally never showed his face to his fans, announced his retirement on his show Wednesday night. His departure ends the era of “the longest-running and most successful nighttime show in Boston radio history,” the station said on Facebook.
“He was the first voice on Magic when it was signed 40 years ago – and has been a mainstay of Magic 106.7 ever since,” the station wrote.
The station will celebrate its legacy with special programming and is asking fans to continue to send in suggestions.
“40 years is a long time and I feel very lucky to have been able to spend that time at a number position, a time slot, on a major radio station,” Boucher said in the post. “I am so grateful to the generations of friends who spend so many years with us every night. Without them… there would have been no show.
The announcement was met with congratulations from fans on social media – the Facebook post racked up over 400 comments in around 12 hours.
Many fans recalled being calmed by his voice and lamented the loss of a must-have radio show.
“My childhood and memories are complete hearing the jazzy bedtime voice that was truly magical on the night for all Bostonians and darling listeners,” Krista Marie wrote on Facebook. “Thank you so much David Allan Boucher for all these years being the coolest voice and I mean the coolest voice on radio that we looked forward to at the end of the busy day where we could just relax and finding peace in the songs that spoke to our hearts, and how you created that good mood all the time for your listeners, I appreciate you!
Some commentators also hinted at the retirement of another iconic radio host earlier this year. Matt Siegel, host of “Matty in the Morning” on KISS 108, was also on the air for more than 40 years until he announced his retirement just over a month ago.
“First morning Matty now David Allen Boucher?” How are we supposed to start and end our days now? Kathy O’Callaghan Piotte wrote.
Many listeners remembered listening to his show for most of their lives; it has been on the air since 1982.
“It’s the voice of my childhood (and I’m 40). I fell asleep in Magic every night. It absolutely won’t be the same without him,” Amy Balakin wrote. “Happy retirement, David!”
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