To the editor:

For the past 22 years I have had the privilege of presenting music to the people of the North Shore and Cape Ann on radio station Northshore 104.9/WBOQ-FM.

This week I was informed that due to changes in the radio industry and in the direction of the station, my daily midday program was being cancelled — effective immediately.

Of course I am extremely sad and, frankly, quite lost at this point. It's hard to believe that after announcing three different formats at the same station over the years (first classical, then jazz, then oldies), that I will no longer be on the airwaves. I started at the station in 1988 when Gloucester legend Simon Geller sold WVCA to WBOQ, which subsequently turned it into a commercial enterprise. So it's been a long and wonderful musical journey for me, going from announcing Beethoven symphonies to The Beach Boys all under one roof.

Because my departure was so sudden (it's the nature of the business), I didn't get to say goodbye to my loyal listeners. As so many people have experienced in the current economy, layoffs are often abrupt, and sadly, you don't get the chance to say goodbye.

The strong suit of my radio career, I believe, has been my personal connection with the listeners and genuinely caring about every person who tuned in to my programs. So it's important to me now that I have the opportunity to say thank-you — and goodbye.

I am hoping that many listeners will read my heartfelt words here and will accept my deepest gratitude for listening faithfully to my broadcasts all these years. Whether it was the classical music or the jazz or the oldies, I've enjoyed listening to the music right along with you!

Thank you for letting me be a part of your day, and thank you for letting me share the music with you.

Jacky Ankeles


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