Bob Bittner, owner and operator of several AM radio stations in New England, has passed away at the age of 73. Bittner’s legacy is closely associated with WJIB-AM 740 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which serves the Boston area. He also owned and operated WBAS-AM 1240 in West Yarmouth, WLVP-AM 870 in Gorham, WJTP-AM 730 in Bath, and WLAM-AM 1470 in Lewiston.
Bittner was known for his commitment to providing music on AM radio, even in the age of FM dominance. His stations attracted a dedicated following, and he relied on listener contributions to keep them commercial-free. Bittner’s passion for the music played on his stations and his refusal to stream or run commercials made him a unique figure in the industry. He is remembered as a beloved broadcaster who will be missed by his devoted audience. Bittner is survived by his wife, Raisa.