Dan Rea

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Dan Rea
OccupationTalk radio host
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Dan Rea
OccupationTalk radio host

Dan Rea is the conservative-leaning[1] host of "NightSide with Dan Rea" WBZ radio, following the death of Paul Sullivan.[2]


Education and background

A graduate of Boston Latin School, Boston State College (English major) and Boston University School of Law, Rea is a native Bostonian[3] who now lives in Newton, Massachusetts.


Prior to his current job on WBZ Radio, Dan Rea worked for 31 years on WBZ's sister station, WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston where he won two Regional Emmys and nine Regional Emmy Nominations.[3] He also had a small role in the movie Reversal of Fortune. His present radio career is a return to WBZ Radio since he was on air there while at Boston University School of Law in the 70s.[4] At that time, Rea was a conservative activist "...serving as national vice chairman of Young Americans for Freedom and opposing Richard Nixon’s re-election as president in 1972 on the grounds that he was too liberal."[5]


Rea spent many years trying to clear the name of John Salvati, a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder. Rea was able to find evidence that exonerated Mr. Salvati's name and he was released from prison. For his work on the case, " the Massachusetts Bar Association honored Rea with the First Annual Excellence in Journalism Award. The Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyers Association for his efforts in the Salvati case also honored Rea."[6]

In June 1988 Rea was presented with Boston University Law School's prestigious "Silver Shingle" award for outstanding public service. ."[7]


  1. ^ [1]
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  3. ^ a b WBZ Bio
  4. ^ Back at the mike, Rea has mixed emotions
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ Wrongful Conviction
  7. ^ Wrongful Conviction

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