Paul Coss was born in 1934 and grew up in the ‘Golden Age’ of radio—listening to live serial dramas and music broadcasts from the living room radio set. As a child he worked in the record library at the AM station WHDH, fetching albums for the disc jockeys and even helping to write jokes. Coss’ broadcasting career began in earnest while he was in college at Holy Cross in Worcester; where he started working weekends at a local station. Coss later moved to WCOP in Boston, where he hosted a regular music show and eventually became the station’s program director. Over a long career in broadcasting, Coss has moved from radio to television and from coast to coast. He currently lives in Carmel, California.
During the late 1950s, Coss was drafted into the army and served as part of the Loudspeaker and Leaflet Company. He recounts his experiences broadcasting in Japan, where he had to walk the line between entertainment and propaganda.