WBUR Staff

Eli Polonsky

Overnight announcer, operator, WBUR

Eli Polonsky is the overnight local announcer during WBUR programming late Thursday and Friday nights into early Friday and Saturday mornings.

Eli’s radio career unofficially began in eighth grade on a very low power homemade “station” that his friends could hear in the immediate area around his family home in Newtonville. A few years later, Eli hosted a weekly program at Newton North High School’s internal station while a student there.

Eli began on the public airwaves at MIT’s college and community radio station WMBR in 1982, first as a morning news announcer, and then as one of the weekly hosts of their 1960s/’70s music program “Lost and Found”. Eli presently continues to host the show weekly after more than thirty years, and has served as Program Director and Promotions Director of WMBR at different times.

Some other stops in Eli’s radio career have ranged in diversity from playing rock’n’roll “oldies” on the legendary WMEX in Boston during its last years, to playing folk music on the UMass Boston public radio station WUMB.

Eli joined the part-time staff at WBUR in July 1999, and is proud to be part of Boston’s NPR News Station.

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