SEASON ONE, EPISODE FOUR: “Lawyers, Guns and Money”

The Channel finds itself in the midst of a decade of profound change in Boston. Live music was a major part of that cultural shift. In the halls and streets of power, long-entrenched attitudes and traditions are being challenged by new players with new, sometimes radical ideas. The Channel was a part of those changes, engendering diversity while dealing with music industry bigwigs, rebellious bouncers, and ambitious mob capos…

This is the fourth episode of the true and complete story of Boston’s legendary live music club, The Channel. As this 10-episode season continues, you’ll hear all about the club’s gritty beginnings, ’80s live music heyday, and the bitter end, when local mobsters leave the club in ruins…and leave one man dead, sparking a 25-year mystery.

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Conceived and created by Harry Booras. Executive Producer, David Ginsburg. Produced by Chachi LoPrete. Written by Christopher O’Keeffe. Contributing writers: Harry Booras and David Ginsburg. Recording engineer: Tory Van Lam. Audio production by Tony Baglio and Dan Thibeault. Narrated by John Laurenti.