SEASON ONE, EPISODE THREE: “I Fought The Law”



In its first 60 days, The Channel had a run of winning shows featuring a schedule of first tier rock ‘n’ roll headliners including Levon Helm, Joe Cocker and Johnny Thunders. But booking national touring bands into The Channel wasn’t easy. Entrenched promoters didn’t want the competition. Local radio held an outsize influence on the success–or failure–of each show. Getting acts like The B-52’s and Gang of Four booked took a combination of balls and finesse…not to mention keeping in-house security under control at a time when Southie turf wars raged and cocaine was everywhere.

This is the third episode of the true and complete story of Boston’s legendary live music club, The Channel. As this 8-episode season continues, you’ll hear all about the club’s gritty beginnings, 1980s 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.

If you enjoyed Episode Three, please show your support by subscribing to “Boston Venue: The Channel Story” and leaving a review.

Music featured in this episode, “Lost in Loveland,” provided by Charlie Farren and Farrenheit. Contributing storytellers in this episode: Peter Booras, Phyllis Craine, Brad Mindich, Charlie Farren, Chachi LoPrete, and Carter Alan.

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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.


SEASON ONE, EPISODE TWO: “Opening Night”



Spring, 1980 on the desolate South Boston waterfront. Harry Booras and his partners have spent a long winter scrambling to get the doors to the club open. There’s a lot of money going out, and none coming in. Staff needs to be hired, bands need to be booked, and promotions need to be launched. At the same time, crooked cops and local tough guys start showing up looking for a piece of the action. These guys can smell money and fear.

This is the second chapter of the true and complete story of Boston’s legendary The Channel nightclub. As this 8-episode season continues, you’ll hear all about the club’s gritty beginnings, 1980s heyday, and the bitter end, when local mobsters leave the club in ruins…and leave one man dead, sparking a 25-year mystery.

If you enjoyed Episode Two, please show your support by subscribing to “Boston Venue: The Channel Story” and leaving a review.

Music featured in this episode provided by Major Disturbance. Contributing storytellers in this episode: Peter Booras, Steve Morse, Debbie Booras, Dawn Scaltreto.

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Get more of The Channel Story on our website, https://thechannelstory.com/.
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.


SEASON ONE, EPISODE ONE: “Channel One: The Beginning”



Boston, 1980. A hungry young entrepreneur named Harry Booras is ready to make the jump from a gig with an air-freight company into the nightclub business. Before long, he’s set to open the largest entertainment club in Boston…in a part of Boston most people avoided, in a venue notorious for failure. What could possibly go wrong?

This is the first chapter of the true and complete story of Boston’s legendary The Channel nightclub. Over the course of this 8-episode season, you’ll learn about the club’s gritty beginnings, long heyday throughout the 80s, and the bitter end, when local mobsters leave the club in ruins–and one man dead, leading to a 25-year mystery.

If you enjoyed Episode One, please show your support by subscribing to “Boston Venue: The Channel Story” and leaving a review.

Music featured in this episode: “Life Takes A Life” by Jon Butcher Axis. Contributing storytellers in this episode: Peter Booras, Peter Vernaglia, Jon Butcher.

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Get more of The Channel Story on our website, https://thechannelstory.com/.
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.


Music, Nightlife & Murder: A Sneak Peek at Boston Venue: The Channel Podcast



This upcoming podcast tells the true and complete story of Boston’s legendary Channel nightclub, from the gritty beginnings, through the glory days, and the bitter end, when Boston mobsters leave the club in ruins–and one man dead.