Billy Costa

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Billy Costa
Born William Costa
December 24, 1951 (1951-12-24) (age 65)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Alma mater Emerson College
Known for radio and television host

Billy Costa is an American radio and television host in the Boston area.

Early life[edit]

Costa grew up in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.[1][2] He attended Merrimack College in Massachusetts on a hockey scholarship, majoring in English.

After transferring to Emerson College in Boston, he found a job as a disc jockey at a local nightclub. He later joined the Emerson radio station, WERS, as a DJ.

After graduating from Emerson with a degree in English,[2] Costa worked at a few other radio stations, including WBOS, before contacting WXKS-FM "Kiss 108" in 1980 for a lifestyle/entertainment news show he proposed.[3]

Radio and TV[edit]

Costa told Kiss 108 about a lifestyle/entertainment segment he could host. This evolved into his Top 30 Countdown which is broadcast every Saturday morning and Sunday evening. Costa co-hosts Matty in the Morning on weekday mornings. Costa also hosts TV Diner, a restaurant review show on NECN.[4][5] As of September 2013, the TV Diner show has been cancelled by NECN and new episodes will no longer be created.[6]

In 2011, Costa started hosting WGBH-TV's show, High School Quiz Show.[7]


Costa has received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Evening Magazine and has received a Children's Television Award for Rap Around, his kids' talk show.[3][5]


  1. ^ Black, Jane, "In the Line of Fire" Archived June 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., Boston magazine, May 2006.
  2. ^ a b Bio: Billy Costa", High School Quiz Show website, WGBH-TV.
  3. ^ a b About Billy Costa - official website subpage
  4. ^ TV Diner show Archived November 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. - NECN website
  5. ^ a b "Bio: Billy Costa" Archived November 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., Official NECN bio
  6. ^ [1] - website
  7. ^ High School Quiz Show, WGBH-TV website