Oedipus (real name Edward Hyson) is an American radio personality. Oedipus’s radio career began in 1975 as a D.J. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s college station WTBS (today WMBR). He gained notoriety by starting the first Punk rock radio show in America, introducing Punk and New Wave to Boston and to the country.
In 1977, Oedipus convinced WBCN to hire him as an announcer to bring his cutting edge sounds to the airwaves. In 1981 he was named Program Director, a position he held until he left in 2004. Under his tutelage, the station was recognized as an industry leader in breaking new music and received countless awards for its successes. Multiple Billboard, FMQB, and Gavin Report award recipient for best Program Director of the Year, Oedipus hosted the acclaimed “Nocturnal Emissions” program for over 25 years, playing new tracks every Sunday night.
Oedipus has his own foundation, The Oedipus Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors of The Technology Broadcasting Corporation of MIT, Stop Handgun Violence and an original member of the Board of Directors for Mobius (an artist-run center for experimental work in all media). He is a member of the Board of Mentors for Community Servings, an organization that feeds Boston-based families with acute life-threatening illnesses, the board of advisors for the Boston Music Awards and a former member of the Board of Overseers for the Huntington Theatre Company.
Oedipus hosted a Christmas Eve show annually on WBCN. Since WBCN's demise he has kept that tradition alive since by presenting his Christmas Eve show on WFNX from 2009-2012, then after WFNX's demise on RadioBDC, The Boston Globe's internet radio station in 2013 and 2014 before moving to WGBH in 2015. On Saturday 5 October 2013 RadioBDC posted on their Facebook page that Oedipus would be hosting "The Oedipus Project" on Saturday mornings from 10AM local to noon.
Oedipus hosts a website called "The Oedipus Project." The site features new music nearly every day, as well as information and insight on the music industry. It can be found at Oedipus1
- Milano, Brett (2007), The Sound of Our Town (a History of Boston Rock & Roll), “Oedipus, College Radio, and WBCN: We Want the Airwaves”
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