Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Providence: WPRO Radio Pro Larry Kruger Passes

Larry Kruger, who was the sidekick for 15 years to Rhode Island’s most popular radio personality, Salty Brine, has died, reported Wednesday.

Kruger reported on traffic for the TV station in the 1990s, after Brine retired in 1993 and he spent a two-year stint co-hosting 630 AM WPRO’s morning drive-time show with John “Coach” Colletto. He also worked for Rhode Island oldies station B101 and many other radio stations in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

But it was being teamed with Brine, starting in 1978, that made “Ice Cold” Larry Kruger a Rhode Island household name.

Brine retired in 1993, when WPRO was sold, ending a 50-year run with the station. Kruger and Colletto, who had been the show’s sportscaster, teamed for two years after that, but the team “never seemed to hit stride,” the Journal reported, and the station dropped Kruger in 1995.

Brine died in 2004. Kruger was inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame in May.
WPRO reported that Kruger was 66 and died of “health complications.” The radio station said that visiting hours and a service would be held on Saturday.

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