Thursday, March 28, 2013

Report: R.I. Radio Hall of Fame To Induct Six

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that six radio personalities will be inducted in a ceremony in May that will also be a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.

According to Thomas Morgan at The Providence Journal, they are:
  • Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr., former mayor of providence, whose radio career began during his first term in the 1970s.
  • John "Coach" Colletto, who began his radio career as a disk jockey and newscaster at WARA-AM, Attleboro.
  • Bill Corsair. A Rhode Island native, he has multiple Rhode Island radio credits in the '60s and early '70's. He was the original voice of Hasbro's G.I. Joe.
  • Mike Gonsalves - Known as "Doctor Metal," Gonsalves was a staff DJ on WHJY-FM for 17 years. He died the West Warwick Station nightclub fire of 2003.
  • Fred Grady. Grady began his career in the 1950's on WPAW. He became a fixture as an announcer for the Newport Jazz Festival. He died in 1987.
  • Bob Sullivan, news director of WADK and for more than 30 years was the host of "The Open Forum." He died in 2007.

 Tickets and further information may be found at (401) 258-7423.

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