Bob Fish, the CEO at PBS WSBE-TV in Providence, as well as the President of the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association, has lost a battle with cancer. According to a report from NBC 10 WJAR-TV, Michael Isaacs, chairman of the Rhode Island Public Telecommunication Authority Board stated, “Our sincere and deep condolences go out to Bob’s family in their time of grief. This was not only their loss, but a loss for Rhode Island PBS, and the entire local broadcasting community.” Fish had been at WSBE since 2005.
According to an obituary placed in the Providence Journal by the Quinn Funeral Home, Fish was 65 and died July 9th at his home in Snug Harbor, RI.
He started his legendary radio career in 1968 at WPRO AM & FM Providence. He then managed WRKO-AM in Boston, owned WHJJ-AM & WHJY-FM in Providence RI as well as WAKY-AM and WVEZ-FM in Louisville KY. He was President of G&C Broadcasting, which owned and operated KUPD-AM & KUKQ-FM in Phoenix, AZ. In recent years he had returned to Rhode Island to head the public broadcasting station.
A funeral mass is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13th at St Francis of Assisi Church in Wakefield, RI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made online to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org or by calling 877-272-6226.