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, says The Providence Journal.
*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.