Cianci to be inducted into the R.I. radio hall


The former mayor of Providence, Buddy Cianci, is being inducted into Rhode Island’s Radio Hall of Fame. The talk show host for WPRO-AM told the station he got his start in radio when he was 7 or 8 as part of WJAR’s ‘‘kiddie review.’’ He started working full time for WHJJ-AM in the 1980s. Other inductees include Bill Corsair, who had a top-rated show on WICE-AM in the 1960s and 1970s and was the original voice of Hasbro’s talking G.I. Joe; and Mike Gonsalves, who was known as ‘‘Doctor Metal’’ for his heavy metal radio show at WHJY-FM. Gonsalves died in the Station nightclub fire in 2003. The official induction banquet is May 9 at Twin River in Lincoln.

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