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Memories of Joe Somerset

| September 3, 2013

By Curt Hahn

 

hahnwriterPUERTA VALLARTA — My friend and mentor Joe Somerset passed away Thursday night due to complications following a fall Sunday night at home.

It was 1958 when Joe and I met.  I was a Brown sophomore, he was the program guy at WPRO radio, which had just been purchased by a new company out of Albany, New York — Capital Cities Television.  Joe had joined the company in its infancy and brought his radio knowledge to this young TV-oriented company.

WPRO took the Providence market by storm with its top 40 format.  I worked weekends, overnights, snow days and holidays.  Rarely did I hear from Joe, unless I’d done something remarkably stupid.  He was certainly the most non-directive program director I ever worked for.  The instructions were simple: follow the format!

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