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Remembering the Legendary Gary Owens

Remembering the Legendary Gary Owens

| February 16, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief


kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Blessed with an enduring ability to captivate a broad base demographic with droll, clever, sometimes-corny witticisms/puns that much sooner rather than later made you laugh, Gary Owens is being fondly remembered by those whose lives he touched by his character and one-of-a-kind classiness.

Not character voices that helped to shape, mold, and define this often-honored broadcaster who passedowensgary away in Los Angeles Friday (2/13) at the age of 80, but much more important personal qualities.

Even at the zenith of his popularity, Owens had an unrivaled flair to make anyone and everyone with whom he came in contact feel as though he or she were a genuinely important friend of his.

Dignity with which Owens carried himself make those having the privilege to work behind a microphone exude intense pride in saying they are in the same profession.

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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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