Close friends pay tribute to Dick Wells on WTBQ


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Provided photo On the air from left, Leo Kaytes Sr., WTBQ Station Manager Taylor Sterling, Supervisor Michael Sweeton and Bill Iurato.




  • File photo Dick Wells




— WTBQ radio personality and former Las Vegas professional singer Dick Wells, who passed away in May 2015, was the longtime host of a Saturday morning music show, which also featured conversations with his friends and advertisers about their business, current events and sports.

And each year at this time, Wells hosted a Christmas music show, a tradition which WTBQ (AM 1110/FM 93.5) owner Frank Truatt and Station Manager Taylor Sterling have continued.

This year a special program during the usual time slot of the talk show, "Our Town," was aired on Friday, Dec. 22, and billed as a tribute to Wells.

It featured those same close friends who had appeared with him so often, namely Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Leo Kaytes Sr., CEO of Leo Kaytes Ford and Bill Iurato, owner of Peck's Wines and Spirits.

"We gave this one," said Sterling, "to the three men who were best friends with Dick for all those years and who had a special relationship with him. The conversation was a mix of talking about that relationship and their own memories of the past 30 to 40 years."

A highlight of the show was when Iurato, remembering a tradition he and Wells began longer ago than he could remember, dramatically recited the full text of the famous poem by Clement Moore, "A Visit from St. Nicholas,"more commonly known as 'Twas the night before Christmas.

"I walked into the studio, maybe 10 or 15 years ago," said Iurato, "and suggested we read the poem during the Christmas show. He agreed and we did that every year."

- Roger Gavan



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

The news for Halloween in Warwick
Halloween curfew and road closuresWARWICK — The Town of Warwick will once again impose a...
Read more »
Image

WVSD successfully completes ‘very successful’ audit
By Abby Wolf
— Nugent and Haeussler, an independent auditing firm engaged by the Warwick Valley School District, disclosed...

Read more »

Albert Wisner Public Library hosts documentary exhibition 'Hadza: The Roots of Equality'
— On Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., the Albert Wisner Public Library will host the opening reception of a multimedia exhibition...
Read more »
Image

Halloween curfew and road closures
WARWICK — The Town of Warwick will once again impose a Halloween curfew against congregating and loitering by those 18 years of age...
Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Local News
Halloween curfew and road closures
  • Oct 18, 2018
Local News
The news for Halloween in Warwick
  • Oct 18, 2018
Local News
Applefest 2018 draws huge crowds
  • Oct 17, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Warwick, NY