'Doctor Metal,' Cianci selected for RI Radio Hall of Fame

Mike Gonsalves

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced its inductees for 2013.

They are Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr., John "Coach" Colletto, Bill Corsair, Mike Gonsalves, Fred Grady and Bob Sullivan.

Cianci, a former mayor of Providence, began his first full-time radio position at WHJJ in the 1980s. Today he hosts a show on WPRO.

Colletto joined "The Salty Brine Show" on WPRO in 1982. He was later heard on "The Score" WSKO-AM/FM.

Corsair was a fixture on WICE and was the original voice of Hasbro's talking G.I. Joe.

Gonsalves was known as "Doctor Metal" on WHJY-FM for 17 years. He was killed in The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick in 2003.

Grady played jazz on Pawtucket's WPAW in the 1950s. Later, he was an announcer for the Newport Jazz Festival. He died in 1987.

Sullivan served as news director and host on WADK in Newport for decades.

The Hall of Fame also announced that Barbara Smith will receive the Shepard Award for her contributions to local radio.

The inaugural Broadcaster of the Year award will be presented to "Cat Country" WCTK-FM.

The induction ceremony and banquet will be held May 9 at Twin River. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to celebrate the medium's history in the Ocean State.