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February 7, 2007
Talk-show host DePetro returning to R.I. radio
Former Rhode Island radio talk show host John DePetro is returning to local airwaves.
DePetro has been hired by News Talk 630 WPRO and will broadcast weekdays from 9 to 11:45 a.m., the station announced today. He starts Feb. 14.
DePetro, a Rhode Island native who calls himself "The Independent Man," was a controversial talk radio host for WHJJ-AM in Rhode Island before leaving for Boston's WRKO-AM more than two years ago.
He was fired in November for remarks he made on the air about Grace Ross, a former candidate for governor in Massachusetts. Commenting on Ross' performance in a gubernatorial debate, DePetro referred to Ross as a "fat lesbian."
DePetro will take over a spot that had been filled since March by Dave Barber. Barber said yesterday that he was let go by the station Monday but not given a specific reason.
In a press release announcing DePetro's hiring, WPRO says DePetro "brings a unique blend of talk, humor, edge and news coverage to the WPRO lineup."
"John brings to WPRO a rock solid history of high ratings, provocative conversation, investigative reporting and a fast-paced and highly entertaining broadcast," program director Paul Giammarco said in the statement.
On his Web site, depetro.com, Depetro has been keeping up with recent developments in the influence peddling scandal case of former state Sen. John Celona. He also apparently hints of the hiring, writing, "I will have good news very soon." But as of about 12:40 p.m., he hadn't reported it on the site.
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