Bio - Ron Della Chiesa
I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of the Easy 99.1 family for the past 17 years hosting “Strictly Sinatra” heard Sunday from 7 to midnight. I attended the Boston University School of Communications and graduated in 1959. My first radio job was at WBOS, at that time and ethnic radio station, hosting such diverse programs as “The Italian Melody Hour,” “The Irish Hour,” “The Boston Greek Hour,” and “The Polish Variety Hour.” In 1960, I became program director at WBCN, at that time an all classical radio station in Boston’s Back Bay. In 1967, I began my long career at WGBH as both a radio and television personality. For the past 19 years, I’ve been the voice of the Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts from both Symphony Hall and also from the summer home of the orchestra at Tanglewood. My life long love affair with opera, classical music, and jazz began at an early age when I began attending concerts at Symphony Hall, listening to the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and attending the first Jazz Festival in Newport Rhode Island. I’m currently working on my book about my life in radio and the many fascinating artists from the world of opera, classical music, jazz, movies, pop music, and film that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.
Now some more details
Born and Raised?
Quincy Ma. “The City of Presidents”
Favorite thing about working at Today’s Easy 99.1?
The freedom to play the best music this country has given the world over the past 60 years by our greatest songwriters, singers, jazz musicians, and film composers.
Favorite place to have fun and unwind in and around Boston?
The North End…Great restaurants, and big Sinatra fans!
Anything my wife Joyce makes.
Beverage of Choice?
Vintage Italian Wine, and Sam Adams
Favorite TV show or shows?
Everything on Turner Classic Movies, “Mad Men”
Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, and the Metropolitan Orchestra.
Ideal Vacation Spot:
Italy and the Bahamas.
My favorite hobbies?
Fall in New England
Most Memorable Broadcast Moment?
Hosting the live July 4th broadcasting on the Esplanade.
If I wasn’t in radio I would be?
A conductor or a Hollywood actor.