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Big Chuck

AllOtsego People: Local radio legend announces retirement

AllOtsego People

Local radio legend announces retirement

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

‘Big Chuck’ D’Imperio, seen at a recent book signing, is retiring from local radio after more than 50 years.

After 32 years, local radio legend Chuck D’Imperio turned off the microphone on his WDOS morning show for the last time Tuesday, June 29.

The retiring radio host got his start in 1988 at what was then Hastings Broadcasting in Oneonta. The best offer owner Gordon Hastings had for D’Imperio was an unpaid position changing tape reels and monitoring the station during three-hour broadcasts for the Boston Pops.

D’Imperio said the time around the station early on was enough to further his radio interest.

Soon after, Hastings sold the broadcast company to Jan Laytham and paid opportunities for D’Imperio emerged. There was mutual respect between the two, and D’Imperio soon became the morning host on AM 730, WDOS.

Laytham coined D’Imperio’s radio name “Big Chuck.”

From Downtown Hotel, To Bunker And A Birth

From Downtown Hotel,

To Bunker And A Birth

…are just two of many offerings in this week’s Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal. In the first, entrepreneur Perry Ferraro and his partners are again discussing a hotel in downtown Cooperstown. Second, “Big Chuck”‘s daughter, nine months pregnant, was hurried to a bunker during the missile scare in Hawaii last week, but there’s a happy ending. Pick up the papers – there’s much more.
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DJ, Author Chuck D’Imperio Wins GOHS’ 20th Albert Morris Award

DJ, Author Chuck D’Imperio Wins

GOHS’ 20th Albert Morris Award

Chuck D'Imperio
Chuck D’Imperio

ONEONTA – The Greater Oneonta Historical Society today announced DJ and author Chuck D’Imperio will receive this year’s 2015 Albert E. Morris Award.

The award will be presented at a reception 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St.  The public is welcome.

D’Imperio is the 20th recipient of the award, named in honor of the city of Oneonta’s first mayor.  The honoree will be recognized for his promotion of local history in general and Oneonta history in particular.

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