The Boston Tea Party
As part of his audience participation parcel, on the morning of the 209th anniversary of
the Boston Tea Party, Charlie conducted a poll to find out what his listeners would throw
overboard in protest today. The top choices? President Reagan, the Boston Red Sox
management, sports announcer Howard Cosell, and Congress. Why Congress? Members
had just voted themselves a pay raise. (coverage: Paul Harvey News, ABC Radio Network)
As typical of his community involvement, Charlie helped promote “National Night Out,” a
crime prevention program, in association with the National Association of Town Watches.
(coverage: Providence Journal-Bulletin)
Graffiti Covered Rhode Island
Broadcasting was changing in the '80s, and the Journal-Bulletin Company decided to part
with it altogether. So Charlie took some new directions himself. He became Public Information
Director for the Rhode Island Division of the American Cancer Society.
Providence, Rhode Island
Another morning show beckoned. In 1982, for Charlie Warren it was
the Providence Journal-Bulletin's News/Talk WEAN-AM (now WSKO).
Charlie created the award-winning “Great American Sign-up,” with organizing help from
Public Information Chairman Carol Carson. People who vowed not to smoke signed the
sides of huge moving vans supplied by Paul Arpin Van Lines. Called “Graffiti Vans,” the
trucks toured the state during the American Cancer Society’s “Great American
Smokeout.” The mayor of Providence and Governor of Rhode Island were among the
hundreds of signers. Along with loads of press coverage, it received the National
GASPAR Award for Best New Promotion, from the American Cancer Society.
Charlie hosted weekend shows at Adult Contemporary WSNE-FM, then Adult
Contemporary/Talk WPRO-AM, one of the premier CapCities owned stations in the
While on WPRO, Charlie interviewed the great songwriter and entertainer Peter Allen,
who among his many successes wrote Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do), for the
soundtrack of the movie Arthur starring Dudley Moore. The song was a #1 hit record
for singer Christopher Cross in 1981.
One weekend in 1985 while on the air at WPRO the microphone was off and a record
was playing. The station’s General Manager popped into the studio to tell Charlie that
WPRO’s owner CapCities was buying a well-known radio station in Washington, DC. He
asked if Charlie would be interested? “Ahhhh………yes!” was Charlie’s somewhat
delayed, but emphatic answer. Six months later, Charlie was on his way to the nation’s
capital, Washington, DC.
Copyright Charlie Warren