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WILI NEWSCASTER JOE TASCA
 
 
Joe Tasca has worked for many radio stations over the years, but Mike Morrissette convinced him to abandon them all and come to WILI. 

Born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, Joe spends his summers playing golf, enjoying the beauty of Misquamicut Beach, and wining and dining girls who are easily awed by the mere presence of a radio personality.  During the winter months, he can usually be found taking in a hockey game somewhere in Canada because New England is not nearly cold enough in mid-February.  In the spring, he spends much of his time in local botanical gardens tiptoeing through the tulips, while autumn is a time to frolic with his golden retrievers through piles of his neighbors’ leaves. 

When he’s not doing newscasts on WILI, Tasca works for our sister stations in Norwich, 97.7 WCTY and 1310 WICH.  He also does an oldies show every Saturday on a local station out of Westerly – 1230 WBLQ-AM (http://www.wblq.net). The program is similar to John Tuite’s Vinyl Frontier, featuring a lot of album cuts and "B” sides.
 
Joe Tasca isn't always serious about life--here he dyes his hair (and adds some) for a Philadelphia Flyers NHL game!
 
Some of Joe's best friends are mascots
 
Joe flexes his muscles alongside the St. Lawrence River in Rimouski, Quebec
 
Joe straddles a cannon in Quebec City
 
14/WILI had 14 questions for Joe--
 

1. Place of birth (city/state/country):
 
Westerly, Rhode Island

2. Three things you could, but would rather not, live without:

A computer, books, and meat. I could easily ditch the cell phone, too.

3. Oft used phrase or favorite quote:

The unexamined life is not worth living.

4. Cartoon, fictional, or real life character you would most like hang out with and why:

On the cartoon side, Jessica Rabbit for obvious reasons. In reality, Paul McCartney because he’s lived an incredible life.

5. Most shockingly awful or worst tasting thing you’ve ever eaten:

Does alcohol count? If not, definitely cantaloupe.

6. What did you want to grow up to be?

A broadcaster.

7. On a scale of 1-10, how well do you sing?

I’d give myself a 4… in the shower.

8. Do you push the elevator button more than once?

No. Do people really do that?

9. Do you have a favorite sound? If so, what is it?

Dog bark. It’s a constant reminder of loyalty and friendship.

10. Favorite comfort food or guilty pleasure?

Chicken and dumplings

11. What’s the story behind a time when you got locked out?

I locked my keys and cell phone inside my car while travelling through Rimouski, Quebec in 2007. It’s a French-speaking city, and my friend and I had to find a way to communicate with wait staff at a local restaurant so we could contact AAA (or CAA, in this case). We had to be at a hockey game in an hour, so I was panicked. I was so grateful when the serviceman arrived to open the car. He didn’t speak English, but he offered up a nice smile and a heartfelt "Merci” after I gave him a ten dollar tip.

12. If you had to change your first and last name, what would you change them to?

Something French. Maybe Jean-Philippe Lefebvre. There aren’t enough newsmen with hyphenated names.

13. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

You did good, kid.
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