Buddy Cianci was always quite a fan of Newport, we remember him fondly today upon the news of his passing.

I had the chance to spend time with him during a live broadcast of The Buddy Cianci Show on News Talk 630 & 99.7 FM WPRO at the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival a few years back, he went on and on about his love for Newport on-air and off-air.

Here Buddy is hosting a show on WADK 1540AM (when it was above Brick Alley Pub) during his first term as Mayor in the 1970’s.

I took to the airwaves today on 1540 AM WADK Newport to talk about Buddy and his impact on Rhode Island, Providence and his love for Newport, RI.

I was joined today by Bonnie Gomes, President of 3G Broadcasting, who worked with Buddy when she was in radio up in Providence.

Mark Curtis, a former co-worker at ABC6 for 6 years and friend of Buddy, then called in and shared some really touching stories of Cianci.

Frank Prosnitz, a former reporter for the Providence Journal and Providence Business News, then joined me to share his memories of covering the former Mayor of Providence.

Phone calls from listeners, tributes from WPRI and much more made up the rest of the show.

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.