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Chris DiPaola – the hub of our community

Updated: Oct 24

Greater Westerly has lost a champion for all that is Westerly

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Chris DiPaola, owner of our beloved local radio station WBLQ.


Chris was the hub of this community, and he leaves a void that can never be filled quite the way Chris filled it. He loved Westerly and was a champion for its benevolent organizations, non-profits, and the institutions that make Westerly great. Chris created WBLQ to serve as one of those institutions.


No event was too small for Chris to support as long as it served the community well. Chris was always there to help the Olean Center promote its events or spread the word about important news. He never said no.


Chris was more than supportive, more than outgoing, more than upbeat, more than a ray of sunshine – he was creative, compassionate, dedicated, and above all – the essence of community.


We send our sincere condolences to Chris’s family and his many, many close friends.



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