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DePetro was raised in Edgewood, Rhode Island, the youngest of seven children to Thomas and Virginia DePetro. With seven children in the house, the DePetro household was always bustling with a combination of comedy and debate. The DePetro children were encouraged to be competitive in both academics and athletics. At a young age DePetro was a competitive basketball and baseball player. Remembered by childhood friend Mayor Steve Laffey, "John DePetro was one of the fastest players I had seen in Edgewood sports. In baseball he could steal at will. In basketball he could race down the court making easy layups. I had never seen anyone so competitive at such a young age."
Attending St. Paul School, DePetro was an honor student who also showed an early interest in comedy and broadcasting. In the sixth grade he interviewed Rhode Island radio icon Salty Brine. DePetro told Brine he aspired to also be on the radio someday. Brine laughed and told him he sounded perfect for the business. DePetro then proudly played the interview for the students of Miss Gannon's class at Show and Tell on a new tape recorder that he had received for Christmas. As president of the eighth grade class, DePetro told of his desire to host a talkshow on the radio and TV. While classmates listed pro-hockey player and astronaut as desired professions in the class yearbook, DePetro listed "To talk on the radio". DePetro attended Bishop Hendricken High School where he developed a reputation as a confidant comedian. While a freshman at Hendricken he volunteered at WBRU, the Brown University station, in Rhode Island. By his senior year Bishop Hendricken began to give credits for work at WBRU.
After high school DePetro stayed in Rhode Island where he majored in Communications at Rhode Island College. He quickly made an impact on the campus radio station, WXIN, first becoming the music director, followed by Program Director and finally, General Manager. He parlayed his position into an internship at KROQ in Los Angeles.
From 1990 to 1998, he worked for ABC Radio in New York City. DePetro was torn between his desire to be on-air or broadcast management. In 1998 DePetro left New York City to be the full time host of the John DePetro Show on 920 WHJJ in Providence. He has been listed on the “Heavy One Hundred”, a list of the 100 most important radio talk-show hosts in America. In Providence, DePetro had a six-year run on WHJJ where he commented on corruption involving Rhode Island officials. He devoted much air-time to high profile public officials like congressman Patrick Kennedy and Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci. DePetro achieved local minor celebrity status in Providence by becoming an on-air critic of the Mayor of Providence. As documented in the book "The Prince of Providence" DePetro tore into Cianci on a daily basis. DePetro was a regular on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning program, appearing more than 15 times as he commented on Cianci's federal trial.
The John DePetro Radio Show was also simulcast daily on COX 3 Television, a local Public-access television cable TV show. While in Providence, DePetro's program was the forum for the revelation that sexual harassment charges against the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives had been settled. The controversy ultimately led to the departure of John Harwood as speaker.
DePetro was the host of The John DePetro Show on WRKO in Boston, Massachusetts, for several years, from 9:00am to noon. DePetro made appearances on Fox News, CNN, ABC News and MSNBC. He has also been a guest on Sean Hannity Show Dan Abrams and Bill O'Reilly's the Factor.
On February 7, 2007, it was announced that DePetro had been hired by WPRO AM 630 in Providence to do a daily talk show beginning Feb. 14, 2007. He was named AP Talk host of the year in 2008.
DePetro is married with three children; Daniel, Kate, and Jacqueline.
In November 2006, a day after the last gubernatorial debates, he called the Green-Rainbow Party candidate Grace Ross a "fat lesbian".Although he apologized on air after saying it and calling Ross and apologizing to her personally, WRKO still fired him and his show's engineer.
John is currently the host of "The John DePetro Show" on News Talk 630 WPRO and 99.7 FM, which airs from 9 AM to 12 PM
- ↑ News - Turnto10
- ↑ "Fired WRKO host wins award in R.I. AP: DePetro show a best of talk radio". Boston Herald.com. March 13, 2008. http://news.bostonherald.com/business/media/view.bg?articleid=1079942&srvc=home&position=also. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 WRKO firing sets off debate on speech issue WRKO firing sets off debate on speech issue. The Boston Globe (November 4, 2006). Retrieved on 2008-11-05.
- ↑ Radio Host Fired Over Candidate Insult