EDITORIAL BY WLRI GENERAL MANAGER CHRISTIAN MCLAUGHLIN:
I wanted to take a moment to observe information I just learned about our longest running supporter and contributor to WLRI, William KOCHEL, whom I learn has passed away last night. In the early years of this station Bill stepped forward to provide inspiration upon our overwhelming task of providing our community with a new radio station. When financial times were tough, again, Bill stepped forward and donated funding to keep this website up and operational. I had several conversations with him, where he expressed his overwhelming support for this station and our purpose in the community. For that I am forever grateful and appreciative. Bill served our community for years as a first responder. He wore many hats, and cared for many people in and out of service. In the past few years he has had a personal struggle with his own health, frequenting the hospital etc. It has been a true honor being a part of his life in this capacity, and I having the honor of knowing him since I went to school and became involved in public service. You will be missed by many Bill. Never forgotten. Always respected with honor forevermore.
December 3, 2013 10:58 AM EDT