ATTLEBORO - For years, people in the Attleboro community woke up to Dave Kane on the radio. As talk show host and general manager at the former 1320 WARA radio during the 80s, he was a popular broadcaster who always tried to make a positive impact on the community.
Kane, 66, retired from broadcasting four years ago after a 30-year career that included stints at several other radio stations in the area.
Now, however, he's back on the air ... and loving it.
He's been hosting "Kane and Company" on WRNP 1320 AM (formerly WARA) Saturday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m. for almost a year.
Southern Massachusetts Broadcasting is programming the 6 a.m. to noon time period Mondays through Saturdays on the station. The lineup includes news, traffic, weather, sports and entertainment as well as some familiar on-air personalities.
"I was reluctant to go back because I was retired, but I love it. I was surprised how much I enjoyed being on the air," Kane said.
Kane may be retired, but he's never idle. He is still entertaining people with his one-man comedy show, "Misgivings" featuring the character of Father Misgivings, an Irish Catholic priest.
Helping the community has always been a passion for Kane and he continues to be active in Christmas Is For Kids, a program he helped create more than 30 years ago, that provides nearly 1,000 gifts to needy children in the Attleboro area every holiday season.
Now he's on the air again and General Manager Jay Rogers says he is excited that Kane is back.
"With Dave and Domenic Cotoia and Tom Rafferty, it felt like a major step forward in bringing back local radio to Southeastern Massachusetts," Rogers said.
Kane's Saturday show focuses on the issues and events that are important to people in the Attleboro community, just as his show did years ago. Kane says the former WARA made a difference in people's lives.
Now, the management of Southern Massachusetts Broadcasting wants to continue that tradition of local programming. The station has done many remote broadcasts from community events since it went on the air on May 6 of last year and encourages listeners to call in and engage the hosts.
"They really want to do a good job for the community," Kane said.
Kane likes talking to folks about The Christmas is for Kids gift drive, which will kicks off next month, starting with the 21st annual Christmas Is For Kids Ride, hosted by the Blackstone Valley Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter 4735 on Sunday Nov. 2. The actual campaign, where donors get matched to children, will start Sunday, Nov. 23, when the list gets published in The Sun Chronicle.
"We'll be reading stories on the air (about children in the program) and interviewing guests from the organization," Kane said.
Kane also often talks about his son, Nick, who died in The Station nightclub fire in 2003 along with 99 others. Nick was 18 years old.
The many unexplained signs and events that have occurred since the fatal fire led Kane to believe that Nick's story didn't end with his death.
"My job is to tell people this story, and it's up to them to decide what they think," Kane said.
Kane sees his return to broadcasting as an opportunity.
"I want people to know I'm there and that the station is there. There's a great opportunity to help people," Kane said.
So Kane continues to talk with community leaders and local people with a story to tell, to promote community events and advocate for local organizations and do what he does best.
"I'm liking being back. I'm enjoying myself," Kane said.
The station's full broadcast schedule can be found at soma1320.com.
LAURA CALVERLEY is a freelance writer for The Sun Chronicle. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.