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Not many inventions have changed the world as we know it more than the automobile and radio transmission. Both technologies have brought freedom and information to the people. For one Alternative Talk 1150AM host, these inventions played a profound role in his early life.

“I have been in love with radio since the days of holding a transistor radio under my pillow listening to Cousin Brucie on WABC in NYC,” said Vinnie Richichi, better known as New York Vinnie, host of DRIVETIME, heard Saturdays 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“Cars, sports and politics, along with being a good parent are my passions and I have been lucky enough to talk about them to a lot of people,” said Vinnie, referencing his years of media experience. “Imagine getting paid to share your passion with people…a vast number of
people, and entertain them along the way. For a storyteller like me, it really doesn’t get any better.”

New York Vinnie has returned to the city he loves, Seattle, after a 10-year stint in Pittsburgh, where he was tapped by CBS Radio to be a key part of the air staff that put that city’s first FM sports-talk station on the air in 2010. In addition to midday duties and hosting pre- and post-game and magazine shows for the Pirates on the legendary KDKA, he developed his car and truck review feature DRIVETIME into a full, one-hour show.

His radio career has touched the big three bases here in Seattle being on KJR, KIRO and KOMO plus the Seahawks, Mariners and Sonics Radio Networks. He has also been a sports anchor at Root Sports, NWCN and Q-13 Television.

Vinnie is proud of his past resume, but he is all about DRIVETIME right now.

“We have great, informative guests, and have fun talking about autos and automotive culture,” he said, adding, “We do auto and truck reviews in a manner that lets you feel like you are talking to a good friend who knows what he is talking about when it comes to cars.”

DRIVETIME is not only a fun, informative look at the world of automobiles, but it also offers up some serious advice to save buyers money and heartache.

“I try to help people get the most out of their automotive experience from buying the car to taking trips in it to conserving our natural resources right on through to maintaining your car. You get all this on Drivetime. I even try also to help people be better drivers and get in touch with their feelings about their cars.”

Vinnie’s love for our fair city goes beyond cars and talk of cars. Vinnie is also very active in the community helping to lead the effort to keep the Mariners and the Seahawks right here in Seattle, creating the Fix-A-Field project and campaigning for issues that improve parks and education and create more resources for domestic violence victim protection.
He’s a busy parent, radio show host, community advocate and concerned citizen. For many fans, they just see New York Vinnie, a person who gets to chase his passions. They invariably ask of him, “How do I get your job?”

As he likes to point out, when you are doing what you love, the word job does not enter into the conversation.

Tune in each week on Saturdays at 8 a.m. for DRIVETIME, when veteran radio personality New York Vinnie offers up a full hour of entertaining conversation about the world of automobiles, from the classics to electric hybrid and onward to the fuel cell.