Salty Brine

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Walter Leslie Brian[1] (August 8, 1918[2] – November 2, 2004[3]), invariably known as "Salty Brine", was a well-known broadcaster in Rhode Island.

Early life[edit]

At age 10, he lost one of his legs, attempting to jump onto a freight train near his home in Arlington, Massachusetts. In later life, he would visit hospitals to encourage other children who had lost limbs.[2]

Broadcasting history[edit]

Radio[edit]

Massachusetts[edit]

Salty's first jobs were in his native state of Massachusetts with WNAC: Boston, WESX: Salem, & WCOP: Boston.[4]

WPRO[edit]

In September 1942, Salty joined WPRO.[5] He hosted the morning show (originally called the "T.N.T. Review"[6]) from 1943 until April 28, 1993.[7]

Television[edit]

From 1955 to 1968, he hosted "Salty Brine's Shack" on WPRO-TV/WPRI-TV, a live evening children's program.[8] Its closing words, "Brush your teeth and say your prayers," remained his signature line through the rest of his life.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1977: On the occasion of his 35th anniversary with the station, the WPRO studios on Wampanoag Trail in East Providence, Rhode Island were renamed the "Brine Broadcasting Center".
  • 1979: Inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.[10]
  • April 1988: Named "Man of the Year" by the Rhode Island Advertising Club
  • June 23, 1990: the Galilee State Beach was renamed the Salty Brine State Beach.[11]
  • October 1997: WPRO's transmitter/studio building on Wamponoag Trail was rededicated as the "Salty Brine Broadcasting Center".[12]
  • May 22, 2008: Salty Brine was posthumously inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame.[13]

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