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June 06, 2014
I never met Mr. Sposa in person, but I felt like I knew him from hearing him on the radio. I grew up about 60 miles from Richmond, but we could pick up WRNL well on our radio. Listening to Tony Sposa was like visiting with a friend (with music, news and commercials added, of course). He made listeners feel comfortable and welcome.

I learned of his death only yesterday. Hoping to expand Wikipedia's article on WRNL, I searched for Tony Sposa on the Internet, and this page was one that came up. I am sorry to hear of his death. His passing is a loss, but he leaves a great legacy from his radio days.
August 25, 2013
Tony will be forever remembered as one of Richmond's GREAT radio announcers, joining the ranks of those who have passed on before him like Harvey Hudson, Alden Aaroe and Lud Sterling just to mention a few. I was fortunate to work with Tony at WRGM where hs sponsored his own Sunday afternoon show in the early 70's. He was a true professional and a fine gentleman and will be missed.
August 25, 2013
It's been years and years but I have the best memories of being a student of Tony's at the Broadcast Academy. Taught by Tony, Karen and Leonard Lamb. Tony was a special person to all of the students - he had a big heart and a wonderful voice...always had time for anyone who needed him.
August 21, 2013
Sposas,
Some of the most memorable, enjoyable times in my life were on the little league ball field. The most memorable of those were played with Tony as coach. As noted in the impressive obituary, he brought out the talent in everyone. I remember him keeping everyone at ease; he always made us feel we could win.
What a great man.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
August 20, 2013
I will always remember when back in the early 1960's Tony and WRNL sponsored a 50 mile hike through and around Richmond. Perhaps the idea came from President Kennedy promoting walking as healthy exercise. Tony took the ball and walked with it.

Tony challenged Richmonders to join him for the 50 miler which began at 5:30 a.m. My father Joe Ukrop trained for the event for months. He joined Tony and other walkers for the event which concluded at 10:30 p.m. with my father being the first to cross the finish line.

As a result of Tony's ecouragement and inspiration, my father and dozens of Richmonders started walking on a regular basis.

As with other of aspects of life of service, he made a difference in the lives of others.

With Gratitude,

Bobby Ukrop
August 19, 2013
Mike- I am so sorry for your loss- u and your family are in my prayers- sending hugggs
August 19, 2013
Mike,

I am saddened on hearing of your Father's passing....I remember with fondness the National League Phillies, with and magic Sposa-Oliver combination both on the field and in the front office.....how we did not go undefeated I will never know (no actually I do, my pithing and Roger Miller). Our families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.....We love you guys.....and will never forget that idyllic place where we spent our youth....Farmington....
August 19, 2013
Who will ever forget Tony Sposa. He was very Important to me as a teenager. Not only did I listen to him on WRNL for years. I also went to his Richmond Broadcast Academy. That got me a job in radio under his tutelage and more life experience than I can thank him for. My mom and dad loved to listen to him and for me as a first generation Italian American he was a great role model. I had lost touch with Tony over the years but his funny laugh and personality will always be with me. He always had time for you. He will be missed greatly.
August 18, 2013
I worked for Tony back in 1971 at WRNL. I have many fond, fun, memories of Tony and Chuck Deel. I was barely 20 years old at the time...Tony made me feel welcome and part of the broadcast team . He was certainly a true gentleman and will be missed by many.
August 17, 2013
Tony was an awesome man and a wonderful friend. I will miss him dearly.
August 17, 2013
Tony was always a GREAT guy. Our family first met Tony when he spun records at WRNL in 1963. My dad, Gus, and I would happen by the station at 1am and drop off some pizza for Tony and the staff. A mention of the "new" restaurant in town might have been spoken a time or two. Tony's likeness graced the walls of the restaurant for many years. Tony and my dad also teamed up to coach the baseball team at the Richmond Home for Boys, then off to Tuckahoe for a stint at the Big Leagues. I believe I still have stock in the Radio School on Staples Mill Rd. Tony then christened the Vegas Room at the Celebrity Room with his "Big Band Night". Tony was also instrumental in setting up the taping of the show for the up and coming Cable-TV. A great time was had my all, especially the PWP group. Tony will be missed by us, but never forgotten. Remember the homemade spaghetti at mom's. Manga he would say.
August 17, 2013
May he rest in peace...one note...Vince Lombardi did not coach at Notre Dame...he coached the Green Bay Packers
August 16, 2013
I enjoyed listening to him on WRNL radio when I first arrived in Richmond, he will be missed.
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