Former Detroit country radio air talent Joe Wade Formicola died May 31, following a brief illness. His death comes less than a month before he was to be inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.
Formicola hosted mornings at former country station WWWW-FM (now WDTW-FM) in Detroit from 1987-95, where he won the CMA Personality of the Year in 1988, before moving to WYCD-FM for a number of years. He was also a nationally syndicated personality with Westwood One from 2010-15. Early career stops included serving as PD of KENR-AM in Houston in 1979 before moving on to the OM/PD chair at WKIX-AM, Raleigh, NC.
WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts wrote “My heart is saddened by the passing of another great member of the WYCD family.” Formicola’s passing comes a few months after fellow 2017 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductee Linda Lee’s death following a battle against cancer. “Joe and I worked together years ago and of course, he worked with Linda here,” Roberts added.
Both Formicola and Lee will be inducted into the Country Radio Hall Of Fame posthumously at the ceremonies in Nashville, June 21.
Michigan’s own (and radio’s best friend) Art Vuolo prepared a video tribute to Formicola: