Radio Exec Joe Rizza Passes at 70
February 23, 2015 at 12:05 PM (PT)
JOE RIZZA, who enjoyed a long radio career after starting out as an ENGLISH teacher, passed away at the age of 70 at CAPE COD HOSPITAL. The WATERBURY, CT-born broadcast veteran was most recently Northeast Regional Manager for DAVIDSON MEDIA GROUP's SPRINGFIELD, MA, stations including SPANISH Tropical WSPR-A (POWER 1270) and SPANISH language WACM-A (LA NUEVA).
RIZZA was also GM of CUMULUS MEDIA AC WMAS-A/F (94.7)/ENFIELD, CT, for many years and was in sales or management at several other MASSACHUSETTES and CONNECTICUT radio and TV stations.
The long-time WESTFIELD, MA, resident, who had recently moved to CAPE COD, is survived by wife DEBORA A. (NASS) LAXTON-RIZZA, his daughter LAURA RIZZA, his son KC LAXTON, grandsons BRUCE and QUENTIN LAXTON as well as his brother PAUL RIZZA.
A funeral mass will be held on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27th at 11a (ET) in ST. MARY'S CHURCH, 30 Bartlett St., WESTFIELD, MA. Donations in JOE’s name may be directed to ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL.