PHILADELPHIA – The radio station WWDB (860 AM) has signed with L’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco to carry the area’s third Italian-American radio program, to be hosted by Melissa Cannavo-Marino and Nick Alessandrini.
Cannavo-Marino and Alessandrini will host the afternoon edition of “Viaggio Musicale,” a bi-lingual program at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Cannavo-Marino will be joined by co-host Alessandrini, who also is the moderator of the weekly Italian-American community actuality program “The Italian-American Herald-on-the Air,” which is heard on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. on Wilmington’s WILM (1450 AM).
The format includes community news, Italian classic and contemporary music.
L’Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco President Nicholas Rapagnani praised Cannavo-Marino’s dedication in bringing “Viaggio Musicale” to WWDB. She began broadcasting on IABN, Philadelphia’s full-time Italian language network in 1999. In 2003, she moved to Italy to study at the American University of Rome, earning a degree in mass communications and public relations, and her Italian Triennale degree through a joint program with the University of Macerata.
She also earned a master’s degree in marketing from Wilmington University and remains active in the tri-state region’s Italian-American community. She is a board member of the Delaware Italian-American Education Association and a former Commissioner on the Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission.
She also hosts “Mattinata Musicale” at 8 a.m. Sundays on WILM, along with the evening edition of “Viaggio Musicale” Sunday evenings at 6 WVLT (92.1 FM). She has collaborated with Alessandrini on radio broadcasts for several years.