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Italian-American Radio Growing in the Delaware Valley


Associazione Regionale Abruzzese Delco has signed a deal with Philadelphia’s 610 WTEL-AM (formerly WIP-AM) to broadcast the Italian-American music program, Mattinata Musicale. Produced and hosted by Melissa Cannavo-Marino, it will air Sundays, starting May 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. Mattinata Musicale also airs on 1450 WILM-AM’s “Radio Italian Style” program on Sundays at 8 a.m.

Cannavo-Marino began broadcasting on Philadelphia’s Italian-language network subcarrier FM station WIBC in 1999. In 2003, she moved to Italy to study at the American University of Rome, where she earned a B.A. in mass communications and public relations and an Italian triennale degree through a joint program with the University of Macerata.

While in Italy, she became acquainted with several of the country’s top recording artists who, through her efforts, performed concerts at the Gloucester County Italian Heritage Festival in West Deptford, N.J.

After graduating, Cannavo-Marino worked on the set of Forum on Italy’s Mediaset television network. She returned to the U.S. in 2010 and earned a master’s in marketing from Wilmington University.

Cannavo-Marino remains active in the Tri-State region’s Italian-American community. She is a member of the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, a commissioner on the Gloucester County Italian Heritage Commission, and a contributing writer for the Italian-American Herald.

ARA Delco president Nicholas Rapagnani credited the program’s sponsors: Carman Alfa Romeo Fiat in New Castle, Del., Wilmington University, Luigi and Giovanni Caterers in Newtown Square, Pa., Scaramuzza’s Pasta Products in Clifton Heights, Pa., and Cannavo-Marino’s hard work and dedication for making this endeavor come to fruition.

For more information, call (302) 525-9928 or email jtciaprm@yahoo.com.

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