NORTH ADAMS -- Gary Superneau hasn't let cancer stop him from fulfilling his dream of hosting a radio show.
Superneau and Mark Wheeler -- self-described "old retired guys" -- have discovered a new passion late in life, on the mic during a weekly sports talk radio show on WNAW 1230 AM.
Cheshire native Superneau and pal Wheeler are three weeks into their new show, Soup To Nuts, a half-hour program that airs at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
Having both sold their businesses in North Adams in the past two years -- Superneau owned Mt. Greylock Bowl and Wheeler owned Nassif's Pharmacy -- the long-time friends were hanging out at the Hot Dog Ranch, joking about starting a podcast.
Jan Blair, who works at the Hot Dog Ranch as a bartender, helped turn the idea into reality. Blair brought the idea to her boss at WNAW, where she's also worked part-time for 15 years. Station Manager Bob Heck reached out to Superneau and, after talking it over, Soup To Nuts was a go.
"I was on board with it," Heck said. "I knew he had the personality to do it and the knowledge to do it."
What started as colon cancer five years ago has now spread to Superneau's lungs, he said. He's committed to the show through November, when he will evaluate both how the show has gone and his health.
Although still undergoing regular chemotherapy, the 53-year-old Superneau has found the time and energy to prepare for the weekly half-hour show, which is a mix of sports news, interviews and listener call-ins.
"[Wheeler and I] were going to call it ‘Two Old Retired Guys with Nothing to Do,' but that wouldn't fit on a bumper sticker," Superneau joked.
Superneau aims to bring in local sports experts to the show every week. So far, guests have included Mount Greylock varsity girls tennis coach John Jacobbe. During the summer horse racing season, Wheeler calls in from the Saratoga Race Course with a five-minute report. And a chunk of the show is always devoted to listener calls.
Even during the high school sports offseason, the show has gone smoothly during it's first two episodes, Superneau said, and plenty of listeners have called in.
Superneau has never hosted a radio show before, he said, but provided statistics for the radio broadcasts of college basketball games while a student at Northeastern.
"I wanted to go to school for communication but ended up studying business administration," Superneau said. "I could kick myself."
Until now, hosting a show has always been put off -- he was putting in 60-plus hours a week at Mt. Greylock Bowl, he said.
Superneau welcomes any sports related call at 664-8255. Perhaps locals will feel the need to give him grief over some of his favorite sports teams -- the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Orioles. Luckily, his favorite hockey team is the Boston Bruins.
So far, all signs indicate the show is a success, but Superneau is content no matter what happens.
"If it does go, if it doesn't go, at least we gave it a shot," he said. "The people at WNAW have just been great."
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