The Bouchard brothers have been entertaining radio listeners throughout southern New England for decades. Together they co-own WNRI Radio, a 2,500 watt facility located in Woonsocket, R.I. and and at 1380 on the AM radio dial.
Richard “Rockin’ Dick” Bouchard was one of the first disc jockeys on WNRI when the station went on the air in 1954. Dick assisted the original station owner, Joseph Britt, in converting an old auto repair shop on Diamond Hill Road into a radio station. That same building still stands today and continues to serve the Blackstone Valley and beyond with quality local programming.
Roger Bouchard, Dick’s younger brother, also had an interest in radio at a young age. When he was 13-years old he would hang around WNRI doing odd jobs around the station and was offered his first paying job at the station in 1960.
While Dick remained affiliated with WNRI, Roger would eventually move across town to WWON, which was then owned by the Woonsocket Call. Roger was an on-air personality and program director at that station for many years.
Both Richard and Roger continue to be involved in many community activities. Roger as a member of the Woonsocket Rotary Club and the Autumnfest Committee. Richard is a reservist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and has assisted at federally declared disasters around the country.