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Former WJNO PD John Picano Dead at 60


Picano was 60 when he lost his battle with lung cancer on Thanksgiving Day. WJNO is a Clear Channel station in West Palm Beach. WJNO morning host Jim Edwards told Radio Ink this morning, John Picano was the voice of WJNO for years and will forever be linked to a great radio station that he built. I will miss him, but will never forget him.

"There aren't enough positive words in the English Language to describe John Picano. He hired me at WJNO in 1984. I was working in Miami radio at the time. John had tried two previous years to hire me away from the "big city," but I declined until he offered me the News Director's job. John was Program Director at the time. Over the years, I learned a lot from John. John was a negotiator and a mediator and knew how to calm things down in a building full of egos. John became my best friend in the business. He had built a powerful radio news department and handed the keys to me and for that I'll be forever grateful. John leaves behind a multitude of people who love and respect him professionally and personally. He also leaves behind a wonderful family who I was also blessed to know. I will never forget John Picano. He had a positive influence on my life personally and professionally. We worked hard and when it was time to relax, we did what he liked to do best, play golf. John was a great golfer."

On his blog, Edwards says Picano was the best friend he ever had in radio and that he was communicating privately with Picano about his cancer over the past five months. "I know it seems strange to say I have something to be thankful for, but I do. I am thankful John Picano came into my life because I am a richer person for it. John was the kindest man I ever met. He lived and worked for his family. He was just a stand-up guy."

The Palm Beach Post covered Picano's passing with a piece about what a great person Picano was. Edwards wrote on HIS BLOG, "I'll never forget John Picano. He was and will always be a great friend. My heart and prayers go out to his wife and children who I know well."

This photo via Google search, also appeared in the Palm Beach Post

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