column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.
Joey Ryan is still hangin' in there! He's amazing and sure appreciated the visit on Saturday February 13th from six of his friends. It was well-worth the drive up to Grand Rapids, MI to spend some time with the man many Detroit radio fans will remember as "Mr. Boogie."
He is suffering from a number of health issues that are too numerous to list- your good thoughts and prayers are certainly welcomed. Cards and notes of support are also encouraged. He can receive them at this address: Mr. Joseph Pietruska, Room 323 3rd floor blue c/o The Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49550.
Frankly, I was stunned when Joey asked me "Are you gonna do a video of me before I die?" I did think to bring my good Sony digital camcorder with me, but I certainly wasn't going to walk in with it. I kept it in the car, but when he said that, I thought wow was I glad I brought it with me. You can experience our visit below.
My personal thanks to Steve Schram, who was Joey's PD at WTWR Tower 92 in Detroit back in 1980, for posting the video! Pictured above with Joey are from L-R: Kevin O'Neill, Bill Bailey, Kevin Sanderson, Tom Ryan, Art Vuolo, and Kim Carson.