Students join Lino
Rulli’s ‘Catholic Guy’ radio show live from PC
Lino Rulli, wearing a gray Providence Friars T-shirt, stood
in the overlook lounge of the Slavin Center on a frigid January afternoon. The
windows before him looked out on a snow-covered campus. The red sun was sinking
behind Harkins Hall.
It was time for The
Catholic Guy to begin his live broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio.
Rulli’s co-host, Providence College Chaplain Rev. James
Cuddy, O.P. ’98, explained the show’s rules to the student guests. They would
play a radio version of The Dating Game.
Father Cuddy and Rulli proposed questions with a Catholic spin: “Who’s your
favorite saint and why?” “Name your favorite hymn and sing it for us.”
Elizabeth Schick ’16 (Stamford, Conn.), a marketing major,
watched from a nearby couch. She has her own show on the student radio station,
“I’ve come to see what it’s all about being in radio
professionally,” said Schick.
When Rulli decided last year to take The Catholic Guy on the road, he reached out to Father Cuddy. The
two had met about seven years before when Father Cuddy was assigned to work on
a radio show in New York for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, the order
that founded and staffs PC.
Rulli traveled to Germany, Minnesota, and Ghana before
bringing his show to Providence, where he spent four days observing classes,
attending a basketball game, and broadcasting.
“It’s been great, though I’m a little disappointed the
students haven’t invited me to any house parties or raves,” said Rulli.
“What does Father
Joseph Bettinelli ’17 (Canton, Mass.) sat in a chair with
his laptop. He had been a guest on The
Catholic Guy the day before, when, after introductions and some free talk,
he played a quiz game called “What Does Father Cuddy Know?”
“I felt comfortable. It was a blast,” said Bettinelli. “When
I was on, I wasn’t even thinking about being live on a radio show with a
Angelo Marciano '15 (Lattingtown, N.Y.), sports director for
WDOM and a health policy and management major, said participating in the program
“was a great experience for a PC student with dreams of working in the radio
“I thought Mr. Rulli did a fantastic job discussing
hard-pressing Catholic topics such as confession and cheating while mixing it
in with a comedic tone and atmosphere,” said Marciano. “The Catholic Guy opened my eyes to the world of radio that isn’t
about sports and news, but can branch out to a broad array of topics.”
Rulli also shared techniques and skills with him afterward,
The Dating Game
For Nicole Mazza ’14 (Cumberland, R.I.), a creative writing
major, “the funniest part of Rulli’s show by far” proved to be The Dating Game segment.
Grace Curley ’14 (Milton, Mass.), a theatre major who also
has a show on WDOM, asked three contestants questions by telephone before selecting
the winner: Andrew Butler ’16 (Riverside, R.I.), a humanities major and
“Andrew won Grace’s heart by singing his favorite Catholic
hymn to her live on the radio,” said Mazza — and in Latin, no less.
Butler sang Adoro Te
Devote, a hymn to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament written by St. Thomas
Aquinas. He then joined Curley for a 45-minute date downstairs in the food
court at Alumni Hall. Then they reported back to the show on how it went.
“I think Grace and I were able to connect because of our
common interest in theatre,” said Butler. “I thought the fact that I write
children’s music might woo her to go on a second date, but we decided to just
Being on Rulli's show was a great experience, Curley said.
“Lino has great comedic timing,” said Curley. “It was
sometimes hard to be on air because I’d start laughing so much. Father Cuddy
was an excellent co-host. The two were so in sync with jokes and timing. I am
so happy I was able to see a professional in action and take part in the
Rulli left PC bound for Arizona, but podcasts of his
Providence shows can be heard at www.linorulli.com.
— Vicki-Ann Downing
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