Westerly Sun - 2021-04-02: Ernie DiGregorio, Virtual TED event at URI, and Mary DeMerchant
The Westerly Sun
You’re listening to the Westerly Sun’s podcast, where we talk about the best local events, new job postings, obituaries, and more. First, a bit of Rhode Island trivia. Today’s trivia is brought to you by Perennial. Perennial’s new plant-based drink “Daily Gut & Brain” is a blend of easily digestible nutrients crafted for gut and brain health. A convenient mini-meal, Daily Gut & Brain” is available now at the CVS Pharmacy in Wakefield. Now, some trivia. Did you know that 1973 NBA rookie of the year, Ernie DiGregorio played for North Providence High School, and led the Providence College Friars to a final Four appearance the year before he went to the NBA for the Buffalo Braves expansion team. By 1976, DiGregorio led the league in free throw percentages with a then record 94.5%. It’s Friday and almost the weekend. Tomorrow, TED talks will be hosting a virtual Ted event with URI. Head over to https://www.uri.edu to reserve your spot to hear what Scientists, Policymakers, Artists, Researchers, and more are doing to save our planet from the changing climate. Next, We’re continuing our series of great weekend hikes in and around Westerly. Find a quiet spot to go for a hike with the Westerly Land Trust. Whether you head to the Avondale Farm Preserve, Barlow Nature Preserve, or other great places to take a walk, you can find maps and directions at westerlylandtrust.org. Lastly, it’s a new year and we’ve seen just how important journalism over the past few years. Remember that reporting the local news is an important part of what it means to live here. Head over to Westerlysun.com and help us tell the stories of our community each and every day. Digital access starts at just 50 cents a day and makes all the difference in the world. Are you interested in a new opportunity? Look no further, we’re here again with another new job listing. Today’s posting comes from the US Customs and Border Protection. They’re looking for full-time border patrol agents. Pay is competitive and there are opportunities for overtime. If you’re interested, you can read more and apply by using the link in our episode description. https://www.cbp.gov/careers/border-patrol-agent-apply-now Today we’re remembering the life of Mary DeMerchant of Carolina. She was the beloved wife of Douglas DeMerchant. Born in Oceanside, NY, Mary was an active member of the Carolina Volunteer Fire Department Women's Auxiliary and one of the founding members of the Arbutus Garden Club. Besides her loving and devoted husband of over 66 years she will be sadly missed by her 3 children, her former husband and Keith DeMerchant as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren and large extended family. She will be missed. Thank you for taking the time today to remember and celebrate Mary’s life. That’s it for today, we’ll be back next time with more! Also, remember to check out our sponsor Perennial, Daily Gut & Brain, available at the CVS on Main St. in Wakefield!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today we release the long awaited Ernie D interview. The Providence College basketball legend and North Providence, RI native joins us to talk about his basketball journey. We take the journey with him from his early years as a kid growing up and falling in love with the game of basketball, through his time as a PC Friar, where he was a 3-time All-American, leading his team to the 1973 Final Four. Ernie talks about being the 3rd overall pick in the 1973 NBA draft and winning the 1974 NBA rookie of the year award, and gives his opinion of the modern day game of basketball versus the game as it was played back when he was playing. He tells us what it was like getting to play for the team he grew up rooting for, the Boston Celtics, and what motivated him to practice 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, constantly working to improve his game. Ernie's new book, Star With A Broken Heart, will be on sale in December 2020. The book tells the untold stories of Ernie DiGregorio, Marvin Barnes and Dave Gavitt, and their battles on and off the court. You can order a signed first edition copy at ernied.com.
Ernie DiGregorio is a New England sports icon. Today, Bernie welcomes the College Basketball Hall of Famer and former NBA Rookie of the Year to the program to discuss his early years growing up in North Providence, playing for Dave Gavitt at nearby Providence College and his brief but distinguished pro career with the Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. The pair talk about Ernie’s role in catapulting the Friars into the national spotlight in 1973, as he and teammate Marvin Barnes formed one of the great duos in NCAA history on their way to the Final Four in St. Louis. Plus: reflections on the 1973 USA vs. Russia Exhibition Series and the short-lived Braves-Celtics rivalry of the mid-70s. Later, Ernie brings us up to date on his post-basketball life including a story about a friendly game of one-on-one with Sugar Ray Leonard; his 18-year run as public relations host at Foxwoods Casino, and the hats he currently wears as an author, movie producer and inventor.
TTM Cast - 1973-74 Rookie of the Year Ernie Digregorio
TTMCast Sports Collectibles Podcast
Welcome to Season 1 Episode 12 of TTMCast the podcast for the TTM (through the mail) autograph collector. This week we speak with 1973-74 NBA Rookie of the Year Ernie Digregorio (12:32) about his basketball career, ttm autographs and more. Enjoy.
Ernie DiGregorio looks back on his basketball career at Providence College and in the NBA, sharing stories about playing against Bill Walton and Julius Erving, and alongside John Havlicek and Dave Cowens.