John labarca Obituary, conic Connecticut Radio Host of 'Italian House Party' Passes Away

Connecticut and the radio community mourn the loss of John LaBarca, a beloved radio personality who entertained countless families with his iconic show, ‘Italian House Party.’ For years, LaBarca’s vibrant personality and passion for all things Italian captivated audiences across various stations, including WICC. His recent venture to WHLI on Long Island allowed him to continue sharing his heritage with both new and longtime listeners. As we bid farewell to this legendary host, we celebrate the lasting impact he had on our lives.

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The Unique Charm of ‘Italian House Party’

LaBarca’s ‘Italian House Party’ was a one-of-a-kind radio show that dedicated itself to Italian music, food, history, and engaging anecdotes. With his larger-than-life personality and infectious enthusiasm, LaBarca had a special talent for bringing stories to life and captivating his audience. He paved the way for this distinctive format, making ‘Italian House Party’ the first of its kind.

A Partnership that Shaped Radio

Tim Quinn, former WICC host and longtime co-host of LaBarca on the morning drive, reflected on their 20-year collaboration. The duo achieved remarkable success and had a great time together. Quinn shared fond memories of being the go-to source for school closings in the days before television took over, making them local heroes to countless listeners. Their chemistry and shared love for broadcasting made their show immensely popular.

Connecting Hearts and Memories

In his interviews, LaBarca revealed his unique approach to broadcasting, emphasizing the importance of connecting with his audience on a personal level. Listeners always felt a special bond with him, as he effortlessly combined his love for music, history, and stories to create a shared experience. Fans often reminisced about listening to the ‘Italian House Party’ with their grandparents while cooking Sunday meals, highlighting the show’s impact on generations.

A Legacy to Remember

The ‘Italian House Party’ will forever be synonymous with John LaBarca. His unwavering passion for his craft and genuine love for the topics he discussed made a lasting impression on listeners. The outpouring of sentiments on LaBarca’s Facebook page serves as a testament to the profound impact he had on the lives of those who tuned in. Colleagues and friends recall his vibrant personality, his warm hugs, and his ability to make everyone feel special.

A Brave Battle and Farewell

LaBarca’s health had led to a hiatus for his show at WHLI, and it is with deep sadness that we announce his passing due to prostate cancer. Despite his illness, LaBarca remained dedicated to his craft until circumstances prevented him from continuing. His unwavering love for broadcasting and his listeners was evident throughout his remarkable career.


As the news of John LaBarca’s passing spreads, we remember and honor the incredible legacy he leaves behind. The memories created during his iconic ‘Italian House Party’ will forever hold a special place in the hearts of his dedicated fans. John LaBarca’s vibrant personality, passion for his heritage, and profound impact on the airwaves will be cherished and remembered for generations to come. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. Rest in peace, John LaBarca, and thank you for the gift of your extraordinary presence on the radio.

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