FAIRHAVEN — Tributes have been pouring in to radio station FUN 107 in response to news of the death of popular radio personality Sharon Fogaren.
Fogaren, 43, who co-hosted the morning show with J.R. Reitz, died Wednesday at a Boston hospital of complications from a heart attack she suffered Aug. 20.
“Everybody at the station is heartbroken,” said Reitz, who announced Fogaren’s death to listeners Thursday morning. “We’ve had literally hundreds of calls and e-mails and thousands of hits on the Web site. “I was blessed to work with her,” Reitz said. “Sharon was a wonderful person — witty, funny, and she really enjoyed life. People who never met her felt like they knew her. They felt like she was one of the family.”
He said he did the show with her for many years starting in the early 1990s “and again when she came back from ABC 6 in fall 2001.” Between her two stints with the radio station, Fogaren, a Rochester resident, worked for several years as a news anchor for ABC 6 in Providence. Citadel Broadcasting’s regional president Wayne Leland, who is based in Fairhaven, worked with Fogaren for 14 years. Citadel is the parent company of FUN 107.
“Sharon was a special woman who touched a lot of lives,” Leland said. “She did a lot for the community and was involved with a lot of charitable organizations. Many people thought of her as a friend.”