Remembering Legendary SouthCoast Radio Personality Moe Lauzier
Before there was conservative talk radio as we know it today, there was Moe Lauzier. Moe took to the airwaves to rail against big government and corruption but also made time to talk about his beloved Pawtucket Red Sox, and of course, his family.
Family was everything to Moe.
Born on March 22, 1942, Maurice Vianney "Moe" Lauzier, Jr. lived his life in Fall River. He graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1960, where he excelled in sports, lettering in baseball, basketball, track, basketball, and football.
Moe worked in Fall River's textile industry until it ceased to exist. It was then that Moe found something new when he discovered radio broadcasting – and he excelled at it.
Moe's radio career began at WSAR in Fall River. It wasn't long before his talent as a broadcaster caught the attention of stations in Boston and Providence. Moe worked for years doing weekend talk shows on Boston's WRKO and filled the midday talk slot at WHJJ in Providence.
I met Moe when I arrived in Providence after several years of reporting on Bernie Sanders, then the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. I met his producer, too, who became my wife 31 years ago. It didn't take long for Moe to knock the Bernie out of me.
Moe was married to his lovely wife Helen for more than 50 years. The couple raised four daughters and a son. There were five grandchildren.
I hadn't seen Moe in a while until my wife and I and our youngest son ran into him at the Raynham Flea Market several years ago. Like Moe's son, mine played youth baseball. When he learned my son played ball, Moe selected a collector's baseball card from one of the vendors and gifted it to him. That's the kind of guy Moe was.
Moe was a family-first kind of guy. His priorities were family, church, those less fortunate than himself, and sports. He even had a regular seat in Section 7 at McCoy Stadium, courtesy of then-Paw Sox owner Ben Mondor.
I recently learned that Moe Lauzier passed away on April 28, 2022. He was 80 years old. His daughter, Georgette Lauzier Keller, wrote a wonderful tribute to her dad. Please take a moment to read it.
Moe and I fell out of touch over the years while raising our families and living our lives. Every now and again, we'd like a Facebook post the other had written. My wife and I ran into Moe and his family at a restaurant. Was that last year or the year before?
I learned from Moe. His passing is a loss to his family, friends, and all the listeners he touched over the airwaves over the many years.
See ya around, Moe. I am richer for having known you.