Hello.  My name is Karen (Chenail) Osbrey and I own WINY Radio along with my husband, Gary O.   I was born and raised in Killingly and graduated from Killingly High School in 1978.   I began working at WINY in June of 1980 as the traffic director/office manager.   Gary and I met in 1981 when he joined the WINY family.   It was love at first sight on his part, but I had to be convinced.   We were married on May 31, 1987and have lived in Putnam ever since.  Over the years, Gary and I worked hard, learned as much as we could about the broadcast industry, became involved in our community and hoped to someday own and operate WINY.  On May 31, 2001(our 14th wedding anniversary), Gary and I realized our dream of purchasing WINY Radio.  It has been a fabulous ride.  I loveNortheastern Connecticut.  This community has always been very good to me.  That’s why I am involved in so many local charities and organizations.  My mom and dad taught me to give back.  I hope I live up to their standards.   Here’s what keeps me busy when I’m not working:

2011 – 2012                 President of the Putnam Arts Council

2010 – 2013                 President of the  QVCC Foundation

2010 –  present            President of the Putnam Business Association

2007 – present            Putnam Rotary Foundation Director

2006 – present            Rotary District 7890 PR Chairperson

2006 – present            Putnam Regional Interact Advisor

2005 – 2006                 President of thePutnam Rotary Club

2004 – 2005                 Secretary of thePutnam Rotary Club

                                       Member since 1994

                                       Double Paul Harris Recipient

2004 – present             Board Member Interfaith Human Services of Putnam

2002 – present             Volunteer at Daily Bread Food Bank

1992 – present             BoardMemberQuinebaugValleyCommunity CollegeFoundation

1991 – present             Chairperson of Putnam Halloween Trick or Treat Night

 

For fun, I love to read, garden, cook and watch movies. I’m crazy about my 10 nieces and nephews.  I collect roosters and chickens.  I love dishes and glassware.  Stephanie Plum novels make me laugh.  My favorite food is a hot dog, especially a Flo Dog from Cape Neddick, Maine.  I have 8, yes 8, Christmas trees.  My favorite season is Autumn.  My favorite movies are It’s A Wonderful Life and Uncle Buck.  My favorite book is Silas Marner.