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, 1987 and 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 love Northeastern 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:

 

2014 – present             Co- DKH Patient Advisory Council

2013 – present             Treasurer of the QVCC Foundation

2011 – present              President of the Putnam Arts Council

2011 – 2013                President of the QVCC Foundation

2011, 2012                  President of the Putnam Business Association

2010 – present              PBA Executive Committee

2009 – present             Member of Putnam Business Association

2007 – present             Putnam Rotary Foundation

2006 – 2011                Rotary District 7890 PR Chairperson

2006 – present             Putnam Regional Interact Advisor

2005 – 2006                President of the Putnam Rotary Club

2004 – 2005                Secretary of the Putnam 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             Board Member QVCC Foundation

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 and 3 greats. I collect roosters and chickens. I love dishes, pottery and glassware, especially vintage. Stephanie Plum novels make me laugh. I love vegetables. My favorite food is a hot dog, especially a Flo Dog from Cape Neddick, Maine. I have 9 (not a typo) Christmas trees. My favorite season is autumn. I’m an HBO junkie… The Sopranos, Deadwood, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, True Blood, VEEP, etc. My favorite movies are It’s A Wonderful Life and Uncle Buck. My favorite book is Silas Marner for a classic and Olive Kitteridge for acontemporary novel.I have 2 cats, Lilly and Derby, both strays. My husband is my best friend, even when I’m mad at him.