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HOW HER MUSICAL INTEREST BEGAN:
Christine Vitale became interested in vocal groups of the 1950s when she discovered the Doo-Wopp Shop on WCBS-FM in the early1980s. Hungry for greater diversity and deeper insight into the roots of this music, she began to read everything she could find on it, developing and cultivating, and refining her taste.
WAYS IN WHICH SHE DEVELOPED IT:
At about this time she discovered, became an active volunteer member, and by 1988, an employee of, the still-strong United In Group Harmony Association (UGHA), the unique nonprofit organization founded in 1976, by its President, Ronnie Italiano (Ronnie I.), dedicated to the preservation, exposure and education of rhythm & blues vocal group music from the 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s.
For years, under the tutelage of UGHA President Ronnie I., Christine continued to study this music. She began to realize the multiple perspectives with which one could view the Phenomenon of this largely-urban musical subculture, not only because of its diverse styles in harmony and overall sound, but also how the music as a whole related to the larger part of society in which it experienced its fashionable prime, and noticing its tremendous influence on musical styles that followed it. Christine began to teach seminars about the history of r&b/doo-wopp vocal group music to a variety of audiences: adults, young adolescents, teenagers and to striving acappella groups who wanted to capture the sound and essence of the era.
Christine served as co-host with Ronnie I. for a combined five years (1989-1994) on UGHA’s educational trademark radio program, “Ronnie I’s R&B Party” on WNYE/91.5-FM public radio, and on commercial radio WNWK/105.9-FM, hosting the “Ronnie I Just For U” program. Christine has also been an active newscaster for WFDU/89.1FM since 1996.