Cha-Chi Loprete was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Larry “Cha-Chi” Loprete’s love for music began on February 9th, 1964, the day The Beatles performed for the first time in the U.S. on The Ed Sullivan Show. For many who witnessed it, The Beatles stirred up a passion for creativity and possibility and for ChaChi, it soon evolved into a lifelong love of radio and The Beatles.
In 1981, Cha-Chi fulfilled what he describes as his “ultimate dream” – he began his radio career as a listener-line volunteer at Boston’s biggest rock radio station: WBCN 104.1FM. With hard work and determination, he was soon hired as Assistant Promotion Director.
His expansive knowledge and love for The Beatles became clearly evident to his radio peers and this passion paid off in the mid 1980’s when Cha-Chi was granted the extraordinary opportunity to have an air shift on WBCN as the host of a new program called “Get Back To The Beatles”, where it ran for over ten years.
In 2001 new stripes were added when Cha-Chi was appointed Marketing Director for both WBCN, 100.7 WZLX Boston’s Classic Rock.
In 2005 ChaChi became host of ‘Breakfast With The Beatles’ on 100.7FM WZLX where it ran until December 2017.
In 2009, Cha-Chi was named Marketing Director for 98.5 The Sports Hub.
In February 2018 Cha-Chi’s ‘Breakfast With The Beatles’ debuted on 91.9FM WUMB in Boston and the WUMB Radio Network on Saturday mornings.
In April 2018, ‘Breakfast With The Beatles’ debuted on The Seacoast Oldies Station 92.1FM and 97.1FM in New Hampshire and Maine.
Today, Breakfast With The Beatles is now heard in three New England States and heard all over the world on each radio station’s respective streaming feeds.
Cha-Chi also hosts a Beatles podcast entitled ‘Get Back To The Beatles’ on The Boston Podcast Network. Co-hosted by Beatles Professor from Suffolk University David Gallant, the podcast can be heard wherever podcasts are broadcast.
Through the years, Cha-Chi has interviewed Paul, George and Ringo on multiple occasions as well as many other significant ‘Beatle People’ in the close knit Beatles circle George Martin, Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, Cynthia Lennon, Patti Boyd-Harrison and Pete Best among them.
Cha-Chi’s extensive knowledge of The Beatles, both as a band and individually, and his significant collection of Beatles memorabilia is well known in the greater Boston area.
He is often regarded as Boston’s Beatles Historian and keeper of the flame. Cha-Chi frequently hosts Beatles events in and around the city. Cha-Chi also hosted and narrated five Beatles concerts at Boston’s Symphony Hall with the legendary Boston Pop’s – ‘Pops Plays The Beatles’ with Keith Lockhart and ‘The Beatles and Beyond’ with the Boston Pops with Conductor Steve Hackman.
Cha-Chi Loprete resides south of Boston with his beautiful wife Stephanie and family of rescue cats and chickens. They both share a passion to help animals and support many organizations including multiple animal rescue shelters and 4H
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