MILFORD \u2014 Though Salvatore Capello\u2019s name and face were not especially well known, his voice was instantly familiar to a generation of radio listeners. Capello, 86, who was better known by the on-air name Big Al Warren, died on March 26. He was a longtime radio broadcaster for WICC600 in Milford. Allan Lamberti, WICC\u2019s program director, said the Big Al Warren radio persona was completely genuine. \u201cListeners who were fortunate enough to meet him in person would quickly learn that the Big Al Warren they loved to listen to on the radio as a broadcaster was just the same in real life,\u201d Lamberti said. On Sunday, March 27, WICC600 posted on its Facebook page a statement saying it is with \u201ca heavy heart\u201d that the station announces the death of Big Al. \u201cBig Al was a wonderful broadcaster and fixture at the radio station since the 1960s and will be truly missed by all of us at WICC,\u201d the statement concluded. Capello started his broadcasting career for WNAB in 1965 when he finished college, where we would read the local news every night from the newsroom of The Bridgeport Post. Before starting his career at WICC-600, he worked for 10 other AM radio stations in Connecticut and New York. \u201cThat WNAB gig got me a job at WWCO in Waterbury. I was working part-time, but it turned out to be about 40 hours per week,\u201d Capello said in 2012. \u201cI was there for a few months, and then I got the job at WICC, and I\u2019ve been there, for the most part, ever since.\u201d One of Big Al\u2019s listeners, Steve Mannix, said he used to work in a grocery store in the 1980s and would go to his car during his break time to listen to Big Al. \u201cI listened to him play oldies on my break in the early 1980s, but only recently heard him back on the air with the Oh Wow Oldies Show on Saturday nights,\u201d he said. \u201cNow, when he was working on Saturday mornings, I tuned in on my portable radio while working in my truck all day. He was good to listen to, and I enjoyed having his company while working.\u201d Lamberti said working with Capello was an honor. \u201cHe had an encyclopedic knowledge of both the music industry and the history of WICC,\u201d Lamberti said. He added that Capello possessed \u201can incredibly quick wit, and he was a true pleasure to be around.\u201d But what always impressed Lamberti most about Capello was his work ethic. \u201cAfter his retirement, we were fortunate enough to bring him out of retirement to host Saturday mornings, but just for a few short years away from radio, the technology had changed dramatically,\u201d he said. \u201cDespite that, he was eager to learn and develop new skills and hit the ground running. With the popularity of Al\u2019s return to WICC, we\u2019ve expanded our weekend music programming and will continue to do so.\u201d In 1989, Capello was one of 34 staff members let go from his radio job after the sale from Tribune Broadcasting to NL Media. Needing work, he took an announcing gig at Danbury\u2019s WLAD, 800 AM, where he stayed for two years and won an award for having the best radio show in Fairfield County. In 1991, WICC took him back. \u201cIt\u2019s a great radio station, and a lot of big people went through its doors,\u201d he said. \u201cBob Crane. Christopher Glenn of CBS. Steve Young, who\u2019s with CNN now. Sam Rosen, who\u2019s the announcer for the Rangers.\u201d For a time, he was on the air at three radio stations simultaneously. WICC, WWCO in Waterbury and WCC in Hartford. He also worked part-time at Hartford\u2019s AM station WTIC and New Haven\u2019s WNAC. Capello retired from WICC600 in June of 2012. Editor\u2019s note \u2014 This story has been updated to correct a spelling error.