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April 30, 2002

Survives Cancer, Starts Talk Show

By Staff Reports

Gerry Mastrianni, a Florida-based trader - and a survivor of cancer - is starting a new career in broadcasting.

In a 13-week pilot show on 540 WFLA in Orlando, Mastrianni - who normally trades foreign stocks for GMST World Markets - hits the airwaves each Sunday to host a live call-in talk radio show. The Gerry Mastrianni Cancer Survivor Show is designed for cancer patients and survivors.

"I've zero experience in broadcasting but I do have a unique ability to speak on the topic," Mastrianni told Traders Magazine. Mastrianni, who returned to his desk soon after cancer treatment, is heard for 30 minutes each Sunday, starting at 12 noon, on 20 local affiliated stations of the Clear Channel organization, which also carries the Rush Limbaugh Show. The show has sponsorship from the Florida Hospital in Orlando, Bristol Meyers and others.

Mastrianni said radio execs asked him to take the slot after he made a good impression on them, speaking in public on cancer survival.

"I'm the cancer czar. I book the guests, take questions and sometimes it might even get controversial," he said. Mastrianni, who grew up in New York, said he declined payment for his radio services. He also said he has no intention of quitting his fulltime trading job. Still, he does not lack broadcasting dreams. "If we're successful, we may take this show national," he said.