City Sound Man Says Goodbye

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There are countless numbers of people who work behind the scenes to keep the city running. Unknowingly, we rely on them without ever taking the time to find out who they are. Al Tropea is one of those individuals. And today is his last day of work at City Hall.

Tropea is retiring after 37 years of being a careful and unflappable listener. He started at WNYC where he recorded operas, micked guests and made sure we stayed on the air. His job at city hall has been to provide sound for Mayoral inaugurations, ticker tape parades, press conference and hours of testimony. WNYC's Kathleen Horan stopped by and turned the mic on him as he reminisced.