Longtime Boston area radio personality enjoying his retirement

Stephanie Choate

He’s been a CIA subcontractor, a high-profile radio personality, a recording artist and a street-corner singer, but now Sean Casey has added retiree to that list.

The longtime radio show host retired in April, and said he has been enjoying retirement tremendously.

“I love to quote a friend who always says retirement is like having six Saturdays and a Sunday,” Casey said.

He acknowledged, though, that his wife’s honey-do list “is getting longer and longer ... as in ‘Honey, do this’ and ‘Honey, do that.’”

Casey was on the radio for more than 40 years, spending five of those years overseas as a CIA subcontractor during the early ’90s. He was involved in psychological operations during Operation Desert Storm, presenting the United States and allied forces in a positive light to the Iraqi people, he said.

“We’d try to convince them ... Saddam was a bad guy, and if you’re tired of it and don’t want to fight, come on over and we’ll treat you good,” he said. “Basically, propaganda, but true propaganda.”

He spent six months in London in 1990 and six months in Cairo, Egypt, in 1991. As for the rest, “I’m not allowed to talk about that,” Casey said.

Casey said he’s not really sure how he came to work for the CIA.

“I was a high-profile radio personality in the Boston area, and one day I got a phone call just asking me if I’d be interested in going overseas for a month, and the month turned into five years,” he said.

“The best part for me was just the experience of being involved with the U.S. government and doing something positive to, hopefully, change world in a positive way,” he said. “But getting back to the good old U.S. of A. and Duxbury felt real good.”

Now, Casey is enjoying summer on the South Shore. He’s been golfing, going to the beach, and chipping away at that honey-do list.

As he settles in to his retirement, he hopes to pursue more creative outlets, such as writing songs, getting together with bandmates from the folk-rock group he recorded with in the ’60s, and possibly doing some voice-over work or acting.

Casey was program director and an afternoon on-air personality at WPLM-FM for eight years before he retired.

“It was difficult (to leave radio), but I just felt that it was time,” he said. “I guess I was getting burned out, because I’d been doing it for so long. I’ve really wanted to do something else; I’m just not sure what it is yet.”

Stephanie Choate can be reached at schoate@ledger.com