Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Phil Antonucci 1953-2012 RIP

Phil Antonucci passed from this life on Monday, August 27, 2012 at 11:36pm. Phil was a fixture at the audio console of TV production trucks outside stadiums, arenas, and concert halls for over three decades. An immensely talented audio engineer and musician with a truly generous spirit, Phil trained a generation of audio professionals and set an example of professionalism and joyous living for us all.

In an e-mail announcing Phil's passing, Greg Calvin, IATSE Local 100 Business Representative wrote; 
"Phil was a personal friend and mentor of mine so I would like to say a few words.  I don't think I have ever had more fun at work than the days that Phil was the mixer of WPIX Yankees. 
Between Phil, Dulio, Phil Rizzuto, Tom Seaver and John Moore I never stopped laughing and all of this happened on a TV truck that if you breathed wrong the patch cords would start dropping signals.
Phil and Corina Rose
Phil also mixed the NJ Devils games with Joe O'Rourke, Doc Emrick and Chico Resch and he ended his career mixing the Mets with Bill Webb, Gary Keith and Ron.  Phil was a class act who taught me a lot about audio and a lot about life.  He will be truly missed."

Phil Antonucci earned an Emmy award for his work as a recording engineer and sound technician. His clients included Fox, CBS, YES, SNY and Cablevision. Phil was the mixer on more than 2,200 live TV shows.

Phil and Alexa
Phil Antonucci was born on June 21, 1953 and grew up in Hicksville, Long Island.  Many of us had the pleasure of enjoying the music he began playing five decades ago. Starting in bands at the ripe old age of eleven, Phil's ear and technique developed very early and gave him a solid foundation in which he built a solid playing career. 

Hear Phil's music here;
Having obtained a degree in Music from  Long Island University C.W. Post in the 70's, he continued performing in all types of musical genres including his most recent endeavor "BEGINNINGS, the Chicago Tribute". Phil owned a recording and video studio in Huntington, NY.,  Highpoint Studio

Phil married Dee Charletta Antonucci on April 23, 1988. Together they raised two wonderful daughters, Alexa and Corina Rose.

Phil had served as president of the Huntington High School Band Parents Association and as the announcer at the band's shows.

 A benefit previously scheduled for Sept.12 will go on. In planning the benefit, friends wrote, "With his musical genius, his irascible wit, and his boundless love of his family and his many friends and fans, Phil Antonucci has touched the hearts of Long Islanders throughout most of his 59 years. A professional musician since his school days at both St. Ignatius and Holy Trinity in Hicksville, Phil has worked alongside a veritable Who’s Who of Long Island’s most noted musicians, entertainers, and media figures."

The benefit will begin at 7 p.m. at the Huntington Elks Lodge.

 "Phil Antonucci was an incredibly generous, passionate and talented man.  He devoted thousands of volunteer hours to our band program and other music programs," said Joan B. Fretz, director of fine and performing arts for the Huntington schools. "His knowledge of audio engineering and sound systems was of great assistance in many school projects. For instance, Phil was responsible for the complete design and installation of our new sound system in the high school auditorium.

 "A great musician, gifted mixer, funny fellow, good friend, and, of course, devoted dad and hubby. Our hearts and prayers are with the Antonucci family," one person wrote on his Facebook page.

Another wrote, "Heaven has gained an amazing musician. They are now blessed to hear the beautiful the music you made for your family & friends. You will be truly missed."

"There was passion in everything Phil did. He was the proud voice you heard announcing the Huntington Band competitions and we loved hearing him sing and play guitar in his Chicago tribute band. Phil had a heart of gold and was a true friend to every staff member, parent and student in our school.  We will miss our wonderful friend."
Here is a tribute to Phil and his music by Phil's cousins, Marc and Joe Williams.

Funeral arrangements for Phil Antonucci
M.A.Connell Funeral Home
934 New York Ave
Huntington Station NY

Wednesday August 29, 7pm-9pm

Thursday August 30, 2pm-4pm
Mass Friday, August 31, 9:45am
St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church..
Main Street Huntington,N.Y.

In Lieu of Flowers Please Make Donations to the Children's education Fund:Scholar's Edge P.O.Box 80, Huntington N.Y 11743

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