John and Mark X. Cronin from John’s Crazy Socks Appear on the Big Picture Radio Show

Karen Signoracci, the host of the Big Picture Radio Show, seeks out guests who make an impact on social issues on Long Island. John and Mark X. Cronin were thrilled to receive an invitation to appear on the show. They are the father-son team that co-founded John’s Crazy Socks, the world’s largest sock store. With a mission to spread happiness, they strive to show what people with differing abilities can achieve. 

John and Mark interviewed by Karen Signoracci for the Big Picture Radio Show

John told Karen, “I have Down syndrome and Down syndrome never holds me back.” 

The Big Picture Radio Show 

Airing on 103.9 FM, Long Island News Radio, the Big Picture Radio Show features a vigorous discussion led by Karen Signoracci. Karen has been a leading voice in the non-profit community on Long Island for over twenty years. 

“I love the social mission of John’s Crazy Socks,” said Karen, “And I admire the way they work with so many non-profits and support the work of those non-profits like the Special Olympics and United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island.” 

John and Mark appear on Karen Signoracci's Big Picture Radio Show

The Big Picture Radio Show has featured leaders for the nonprofit community plus some of the leading advocates from the legal, financial and government realms supporting their work. 

The Big Picture Radio Show airs on Tuesday afternoons at 4 p.m. on 103.9 FM. One can hear it live at the 103.9 website. There are also recordings available at Karen’s website

John speaking to Karen Signoracci for the Big Picture Radio Show

The Interview with John and Mark 

Karen knows John and Mark well and has toured their operations; She and John have a special rapport and opened the show talking about baking Christmas cookies. Soon the conversation turned to John’s inspiration for starting his own business and selling socks. 

“I love crazy socks,” said John. “They let me be me. I wore crazy socks my whole life.” 

Karen asked about their proudest moments. John recalled how excited he was to speak at the United Nations. Mark spoke of how emotional it was to sit next to his son when they addressed Congress and the pride they took in representing the country on a speaking tour of Canada with the U.S. State Department. 

It was a fun, insightful conversation. 

Karen Signoracci of the Big Picture Radio Show

About John’s Crazy Socks

John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. With more than 4,000 socks, John’s Crazy Socks is now the world’s largest sock store. More than half their employees have a differing ability, and their Giving Back program has raised nearly $700,000 for charity partners like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America. Most of all, they are Spreading Happiness™. 

For more information about John’s Crazy Socks, visit our webpage, Facebook page, Instagram account, TikTok or YouTube channel. You can also contact us at 631-760-5625 or via email at