My love for radio started as a youngster. Sittng in the back seat of the car my parents would play anything from talk shows to oldies music. The talk show greats at the time were national personalities like David Brudnoy with WBZ, Howie Carr with WRKO and Tom Snyder from ABC radio. At that time many stations would broadcast from either the FM or AM bands and one had to be in their listening area to get their broadcasts. There was 1 radio station I liked so much I asked my parents for a radio boom box set for Christmas. I received the gift and utilized some of my part time job money to purchase some D batteries in order to bring the radio with me places and listen to the various radio stations. It even had a tape and CD player.
After graduating from high school I entered Fitchburg State College. I volunteered at the college radio station WXPL doing jobs such as answering phones, organizing music and writing public service announcements. Some evenings I would fill in for the hosts and have a talk and music segment. There was a phone number that listeners could call in and request songs or just wanted to chat. One evening I received a call from a person who had never been on the air. We spoke for about an hour and discussed their life story, music interests and favorite sports teams. At the end of our discussion they requested I play Dream On by Aerosmith. It is a great thing they called that particular night as I had not planned any music or discussion for that show.
For years after graduating from college my interest in radio continued. In 2018 I was invited to an interview at a New Jersey internet TV station (RVN-TV) by one of their hosts Bob Charger. Bob was a local DJ in the nearby Philadelphia market for years. I interviewed about my background in wireless telecommunications. Before and after the interview we sat for coffee and I discussed Bob’s radio background. In listening to his stories about interviewing various stars and personalities it relighted my fire towards wanting to be a DJ radio host. That is when I began my search in earnest to become a DJ radio host.
This led me to submitting an application to be a radio host with WOOL-FM. I received an email from John McCann in early 2021 about the station being closed due to COVID, but would reach back out to me once the station reopened. Later that year it did reopen and I trained with John. By Thanksgiving 2021 I launched my own radio show Rise and Shine on Wednesday mornings. Almost 2 years into the making I am now hosting 2 shows weekly and a rotating host on Sundays. Before each show I think back to my days as a youth being that person sitting in the car listening to others talk and spin music on the radio. It took me a long time, but I finally was able to fulfill my passion and continue to do so every week.
I have enjoyed listening and working radio since my youth. The experience of producing and then airing a radio show at WOOL-FM is exciting and self-fulfilling. I like to share my knowledge and musical interests with the listeners while at the same time supporting the mission of WOOL-FM by producing diverse material for its community minded listeners.