From A Listener To A DJ: What WOBM Means To Me [50 Memories In 50 Days]
Hey everyone! Mark Anthony here. I wanted to take a couple of minutes and share what WOBM means to me.
My perspective of the station is a little different than the stories you have heard and will hear, from some of the talents on this station. For starters, I’m only (I say 'only' loosely) 21, which makes me the youngest dude on WOBM… or well in the building… I think.
WOBM has always been a big part of my life, it was the only station my parents played in the car. I remember passing the Shawn and Sue billboard going into Lacey every single day. I remember running around my house with my brother (he will deny it, but it’s true) singing the old Soft Rock jingles. I remember my dad taking me on a drive every Sunday morning just to listen what was on Bob’s mind. I can’t help but get emotional when I talk about this station because it literally is a huge part of my childhood.
This April is going to be my fourth anniversary with Townsquare Media. This all started as a message on Facebook to WOBM’s music director, and who is now my boss, Justin Louis. I didn’t expect to get a response, but I did. At the time, I had a podcast with one of my close friends and we had quite a following… Justin offered for my friend and me to come in for an interview. I ended up bringing my mother and brother along. I remember being floored during the whole tour. After the tour, I remember asking Justin for a job straight up, I said something to the faction of “I will take out the trash”, which I was really willing to do. I just wanted to be apart of this station in some way. Unfortunately, at the time, I was too young to be employed.
On my sixteenth birthday, I emailed Justin again asking for a job now that I had working papers. After an interview, I was offered a board operator position for WOBM’s sister WOBM-AM running Lakewood BlueClaws and Monmouth University games. Being a sophomore in high school and having this gig was really awesome.
Today, I am proud to say that I am a weekender here on 92.7 WOBM, as well as a fill-in reporter for our news department. I would never in a million years think that I would be a small part of WOBM, and I am so happy to be here
Happy Birthday, WOBM. You look great for 50.