How WOBM Opened a New Chapter in my Life [50 Memories in 50 Days]
Sometimes things just work out. That's how I sum up my career here at WOBM. As we continue celebrating the station's long history with Ocean County, I'm using today's blog to post about my long history with the station. Specifically, I'll tell you how it started.
In the mid-1990s, I had been living in San Diego, working in television, and I wasn't happy. The job wasn't a good fit and neither was my marriage (as my college sweetheart and I grew into two very different people during our time together). With divorce proceedings underway and my nephew a newborn in New Jersey, I wanted to be closer to my family. I moved back East and didn't have a clue what to do next.
The plan was that I would stay in Holiday City with my parents for a few months. I wanted to catch up with them and enjoy some downtime. Divorce books recommend taking time to heal and get in touch with what you want as an individual so I figured Mom and Dad's house in Toms River would be a good place to do that.
But then a cool series of events happened. I got in touch with Phil Gregory who at the time worked in WOBM's news department. He and I had known each other from our days working in Albany, NY so I thought we could have coffee and chat. When I arrived at the station, he brought me in to the News Director's office where I found myself suddenly being interviewed for a job I didn't even know about!
I guess the interview went well because I was offered a position as a reporter. Then, I was paired up with Shawn to host the new morning show!
What I thought would be a temporary pit stop led to my settling in and calling Ocean County home. Instead of jetting off to Baltimore, Philly, or Boston (some cities I thought I might like to move to), I happily made Jersey my home. I'm grateful for the serendipitous meeting which led to an impromptu interview. I'm grateful that Shawn turned out to be an awesome partner and the station was filled with people I loved working with every day. And I'm grateful to have made a living doing two things I love, talking and playing music.