Looking Back On The Miraculous Sandy Survivor [50 Memories in 50 Days]
As we continue to look back on 50 Memories in 50 Days with our golden anniversary now only 22 days away, I was trying to think of my most memorable moment at WOBM.
It turned out to be an easy choice.
Only two days after Superstorm Sandy devastated Ocean County, a friend messaged me about a mysterious note that a friend of his had found in her flooded out Green Island home. It was the last plea of a dying man.
At first, I didn't know what to do with the note. It was starting to make the rounds on social media, so I figured that since it was already out there someone must know what happened to the guy who wrote it.
But when I asked my friend, he said that nobody knew yet what had happened to the writer, not even whether he had survived or not.
After reaching out to the Toms River Police, who also were unaware of the outcome, I did the only thing left to do - I called the phone number on the note.
To my surprise not only did someone answer, but the person on the other end of the phone was the writer's father. When I asked about the note, he said "yeah, that's my son Mike, he's here. Would you like to talk to him?"
Of course I said yes.
Mike and I talked for a few minutes and I posted our conversation to WOBM.com.
Little did I know how the story would touch hearts around the world.
To say that the ensuing days were a whirlwind would be putting it lightly. I got calls from news outlets from New York to London, and the story was carried around the world. Mike was interviewed on CNN, CBS, NPR, and more.
Even a year later the interest was still strong, and we were both contacted by producers from The Weather Channel, who included Mike's story in the first episode of their series "Hurricane 360".
You can listen to my original interview with Mike below, and you can read the original story from November 1st, 2012 by clicking here.
There have been a lot of moments that have made an impact on me in my time here at WOBM, but if I had to pick one that was the most memorable (so far), it would be the story of the miracle Sandy survivor.
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