Saying Goodbye To Bayville [50 Memories in 50 Days]
As WOBM approaches its 50th anniversary as Ocean County’s Hometown Station, I wanted to remember one of the most important milestones in that history happened five years ago this month. That was when WOBM left its longtime home of nearly 45 years on Route 9 (or Atlantic City Boulevard) in Bayville and moved to what we refer to as the “Townsquare Tower” in downtown Toms River.
It’s amazing to think of the history of Ocean County, the Jersey Shore, and New Jersey in general that we were a part of during our time there…the happy times where we celebrated with you, and the moments where we helped you get through the rough times. We went on the air during a snowstorm in 1968, and in our last months, we were there during Superstorm Sandy.
I’m sure that some of you have gone through the experience of moving their place of business from a long time home to a new location, or left a longtime home (particularly if you grew up there) and took that one last, longing look around. I’ve been through both, and there’s always a sense of melancholy and wistfulness. The studio in Bayville was my radio home for nearly 20 years. So allow me to show a “home movie” as I share my last look around on the way out of what I have lovingly referred to as the “Broadcast Bungalow in the Pines”, but what was officially the Bob Levy Broadcast Center, a name that was transferred to our fourth floor studios in Toms River.