I was born in an Italian neighborhood in South Philadelphia and went to Catholic school until the seventh grade when my parents moved us to South Jersey. We made frequent trips here to see family and of course to visit the shore. Wildwood and Atlantic City were our summer beach spots. After moving to Jersey and being the new kid, I figured it was easier to make friends if you made people laugh. That's when I got hooked on comedy. Working summers on a farm, I knew there had to be an easier way to make a living. It was a high school teacher at Holy Cross, Tom Bauer, who steered me toward broadcasting. l got my first job in radio in Hammonton at the age of 18. I did every job you could do at my first couple of radio gigs, from play-by-play high school sports to news to music director to producing commercials and even sales. Fortunately, I found my way to the stage and have done stand-up for many years, even opening for Jerry Seinfeld in Philadelphia just before his hit TV show premiered. I almost quit radio in the early nineties after losing a job as a morning show host in Philly. Luckily New Jersey 101.5 kept calling me to come work here. I reluctantly came in one day to do a shift and I've never looked back. The opportunity to connect with people all over the state on every level from politics to family life to pop culture and do it in a comedic way was custom made for me. The station management paired me with Judi in 1997 and the chemistry and close friendship was immediate. It was the kind of 'lightning in a bottle' chemistry that broadcasting managers dream of concocting. We love what we do on the air and off the air we both are extremely dedicated to our families and children. Off the air I love to fish, golf, garden, cooking, hiking, and building crazy things like my motorized floating dock. I love spending time with my family and a few close friends and nothing gives me more pleasure than cooking a great meal for the people in my life. If I could do anything else but radio, it would be to open an agritourism (bed and breakfast) in Italy to cook for and host American tourists. After years of studying my Italian is pretty acceptable and I still study every week. That doesn't look like that's happening anytime soon, so New Jersey may be stuck with me for a while. I feel very fortunate to be in the position that I am, working with some of the most talented people in communications and hanging out every day with the best people anywhere, the listeners to New Jersey 101.5.
Watch what summer at the Jersey Shore looked like in 1989
A listener of ours sent us a video he made of his time from the summer of '89 in Sea Girt. It's a little hokey but most of us can connect with it in some way.
11 ‘hole in the wall’ NJ places with the best food
Here is what some people in New Jersey think you should check out and what they're known for.
NJ’s prescription for COVID, stay put ’til you get worse (Opinion)
What's been puzzling to many of us who've known someone that had COVID is the lack of substantial treatment for the virus.
How to make a delicious ‘frittata’
The frittata is versatile not only in when it can be served, breakfast, lunch or dinner, but in its ingredients as well.
New Jerseyans live longer than most other states
The average age for a person from New Jersey is 80.4 years.
Atlantic City boardwalk to get massive water park
Finally some good news for Atlantic City!
Springsteen’s Jeep ad taken down for the wrong reasons (Opinion)
The real crime here is that the people in media, advertising, academia and government are so out of touch with average real Americans.
Jersey boy Nick Jonas to play Jersey Boy on Broadway
New Jersey's own pop superstar Nick Jonas is in talks to play Jersey icon Frankie Valli in a streaming event performance.
These girls in Toms River could use your help
The Tom River Angels cheer team is trying to raise money to get to the nationals in Florida.
Check out these beautiful NJ waterfalls
It may take a little bit of a drive for many of us to get to some of them, but we have plenty worth checking out.