I first came to WCBE as an insomniac teenager.
Flipping through the radio one sleepless night when I was 15, I found a program with soothing music, way down on the left-hand side of the radio dial. Echoes did the trick, and I got hooked on public radio. At 16, I enrolled in the Radio and Television program at Fort Hayes. We produced a monthly show called Veracity that aired on WCBE. I saw the impact of public radio, giving our class a voice and an outlet.
The following year, I did an internship at the radio station. General Manager Dan Mushalko greeted me on the first day; Hawaiian shirt, suspenders, and eyes beaming with enthusiasm. I saw the excitement the staff had, and when the internship ended I continued to volunteer, finally getting on air as a weekend board op.
That was almost 13 years ago. Now, in addition to all my other duties, I get to call on Echoes host John Dileberto to help with special projects. I feel like I’ve grown with the station - I still feel it’s a powerful voice, and I still feel the excitement! And occasionally, I still call on “Echoes” to wind down the day.