How cool is it to be a guest on a great, live radio station? This past Monday, I found out just how cool, at WDVR FM/89.7. Invited by DJs Sande Neske and Manny Garcia of the engaging Out and About with Sande and Manny program, I headed west to beautiful Sergeantsville, New Jersey, with Tom Petruzzelli, Editor of WriteOnNewJersey.com. The kind invitation was prompted by Manny’s discovery of the Write On New Jersey article, The Faces of the Haunted and to his and Sandy’s interest in such things, as evidenced by their own information-rich website, ParanormalUnlimited.com.
I’d never been in a radio studio during a live broadcast, so I was revved to do this show. After a wrong turn or two en route along the gorgeous, turning leafed lanes leading to Sergeantsville, Tom and I slid into our seats with all of two minutes to spare, still panting as we adjusted our mics. Sande and Manny were both extremely professional and friendly, putting us immediately at ease.
The DJs asked for more details about the abandoned and reportedly spirited schoolhouse highlighted in The Faces of the Haunted. From there, we segued easily into other paranormal topics, not limited to the true tale of the night that my uncle passed into God’s hands (For Whom the Clock Chimes) and how my sister-in-law, a woman who’s got her head screwed on straight, was once visited in my guest room by something otherworldly.
During the broadcast, Tom’s niece, Cherene Petruzzelli, called the station. Cherene has her own haunting tales to tell, and I don’t want to rain on her parade by talking about them here. Sande took her call and graciously offered to bring Cherene on the show to discuss her deliciously frightening experiences, which have been witnessed by a number of people and documented by a team of paranormal investigators.
After the brief conversation with Cherene, we went to a station break. Off air for a few minutes, Sande’s eyes flew wide open. “I just heard a growl through my earphones!” she cried. “I’m not imaging that. I’m not making it up. Oh, my God — there it is again!“ And then Sande pointed to the On Air signs on the wall, explaining that those are never lit when the DJs are not broadcasting. But the four of us clearly saw those lights blazing brightly!
When human beings pass into spirit (pure energy), they sometimes “kidnap” electrical devices to make their presence known. There are numerous, documented cases in which street lamps, house lights, and appliances turn on and off, unaided by humans, in the presence of ghosts and spirits*. Were we visited by something otherworldly in the WDVR studio? Did we unwittingly invite it in by speaking live, of things that go bump in the night, to an audience of 50,000 people? Well, things go bump in the day, too, as they did on Monday! Whatever it was, I’m glad it was friendly!
After the uninvited visitor left (or did it?), we touched briefly on the topic of music and I clued the listeners in to the talent of Taylor Hicks, who has worked and/or performed with, among other notables in the industry, The Allman Brothers, Gladys Knight, and Eric Clapton/BB King producer Simon Climie.
Manny then engaged Tom, owner of Objective: Resumes, to educate the audience on the importance and competitive edge of a professionally written resume, particularly in this economy.
Having crafted resumes, cover letters, and other professional documents for 31 years, Tom is an expert on the topic. He’s quite knowledgeable about the job market, the ever-evolving trends in resume writing, and how technology continues to dictate those trends. Through the kindness of Sande and Manny, Tom informed the listening audience as to how they can contact either Tom or myself to develop a compelling resume and cover letter designed to secure interviews.
The hour that we spent on air went by too quickly. I had a ball, and so did Tom. We couldn’t have asked for better hosts than Manny and Sande! If you’d like to catch them live, on air or streaming on the ‘net, check out Out and About with Sande and Manny (Mondays, 3 PM to 5 PM, Eastern Time). And, if you’re a fan of a broad range of music and interesting, community-oriented topics, tune in to WDVR FM/89.7 any time. The station broadcasts live, 24/7.
* A ghost is an entity, often disturbed, that remains behind in the space it once occupied on Earth, while a spirit has moved on peacefully to the next world.