This year as we approach Veteran's Day, I am thinking about my high school radio teacher, John Dobbs, who was inducted into the Baton Rouge High School Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. That's right, my high school had a radio station, WBRH 90.3 FM. 

When I signed up for Radio I in 9th grade, I really didn't know what to expect. What I got was a speech class that also taught radio production skills. Mr. Dobbs taught us how to pronounce the letter W, "It's DOUBLE-U not DUB-YUH!" and while he didn't talk about it, word in the hallway was that he was a veteran, a U.S. Marine who had seen combat in WWII. He definitely seemed like a Marine. 

My senior year in high school I had Radio for home room with my good friend Rob Payer. We hosted the Big Band Show and would regularly serenade each other and Mr. Dobbs with our favorites of the era, like "Slow Boat to China" by the Kay Kyser Band. I like to think that he was pleased that we enjoyed the music of his youth. 

My high school radio station is still going strong, despite Mr. Dobbs retiring a long time ago. And my friend, Rob Payer, continues to work there. On Saturday 11/11/17 at 8 am, WBRH and KBRH will be playing a special tribute to veterans. Tune in to 90.3 FM or 1260 AM for the Rhythm Review.


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