Hello there! My name is Rob Garguilo, I’m a comedian, radio personality and stunningly handsome human being. Only two of those are accurate, I’ll let you decide which.
It all started in December of 1985. My parents made sweet love without a condom, and 9 months later, I was born.
Since I can remember, I wanted to be on the radio. I think it started somewhere in middle school, when I first heard The Howard Stern Show. I thought “man, these guys get paid to do this? How can I do that?”
I decided to take Introduction to Radio Broadcasting as a senior at Atlantic City High School in 2003. I offered to come in early each morning so I could host a morning show on the school’s radio station, 88.9 WAJM-FM. I basically played emo music (tunes to tuck to) and re-read the previous night’s monologue from The Late Show with David Letterman.
In 2004, I started studying psychology at Stockton University in Pomona, NJ. Turns out, if you’re crazy, you shouldn’t try and counsel other crazy people. I quickly switched majors to Communication Studies and joined the college’s radio station, 91.7 WLFR-FM (Lake Fred Radio). I hosted a morning show twice a week, “Wasted Wednesday’s” and “Thirsty Thursday’s” with two of my friends. We were quickly banned from the radio station after letting a mentally disabled adult sing over the songs the station made us play.
In 2008, I was lucky enough to get my first real taste of the radio business – I got an internship at 94.1 WYSP-FM, with The KiddChris Morning Show. I dropped out of college (you’re not supposed to do that while interning) but I knew this was what I wanted to do. I was scheduled three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, but I came in every day to learn. That meant waking up at 2:30AM (while living in the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house) and driving 2 hours each way from Atlantic City to Philadelphia. To this day, it was the most fun I’ve ever had on the air.
I was hired by the station after my internship was completed, however, a week after I was hired, the entire morning show was fired for a “racist song parody.”
Luckily, I was able to re-enroll in school and finish my degree. During that time, I obtained another internship with 102.7 WJSE-FM in Linwood, NJ, working with the station’s morning show, The Morning Edge with JoJo and Scotty. After a few months, I was brought on as a Producer for the show, and was given my own night show, The Spaz Show. I would go in from 4AM – 11AM for the morning show, then return from 5PM – 11PM for the night show. For all of that – I made $212 EVERY OTHER WEEK!
Due to budget cuts (yes that’s right, they couldn’t afford $424 a month) I was dismissed from my duties. I spent the next year working promotions and part time on-air work at 100.7 WZXL in Atlantic City.
In April of 2010, I landed a job as a Producer with Rover’s Morning Glory in Cleveland, OH. I spent the next four years working with Rover, until I landed a gig as the Executive Producer of The Mike Calta Show, heard on 102.5 The Bone in Tampa, FL. After two years with The Bone, I landed a gig as the “President of Programming” with the Bubba the Love Sponge Show, also based in Tampa.
Working for Bubba led to a relationship with one of the show’s affiliate program directors, Jeff Zito, at 96k-Rock in Fort Myers.
In 2019, I was offered the night show on 96k-Rock. It meant driving two hours each way, five days a week, but I finally achieved what I’ve always wanted: my own radio show on a real radio station.
Things were going great at K-Rock. Ratings were 0.0 when I started, but by the end of 2019, I had increased the stations ratings to 4th place overall, 1st in Rock at night.
However, some dude ate a bat in China, the country shut down, as did the economy, and in June of 2020, I was let go as part of a “reduction in force.”
Rather than move my family to Duluth to purse radio again, I decided it was time to explore other avenues. One where I could sit, drink my Malibu Bay Breezes while creating content for the internet to enjoy.
And that brings us to today. Here. Where I hope you I can connect with other like minded weirdos who enjoyed what we did on the radio, but from the comfort of my own home studio.