I met Frank Garrity back in 1981 at Seton Hall University. We were both young men with a dream to be successful broadcasters. I can honestly say in the early years of my career Frank was one of the people who helped me the most. Next Saturday he will be inducted into Seton Hall University's WSOU Hall of Fame. That night WSOU Seton Hall's radio station will also celebrate 70 years of award winning broadcasting. I'll be there proudly supporting my good friend.
Frank started as the mid day host on WSUS back in 1982. About a year later when I was just out of college Frank helped me get hired as the over night host on WSUS. When Frank became Program Director in 1984 I moved to afternoons. We worked together here at WSUS for 8 years. Frank left WSUS in 1991 to join WPAT. From there he moved on to 1010 WINS where he was the evening sports anchor for more than 20 years. Frank currently works for NBC Radio Sports and can be heard on many radio stations across the country.
Our friendship has lasted more than 37 years. A career in radio is not for the faint of heart. Some broadcasters get up in the middle of the night while others get home in the middle of the night. Frank has worked hard and been dedicated since he started at WSUS in the early 80's. He has raised a wonderful family with his wife Petrina. These days because of our busy schedules we only get together for lunch once or twice a year but it's always great to see him.
What I appreciate most about Frank is his quick wit and great sense of humor. As WSUS Program Director he was always patient and supportive. The owners of WSUS expected a lot from him for many years. His job was demanding but he never let anyone down. He may have left here 27 years ago but he is still one of the major reasons why WSUS has been the successful radio station it has been for nearly 50 years.
I think our best year working together was 1986. Enjoying the Met's World Series win. Hopefully, Frank and I will enjoy another Met's World Series win before we hang up our microphones! Recently, Frank stopped by one of my Back Pack Snacks for Kids live broadcasts in Sparta