‘This is it’
The Globe takes requests. On a Tuesday afternoon, Andrew Witkowski takes a call.
“91.1 The Globe, this is Andrew” (pause) “Beatles ... we have (checks directory) ‘Strawberry Fields Forever,’ ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ ‘Lady Madonna,’ ‘Octopus’s Garden’ ‘Nowhere Man,’ ‘Michelle’ and ‘If I Needed Someone.’”
The listener opts for “If I Needed Someone.” Witkowski says it will air in about five minutes. (pause) “All right, sweet,” he tells the caller. “Thanks for listening.”
Witkowski runs his show off requests.
“I want to play what the community wants to hear,” he said. “Once you have one request, the ball just starts rolling.”
Witkowski is a Concord High School graduate and a Goshen College freshman. He decided he wanted to be in radio when he was in high school. His grandfather was once a WSBT news anchor, and Witkowski was plugged into radio at a young age. Still, he didn’t quite know what to expect his first time on the air at The Globe.
“You get the blood rushing,” he recalled. “And you don’t know what to expect and then once you talk after the first time you stop ... you lean back ... you take that sigh of relief. And then it’s like natural.”
Since he’s been on the air, Witkowski said, he’s received feedback on how to improve. He said he wants to learn as much as he can.
“It’s exactly what I wanted to do,” Witkowski said of The Globe. “This is it, right here.”