Pittsburgh, United States
In 1975 at age 13, I began working at a year-old community radio station in Pittsburgh. My hope was to tinker with technology and help this scrappy station succeed as it broadcast an incredible array of programs, including multilingual public affairs programs, voices of Islam, a show devoted to incarcerated listeners, and world music. I served as the operating engineer for many of those programs and discovered a passion for using my skills to help other people share their ideas. In 1978, I began hosting a radio show that allowed me to do just that -- and continue to serve as its host today. Incredible mentors helped me become a well-rounded, informed and civically engaged person during my teen years. Our mission at SLB is to provide similar support to today's teens.