Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019

  • Bobby C. Campbell Staff Illustration/Andy Castillo—

  • John Putala, senior class president, takes a selfie with his classmates at Turners Falls High School's 2019 commencement ceremony Friday, June 7, 2019. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo

Published: 6/8/2019 7:42:35 AM

By BOBBY C. CAMPBELL 

For the Recorder

I was very excited to be asked if I was interested in writing a weekly column about life and happenings in our area and their connection to myself and others in the Pioneer Valley. I accepted the offer and they named the column "Bobby’s World.”

This past week has been an exciting time for many families here in the valley with many high school graduations taking place. Seniors are getting ready for the next big step in their lives, whether it's college in the fall or starting in the workforce full-time this summer.

My two nephews, Hunter and Ryan Campbell, are a part of the Class of 2019. Hunter graduated from Greenfield High School as a dual enrollment student at Greenfield Community College. Ryan graduated from Turners Falls High School this weekend.

Hunter will be continuing his education — like many other high school graduates — in college, having received a scholarship to play baseball at Colby Sawyer College in Londonderry, New Hampshire. He is now getting ready for the next chapter in his life.

Ryan, like Hunter, played sports all four years of high school — soccer, football, basketball, baseball —  and has decided to get his college start at Greenfield Community College, which has been a wonderful stepping stone for our local high school graduates for a long time. Many graduating seniors use GCC as a starting point to obtain a four-year college or university degree.

I couldn't be prouder of these two wonderful men for the hard work and dedication, which they put into their studies and sports, representing their schools and communities.

Everyone has a different path they must go down after high school and not everyone goes to college. When I started in radio in 1983, I learned more as an intern than I would have in college. I’ve never stepped foot in a college classroom. I began hosting my first full-time radio show in July of 1985 at WHAI, and worked there for a year before leaving for 99.3 WHMP in Northampton, where I stayed until 1997. I returned to WHAI from 1997 to December of 2015, when I switched to part-time to host my weekly radio show “Flashback to the 70s and 80s” — which I started back in 1997 — Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.

Twenty-two years later, the program is heard all over the world streaming live at whai.com.

These days, I also call high school basketball, softball and baseball on Bear Country 95.3 with Jeff Tirrell and Chris Collins. I have, for the past 3 1/2 years, hosted my own local high school sports show on Greenfield Community Access Television, Frontier community access Television, and Montague Community Access Television called The Franklin County Varsity Sports Report. 

My point is, after graduating from high school, students might go to a four-year college or to a community college in order to transfer to a four-year college. Others might just go directly into the workforce and not bother with college, as I did. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to get an internship and learn everything in-house about the radio business.

To all the seniors graduating high school this month, remember that, sometimes, all of us need to start a new chapter — the question is what path you will take. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2019, especially my two nephews, and good luck on your new journey.

I will share more thoughts and stories next week. Thanks for taking the time to read my new column, Bobby’s World.

As a local personality for radio stations WHAI 98.3, Bear Country 95.3, WHMP 99.3 and Bobby C’s DJ Service for the past 36 years, Bobby C. Campbell has been connected to the community for a very long time. If you have an event that needs promotion or an idea for a future culum, e-mail him at bobbyleslie25@gmail.com.




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