Happy Birthday to the one-and-ONLY Pierre Robert!
As a kid, my family and I would listen to all sorts of radio on the dial, primarily oldies & doo-wop. Every so often, we would land on 93.3 on the FM dial and hear a familiar voice: Pierre Robert.
After years of listening to Pierre whether with my family or by myself, I grew fond of what he did and how he did it. By the time I got to high school, I was starting to think about what I wanted to do with my life. I leaned into studying to become a marine biologist.
I didn’t do so hot when it came to the report cards taking all kinds of science and math classes my junior and senior year.
Directly across the hall from my physics class was my high school television studio.
True story: One day, I walked into the studio and spoke with the teacher Dr. Benton. I told him that I was going to be on the radio one day. Since that day, my focus shifted to media, in particular radio. There was just something about music that really drew my attention. Pierre Robert had a lot to do with that.
Happy Birthday, Pierre Robert
Pierre’s passion for everything he says and does on the air is and was incredibly captivating to me. So, by the time freshman year of college was here, I had already declared to be a communication’s major with a focus in broadcasting. Four and a half years later, with a degree in my hand, and the world was my oyster, I was ready to go, or so I had thought.
Fast forward to 2003, Fuel just released their brand-new album Natural Selection, and they were doing a free, outdoor concert in the parking lot of the Best Buy in Deptford, NJ. Some friends and I attended the event, and that’s where I first met Pierre Robert in person.
After the performance, the huge crowd waited to get autographs from Fuel. I saw Pierre off in the distance and shouted, “You Rock, Pierre!”
He heard me and proceeded to comb his way through the massive crowd to come find whoever said that. He walked right over to me to shake my hand and say, “Thank You Good Citizen.” It was an incredibly kind gesture and something that has resonated with me ever since.
I met Pierre again, this time at WMMR Spring Break ’05 at the Liacouras Center on Temple University’s campus. The picture from that meeting is the first of many featured below. The SB ’05 picture is from almost a year to the day before I was hired as a DJ on WMMR, where I have been for the past 17 years.
Since then, Pierre Robert and I have been on many adventures together. A lot of them are featured in the pictures below. Most of the pictures in this post have never been seen by Pierre or the general public until now.
Wishing The Man, The Myth, The Legend, “The Duke,” and my friend Pierre Robert a VERY Happy Birthday!