For over a decade, the team at 990WBOB has reached thousands of people across Rhode Island, New England, the rest of the United States, and the world. But the crew is more than just your source for news and entertainment.
Learn more about one of our writers, and our newest show host, Christian Martinelli
Tyler Salk: CMart, how are you today?
Christian Martinelli: I’m absolutely fantastic, thanks.
TS: Tell me about you. Who are you? Why are you writing for 990WBOB?
CM: Well I’m a 22 year old media and communications major at Johnson and Wales University. I love sports and my passion has always been to talk about any sport, any time, as much as humanly possible. When the opportunity came about to give writing a chance initially I thought it would be a great outlet to talk sports to an even larger audience.
TS: So I know of course how you got your start with WBOB. But not everyone does. Tell us about how you got your start with WBOB?
CM: I guess this is the part where I give you credit, Tyler. We had been friends for a while through mutual friends, and you saw that on Twitter I have a lot of takes on all sports so you slid into my DMs and asked if I would be interested. I decided to take you up on the offer, and I’m still here almost two years later.
TS: What has been your favorite part about working on this team so far? What are some of the biggest things that you’ve learned?
CM: My favorite part has honestly been the fact that instead of sending my tweets out that my followers could probably care less about, I can instead have an audience that will read what I have to say. Of course the relationships I’ve made have been fantastic as well, but the opportunity this gives me to reach more people has been awesome. I’ve learned so much, from cleaning up my grammar (which still isn’t great), to learning interviewing skills, to doing on air radio, to learning how to produce shows, it’s been a lot of information and a lot of learning but thankfully everyone here has been willing to help me so much.
TS: What’s your favorite assignment that you’ve worked on for 990WBOB? Which are you most proud of?
CM: My favorite assignment that I worked on was the article I did about Gronk during his last season as a Patriot. He was always one of my idols, so being objective and hard on him was difficult, but that’s what made it fun to me, it was a challenge. Also it was the most “liked” piece on the website in all of 2018 which was some validation for my hard work on it. I’m most proud of this piece, but there’s been so many things that I’m proud of doing since I’ve worked here. From interviewing gubernatorial candidates to Major League Baseball players, it’s been an amazing experience.
TS: You’re a student, and this is what you’re hoping to do for a career. Finish this statement for me, CMart. Ten years from now, I hope to be:
CM: Ten years from now all I hope I’m doing is something I love, if it’s in this field that’s great I would love that. Like I said sports is my first love, and if I could work in sports one day that would be a dream. If I’m out of media and doing something else, that’s fine too, I’m an easy going guy and whatever I find happiness in is what you’ll see me doing.
TS: What can WBOB and the WBOB readers do to help you get there?
CM: Just give your feedback to me, if you love it let me know, if you hate it let me know too. I have thiccck skin and one of the best parts of this is getting to hear from actual readers and listeners what they think about your opinions. That type of support is enough, if someone cares enough to respond that validates what I’m doing.
Christian Martinelli is a weekly contributor for 990WBOB.com and hosts Psycho Sports Tuesday’s and 5:30. Be sure to check back regularly for his latest work.
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