Daily Record Staff//December 12, 2022
//December 12, 2022
In 1988, after managing several radio stations, Bob Bloom had the opportunity to build a brand-new station. He found a studio location in Havre de Grace, located a tower nearby and launched country music station WXCY 103.7 FM in 1989.
By the time Bloom retired 30 years later, his station had become a big success, riding a wave of popularity for its brand of music.
“I was the WXCY general manager for 30 years before my retirement in September 2019, after a total of 37 years in broadcasting. I had many successes, including opening a performance stage adjacent to the station that hosts world-famous country artists in an intimate venue,” Bloom reminisced.
“With the help of an incredible staff, I expanded the station’s listenership to a huge audience and received a Country Music Award nomination in the Medium Market Radio Station category,” he said.
And the legacy he wants to leave behind as he spoke about his time in the industry: “One element I loved most about my role as general manager was making connections with the local Harford County community. It was my mission to have the radio station support community and philanthropic efforts.”
Since retiring in 2019, Bloom has been serving as the ambassador of Visit Harford, the county’s official destination marketing organization. “Interacting with and supporting members of the business and nonprofit communities and their important causes has always been a highlight of my career,” Bloom said.
“From general manager to ambassador, my proudest title is ‘Big Guy’, the moniker bestowed upon me by my two grandsons.”c