Local DJ going live to spread cheer during pandemic

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local DJ is hitting the airwaves once again, from the comfort of his home.

Paul Hurlburt has been in the DJ business for close to 35 years. He took a break from the industry for some time and is now hitting the airwaves once again.

Since he’s moved to Scranton, he has been airing music on his station 24/7. And with the support over the years from his friends Jaime and Mike, along with his wife Tammy who passed away, Hurlburt wants to keep the ‘beat’ going strong.

“I feel music touches everybody. Everybody has a soul, at least in my opinion, no matter who you are,” Hurlburt said. “My gift is to give back to people and have them listen to the music and enjoy the music.”

Now with the pandemic, he wakes up early in the morning and goes live from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. so others can hear his voice all over the world.

“During this whole coronavirus thing, it gives them an outlet and actually, I get to say ‘listen to what they are saying to you.’ The experts are telling you to stay home, listen to them. That’s basically what I’m doing now,” Hurlburt said.

While he knows people are concerned during this time, he’s hoping his voice can help be the positive light in peoples’ lives.

“I add my voice to this whole, I’m going to say disaster, at this point, because people are scared, people are concerned, and I feel like I’m trying to bring calm to it,” Hurlburt said.

Hurlburt adds he ends his broadcast with one particular song by Judy Garland.

“Over the Rainbow gives people hope and I tell them to keep their feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars through music and reach for the rainbow because there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It might now be the norm as it once was, but we are going to get through it,” Hurlburt said.

You can click here to find Hurlburt’s radio station.

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