Al “The Wingman” was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended and graduated from Thomas Edison High School, where he received the National Association of Black Educators Award for Excellence. He then attended New York City Technical College (formerly NYCCC: New York City Community College) where he studied Mechanical Engineering.
Al moved to the Poconos in 1999 with his family which includes his wife and two children, Akia and Nathaniel.
He attended Northampton Community College studying Psychology, Sociology and Radio Broadcasting/ Communications. What a mix!
“The Wingman” received his Master’s Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University. Al has worked in the field of Human Services and Mental Health since 2003.
Al continues to be involved in various community endeavors designed to implant in our youth values, standards, and respect for oneself and others as they mature into successful members of society. As the Executive Director of Youth-Star Camp, Al facilitates an annual overnight basketball camp, teaching lessons in health and fitness, along with a women’s fit camp every summer on the campus of East Stroudsburg University.
“The Wingman” is also co-director of TEAM ELITE, a local travel basketball team organization that consists of several youth teams in different divisions from grades 5 through 10 that travel locally and out of state to compete in various tournaments. He has been involved in Pocono Mountain West Youth Basketball Association (PMWYBA) since 2006, when it was known as Pocono Mountain Youth Basketball Association.
These programs have allowed “The Wingman” the opportunity to increase important skill development in our youth. It’s not just basketball knowledge skills, but providing local youth with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, self-esteem, and confidence to withstand life challenges.
Al believes that through sports we can build character and resiliency in our youth that will last throughout their life’s journey.
That’s what made being a part of The Gary in the Morning Show a natural fit. The show provides an opportunity and an outlet for us as a community to bring awareness and information to others who may not otherwise be aware of the resources available to them.
Since being a part of The Gary in the Morning Show, Al has had the opportunity to do some voice work to include promotions and commercials. He has also been privileged to host various award shows which include the 2016/2017 Monroe County Image Awards. “The Wingman” hopes to continue developing as a radio professional with the hopes of hosting his own show someday. Until then he continues his journey through “Life University”.