You may know Obie Diaz from Cox Radio’s Country Channel K92.3’s Morning Show. Still, anywhere in Downtown Winter Garden, when he yells out, “Whoo-Dee-Whoot!” you have no less than 10 people yell back, “Obie!” and it’s clear that he’s more than just a radio personality who calls Winter Garden home.
“I was raised in the Miami area and moved to Orlando to get into the music scene and start a Boy Band, but instead, I landed a job at 95.3 PARTY. It was a dance music channel way back then that ultimately transitioned into hip-hop. After almost 15 years there, getting married, and starting a family, I was looking for something different”, Obie shared about the early days of his over 22 years at Cox Media Group, and added, “About 7 years ago, while still at 95.3, there came an opportunity over at country radio, K92.3 for the Morning Show. In this industry morning, radio is the spot to be, and although I didn’t know much about country music at the time, I jumped right in.”
Not able to easily move on from his long-standing on-air role at 95.3, Diaz ended up working at both stations. “I spent every weekend pre-recording parts of the K92.3 morning program and all my spare time researching country music and artists. I just had spent over 15 years working at a dance and hip-hop channel and really wanted to prove myself in the new opportunity; In addition to both on-air roles, I literally put myself through my own College of Country Music!”.
After 2 years of his grueling schedule, Obie gets a call. “The General Manager calls me in, sits me down, and I think I’m totally getting fired. The GM says, ‘your services are no longer required…’” Obie takes a long pause for effect and with a straight face continues, “… at 95.3, we want you full time on mornings at K92.3’.”. Obie continues, “I’ve been at K92.3 now for 7 total years total, love every minute, and haven’t looked back.”
“We moved to Winter Garden about 9 years ago, and it’s really turned out to be a great community to raise our family. Erica and I have been married for 14 years; we have 3 children and just adopted a 4-month-old beautiful baby boy,” Obie shared about his family.
“God placed adoption in Erica’s heart early on, and it took almost 2 years for Him to have that ‘discussion’ with me,” added Obie, who reads scripture every day with his family, “I remember it clearly. I was in the studio, and out of the blue, my life flashed before me; It was a great life, surrounded by good things and amazing people; it felt perfect. Then the feeling… actually The Voice… ‘You Have More To Share,’ and that was it, we were on the journey of adoption.” Obie pauses for a minute and with a warm fatherly grin adds, “with our kids being a little older (8, 10, and 11) you forget what it’s like to have a baby in the house and it’s crazy, in the greatest ways, he’s such a smiley baby!”.
Diaz is highly involved in the Central Florida community where he's involved with The Better Man Events, hosts the Orlando Police Foundation’s “City’s Finest” podcast (available on all podcast platforms), and works with the Seminole County Sheriff Foundation and Maronda Homes’ Hero Home initiative, where a new home build is donated allowing 100% of the sale proceeds to benefit First Responders and their families in times of need.
Obie’s focus is also shining in our local community, being the Founder of Sons Of Thunder. “The last couple of years has really seen a new chapter in my life where I’ve turned from being the entertainer, you know, just the fun guy, into someone on a mission and more focused; I think that was really the foundation for starting Sons Of Thunder.” He adds, “We’re a local group of guys, now over 400 strong, focused on being better men in our households, community, and careers. Most of the group never knew each other before attending a meeting. I guess an easier way to say it is; you should have a crew, a wolfpack, a good core group of guys you can hang out with and trust – that’s what Sons of Thunder is all about.”
“We are just now getting back to meeting in person and meet the first Monday of every month at the Crooked Can Brewery’s VIP Room in Plant Street Market. We typically have twenty or so guys, and the first beer is on us, courtesy of Crooked Can. The group has many shared interests, and we try to schedule an activity (golf, fishing, hunting, skydiving, working out, etc.) monthly. There’s no cost or craziness to join us, just show up, meet some great guys, and have some fun!” - For more information on Sons Of Thunder, visit SonsOfThunderGroup.com.
The last couple of years has really seen a new chapter in my life where I’ve turned from being the entertainer, you know, just the fun guy, into someone on a mission and more focused.
My life flashed before me; It was a great life, surrounded by good things and amazing people; it felt perfect. Then the feeling… actually The Voice… ‘You Have More To Share.