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Samr "Rocky" Tayeh

Rocky Tayeh is a college student living with his eight siblings and parents in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood.

After a life-long struggle with obesity, he underwent Lap-Band surgery. A combination of this procedure, healthy eating and physical activity has helped Tayeh lose over 180 pounds. He's an award-winning radio journalist who shares his continuing story with radio audiences through his work with National Public Radio affiliate WNYC.


This hour: a very personal take on a rare subculture, a young man forced to confront his obesity, a dinner with unabashed nudists, and more.


Teenagers are making some of the most engaging radio out there! Their refreshing perspectives and creative techniques are lighting up the radio and signaling good things for the future sound of the airwaves.