A Bittersweet Day in September.

Dominic Carter
6 min readSep 12, 2022

One minute I was crying for my friend Wayne Wood.

Dominic Carter’s long-time friend, Wayne Wood

A few hours later on the same day I was bursting with pride as a father. My daughter Courtney announced she was following in her Dad’s footsteps becoming a book author.

With no real explanation, life always seems extra challenging for me. Perhaps that’s just the way it is. Maybe it’s fate. But on this day I was being tested in ways I didn’t know was possible. I’m a strong subscriber in always being positive, believing the “glass is always half full. Never half empty.” On this day bad thoughts won out over good.

This time I couldn’t even fake it. Mind over matter was failing me. My heart was broken for my friend and I still had a radio show that night to do at midnight on talk radio 77 WABC in New York. Being number one in the ratings is difficult to sustain. Stated another way, the show goes on no matter what. 77 WABC AM is a powerful 50,000 watt station heard in more than 30 states at nighttime.

Courtney Carter DeJesus brand new Children’s Book, “Eva the Kid” Reporter

This day was Sunday September 4th, 2022. The day before Labor Day. It wasn’t raining. It wasn’t cold or anything like that. It was a regular day until I received the devastating news that my best friend Wayne Wood had died in Newark, NJ.

Wayne and I had rough upbringings out of the Bronx NY. This is a politically correct statement, the understatement of the year, because the truth is we had really tough upbringings…



Dominic Carter

Dominic Carter is a Political Commentator/WABC Radio. Dominic also is a Keynote Speaker on Child Abuse, Foster Care, and Mental Illness.