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Working Class Audio #232 with Buddy Lee Dobberteen

Buddy Lee Dobberteen grew up in a small town in Michigan. He got into playing guitar at a young age and was always fascinated with music but never really pursued it because he was too busy playing sports. He did an electrical internship all through school and after graduation began doing side gigs wiring houses but had always dreamed of something more. In early September of 2001, Buddy joined the Marine Corps and went in as an infantryman. In 2002 he was deployed to the Middle East and soon after participated in the Iraq war.  Three tours later, Buddy got out of the Marines and was labeled 100% disabled. After a series of events, he started the nonprofit Pathfinders Outdoors: His Little Studio & Mentoring. His goal was to help fellow vets via mentoring, learning audio and music as well as hunting and fishing together.  Buddy and his team have had over 300 Mentoring Sessions since January 2019 and continue to grow and help fellow vets who require help. 

About this interview:

Buddy joins me to talk about music and audio. Being a Marine, his three tours of duty in Iraq, coming home wounded, forming his non-profit for vets, thinking about suicide, teaching audio skills and mentoring. Enjoy! -Matt

Links and Show Notes

Pathfinders Outdoors /His Little Studio and Mentoring.

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Working Class Audio Journal:


  • Host: Matt Boudreau 
  • Guest: Buddy Lee Dobberteen
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau & Matt Boudreau
  • Additional Music: The License Lab