WSOU assistant music director Nick Durant (left) and PSA director Tim Bonomo (center) spent time observing WCBS-AM morning news co-anchor Paul Murnane (right) during a recent visit to CBS Radio’s New York City station cluster. Through the WSOU Mentoring Program, Seton Hall University students are connected with station alumni for guidance, critiques, inspiration and industry introductions.
It may strike some as counter intuitive when it comes to the digital native generations, but radio and audio careers remain popular among millennials and Generation Z. The interest is so strong that Seton Hall University's student-run WSOU 89.5 FM revamped and expanded its mentoring program this academic year. That expansion was on display last week when students Nick Durant and Tim Bonomo were accompanied by WSOU alumnus, mentor and retired WCBS-FM music director Richard Lorenzo to observe the operations of CBS Radio in New York City.
During their visit, Durant, who is WSOU's assistant music director, and Bonomo, who serves as the station's PSA director, sat in with WCBS-AM news anchors Wayne Cabot and Paul Murnane to watch the operation of morning drive on the popular news station. The students also had the opportunity to view WCBS-FM midday host Dan Taylor in action, appearing briefly with the iconic New York DJ live on the air. In addition, Bonomo and Durant toured the CBS Radio facilities and spoke with Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio and Operations Manager for WFAN Mark Chernoff, WCBS-AM program director Tim Scheld, WINS Production and Creative Services Director Dave Plotkin, WCBS-AM news anchor Pat Farnack and WCBS-FM assistant program director Dermot O'Neill, among others.
"It was really cool to see the precision of the morning news operations," said Durant. "Paul Murnane and Wayne Cabot are two amazing anchors. It was an enjoyable and eye opening experience to watch them do their work flawlessly." Durant also noted that the opportunity to speak with industry professionals over the course of the hours-long visit was invaluable. "The ability to have those conversations is not something students normally get to do and it is all thanks to the WSOU Mentoring Program."
The WSOU Mentoring Program connects current members of the student staff of the award-winning college radio station with station alumni for a year-long mentorship that includes regular one-on-one conversations, events, leadership coaching, career advice and more. With literally thousands of alumni working in the media, music and entertainment industries, the students are able to tap the expertise and insights of industry leaders who can also relate to their experiences as students at WSOU.
Legendary NYC DJ Ross Brittain (left) took time to discuss the radio business with WSOU-FM staff members and Seton Hall University students Tim Bonomo (2nd from left) and Nick Durant (3rd from left). The students' visit to CBS Radio New York's studios was arranged and guided by Richard Lorenzo (far right), a WSOU alumnus and former music director of WCBS-FM.
"The WSOU Mentoring Program is one of the many benefits our station offers Seton Hall students," said Mark Maben, WSOU general manager. "Under the leadership of alumna Rachael Draudt and current student station manager Molly Meller, our mentoring program has reached new heights this year and has strengthened the professional development mission of WSOU."
More than 20% of the student staff members of WSOU were enrolled in the WSOU Mentoring Program during its first year of expansion. With additional mentors lined up for 2017-18, the station anticipates that every student who desires to have a mentor will be assigned one.
Student-run WSOU, which began broadcasting in 1948, was the first college FM radio station in New Jersey. Celebrated for its loud rock format and coverage of Seton Hall athletics, WSOU's signal reaches all five boroughs of New York City, much of northern and central New Jersey and is available on iHeartRadio. WSOU was the 2016 winner of the National Broadcasters Association's Marconi Award for Noncommercial Station of the Year. More information about the station can be found online on our website and on our Facebook page.
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