On February 5, 2019 Matt Loughlin (center) spoke to WSOU series attendees on his journey from college radio to play-by-play commentary for the NHL.
WSOU 89.5 FM, Seton Hall University's student-run radio station housed in the College of Communication and the Arts, recently introduced a new speaker series dedicated to bringing established alumni back to campus to engage with current students. Coordinated by the station's news director, Bob Towey, the series allows students to converse with leaders in the field while learning the trades of the industry.
"There is a long tradition of station alumni coming back to WSOU to lead workshops and mentor current students," said general manager Mark Maben. "What is great about Bob's speaker series is that it not only continues this legacy, but also allows him to develop a new set of skills in conceptualizing, organizing and executing professional development events. It all ties in nicely with the type of hands-on, experiential learning that is at the heart of WSOU's mission."
Launching the series, Christina Stoffo brought in audio samples of her traffic reports while sharing insights though a Q&A style discussion.
Throughout the Spring 2019 semester, alumni will be invited to talk about their backgrounds, roles and provide examples of their work as educational tools. To kick off the series, WSOU welcomed Christina Stoffo '03, a traffic reporter for Fox 5, WDHA, Z100, KTU and Q104.3, in January and Matt Loughlin '79, the New Jersey Devils' radio play-by-play broadcaster on WFAN, in February.
Through a Q&A style discussion, Stoffo brought her own experiences to the conversation by playing real-world demonstrations of her traffic reports. Throughout the evening, the session explored related topics including how to format and create a traffic report and how to maintain a conversational tone on-air.
"To hear a broadcast phrased in the voice of a professional was incredibly helpful, especially for our own student staff members who are creating their own traffic reports," said Towey. "The speaker series is all about connecting newscasters with the developmental resources they need, while exposing them to a wider professional network."
Later in February, Loughlin offered his expertise on sportscasting and discussed his journey from college radio to his current role as a play-by-play commentator for the National Hockey League (NHL). Building a broadcast reel, preparing to call sports live on air and growing one's professional voice and caliber were among the topics discussed throughout the evening.
"WSOU has a very dedicated base of alumni and I wanted to expand on the station's relationship with its network while thinking about the student," commented Towey. "Learning from alumni who were able to translate their experiences from WSOU to their professional careers is a tremendous asset. After all, they were once in our shoes."
The series plans to host an event once or twice a month, with details announced 1-2 weeks prior.
For more information about WSOU's speaker series or if you would like to attend the next session, please contact the station's news director, Bob Towey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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