WRHU Radio Hoftsra University Celebrates Second Annual Hall of Fame

Hofstra Radio Hall of Fame InducteesThe second annual WRHU Radio Hofstra University Hall of Fame was on September 25, five members were honorably inducted. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Tom Curley, Howard Liberman, George Musgrave, Bob Ring and Sue Zizza.

Marc Wiener, President of the Hofstra Radio Alumni Association welcomed the crowd by talking about how proud he was of the station’s evolution through the years. “WRHU is one of the few completely student run radio stations, it is a great resource for Hofstra,” said Weiner. “I would like to thank Hofstra for letting the station flourish for all these years. It is some place.” Master of Ceremonies, Lee Harris of 1010 WINS continued to guide the ceremony with comedy while sharing his past experiences working as a WRHU staff member and praised the inductees for their varied accomplishments.

Currently, WRHU has a staff size of 184 active participants. There were 125 interviews conducted to narrow this semester’s training class to 47 people. However, the desire to become a part of the station was shown through the 327 applications received this fall. WRHU general manager Bruce Avery helped enlighten others by informing them that radio is far from diminishing. The industry and the interest in radio continue to grow. “I had a goal ever since I came here to reunite the past with the present and the future,” said Avery. “At a time where they say radio is dying, radio is evolving, it’s thriving and it’s passionate.”

Inductee Howard Liberman began his career at WVHC in the 70’s and since then his career has flourished. Working at the radio station allowed him to become a news director of Pittsburgh’s KDKA, America’s first radio station, and become an editor, reporter and anchor for 1010 WINS. These are just a few of his positions. Liberman originally came to Hofstra as Chemistry major in hopes of becoming a doctor. “In a matter of a couple weeks things changed for me. I discovered I wasn’t really good at Chemistry and I found WVHC,” said Liberman. “I did the weather for the station and made everyone roll on the floor laughing. They asked me Howard ‘what the hell is scaattad fahhg?’ This was when I realized I had a thick Boston accent.” Liberman currently works for the FOX Business Channel.

Inductee George Musgrave had a similar story to share with the audience. Originally coming to Hofstra as a math major, he soon realized that the radio station was contagious and changed his major. Musgrave discovered WVHC in 1973 during his freshman orientation and spent his entire four years building a career as a staff engineer. Musgrave gained experience working with top station WABC radio and eventually moved to the ABC Television Network. “There were two problems to continuing as a math major upon arriving at Hofstra, first off calculus was a brick wall and secondly, I found the radio station,” said Musgrave. “With late nights are early mornings I was just having the time of my life. The radio station gave me a career I never could have imagined having.” Musgrave currently works as a technical director for several shows including 20/20, Prime Time Live, Nightline, and World News.

Newly hired Dean of Communications, Evan Cornog attended the event and acknowledged how he views WRHU as a successful station. “After being a part of the school for a little over 2 months I have heard people say ‘you know WRHU is really a cult’. I’ve noticed it’s the power of the human voice that brings people to the station,” said Cornog. “WRHU staff does a great job working together passionately through difficult times to produce something that’s as good as you can make it.”

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Hofstra University Holds 18th Annual Italian Experience Festival

By, Ashley Fountain
The 18th Annual Italian Experience Festival was celebrated at Hoftsra University on Sunday, September 19th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event has gained popularity over the years and continues to be a highlighted tradition for Long Island residents and members of the Hofstra community.

Giovanni Rizzo, 18 a resident of Jerico, New York has been attending the Italian Experience Festival with his parents for four years. He feels the festival is an occasion to look forward to. “My family and I are proud of our Italian heritage. It is plain to see by this Italian flag painted on my cheek that I will demonstrate my pride that I have for my culture whenever I get the chance,” said Rizzo. “My favorite part about this celebration of course is the great music and delicious food that is served.”

Those who attended the event were able to enjoy Italian culture by engaging in children’s activities, practicing art through a variety of crafts, and tasting an assortment of food while browsing through a variety of merchandise. Entertainment was also a component of the festival encompassing Italian folk songs and dance. A few of the special performances featured include Angelo Giudici and The San Remo Duo; The Long Island Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra; Our Lady of Good Counsel Band; The Magic of Maione; Katie’s Puppets and Michael Amante, also referred to as “The People’s Tenor.”

“My favorite performance of the day was listening to Michael Amante. His voice silenced the entire audience. I was amazed by him,” said Rizzo. I hope this festival continues so I can bring my kids to enjoy it in the future.”

Getting to Know Foley

Sophomore, Dennis Foley has lived in Keene, New Hampshire most of his life. However, he willingly moved back to Babylon, New York after deciding to receive his college education at Hofstra University. Foley is majoring in communications and was first attracted to Hofstra after discovering how close and easy it was to go into Manhattan. “For what I decided to major in, I believe there is no better place to be than in the shadows of New York City,” said Foley. “I would be very happy to possibly work for WCBS-AM, CBS, or WBZ in Boston as a talk show host for a radio or television station in the future.”

Comparing Media: New York Times Print Article vs. Fox News Broadcast Package

Every person has their own preference of how they wish to have daily news delivered to them. Some people are traditional and continue their routine of reading the news paper; others prefer to tune in to their favorite broadcast news station or read blogs and online articles. However, no matter what one’s news gathering preference is, receiving information from two different media sources can be helpful. For example, by reading an online news article and watching a Fox News broadcast I was able to read about and gain two different perspectives of the way in which Americans were coping with reliving a national catastrophe, on the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

After reading Barnard and Fernandez’s New York Times Article “On Sept. 11 Anniversary, Rifts Amid Mourning” and watching Fox News’ “Rise to Freedom” broadcast I was able to compare the news stories and determine what elements fixed my curiosity as a reader and as a viewer. Both news sources implemented news values such as audience impact, interest, and conflict. Nevertheless, the fact that September 11th is a nationally impacting historical matter for our country it didn’t take much effort to trigger viewers’ attention to the subject. However, if the subject had been about Politics for example, the newspaper would have to work harder to grasp readers’ attention than a broadcast news package would.

Broadcast news packages are often shorter and more concise to the point due to time constraints. Broadcast news packages also use more images in their stories through video which helps to keep their audience entertained and focused. News paper articles are typically longer in length and can normally take longer to read over in order to grasp the full meaning of a subject. Although being highly informative is a good thing, often times if a photo attached to an article doesn’t grasp an individual’s attention, the chance of them reading the full article is very unlikely.

Personally through watching Fox News’ “Rise to Freedom” and reading Barnard and Fernandez’s New York Times Article “On Sept. 11 Anniversary, Rifts Amid Mourning” I felt both sources of news provided me with a stronger meaning of how American’s are still coping with the tragedy of 9-11 nine years later. Both sources addressed the controversial debate over the possibility of building a mosque near ground zero which has been developing conflicting views for many Americans who continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones. Both sources spiked interest and became impacting to readers and viewers. All Americans long to continue hearing stories from others and learning about what is being done to recover from the 9-11 catastrophe.

If I were to choose which form of media I prefer to get my news from I would choose broadcast news. I found Fox News’ “Rise to Freedom” to be highly impacting. I was able to see and hear interviews from victims and feel an emotional attachment to their stories. I also enjoyed watching the construction of the 9/11 memorial that is currently being built. From the beginning to the end of the broadcast package I couldn’t stop watching. I was nearly brought into tears watching how other people have come together to build a beautiful memorial to honor the victims of 9-11 and their families. As a nation we have told the rest of the world that we will be strong, rebuild, and never forget.