WRHO

WRHO 89.7 is where it all started. I first signed up for WRHO in September 1998, within 1 month I had my first show: "Live from the Hawks Nest." This show was a two hour viewer call in show where viewers could request music and pick up their daily digest of information that would pertain to them. This is where I came up with a slogan: "The best of the best and you can forget about all the rest!" which began my broadcast career. This show was a daily show that lasted until May 2001.

Later on in the semester I began my play-by-play career with announcing the Men's Football Games on Saturday afternoon. This was part of Super Sports Saturday beginning with Men's Football and going to Men's Soccer then finally to Women's Field Hockey. This is where I really began to learn the ropes of broadcast. By May 2001, I had broadcast over 150 games including Men's Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse and Men's Baseball. This including both home, away and championship games.

Over my span at WRHO I had not only created and maintained a daily music show but was hosting many sports events and became the Sports Director at WRHO. This was quite an accomplishment. With this accomplishment I sown the seeds for a transition from being a Computer Science Major to a Broadcast Major. This was invaluable later as I worked my way into television.

WRHO

WRHO 89.7 is where it all started. I first signed up for WRHO in September 1998, within 1 month I had my first show: "Live from the Hawks Nest." This show was a two hour viewer call in show where viewers could request music and pick up their daily digest of information that would pertain to them. This is where I came up with a slogan: "The best of the best and you can forget about all the rest!" which began my broadcast career. This show was a daily show that lasted until May 2001.

Later on in the semester I began my play-by-play career with announcing the Men's Football Games on Saturday afternoon. This was part of Super Sports Saturday beginning with Men's Football and going to Men's Soccer then finally to Women's Field Hockey. This is where I really began to learn the ropes of broadcast. By May 2001, I had broadcast over 150 games including Men's Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse and Men's Baseball. This including both home, away and championship games.

Over my span at WRHO I had not only created and maintained a daily music show but was hosting many sports events and became the Sports Director at WRHO. This was quite an accomplishment. With this accomplishment I sown the seeds for a transition from being a Computer Science Major to a Broadcast Major. This was invaluable later as I worked my way into television.

Oyaron Yearbook

Oyaron Yearbook was next after joining WRHO. I joined Oyaron in February 1999; I would remain their until May 2001. At Oyaron Yearbook I started out as a photographer for many on-campus events and would progress my way up until I reached the lead layout position.

At Oyaron Yearbook I learned how to photograph people, places and events. I learned about designing graphics for print and how publishing works. Even thought the yearbook was in black and white (monochrome) I still learned quite a bit about photography and publishing in general. By the time I was done I had continued to sow the seeds for a transition from Computer Science to Broadcast.

Student Senate

The Student Senate was the next and last club to join after Oyaron. This club was reserved for students to be elected to which means that you can't just join it you have to be elected into it. I did a feverish campaign in May 1999 for the 99-00 election. I won the vote and became a Senator.

Winning the election was a huge accomplishment because the last time I was elected to a student senate was in high school. This was only once. I had never been able to do it again until May 1999. Over the course of 99-00 school year I started a new event with Megan Hinman called "Wickstock." Wickstock was a yearly event held in May where regional bands would compete over the course of 2 days to win a battle of the bands. Since it started in May 2000, it has been a success generating revenue for the senate to hold other events. It was so successful that it was done again in May 2001.

During the 99-00 school year I started a technology initiative to get student organizations to become more available to students on the Internet. The first step in doing this was for the Senate to put all of its meeting minutes online as well as forms and other documents that students would need. Other clubs did follow but it became some what of a success as some clubs did take the initiative but other did not.

Over the course of my two full terms as a student senator I did make some changes to Hartwick College. I did bring a new yearly event to the campus and initiated student organizations to become more available to students on the internet. I did learn over this time how to govern people and to listen to what people have to tell you because if you don't listen them, it can come back and haunt you: this is especially true in Broadcast. By the time I was done I had nearly completed my transition from Computer Science to Broadcast.

Conclusion

In May 2001, I decided to not return to Hartwick College because Hartwick didn't have a Communication program of any kind. I decided to go to Plattsburgh State University instead and continue in Mass Communication, later Television Video Production, not Computer Science! With this change, my journey was complete. I had transition from Computer Science to Broadcast. With this change, I brought with me a lifetime of achievements to Plattsburgh State University which had a profound effect on me and everyone that had worked with me at Plattsburgh State.

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