WONY Radio students visit WNYC and iHeartMedia

On Friday, March 23, a group of 15 student members of WONY 90.9 FM, SUNY Oneonta’s student-run radio station, took a Student Association sponsored field trip to New York City to visit major radio institutions and learn about the industry. There, they received private guided tours of New York Public Radio (NYPR) and iHeartMedia. They were accompanied by Dr. Andrew Bottomley, WONY faculty advisor and Assistant Professor of Media Studies in SUNY Oneonta’s Communication & Media Department. It was a rare chance for students to get a behind-the-scenes peek at professional broadcasting studios, interact with veteran broadcasters and top industry executives, and learn about internship and career opportunities.

In the morning, the students visited New York Public Radio’s offices in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Lower Manhattan for an eventful two hours. NYPR operates WNYC, an NPR affiliate and the most-listened to public radio station in the country. In addition, NYPR runs the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, New Jersey Public Radio and WQXR, the latter being one of the oldest and most influential classical music radio stations in the country. NYPR also recently acquired the much-loved NYC local news and politics blog Gothamist.

While receiving a full guided tour of NYPR’s newsrooms and studios, students were able to observe the legendary Brian Lehrer hosting his live call-in talk show The Brian Lehrer Show. As it happens, upon first arriving in the NYPR lobby, the WONY group immediately ran into one of Lehrer’s upcoming guests, the Public Advocate for the City of New York, Letitia Jones. The students proceeded to have a warm, engaging conversation with Ms. Jones, who is the City’s second highest ranking elected official and the first woman of color to hold citywide office in the history of New York City.

NYPR produces some of the most popular nationally-distributed radio shows and podcasts in public media today, including Radiolab, On the Media, Freakonomics Radio, Snap Judgment, The New Yorker Radio Hour, and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. In addition to the studio tour, the students had meet-and-greets with three living legends of public radio: Radiolab co-host Robert Krulwich, local New York City host of All Things Considered Jami Floyd, and On the Media host of Brooke Gladstone. Despite being on a tight Friday afternoon deadline, Ms. Gladstone even invited the WONY group into On the Media’s offices and pulled her entire production staff into a huddle to dialogue with the students. These enlightening conversations were followed by a highly informative discussion session with Vice President of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion Brenda Williams-Butts about internships and jobs. WONY’s visit concluded with NYPR generously catering a pizza lunch for the students, followed by a visit to the stations’ archives and a chat with the Director of Archives, Andy Lanset.

In the afternoon, the group ventured to iHeartMedia’s headquarters in the historic AT&T Building in Tribeca. iHeart Media (formerly Clear Channel Communications) owns 850+ radio stations, making it the largest network of AM and FM radio stations in the U.S. It also owns various other media properties, including the iHeartRadio online platform/app and Clear Channel outdoor advertising. Promotions Director Danielle Dellilo gave the WONY students an extensive tour of the iHeartRadio Theater and all of iHeart’s New York City-area radio stations, including the massively popular Top 40 station Z100 (flagship station for the syndicated weekday morning program Elvis Duran and The Morning Show), the hip-hop station Power 105.1, and the classic rock station Q104.3.

The students were even invited into the Lite FM broadcast studio by midday DJ Helen Little for a spirited impromptu chat while she airing a music block. Following the tour, the students took in illuminating presentations about the state of the radio and music industries from Marc Anastasia, iHeartMedia’s Integrated Media Sales Manager, and Scott Hopeck, iHeartMedia’s President of the New York Region. Mr. Anastasia and Mr. Hopeck were both incredibly generous with their time and eagerly fielded the students’ enthusiastic questions.

All in all, the field trip was an enriching educational experience that the WONY student members will not soon forget.


Deadline nearing for applications for funding

The Public Events Committee currently seeks applications for funding of “public events” on the SUNY Oneonta campus for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. The deadline to apply for funding is Friday, April 13.

Typical events that meet the “cultural and educational standards of the college” include guest speakers; arts and cultural activities; readings; concerts and public performances; and presentations geared to increase the positive cultural relationship within and between the college and the surrounding community.

Generally, funding awards are between $300 and $1000. Funding requests should demonstrate that substantial funding is also sought from additional sources.

The “college sponsored” event should be held on campus and should benefit the entire campus community, NOT just a narrow interest group or population.

All proposals should include a budget and advertising plan.

The proposal must be submitted by a member of the faculty, staff, or a current or retired employee of the college.

For complete submission guidelines, link to the application form, and sample proposals, visit the Public Events Committee’s web page by searching for “Committee on Public Events” or going to  http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/senate/Faculty%20Committees/publicevents/

Questions?  Contact Public Events Committee Chair, George Hovis, at george.hovis@oneonta.edu or at 436-2571.


Food shelf at Hunt Union expanding

As college employees, we are always looking for ways to improve the experience of the students we serve. As such, we hope to expand a Food Shelf in the Hunt College Union to address food insecurity among our students and the campus community. The Food Shelf, supported by the Office of Student Life and Leadership/Hunt College Union,  Center for Social Responsibility and Community, Student Association, Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Sustainability, is located on your left as you enter the lower level entrance to Hunt Union (near the pond).

To make it easier for staff across campus to donate non-perishable food, we have established various drop-off points. Below you will find a variety of campus locations and helpful contacts to collect your food donations.

Ongoing donations will be moved to the Hunt Union to be stored and regularly distributed to the shelf. We are looking for drop-off locations and contacts in Science II, Schumacher and Chase. Please contact robb.thibault@oneonta.edu  or bill.harcleroad@oneonta.edu if you are interested in hosting a bin. We appreciate your support.  Please be in touch with any questions/comments/suggestions.


-Margie Baker
Equipment Room, 1st Floor of Alumni Fieldhouse                                                                                 

-Mary Mancuso
Conference Room, front entrance of the Health and Wellness Center

-Robin English/Andrea Gerberg
Milne Library adjacent to Café
Robin.English@oneonta.edu / Andrea.Gerberg@oneonta.edu

-Donna Toombs
Morris Conference Center, Check-in Desk

-Deb Bruce
Communications and Media IRC B12

-Kaye Gale
Music Department Fine Arts 115

-Residence Life
Residential Life & Housing, Wilsbach103

-Dasia Morman
CME 104

-Faith Tiemann
Netzer 135

-Jennifer Bueche
Human Ecology – Main office lobby area

-Sean Robinson
Science l, Room 218

-Linda Drake
Alumni Hall– lobby outside of EOP (old admissions)

-Tim Nolan
Hunt Union Room 9/SA Office

-Jean Yaro

Fitzelle Hall, Elementary Education, Room 374