In the movie Wall Street, just as he is about to meet financial titan Gordon Gekko for the first time, Charlie Sheen’s young upstart broker Bud Fox looks into a mirror and says, “Well life comes down to a few moments, and this is one of them.” The same could be said for me the first time I stepped foot inside the studios of WFUV as a sophomore in college. From the moment that I met our executive producer Bob Ahrens and began training to become a sports broadcaster at the nation’s premier breeding ground for broadcast talent, my life changed forever.
Fast forward three years, and my journey has taken me to places once only dreamed about. After two years of training and waiting in the wings, I took over as the lead play by play voice of Fordham Rams football in the 2017 season. In addition, I became a lead play by play voice for the men’s basketball team, as well as the host of our weekly football coach’s show Monday Night Quarterback. My unique delivery, detailed description, and use of witty humor made me a fan favorite, along with the use of Red Barber’s famous phrase “Ohh Doctor,” which became a staple of my broadcasts.
My exploits have taken me far beyond the play by play realm however. This was apparent when I became part of the only team of college students to cover Super Bowl LII live from Minnesota throughout the week and in the actual game itself. In total, four live shows were broadcasted from Minnesota, including interviews with dignitaries such as WFUV alums Bob Papa and Michael Kay as well as NFL radio voice Kevin Harlan and a personal one with eventual Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer.
My greatest achievement to date, however, came in the spectrum of journalism, when I was named the winner of the 2018 National Student Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Audio Journalism. This came as a result of a deeply personal audio feature that I wrote, recorded, and edited about Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr., one of my biggest inspirations, as his school was about to close. I remain connected to my local community, which is why in addition to all I have done, I continue to be the voice of high school basketball in my home county, Middlesex County, NJ, on the GMC Hoops Radio Network which I co-founded along with Greg Machos of GMC Hoops. Former WFUV broadcasting consultant Marty Glickman was the inspiration for my local work, as he did the same in his own community even at the height of his power.
Even at my young age, I have seen and done so much more than I could have imagined. From interviewing UFC champions on my MMA/Boxing podcast, to beat reporting for the Knicks and my beloved Devils, to covering the NFL Draft and the PGA Championship, all the way to my current role as the voice of the Saint Peter's Peacocks and becoming one of the youngest professional D1 announcers in the country, this has been quite the journey. And it’s only getting started.