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Seton Hall’s WSOU Bests Blizzard

Student-run station stays on air in face of storm

WSOU News Director Giancarlo Carnevale provided newscasts on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the storm. As a senior, Giancarlo also mentored assistant news directors to better prepare them for future leadership positions.

Despite the weekend’s blizzard, Seton Hall University’s student-run radio station stayed live on the air for listeners in northern New Jersey and New York City.

WSOU(FM) remained on the air, despite campus’ closure. Student staffers, as well as Program Director Steve Varsanyi, Technical Operations Director Brian Kane, Assistant News Director Katie Fatzler and Assistant Program Director Holly Fitzpatrick worked in shifts to provide weather and traffic reports, news updates and other updates during Winter Storm Jonas. WSOU also broadcast its typical music and sports programming, including the long running “Hall Line” call-in show.

“Training and mentoring students on what to do during a weather emergency or natural disaster is an essential part of our educational mission,” said WSOU General Manager Mark Maben in a press release. “Experiences like these help prepare students for their careers and demonstrate that student-run college radio stations can be vital sources of information for the communities they serve.”

WSOU began broadcasting in 1948 and was the first college FM radio station in New Jersey. The station also previously earned accolades for is broadcasts during Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and other major winter storms.