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WRSU alum Mike Emanuel among five to be honored in Rutgers’ Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Westfield native and WRSU alum Mike Emanuel (RC ’90) has been selected as one of five influential Rutgers University graduates to be inducted into the school’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

Emanuel was a prominent member of the WRSU Sports staff in the late ’80s, graduating in 1990 with a degree in communication. He’s currently Fox News Channel’s chief Washington correspondent, and a co-anchor of Fox News Live. He joined the network in 1997, working out of Los Angeles, and now resides in the Washington, D.C. area.

Also to be inducted:

  • Jeffrey Bluestone, and internationally recognized immunologist
  • Wade Henderson, a civil rights veteran and advisor on the subject to major corporations and non-profits
  • State Sen. Ray Lesniak, who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1978 through 2018
  • Patricia Devitt Risse, who founded a company that developed multiple innovative cancer treatments

The April 25th ceremony will be held at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren, NJ.

WRSU inducts inaugural Hall of Fame class, including Matt Pinfield and Mark Chernoff, while celebrating 75th anniversary

Matt Pinfield, shown here (on left) DJing with Ed Wong on June 10, 2023, was one of the headliners in WRSU’s inaugural Hall of Fame class.

With over 120 alums, current students and community members on hand, WRSU not only celebrated its 75th Anniversary Saturday night, but also inducted its very first Hall of Fame class, including legendary MTV host and rock DJ Matt Pinfield, and New York radio programmer Mark Chernoff.

The gathering at the College Avenue Student Center’s Multipurpose Room on June 10th followed live broadcasts on the air from the four living Hall of Famers – Sudzin, Pinfield, Vericker and Chernoff – over a span of eleven hours.

A total of six individuals were enshrined in the brand-new Hall of Fame – including the late WCBS newsman Harvey Hauptmann, the late journalist and journalism professor Roger Cohen, “Knightline” trailblazer Steve Vericker, and long-time “Sudzin Country” host Herb Sudzin.

The reunion also was a celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of WRSU becoming an FM radio station, a transition that was completed in 1974, after being an AM carrier-current station – heard only on campus – for 26 years starting with its debut on April 26, 1948.

In conjunction with marking both anniversaries, two groups also were honored with induction into the Hall of Fame: the founders of the station in 1948, and the FM transition team which included students there as far back as 1968.


WRSU Sports celebrates 40th anniversary of 1982 Rutgers women’s basketball AIAW National Championship with special broadcast

The Rutgers Lady Knights won the AIAW National Championship 83-77 over Texas at The Palestra in Philadelphia in 1982.

On Monday, March 28, WRSU Sports welcomed back former Lady Knights, their coach, and the WRSU members who covered the team for a special four-hour broadcast from our College Avenue Studios. The was held 40 years to the day that the Rutgers women’s basketball team – led by head coach Theresa Grentz – beat Texas to win the 1982 AIAW National Championship.

First up was WRSU’s “From the Archives” documentary – hosted by recent alum Dominick Savino and aired initially in 2017 – which looked back at the game through the eyes of the players, while airing the original WRSU broadcast in its entirety.

Following that, alums Geoff Sadow and Jon Newman hosted a special “Alumni Knightline.” fellow alum Jim Berman – who called the 1982 AIAW title game – as well as coach Theresa Grentz, and star players Mary and Patty Coyle.

Sadow and Newman’s interest in the original project spurred a video documentary, “Forgotten Champions,” which is set to make its premiere this fall. You can find out more by clicking here.

Click below to listen to the special “Alumni Knightline” from March 28, 2022, marking the 40th anniversary of the Rutgers Lady Knights’ AIAW National Championship:

Talia Stewart Interview with WRSU

WRSU’s Music Director, Emily Teubner, sat down with dark-pop artist Talia Stewart! They chatted all things heartbreak, hair, music video directing… but you are definitely going to want to watch the interview for all the deets.


Hand Habits Interview with WRSU

WRSU Video Director Danielle Ciampaglia sat down to chat with Meg of Hand Habits about feeling connected to yourself, working with friends, and what it means to be genuine. Hand Habits just released their 2021 EP, dirt. If you want to listen to some of Meg’s recommendations for required listening, you can go here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2vX…‚Äč


Dreamer Boy’s All The Ways We Are Together – Album Review

Zach Taylor, known professionally as Dreamer Boy, finished writing his sophomore album set to release on Earth Day, April 22, just as the pandemic reshaped life as we knew it. The pandemic has allowed 23-year-old, Nashville-based musician Zach Taylor to expand the meaning of his All The Ways We Are Together upon what he thought it was. I had the opportunity to take part in a Zoom call with Taylor where he talked about the album and what inspired it.


Cloe Wilder Interview with WRSU

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