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Seton Hall Students Attend Nation’s Largest Radio Convention  

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WSOU Station Manager Wilnir Louis, second from right, speaks during the "Generation Z Onstage - Born and Raised in a Digital World" panel at the National Association of Broadcasters annual Radio Show convention.

Nine staff members from WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University, recently attended 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas. The conference is co-produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and is the nation's largest gathering of the radio industry. WSOU Station Manager Wilnir Louis was one of only two college students selected to speak as a panelist during the three-day long convention.

A record ten Seton Hall students were selected this year as Radio Show Student Scholars, with nine of them able to make the trip to Dallas. In 2018, six Seton Hall students were designated as Student Scholars.

All Student Scholars received a scholarship to attend the Radio Show, which took place Sept. 24-26. In Texas, the students participated in special educational programming and networking events designed specifically for college students. The students also took advantage of the conference's professional management, programming, sales/marketing, content creation and research sessions.

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(Left to Right) WSOU Promotion Director Tayla Frey, Technical Operations Director Jillian Fitzpatrick, Staff Representative Kaleigh Diamond, and Program Director Alexis Juarez share a moment at the Marconi Awards ceremony during the Radio Show. Credit: Wilnir Louis.

"My experience at the Radio Show exceeded my expectations," said station program director Alexis Juarez. "One of the things that drew me to Seton Hall and WSOU were the opportunities for professional development that the school and station provide. The information I learned from attending sessions like ‘Growing Air Talent' and ‘The Secret to Longer TSL' will definitely help me be better at my job as a student manager and be more prepared for my career."

Seton Hall junior and station manager Wilnir Louis noted that his experience as a panelist for the "Generation Z Onstage - Born and Raised in a Digital World" session was one of the highlights of conference for him. "Few college students get the opportunity share their opinions and insights before hundreds of radio professionals, including the industry's top leaders," Louis said. "I am honored that the NAB chose me as one of the individuals to represent Gen Z, a demographic cohort that is 77 million strong and will be shaping media culture throughout the 21st century. What was terrific is that the conversation about Gen Z and how radio can connect with younger listeners continued throughout the convention."

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WSOU Sports Director Dalton Allison checks out the Total Traffic & Weather Network booth at the NAB Radio Show. Credit: Jillian Fitzpatrick

"My experiences at WSOU have inspired me to pursue a media career, so I was thrilled to be named a Student Scholar," WSOU Sports Director Dalton Allison said. "Attending the radio show allowed me to connect with other students from across the country and with dozens of industry professionals who I will continue to keep in touch with. I am grateful to the RAB, NAB, WSOU and Seton Hall for the support and encouragement they have given to me and other students who are passionate about careers in audio."

For Seton Hall senior and WSOU Staff Representative Kaleigh Diamond, being a Student Scholar afforded her the opportunity to meet one of her favorite radio personalities, Delilah. "For as long as I can remember, my family has listened 106.7 FM, New York's home for Delilah, so it was exciting to meet her in person in Dallas," Diamond said. "To get some career advice and encouragement from one of radio's best-known personalities was amazing."

"It's truly thrilling to have so many students selected as Student Scholars this year," station General Manager Mark Maben said. "Their acceptance into this competitive program demonstrates the outstanding education and training they receive at WSOU and Seton Hall, as well as how passionate our students are about radio. It shows that there is a new generation ready to step in and keep radio strong for decades to come."

The ten Seton Hall students named as 2019 Radio Show Student Scholars are:

  • Dalton Allison, Byram, N.J.

  • Ronald Castaneda, East Newark, N.J.

  • Kaleigh Diamond, Maywood, N.J.

  • Jillian Fitzpatrick, Kearny N.J.

  • Talya Frey, Lyndhurst, N.J.

  • Alexis Juarez, Hacienda Heights, C.A.

  • James Krause, Wantagh, N.Y.

  • Wilnir Louis, Linden, N.J.

  • Christopher Russo, Haworth, N.J.

  • Sabrina Saroza, Rahway, N.J.

More information about the Radio Show can be found here. The Radio Show Student Scholar Program is made possible thanks to the support of 24 radio groups and associate businesses.

About WSOU:
WSOU 89.5 FM, which began broadcasting in 1948, is the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University. Celebrated for its loud rock format and coverage of Seton Hall athletics, WSOU's signal reaches all five boroughs of New York City and much of northern and central New Jersey and is available on iHeartRadio. WSOU was the 2016 winner of the National Broadcasters Association's Marconi Award for Noncommercial Station of the Year and a 2019 nominee for the Marconi Award for Best College Radio Station. More information about the station, you can visit the website or the Facebook page.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Mark Maben
  • (973) 761-9546
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