Mike started with WMSC in the Fall of 2011 as a freshman DJ. He started one of the first ever all electronic dance music shows on WMSC. The show went on to be known around Montclair State as “Claudio Audio.” He was named WMSC station manager in May of 2013. Since then he has helped in putting together and overseeing the duties of WMSC’s Student Management Team as they aim to make the station “The Voice of Montclair State.” Mike is a broadcasting major with a minor in political science and a strong passion for television, radio, and digital media.
Programming Director: Silas Kezengwa
Silas is a junior at Montclair State University majoring in Television & Digital Media with a concentration in TV Production. He’s always desired to enter the field of radio and television as a broadcaster. He hosts his own talk program entitled Silas LIVE!, and is a four-time Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) finalist, of which includes Best On-Air Personality. As Programming Director, Silas works with all on-air content, events, specials and much more.
General Manager: Dick Hinchliffe
Dick supervises the operations of WMSC. He teaches Introduction to Radio Programming and Production in the School of Communication and Media. As a radio station manager, producer and reporter, Dick has worked with students and professional colleagues at Bloomberg Radio, WNYC Radio, NPR, The Associated Press, CBS Radio News, and elsewhere. An English major, Dick earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.A. from Sussex University in England. With roots in the Boston area, he is often seen discussing bragging rights with student fans of NJ and NY teams. When he’s not listening to WMSC-FM, he can be found playing basketball, golf, and indoor and outdoor tennis.
Production Director (Acting): Mike Grippa
Mike started with WMSC in the fall of 2013 as a member of the production team. His show “The Catalyst” is a show on WMSC that incorporates a variety of music genres. He is a fan of Electronic Dance Music, Jazz, and Classic Rock. Some of his biggest musical influences are Bon Jovi, Frank Sinatra, and Zedd. Mike is also a big fan of movies, his favorite being The Godfather Trilogy. During his first year at Montclair, Mike was nominated as Acting Production Director in the Spring of 2013 and looks to produce quality content for years to come.
Web Director: Steve Melone
Steve Melone has his own radio show, “The Melone Zone”. He is a television & digital media student, with a TV production concentration at MSU, and is in charge of the WMSC website. He is also in charge of the station’s social media and coordinates with his web team to make sure all our followers know what’s going on whether it be Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. He’s a music & film fanatic that looks to work in the production realm. He is interested in narrative storytelling & filmmaking, as well as music journalism. He enjoys writing, playing/listening to music and creating things (whatever that means). He has also been nominated for two IBS (Intercollegiate Broadcasting System) Awards for best Audio Documentary & Best Show Promo.
Music Director: Joe Vecchione
Aside from being a Montclair State University student (Majoring in Latin), Joe is a vocalist and local music connoisseur. He loves his coffee and a very wide variety music to listen to. He also composes music when able, which is pretty frickin’ cool! If you’re in a local band or know one and would like to get their CD played on WMSC, give it to Joe and he’ll make sure it gets played. Anyone can email him digital copies at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out his show The CHaos THeory on Tuesdays from 4pm to 7pm!
News Director: Kaitlyn Schoeffel
Kaitlyn is a Broadcasting Major at Montclair State University with a minor in political science. As News Director she maintains and adds new CBBs (Community Bulletin Boards) & PSAs (Public Service Announcements). She also helps produce newscasts (she is responsible for WMSC’s first newscast in decades) and she makes sure people are up to date with weather and current events (aka news). She works closely with the news team to keep listeners in the loop about things on and off campus as well. She is currently interning at NBC40 and is even competing in Miss New Jersey!
Engineering Director: Craig Gorbunoff
Craig is a TV & Digital Media major with a concentration in TV Production at MSU. Craig has his own radio show, Craig’s Call on Sundays during the academic year. He’s a sports fanatic overall, but is especially big on football, and basketball. He makes sure that things are working around the station, and helps when anything goes wrong. He is the one who fixes the technical difficulties when they arise, and also coordinates with WMSC staff for all our remote broadcasts for sporting events and live outdoor events.
Sports Director: Cat Barnett
Cat is a TV & Digital Media Major with a TV Production concentration. She is a massive hockey fan, especially when it comes to her Ottawa Senators, and is an aspiring actress. Though her specialty is hockey, Cat does a wonderful job covering all sports on campus, and is dedicated to getting the word out about MSU’s college sports. Cat’s job at the station is to make sure sports PSA’s/CBB’s are in the studio for DJ’s, looking into what sports events on campus can be broadcast over the radio, and to figure out how to incorporate sports into people’s radio shows.
Promo Director: Brianna Oshrin
Brianna Oshrin is currently a TV production major with minors in Film and Nutrition. She would love to have a career in sound design one day, so watch out, in about 10 or 15 years she’ll be winning an Oscar! For now though, her plans for the promo department are to make it the best it can be. She’s got plenty of plans to really get things going. If you’re interested in promotions feel free to reach out to her at email@example.com. Just a warning though, if you join her team, everyone might be jealous of you and all the fun you’re going to have! (Please disregard how terribly cheesy that last sentence was.) Don’t forget to tune into her show either, Heard It First!
Assist. Promotions Director: Melanie O’Shea
Melanie is a junior at Montclair State majoring in Television and Digital Media with a concentration in Television Production. She is the former host of two country shows as WMSC: “Back Road Country” and “Talkin’ Hay With Melanie O’Shea.” She loves all the different aspects of the broadcasting field, but particularly enjoys the radio business. As the Assistant Promotions Director, Melanie handles ticket giveaways and supports the Promotions team in spreading the word about WMSC. Don’t hesitate to contact her if you are interested in giving away tickets on your show!
Assist. Web Director: Katie Fierro
Katie is a sophomore at Montclair State University majoring in Television and Digital Media with an Electronic Journalism concentration. Her love of music and concerts motivated her to join WMSC during her first semester. On her show “Mosh All Night,” Katie features music and news from post-hardcore and punk rock bands such as Of Mice & Men, Pierce the Veil, Bring Me The Horizon and many more. Katie is currently Assistant Web Director at WMSC. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, teaching Zumba, creating graphic design projects on Photoshop, and listening to music that sounds really angry, but makes her really happy.
Assist. Music Director: Beth Mulligan
Elizabeth is a sophomore here at MSU and has always been a lover of music. Listening to every kind of music and typically never disliking any music she hears. Though her favorite kind of music would have to be Rock or Indie Rock. Elizabeth is an aspiring Communications major and has a Musical Theater minor. She helps Music Director, Joe Vecchione with CD reviews, DJ rotations and the many other things the music department does at WMSC!