WMSC Broadcasts First Montclair Football Game in 10 Years

Red Hawks win 17-16. Start Season 1-1.

After more than a decade, the Red Hawks soar through the airwaves once again.

WMSC, Montclair State’s underground radio station, took the challenge of broadcasting Montclair football’s home opener Saturday against powerhouse Salve Regina University.

“It went very well for our first broadcast,” said sports director Mike Panepinto, a junior television and digital media student. “There are still areas that need improvement, but for the first time I was very pleased.”

Through careful integration of some impressive professionals and eager students, the sports team of WMSC worked together both on the field and in the studio.

Sitesh Shah and Charlie Hecht worked the booth to provide those at home colorful play-by-play, while Scott Seidenberg added from the sidelines. These three men have worked professionally for WFAN, ESPN, and NBC respectively.

Panepinto, along with sophomore Kevin Carlin reported from WMSC’s studio back on campus. General manager Dick Hinchliffe produced the show. Students Taylor Zuppa and Brian Goudsward assisted Seidenberg on the sidelines, while Rob Ramirez provided stats in the booth. Student engineer Mike Bufis kept everything in check.

It was only fitting that the game came down to the wire. MSU defense blocked a two-point conversion with two seconds left that would have put Salve Regina ahead. The Red Hawks won 17-16, and have their next three games on the road. WMSC’s next broadcast will be the homecoming game on October 12th.


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Taylor Zuppa

A 21-year-old student at Montclair State university with a passion for football and shoe shopping. I hope to pursue a career in sportscasting and eventually sit behind a desk at ESPN.