Twenty Seton Hall University students participated in a masterclass on Wednesday, January 27 with ESPN’s Bob Picozzi. This deep dive into the ins and outs of sports broadcasting and sports journalism took place at WSOU 89.5 FM, the student-run radio station at Seton Hall.
The ESPN anchor’s two-hour session was part of WSOU’s ongoing series of masterclasses and “lunch and learns” that bring industry professional and station alumni to campus to teach and mentor students. These activities are a key component of WSOU and the College of Communication and Arts’ commitment to experiential learning and professional development.
“Having the opportunity to learn from individuals like Bob Picozzi has been an amazing part of my WSOU experience,” said WSOU sports director Clayton Collier. “It is opportunities like this masterclass that attracted me to Seton Hall. Our alumni enjoy working with current students and giving back to the station that helped launch their careers.” Collier, a senior set to graduate this May, was instrumental in bringing Picozzi to campus.
“WSOU was the reason I attended Seton Hall University,” Picozzi told the assembled students. “To be successful, you need to take advantage of resources like WSOU. The more involved you are with campus media and the more practice you get, the better your odds for success.”
Picozzi has been with ESPN since 1998. He presently serves as an anchor for ESPN Radio’s SportsCenter and is a regular college basketball and football play-by-play announcer for ESPN television and radio. Prior to joining ESPN, Picozzi was sports director and anchor for WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn. He also worked in radio at WNHC and WERI, and was the play-by-play announcer for the UConn Women’s Basketball Team from 1999 – 2010.
A New Jersey native and 1972 graduate of Seton Hall, Picozzi got his start at WSOU during his days as an undergraduate and was the station’s sports director for 1971-72. Picozzi has received a New England Regional Emmy Award for best Sports Coverage, and is four-time Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year, among other honors.
WSOU, which began broadcasting in 1948 and was the first college FM radio station in New Jersey, is the student-run 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. More information about the station can be found online at www.wsou.net and www.facebook.com/WSOUFM.