WFNP Executive Board: Spring 2023

It is the mission of WFNP to provide the students of SUNY New Paltz with a means of training and experience in radio broadcasting and management; and to provide the SUNY New Paltz campus and surrounding communities with music, talk, and news programming that cannot be heard on other stations in the Hudson Valley. The WFNP Executive Board is what makes this possible.

WFNP Studios, Student Union 423

Station Manager

Emerson Wachnik: The Station Manager is responsible for the day to day operation of the radio station. The Station Manager holds regular meetings with the Executive Board members, and works closely with WFNP advisors to make sure that all FCC procedures are being followed, and that the station is in good standing across the board.

🎓: Major: Digital Media Production

Show: On The Fritz, Wednesdays 10pm-12am

Programming Director

JC Hernandez: The primary functions of the Programming Director are scheduling DJ shows, on-air performance, and keeping the on-air staff up to date with current information about the station. The Programming Director is readily available to assist DJs with questions about studio operations, help DJs find coverage if they need to miss a show, and keep the on-air staff in the loop with any important changes about the general operation of the station.

🎓: Major: Business

Show: El Proyecto, Mondays 8pm-10pm

Assistant Programming Director

Zeren McClure: The primary functions of the Assistant Programming Director are scheduling, on-air performance, and keeping the daytime web stream DJs on track. The Assistant Programming Director supports the Programming Director’s efforts in studio operations, DJ training, scheduling and show coverage, and keeping the on-air staff in the loop with any important changes about the general operation of the station. In the event that the Programming Director cannot fulfill their role, the Assistant Programming Director will be asked to step in.

🎓: Major: Music Recording

Show: Radio Free Z

News Director

Alex Bologna: The Assistant News Director is also in charge of certain aspects of the nightly news cast, contributing local stories and engineering the broadcast. The Assistant News Director is the head engineer and is responsible for training news engineering staff and create weekly schedule each semester.

🎓: Major: Digital Media Production

Show: Edge News

Assistant News Director

Jack Flowers: The primary functions of the News Director are the oversight and smooth operation of the news department at WFNP. The News Director is responsible for assembling a team of reporters/readers to cover stories during the weekday newscast from 7pm-7:30pm. In advance of each newscast, the News Director will gather stories from the Associated Press, compiling coverage of events and stories that mimics a nightly newscast. The News Director works hand in hand with the Assistant News Director who is responsible for local stories and is the head engineer.

🎓: Major: Digital Media Production

Show: WFNP News, Mollie & Jack Show

Music Directors

John Roy & Gabby Gagliano: The primary function of the Music Director is to create and maintain a diverse database of music for the use of WFNP DJs. The Music Director reviews submissions from a variety of record labels to increase the music rotation available to staff. The Music Director is also responsible for providing comprehensive album reviews that get posted to the WFNP website and social media accounts. The Music Director works to solicit feedback from DJs about new music that they would like to have available for play on WFNP and also communicates and collaborates with the local music scene.

🎓: Major: Business (John), Digital Media Production (Gabby)

Show: Pass The Aux, Tuesday 10pm-12am (John);

Sports Director

Jacob Sampson: The primary functions of the Sports Director are to write sports coverage for the WFNP Nightly Newscast, produce [and host] the WFNP sports talk show, collaborate with the New Paltz Athletic Department to gather clips, coverage, and interview opportunities with the college athletic teams.

🎓: Major:

Show: Sports Corner, Monday 7:30-8pm

Production Director

Natasha Wilk: The primary function of the Production Director is to maintain an up to date rotation of Public Service Announcements, promotions, and station identification elements. The Production Director works with WFNP board members and SUNY New Paltz campus community members to highlight campus events, clubs and organizations, and provide listeners with a fresh sound when it comes to pre-produced promotions.

🎓: Major: Digital Media Production

Show: A Few Choice Words, Wednesday 2pm-3pm

Traffic Director/Secretary

Nicole Nelson: The primary function of the Secretary/Traffic Manager is to organize all administrative paperwork and information for the radio station. The Secretary/Traffic Manager collaborates with other WNFP Directors and campus clubs and organizations, keeping the SUNY New Paltz community in the loop with regard to WFNP events while also bringing campus events to the board to promote. The Traffic Manager aspect of the role is responsible for scheduling Public Service Announcements and tracking what is played for the WFNP Public File Records. The Secretary responsibilities focus on maintaining updated records for the organization as a whole.

🎓: Major: Digital Media Production

Show: The Dizzy Express, Wednesday 1-2pm

Promotions/Public Affairs Directors

Alli Dempsey & Jeanette Bruni: The primary function of the Public Affairs and Promotion Director is to provide the station with on-air material that is of interest to the community, as well as to promote the station.  The Public Affairs and Promotion Director focuses on integrating WFNP into the campus community through promotional events and giveaways, social media presence, and general advertising.

🎓: Major: Journalism (Alli), Digital Media Production/Environmental Studies (Jeanette) 📧:

Show: the alli way., Thursday 10pm-12am (Alli)

Advisor/Chief Operator

Valerie Turco serves as the professional staff advisor to WFNP radio. Val is an alum of SUNY New Paltz and has worked at the college for a number of years in the Division of Student Affairs. Val has been the Director of the Center for Student Media since 2018 and in addition to working with radio, also provides oversight to the college newspaper, video production/TV club, and literary magazines.

🎓: Major: Class of 2005 Radio/Television Production, and Class of 2010 Humanistic/Multicultural Education 📧: