WFNP Executive Board: Spring 2021

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.

Station Manager

Nikki Donohue: 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: History/Journalism

Show: Tea Time

Programming Director

Marie Therese Ghunney: 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: Digital Media Production

Show: As Played By Marie

Assistant Programming Director

Leija Rothenberg: The primary functions of the Assistant Programming Director are scheduling, on-air performance, and keeping the daytime webstream 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: Digital Media Production

Show: Dear Mom; The Breakfast Buffet

Virtual Programming/Podcast Manager

Emily Nagle: The primary functions Virtual Programming/Podcast manager are to assist with the integration of virtual programming for WFNP. New to the executive board, this position is responsible for keeping WFNP DJs active on the station while many students are participating in distance learning.

🎓: Major: Digital Media Production

Show: The Cat’s Pajamas

News Director

Daniel Perez: 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: Computer Engineering

Show: Dumpster Fire

Assistant News Director

Emerson Wachnik: 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: On the Fritz

Music Director

Emma Philippas: 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: English/Creative Writing

Show: Off The Record

Sports Director

Payton Ellison: 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: Journalism

Show: Sports Corner

Production Director

Taevon Allen: 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: Tae’s Tunes; The Culture Report

Traffic Director/Secretary

Anna Strauch: 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: Elementary Education/English

Show: Banana Grams

Promotions/Public Affairs Director

Alli Dempsey: 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: 📧:

Show: Dempsey’s Discoveries

New for 2020, the Promotions and Public Affairs Director will coordinate a team of 3 promotions assistants who will assist with a great deal of digital/virtual initiatives to engage the WFNP audience:

-Elana Sklar 🎓: Major: Digital Media Production

Show: Friday’s Friday

-Kirstin Phillips 🎓: Major: Graphic Design

Show: Helvetica; Dear Mom