SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – WSOU 89.5 FM, Seton Hall University’s legendary radio station, will welcome two new inductees into the station’s Hall of Fame on April 5.
 
The new members are Joe Garifo ’72 and Matt DeVoti ’84.  In addition, Clayton Collier ’16 will be presented with the WSOU Distinguished Young Alumnus Award. The honorees will be inducted at ceremonies held in the atrium of Seton Hall University’s Jubilee Hall at 7 p.m.

The WSOU Hall of Fame and Young Alum Award honors distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions and recognizes their involvement with Seton Hall University’s radio station. Inductees are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, WSOU student career activities, service to WSOU and Seton Hall University after graduation, support of current students, personal examples of servant leadership and involvement with alumni activities.

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“This year, our inductees are highly reflective of the WSOU experience and the type of alumni we produce,” said Mark Maben, the station’s general manager. “Matt’s career spans virtually even facet of broadcasting – DJ, promotions, sales, marketing, management, voiceover talent, and more. Joe’s record as a news director, public affairs officer, and educator is exemplary, and Clayton’s rising star demonstrates that WSOU remains at the forefront of training students for 21st century media careers.”

WSOU began broadcasting on April 14, 1948 when Father Thomas J. Gilhooly turned on the station’s transmitter and began an experiential-learning and pre-professional development program that has taught generations of broadcasters, music industry professionals, and corporate communicators.

Many well-known radio and TV personalities got their first on-air experience at the station including ESPN’s Bob Ley, Bob Picozzi and John Brickley, WINS reporter Glenn Schuck, NYC traffic reporters Christina Lang, Kelly Dillon, Joe Nolan, and Christina Stoffo, NJ 101.5’s Jen Ursillo, former N.Y. State Broadcasters Association president and CEO Joseph A. Reilly, Baltimore Orioles play-by-play announcer Jim Hunter, SiriusXM senior director of music programming Jeff Regan, and Cara Hahn, assistant program director for New York's Z100 and Lite FM, among others.

Thousands of other students cut their teeth at WSOU before moving on to careers in public relations, A&R, music recording and production, communications, sports marketing, education, and dozens of other professions.

The 2019 inductees into the WSOU Hall of Fame join a distinguished roster of station alumni. The current members of the Hall of Fame, in order of induction, are: Bill Rock ’69. Jim Malespina ’71, Bob Ley ’76, Monsignor Thomas Gillhooly ’33, Thomas Parnham, Steve Nenno ‘50, Pat Parson ’60, Reverend James Pindar ’50, Robert Wussler ’57, Glenn Schuck ’85, Robert Windrem ’68, Bernie Wagenblast ’78, Bob Picozzi ’72, Matt Loughlin ‘79, Pete Tauriello ’76, Richard Koziol, Professor Stanley Kosakowski, Bishop John O'Hara ’67, and Frank Garrity ’82.

WSOU is the student-run radio 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. WSOU was the 2016 winner of the National Broadcasters Association's Marconi Award for Noncommercial Station of the Year. WSOU is part of the College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University.  

More information about the station can be found online at www.wsou.net and www.facebook.com/WSOUFM