March Madness Tracker: East and South Regions

Audio/Story posted March 20, 2014 in CommRadio, Sports by March Madness Staff

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ComRadio's Ryan Stevens March Madness preview with Matt Trabold, national college basketball analyst for City of Basketball Love.







Iowa State


Michigan State




North Carolina

Ohio State


New Mexico



       George Washington


Saint Joseph's





Stephen F. Austin



North Carolina Central

Western Michigan


Eastern Kentucky

Coastal Carolina

Albany/Mount Saint Mary's

Willie Jungels with Zach Bartee, Virginia beat writer for the Cavalier Daily.

Chad Carey with Chris Lane, Villanova beat writer for 

Maddie Brightman with Rob Gray, Iowa State beat writer for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Aaron Carr with Dom Amore, Connecticut beat writer for the Hartford Courant.

Tyler Zulli with Marc Narducci, Saint Joseph's beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Aaron Carr with Ben Zauzmer, the voice of Harvard basketball.

Aaron Carr with Kevin Tresolini, Delaware beat writer for the News-Journal.

Jeff Jezewski with Chris Hooks, the voice of North Carolina Central basketball.

Aaron Carr with Gary D'Amato, Milwaukee beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Carson Brown with Ryan Young, Coastal Carolina beat writer for The Sun News.

Mike Esse with Aaron Williams, VCU beat writer for

Maddie Brightman with Jack Wang, UCLA beat writer for the LA Daily News.

Mike Esse with Geoff Grammer, New Mexico beat writer for the Albuquerque Journal.

Ross Insana with Chris Mueller, sports radio host at 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.

Dan Cronin with Bill Haisten, Tulsa beat writer for the Tulsa World.

About the Contributors

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Mike Esse

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Mike Esse is a senior from Grosse Pointe, Mich., majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in business. He is a reporter for the Centre County report with a primary focus in sports. Additionally, he serves as the Student General Manager for ComRadio as well as being a producer, talk show personality and play-by-play voice.

Mike also is a staff writer for where he covers Penn State women’s basketball and baseball and works for Penn State Athletics in video production. He has completed internships with MLB Advanced Media in Summer 2014 and Westwood One Sports in summer 2013.

Mike is interested in pursuing a career as a TV executive, producer, talk-show host or a play-by-play announcer. You can reach him via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and follow him on twitter @MikeEsse22.

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Joseph Garofalo

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

I am a Sports Director at ComRadio. During my time at ComRadio I have done numerous play-by-plays, interviews and talk shows. I host my own talk show Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 1 to 2 pm. I also have served as both an executive producer and producer for the station, in addition to writing numerous articles for the website.

Aside from being a member of ComRadio, I am also a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism here at Penn State and a broadcaster for Big Ten Network Student U.

My goal is to become a sports talk show radio host in New York City in addition to pursuing other opportunities.

You can contact me by emailing me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Bradford Conners

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Actuarial Science

In addition to his work as a broadcaster, beat writer, talk show host, and bracketologist for ComRadio, Bradford has completed production internships with the sports department of NBC 10 in Philadelphia and the Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics Video Department, in addition to a writing internship with Whiztix, a ticket-comparison site. He is currently interning with ESPN Radio 1450 AM in State College where he serves as a color commentator for State College Area High School baseball games and assists with the production of Penn State baseball broadcasts.

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Ryan Stevens

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Ryan is a senior from Bloomington, Illinois majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in english.  He has been involved with numerous radio shows, play-by-plays, beat writes and producing various Penn State athletics events since his first days of being on campus in the fall of 2012 with ComRadio. Since the fall of 2013, Ryan has been involved with State College’s ESPN Radio 1450 as an assistant producer intern and high school football reporter.

During the summer of 2014, Ryan co-hosted Sports Central with Cory Giger streaming over Altoona, Pa. and State College Pa. markets. Ryan also assisted USA Basketball media coverage in New York for World Cup of Basketball exhibition games.

Ryan was the marketing & communications intern for USA Track & Field at the national office in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the media contact for the 2015 USATF Hershey Youth Outdoor Championships as well as the 2015 National Junior Olympics.

Ryan is also a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. He can be reached via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and following him on twitter @RyanAStevens.

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Jeff Jezewski

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Jeff Jezewski is a senior from Nanticoke, PA, aspiring to work professionally in the sports industry. Jeff is currently a production director for ComRadio while also serving as a play-by-play broadcaster and a producer.

In the summer of 2014, Jeff interned with Westwood One in New York City. Jeff served as a live event production intern in his time with the company. In the fall of 2014, he served as an intern for ESPN 1450 in State College.

In the summer of 2015, Jeff acted as a media relations intern for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

You can contact Jeff at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on twitter @JeffJezewski13

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Mike Gilbert

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Has interned with WYLNTV-35, SportsNet New York, NPR New York Affiliate, WNYC,, The Rye Record, MSG Varsity.  Anchored sports for live newscasts at WYLN as well as created packages, VOs and VOSOTs.  Covered local high school, college and professional sports including the Yankees Triple-A affiliate.  Current contributor for Centre County Report and member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.  My goal is to take over for Howard Stern when he retires, but more realistically, and since Howard can never be replaced, to become a sports anchor or studio host in a major market or nationally.

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Andy Madore

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Andy Madore is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in labor and employee relations. He is one of the General Manager’s at ComRadio and is a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

He serves as a play-by-play voice, writer, and producer for various Penn State sports at the station. He also co-hosts a sports talk show, Charm City Chirps.

You can contact him at (443) 632-5970 or email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow him on Twitter at @Andy_Madore