About the Contributors

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Logan Bourandas

Third-Year / Broadcast Journalism

Logan Bourandas is a third-year broadcast journalism major from Long Island, NY. He is a the news director for CommRadio and the host of Ducks on the Pond, which is an all-baseball talk show on CommRadio. He is also a sports writer, broadcaster and podcaster for CommRadio. He got his start as the station manager for his high school radio station WPOB in his hometown of Plainview, NY, where he hosted numerous radio shows and was involved in sports broadcasts. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jonathan Draeger

Third Year / Broadcast Journalism

Jonathan “Jon” Draeger is a third-year student from Butler, Pennsylvania, majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State University. He is the Production Director for CommRadio, alongside his work as a broadcaster and producer for the Sports department and insider for Penn State Men’s Basketball. Jon also works on the “After The Whistle” live show. He was apart of the social media and on-field entertainment crew for the Butler Bluesox in the summer of 2021 and worked as a Broadcast Intern for the Saugerties Stallions of the PGCBL in the summer of 2022. If you would like to contact him, you can do so at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Austin Groft

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Austin Groft is a senior student from Lancaster, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He is a play-by-play announcer for CommRadio and Big Ten Plus. Austin also is a reporter for the Centre County Report and After the Whistle. To contact Austin, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Joseph Callahan

Four-Year / Broadcast Journalism

Growing up, Joe Callahan Jr. strove to become a professional athlete, even to the point of participating in the walk-on tryouts for the Penn State football team. Now, he strives for a broadcasting career. Host of CommRadio’s live debate talk show and 2021 ‘Talk Show of the Year’, titled ‘Phone Booth’, he is a go to personality in debating professional and collegiate sports on the airways. Being mostly an on-air talent, he is also an analyst on Penn State Sports Night, the sports debate show on Penn State Network Television Network, host and analyst on The Sportsblitz, the sports talk show on TheLion90.7FM, an anchor for Centre County Report, the student local news station of Centre County, host on After the Whistle, Penn State’s local high school football recap show, the creator of The Valley Network, a mainly sports television broadcasting network. In the professional, he was on the media team for the 2022 Valley League Summer Champions, the Charlottesville Tom Sox.

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Carlos Garcia

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Carlos Garcia is a junior from Miami, Florida, studying broadcast journalism. Carlos is involved with play-by-play for various Penn State sports and is a contributing writer for sports articles in CommRadio. Outside of CommRadio, Carlos is an Executive Producer for “After the Whistle”, a news anchor for PSN News, and the Creator of “Valley Network Sports”. Carlos has had the opportunity to report internationally in Estonia and work with the MLB Network as a sophomore. His career goals include covering news and sports at a national level. To contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Justin Ciavolella

Second-year /

Justin Ciavolella is a second-year student from Sayville, New York, majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a writer, podcaster and broadcaster within the sports department of CommRadio. Ciavolella has written articles on various topics, but tends to focus on previews of Penn State sporting events. He is an analyst on Phone Booth, a sports debate talk show for the station, as well as a co-host on Bomber Boys, a Yankee talk show. He is also involved with the production of After the Whistle. He can be found on Twitter @jciavolella76, and can be emailed at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Micheal Bolger

2nd Year / Broadcast and Print Journalism

Micheal Bolger is a second-year broadcast journalism major from Galloway, New Jersey. He is a writer, podcaster, broadcaster and does production elements in CommRadio. He is also a contributor in After the Whistle, Penn State Sports Night, Sports Analysis and Business Club. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or find him on Twitter @MichealBolger.

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Jayson O'Connell

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Jayson O’Connell is a fourth-year studying broadcast journalism. He is from Burlington, New Jersey. To contact Jayson, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can follow him on Twitter @jjayson704.

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Brendan Conroy

Third-Year / Broadcast Journalism

Brendan is a third-year student from Clifton Park, New York, and is majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Outside of CommRadio, Brendan is a member of Penn State Sports Night, and is a News/Sports anchor for Penn State Network News. Following this year Brendan looks to hold an internship with a local sports team, and expand in his knowledge of broadcasting. To contact Brendan, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also follow him on instagram @bconroytv.

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CheRanda Hammond

Third Year / Broadcast Journalism

CheRanda Hammond is a third-year majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in sports studies and marketing. She is a first-year member of CommRadio and After The Whistle and a second-year member in Penn State Sports Night. I am involved in Penn State’s THON with the organization FOTO. She is also a member of Minorities in Sports: Next and Association for Women in Sports Media national and Penn State Chapter.

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McKenna Wall

First-Year /

McKenna Wall is a first-year student from Allentown, Pennsylvania majoring broadcast journalism. Wall is a multimedia reporter for CommRadio. She got her start as a camera operator in high school, learning how to use professional handheld camcorders, ENG cameras, and a jib camera. Wall is currently involved in After the Whistle, gaining experience both on-camera and behind-the-scenes filming, editing and completing work on a deadline. If you would like to contact her, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Allie Wenskoski

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Allie Wenskoski is a first-year student at Penn State majoring in broadcast journalism. She is a member of CommRadio, specializing in the sports department. In addition to CommRadio, Allie is involved in After the Whistle, Penn States Sports Night, and Penn State’s chapter of AWSM. Along with her involvement in sports journalism, Allie spends her time playing IM sports as well as rooting for the New York Mets and Giants. After attending Penn State, she plans on being a play-by-play announcer or color analyst for a professional team.

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Jarrett Daveler

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AJ Sisson

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Will Duerksen

Junior /

Will Duerksen is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. Born in Pittsburgh, he currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Will’s responsibilities for CommRadio include calling games, writing articles, contributing to podcasts, working the production board, doing production elements and being a statistician. To contact him, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).