About the Contributors

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Christopher Hess

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Hailing from Long Island, Christopher has experience in public address announcing alongside broadcasting football, volleyball, hockey, baseball, and softball. Chris has been featured on State College Saturdays, CommRadio’s Saturday college football pregame show, Daylate Tailgate, CommRadio’s Sunday college football recap show, and on a number of podcasts. Chris also writes a number of articles during football and hockey season and is an insider for the men’s hockey team. Chris is also a co-host on Hockey Night in State College. Chris is interested in either play-by-play or working in the sports media department for a college or professional sports team alongside being a sports radio personality. To contact Chris, email @christopherhess22@gmail.com.

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Preston Shoemaker

Senior / Journalism

Preston Shoemaker is a senior Bellisario Fellow from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and is majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a director, play-by-play broadcaster and writer for the CommRadio sports department. He is also an executive producer for the Centre County Report and the newly formed After the Whistle. Preston is the Broadcast Assistant for the Altoona Curve, Double-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he serves as a play-by-play broadcaster and works with media relations. Preston aspires to become a professional play-by-play broadcaster. To contact him, send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow on Twitter @prestonshoe21.

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Andrew Destin

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Andrew Destin is a senior from Saratoga, California majoring in broadcast journalism and political science. Destin currently creates weekly content for CommRadio, as well as broadcasts and beat writes at live sporting events. Destin also works for the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play broadcaster for various sports on campus. Destin has perviously interned for the Santa Cruz Sentinel as a sports writer, for WPSU as a radio news reporter and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a sports writer. You can contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jake Starr

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Jake Starr is a senior from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in broadcast journalism. Jake is one of the general managers at CommRadio and takes on a variety of other roles as well. He serves as a play-by-play broadcaster for CommRadio, in addition to BTN Student U. In addition to CommRadio, Jake was a sports and news anchor for the Centre County Report, as well as serving as a reporter and is currently an executive producer. Jake is working a summer internship with the Saugerties Stallions of the PGBCL in New York. To contact Jake, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also follow him on Twitter @jstarr1999.

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Andre Magaro

Junior / Broadcast Journalism

Andre Magaro is a junior from Enola, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a sports director, writer and play-by-play broadcaster for CommRadio. He also covers events and anchors for CommRadio’s news department. When not at CommRadio, Andre is a commentator for BTN Student U broadcasts, a student writer for Penn State Athletics and a student leader of the Penn State campus ministry New Life. Andre has written for Armchair All-Americans in the past, covering Penn State football, baseball and men’s hockey. He can be contacted via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and on Twitter @andre_magaro.

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Austin Boley

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Austin Boley is a senior from Lancaster, PA majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He is a play-by-play announcer, producer and writer for the CommRadio sports department. His writings include NFL division previews, NFL weekly recap, NFL Game of the Week, Heisman Watch and Penn State position previews. He has also been featured on Hail Mary, CommRadio’s Sunday NFL pregame show. If you’d like to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Charlie Knezevic

Sophomore / Journalism

Charlie Knezevic is a sophomore at Penn State University Park majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a co-host of the talk show The Triple Double on CommRadio as well as a play-by-play announcer and a journalist.

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Neil Conley

Junior / Broadcast Journalism

Neil Conley is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. He calls play-by-play for various sports and is also a beat writer and board operator for CommRadio. Football is his favorite sport, specifically at the collegiate level. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To contact him, his email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Dugan Lloyd

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Matt Scalzo

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Matthew “Matt” Scalzo is a freshman from Ridgefield, Connecticut majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a writer for the CommRadio sports department. He has also been an analyst on live shows such as State College Saturdays and Daylate Tailgate. If you want to contact him, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Mac Young

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Maclain Young is a freshman from Ocean City, New Jersey majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He writes articles weekly for CommRadio’s sports department ranging across all five major sports. Maclain usually goes by “Mac” and enjoys writing about the Philadelphia sports teams, which he follows vigorously. Mac is looking to expand into play-by-play coverage. To contact him, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Jonathan Draeger

Freshman / Broadcast Journalism

Jonathan “Jon” Draeger is a freshman from Butler, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He is a writer and on-air personality for the sports and news departments for CommRadio. He has been featured on live shows and podcasts about collegiate and professional football. 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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Eric Fenstermaker

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Eric Fenstermaker is a senior from Northampton, Pennsylvania, majoring in broadcast journalism. Eric contributes to a variety of different podcasts and co-hosts the Hail Mary radio show, which is dedicated to analyzing NFL games. Eric loves conversation and interaction with sports fans, and he looks to help generate meaningful dialogues in the sports world. Eric aims to create content that is accurate, timely and impactful. To contact Eric, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Austin Groft

Sophomore / Broadcast Journalism

Austin Groft is a sophomore from Lancaster, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He is a writer and play-by-play announcer for the CommRadio sports department. His writings cover topics across the NFL, NBA, and NCAA football/basketball. Austin also works part-time with Penn State Athletics as a production assistant. To contact Austin, email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Kelly Warner

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Chris Lemmo

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Alexa Leidlein

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Michael Hopp

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Caleb Craig

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Carlos Garcia

Sophomore /

Carlos Garcia is a sophomore from Miami, Florida, studying broadcast journalism. 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).