After The Whistle: Week 4

Newscast/Story/Video posted September 18, 2021 in Centre County Report, Sports, CommRadio by CommRadio, Centre County Report and ASWM

This week After The Whistle's team of Bellisario College sports journalists take you to five District 6 matchups and bring you scores from around the area. Plus, a Penn State football game preview.

About the Contributors

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Christopher Hess

Fifth Year / Broadcast Journalism

Hailing from Long Island, Christopher is a fifth-year with experience broadcasting football, volleyball, hockey, baseball, softball and public address announcing. 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 and 1st & 10. 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 fourth-year student 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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Jack McCune

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Jack McCune is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism from Yardley, Pennsylvania, which is outside of Philly and just across the Delaware River from New Jersey. He attended Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania. He’s a huge fan of the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, Penn State football and Penn State basketball. He’s a sports anchor and multimedia reporter for the Centre County Report. He’s a Football Insider for CommRadio. His talk show, Broad Street Bros, airs Thursday nights at 5:45, as he talks about Philly and Penn State sports. He hopes to some day become a play-by-play announcer for football, basketball and/or baseball, and he is also interested in becoming a bartender.

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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. He is also a contributor for “After The Whistle”,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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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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Derek Heid

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Derek Heid is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has public announcing, on-air, play-by-play, podcast, writing and radio experience as well as strong editing, photography, media and communication skills. He was the creator, host and producer of the most popular podcast for the former Alliance of American Football, AAF Analyzed. He is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in digital media trends and analytics. You can contact 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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Juan Mendez

Second-year / Journalism

Juan S. Mendez is a second-year student from Sogamoso, Colombia majoring in journalism at Penn State University. He is a frequent CommRadio contributor through play-by-play and production for Penn State sports, primarily soccer. As a writer and podcast member, he also contributes in covering the NFL, NBA, international soccer, college sports, and occasional music reviews. Bilingual, and with a substantially dispersed knowledge, Juan intends to work covering multiple sports internationally in English and Spanish at a professional level.
To contact Juan, 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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Jonathan Draeger

Second Year / Broadcast Journalism

Jonathan “Jon” Draeger is a second-year student from Butler, Pennsylvania, majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State University. He is a writer, play-by-play broadcaster, and on-air personality for the sports and department for CommRadio. He has been featured on live shows and podcasts about collegiate and professional football. He is host and member of the talk show “The Extra Point”. 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. 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. He is also minoring in business and sports studies and pursuing a certificate in sports journalism.

Eric is involved in After the Whistle and Penn State Sports Night (PSSN). For COMM Radio, 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 third-year student 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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Alysa Rubin

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Evan Popalis

Junior /

Evan Popalis is a third-year from Lititz, Pennsylvania, majoring in broadcast journalism. He is a writer, analyst, and play-by-play commentator for the CommRadio sports department. His writings include weekly NHL betting previews along with power rankings for the NHL and NFL. He appears weekly on the NHL Podcast as a host and analyst reviewing the previous week’s action. If you would 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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Chris Lemmo

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Alexa Leidlein

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Michael Hopp

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Brooke Steach

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Brooke Steach is a senior from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in sports studies and is also a part of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. At Penn State, she is involved in Penn State Sports Night, PSN News, AWSM,The Daily Collegian, 46Live, CommRadio, and Penn State Athletics production. If you’d like to contact her, email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Alyssa Wagner

First-year Student / Broadcast Journalism

Alyssa Wagner is a first-year student from Cape May, New Jersey, and is majoring in broadcast journalism. She is a member of the sports and photography departments. In addition to CommRadio, Alyssa is a member of Onward State and Penn State’s chapter of the Association of Women in Sports Media. She is also working a fall internship with Penn State Athletics. To contact Alyssa, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). You can also follow her on Twitter @alyssajwagner_.