VIDEO: NFL Franchise Tag Deadline Recap

Video posted March 3, 2015 in Sports, CommRadio, NFL Draft by NFL Draft Show

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The deadline for NFL teams to designate their franchise player has past, Joe Garofalo and Andy Madore break down each team's decision and how it will affect this year's NFL Draft.

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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 gopsusports.com 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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Tyler Feldman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Marketing

Currently, Feldman is an executive producer, reporter and anchor for the Centre County Report, as well as ComRadio’s senior sports director. He also is the host of the Penn State Coaches Show featuring Guy Gadowsky, which airs live from Lettermans on ESPN Radio 1450 and GoPSUSports.com every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. Additionally, he was the first to report the hiring of Joe Moorhead as Penn State football’s new offensive coordinator on December 12, 2015.

He’s a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism within the College of Communications and enrolled in the Smeal College of Business.

Feldman, a Pittsburgh native, has broadcasted sporting events from a number of international and professional venues, including Estadio Latinoamericano in Cuba, Madison Square Garden, CONSOL Energy Center, Wells Fargo Center, MetLife Stadium, M&T Bank Stadium, and EverBank Field.

Last spring, he traveled with the Penn State men’s volleyball team as their play-by-play man, announcing his very first NCAA tournament matches at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion.

He has gained valuable broadcasting and reporting experience interning and working at WTAJ-TV, MLB Network, GoPSUSports.com, 105.9 The X, 970 AM ESPN, Big Ten Network Student U, and State College’s ESPN Radio 1450.

Feldman has a strong passion for sports and dreams to become a sports anchor/reporter in a national market and/or a hockey play-by-play announcer.

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Ryan McManus

Senior / Broadcast Journalism, Political Science

Ryan is Junior from Alexandria, Va., pursuing a double major in broadcast journalism and political science with a business minor. This past summer Ryan worked at the Federal Communications Commission. Ryan has developed a love of sports, politics and current events. Ryan’s involvement with ComRadio began his freshman year co-hosting a talk show. Now, Ryan has his own talk show “The Ryan McManus Show” where he talks about a range of topics from sports to politics. He is currently the Social Media Director at ComRadio controlling all social media platforms of the station.

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Anthony Lestochi

Senior / Telecommunications

Anthony Lestochi is a senior at The Pennsylvania State University majoring in telecommunications.  Anthony aspires to be apart of the creative process in the audio production/engineering field.  Working with musicians by helping bridge the gap between art, and the science of recording music has always been one of his passions.  However, Anthony does not want to limit himself to just one field and would like to be apart of any creative process in any electronic medium.

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Mike Wargon

Senior / Broadcast Journalism

Mike Wargon is a senior from Roxbury, NJ majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in general business.

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Maddie Brightman

Senior / Broadcast Journalism and Spanish

Maddie Brightman is the General Manger of ComRadio and a reporter and producer for the Centre County Report. A member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, Maddie was recently a part of reporting trips to Cuba and Super Bowl 50. At ComRadio, she also serves as a producer for multiple Penn State sports has done play by play for Penn State football, baseball and lacrosse.

Maddie has interned at ESPN, Fox Sports Radio (Los Angeles), WBAL-TV (Baltimore) and 105.7 the Fan (Baltimore). One day, Maddie hopes to work behind the scenes in management or production for a national sports network. Follow her on Twitter @maddiebrightman or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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