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The Oswego Alumni Podcast

The Oswego Alumni Podcast

By The Oswego Alumni Podcast
The Oswego Alumni Podcast, hosted by Dee McGowan Perkins '85 and produced by Thomas Tallarino '23, features a diverse array of Oswego alumni spanning decades, career fields and experiences. Tune is as these alumni sit down with Dee to share their stories, both while students at Oswego and beyond.

This podcast is brought to you by the Oswego Alumni Association and WNYO.

For comments, questions or to suggest a future guest for the show, please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or alumni@oswego.edu.
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Oswego Alumni Podcast: Cameron Jones '09
Tune in to our latest episode as host Dee McGowan Perkins ’85 chats with Cameron Jones '09, three-time Emmy-award winning producer and manager of development of integrated content strategy for race and culture at ABC News. During the conversation, Cameron discusses everything from how his time at Oswego prepared him for his career; to how he keeps his work-life balance in check; to his mentee relationship with Al Roker '76; to how he landed himself a private meeting with Barbara Walters!
47:41
May 23, 2022
Oswego Alumni Podcast: Roberta Grode Berkowitz '84
On this episode of the Oswego Alumni Podcast, host Dee McGowan Perkins sits down with Roberta Berkowitz, President and Owner of Prendo Forensics.  Check out more about Prendo Forensics below! http://prendoforensics.com/
34:06
March 31, 2022
Oswego Alumni Podcast: Cherilyn Beckles '17
On this episode of the Oswego Alumni Podcast, host Dee McGowan Perkins '85 sits down with Cherilyn Beckles '17. Cherilyn has a profound background in media production, working with companies such as YES Network, New York Film Academy, and most recently Buzzfeed.    Check out these links that highlight Cherilyn's terrific work!   Cher's Email: beckles94@gmail.com    Cher's Project: https://www.astoldbyblackwomen.com/    Applications for fellowships: https://www.buzzfeed.com/about/jobs#job-listings  (this includes applications for fellowships)
39:44
February 23, 2022
Oswego Alumni Podcast: Jordan Steven Sher '77
On this episode of the Oswego Alumni Podcast, host Dee Perkins is joined by Jordan Sher ('77) who shares his experiences as a teacher, social worker, and most recently as an author.  Check out Jordan's website here! https://www.jordanstevensher.com/
42:21
January 17, 2022
Oswego Alumni Podcast: Trudy Perkins '93
On this edition of the Oswego Alumni Podcast, your host Dee Perkins interviews SUNY Oswego Alumni Trudy Perkins '93! Trudy has worked in television production, is a member of many non-profit organizations, and has worked admirably under the late Elijah Cummings within Maryland's 7th district. Enjoy!
38:03
November 19, 2021
The Oswego Alumni Podcast: Brittany Gibbons '12
On this episode of "The Oswego Alumni Podcast", host Dee McGowan Perkins '85 sits down with Brittany Gibbons, an Oswego graduate of 2012 who is currently working with Tesla.
31:56
October 26, 2021
The Oswego Alumni Podcast: Tamar Greene '09
On the second summer episode of the Oswego Alumni Podcast, host Dee McGowan Perkins '85 is joined by Tamar Greene '09.    Tune in to hear Tamar reflect on his time at SUNY Oswego, and give an insight of what it is like to be a Broadway star during these uncertain times.    Enjoy!
44:31
August 16, 2021
The Oswego Alumni Podcast: Marcus LaRobardiere '11
The Oswego Alumni Podcast is back and better than ever! Check out our first ever video podcast (along with an audio version), as host Dee McGowan Perkins '85 meets with Marcus LaRobardiere '11 to talk about his career in public relations, while also reflecting on his time at SUNY Oswego.
45:03
July 14, 2021
Episode 10: Charlene Assam
Charlene Assam '16 MBA '17 is content accountant with Netflix and the face behind The Migrant Hope. She joins Carl to talk about her YouTube channel and how she utilizes it to fill the racial wealth gap in the country. Charlene also gives advice to students finding a new major and graduates looking for a job in their field. If you are interested in being interviewed on the podcast, please email alumni@oswego.edu or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.**
23:47
April 26, 2021
Episode 9: Peter Melnick (The Marvelist)
Peter Melnick '13 is the host of the popular Marvel based podcast called The Marvelists. He joins Carl to talk about his roots at SUNY Oswego and what inspired him to start his podcast. Peter also tells the story behind his interview with Mark Ruffalo, who is known for his portrayal of The Hulk in the Marvel franchise.
51:30
February 26, 2021
Episode 8: Imagine 2021 - Career Building with the Oswego Network
As a part of SUNY Oswego's Imagine 2021 Program, Carl invites Jim Triandiflou '88 and Mike Davis '07 on to talk about the importance of the Oswego network and how it has impacted their careers. They also give their own career advice for students and graduates looking to find a job after college. If you are interested in being interviewed on the podcast, please email alumni@oswego.edu or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.**
34:28
January 22, 2021
Episode 7: Shanna Fuld
Shanna Fuld ‘16, Host/Producer of the Israel Daily News Podcast, joins Carl to talk about her time at Oswego and her journey to where she is now. Shanna talks about her time at the Oswegonian, the inspiration for her podcast, and gives her recommendations for recent graduates on the job hunt. If you are interested in being interviewed on the podcast, please email alumni@oswego.edu or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.**
39:05
November 23, 2020
WNYO/WOCR Through the Years: WNYO Today, the 2000s and 2010s
In this final episode of the series, Carl brings on more recent alumni to talk about diversity at WNYO and the radio world, the station's current state, and what the plans are for WNYO moving forward. We are happy to welcome Rufaro Matumbo '12, Amna Sadique '20 and Jenn Robilotto '21. These guests have all had a strong impact on WNYO while they were at SUNY Oswego and are looking to use their experience to make a bigger impact out of college. To submit your questions for future podcast attendees please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.****
47:58
October 22, 2020
WNYO/WOCR Through the Years: Transition to WNYO, the 1980s & 1990s
In the second of three parts of WNYO Through the Years, Dee Perkins '85 and Dana Murphy '99 join Carl to discuss the transition from WOCR to the current WNYO. This change occurred during the 1980s and 90s and is a massive part of Oswego State student media's history. Perkins owns her own marketing company in Central New York, "Bright Ideas CNY," and previously spent years as an on-air in the region. Murphy, on the other hand, has worked in sales for her entire career, with stops at Westwood One, Fox News Radio and is currently a sales manager at WideOrbit. To submit your questions for future podcast attendees please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.****
50:08
September 23, 2020
WNYO/WOCR Through the Years: Origins & 1970s
This episode is the first of a three part series documenting the history of student radio at Oswego State University. Carl welcomes in Hank Volpe (class of 1973) to the podcast to discuss his time at WOCR in the early 1970s. Volpe has over 40 years of experience in broadcasting, most recently working as the Vice President of Technology for WPVI-TV Philadelphia, PA Volpe chimes in as he remembers his college experience at Oswego State and how he has seen college radio change at his alma mater. To submit your questions for future podcast attendees please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.****
35:37
September 09, 2020
Episode 3: Aida & Gabriel Almanzar
This month Carl spoke with Aida Almanzar '06 and Gabriel Almanzar '05 to discuss how their experiences at SUNY Oswego helped them become successful in their respective career paths. Aida graduated from Oswego's School of Business in 2006 and is the CEO and President of the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in Bloomfield, NJ which is the first school of acupuncture in the state. Gabriel graduated with his BFA in Graphic Design a year prior to Aida and is now a Supervising Art Director at CBS. He was been nominated for several Emmys and has even won one for his work on Super Bowl 50.  He maintains his relationship with professors and the school as a member of the SCMA Advisory Board.  Both Aida and Gabriel give back to the campus community through the Almanzar Mentorship Award which provides support to students and allows them to get a "day in the life" experience where Gabriel shows them around the CBS Studios and provides them with insight to prepare for their future after Oswego. To submit your questions for future podcast attendees please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.**
45:49
July 23, 2020
Episode 2: Michael Russo & SAVAC
In our second episode, Carl sat down with recent alum and fellow class of 2020 graduate Michael Russo to discuss life as a recent graduate during the COVID-19 crisis. Michael Russo was a member of SAVAC and is currently a licensed EMT working in the New York City area. He offers a unique perspective on the COVID-19 outbreak and lists a number of reasons why students should get involved with on-campus organizations and clubs.  To submit your questions for future podcast attendees please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.**
34:44
June 17, 2020
Episode 1: The First Earth Day
To celebrate our first episode and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Carl decided to sit down with Oswego State alumni Ken Froebig '72 and Greg Loan '71, two climate advocates, and organizers of the first Earth Day celebration on campus. In this episode, Carl discusses not only Ken and Greg's SUNY Oswego experience but also their misadventures during the summer of 1969 at the height of the Vietnam war protest movement. Be sure to tune in and find out what these two alumni got into over that summer and learn if there is any truth to a car being buried on campus.  To submit your questions for future podcast attendees please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or message us on social media @WNYO. ****The views and opinions expressed in this episode are those of the guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, or any of its officials.****
45:00
May 01, 2020