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The Oswego Alumni Podcast

The Oswego Alumni Podcast

By The Oswego Alumni Podcast
The Oswego Alumni Podcast is a monthly podcast hosted by Carl Neff '20. We interview a wide range of Oswego alum spanning across several decades, career fields, and interests. Each month Carl sits down with a new alum to discuss their experiences at Oswego and life after graduation.

This podcast is produced by the Oswego Alumni Association and WNYO.

If you would like to submit questions for future guests please email alumnipodcastwnyo@gmail.com or message us on social media. To be considered as a possible guest on the show email alumni@oswego.edu and stephanie.lamb@oswego.edu.
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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 9, 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 1, 2020