Rowan RTF Grads Pick Up an Emmy!

When the Sports Emmy winners were announced recently, the daily show MLB Tonight was the recipient of the award for Outstanding Studio Show. MLB Tonight, produced by MLB Network in Secaucus, NJ, provides daily coverage of baseball during the season, as well as offseason coverage of trades, signings, awards, etc.

Three of the Associate Producers for the show are proud graduates of the Radio/TV/Film program in our college. David Hinrichs graduated in 2005; Brian Gallagher and Marissa Lombardi graduated in 2010. Currently, they work in the graphics department at MLB Network. This award is David and Marissa’s second Emmy for work on the show.

Please join me in congratulating Brian, Marissa, and David on this Emmy win!

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Blue Rocks Boast an All-Rowan Broadcasting Crew

By Barb Baals

For the second straight year, Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM will serve as the flagship station for Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball—and the broadcast team has a decidedly Rowan University feel.

That’s because the broadcast crew—John Sadak, Jeff O’Connor and Rob Cunningham—all have a Rowan connection.

Sadak, who earned his with a bachelor’s degree in radio/television/film (RTF) from Rowan in 2000 and his master’s degree in public relations in 2003, is returning for his sixth full season as the lead voice of the Blue Rocks. Sadak twice has been named the Delaware Sportscaster of the Year. O’Connor, assistant director of broadcasting and media relations for the Blue Rocks, is beginning his first season as Sadak’s broadcast partner.

O’Connor earned his bachelor’s degree in RTF from Rowan in 2009 and his master’s degree in public relations in 2011. He spent the 2011 season with the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association as a broadcast/media relations intern.

Cunningham, a junior RTF and broadcast journalism major, will serve as the Blue Rocks’ in-studio host/producer. At Rowan, Cunningham broadcasts football, baseball, basketball, softball and soccer for WGLS-FM. He also broadcasts football, baseball, hockey, and soccer for the university television station, Rowan Television Network, and was the sports producer for the spring 2011 semester. During the 2011 season, Cunningham covered the men’s soccer team for the university newspaper, The Whit.

The Blue Rocks will open their season on Friday, April 6. Rowan Radio will broadcast all 140 of the team’s games this season. A Kansas City Royals Minor League affiliate, the Blue Rocks play in the Carolina League.

Sal Paolantonio to speak at Rowan

Announcement from Rowan News

Best-selling author Sal Paolantonio, national correspondent for ESPN, will discuss his book, How Football Explains America, and his career covering the National Football League during a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1:45 p.m. in Rowan University’s Pfleeger Concert Hall in Wilson Hall.

A national correspondent for ESPN since 1995, Paolantonio’s How Football Explains America, published in 2008, was the top-selling football book in America for six straight months, according to

During his visit to Rowan, Paolantonio will discuss the book, and, also, take questions from the audience.

Paolantonio primarily covers the NFL for “SportsCenter,” “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “Monday Night Countdown” and “” Since 2004, he has hosted “NFL Matchup,” ESPN’s 30-minute Sunday morning preview show, where he appears alongside analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hodge.

He also contributes frequently to 97.5 The Fanatic, ESPN’s radio affiliate in Philadelphia, where he hosts “The Sal Pal Football Hour” on Thursday evenings during the NFL season.

The recipient of three Sports Emmy Awards, Paolantonio is a former Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter for Philadelphia Inquirer. He also spent eight years covering politics for the Inquirer.

Paolantonio’s other books include 2007’s The Paolantonio Report: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players, Teams, Coaches and Moments in NFL History (written with Reuben Frank) and 1993’s The Last Big Man in Big City America, a biography of the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo.