ComRadio students drive ‘Road to Radio City’ covering NFL Draft

Penn State students representing ComRadio will cover the three-day NFL Draft live this week in New York City, marking the sixth year in a row the online radio station housed in the College of Communications has covered the event.

Three students will anchor the coverage from Radio City Music Hall, with several others complementing the effort through on-air efforts from the University Park campus. Their work -- which can be heard at http://commedia.psu.edu/comradio online and with the Tune In radio app (www.tunein.com) on portable devices -- culminates nearly six months of work leading up to the draft.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Bryan McSorley, a senior who will co-anchor first-round coverage with Mike Esse, a junior. Esse and fellow junior Joe Garofolo will co-host second- through seventh-round coverage Friday and Saturday as McSorley returns to campus for commencement exercises.

“Everyone has worked hard to make our coverage strong,” Esse said. “It’s exciting to have this chance.”

McSorley and fellow senior Patrick Woo started planning the overall effort last fall. Leading up to the draft -- an effort the students christened “The Road to Radio City” -- the team produced numerous player, team and NFL division previews, including interviews with potential draftees, multimedia presentations and a 258-page draft book that includes 469 capsules college football players who might be selected in the draft. LINK: "The Road to Radio City"

Other contributors to the draft coverage include: Tyler Feldman, Allie Rothman, Ryan Stevens, Mike Wargon and Tyler Zulli.

Coverage will air on ComRadio beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and continue the second and third days of the draft on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10.

"It's just an amazing opportunity, and we're working to make the most of it," Woo said. "We're committed to doing the best work possible."

ComRadio was the first broadcast outlet from a college or university to cover the NFL Draft, and it remains the only such outlet to broadcast the draft in its entirety.

During the draft, students will rotate in and out of ComRadio’s on-campus studio every half-hour to discuss picks and make predictions. Others will be writing blog posts as players are selected. The team has worked hard in the months leading up to the event, interviewing high-level draft prospects while conducting a weekly radio show and even putting together a television show, “The Road to Radio City,” that aired on Campus Cable. They created a Twitter handle (@NFLDraftShow) and all of their work has been archived online.

Established in 2003, ComRadio is an Internet-based radio station operated by the College of Communications. This year, there were more than 150 students involved with the station, working on teams for news, sports, production, sales and management. The station produces a variety of public affairs and talk shows, broadcasts a nightly newscast and provides coverage of most Penn State sports, as well as many State College Area High School athletic events.

Last Updated May 07, 2014