Live From Marist: "The Classroom" to Debut on ESPN Radio

Center for Sports Communication to launch first-of-its-kind sports radio show on 1220 ESPN

Update: There will be a listening party for the debut show, Saturday, Sept. 21 in the lower level of the College's Lowell Thomas Communications Center from 9:45am to noon. Special guests include sports writer and author Ian O'Connor '86, Dr. Richard Southall from the College Sports Research Institute, and Marist College President Dr. Dennis Murray (live in studio). Can't make it? Listen live starting at 10am on 1220 AM or 97.3 FM or stream the show live on the Web.



Keith Strudler, Ph.D.
Director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication
Associate Professor of Communication
(845) 575-3506

Bob DeFelice
Market Manager
Radio Host - Let's Talk Hudson Valley
Sunrise Broadcasting | WGNY-AM | WGNY-FM | WJGK-FM | driveFX
(845) 561-2131

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POUGHKEEPSIE (Sept. 12, 2013) – Sunrise Broadcasting of NY, Inc. and the Marist College Center for Sports Communication have announced a partnership to launch a weekly sports radio program produced live from the Marist College campus, representing the nation’s first partnership between an ESPN radio affiliate and an academic center on a college campus. The show debuts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, before a live studio audience.

The program, named "The Classroom," will be heard on Saturday mornings on 1220 ESPN Radio (97.3FM Poughkeepsie) from 10 a.m. to noon. The show will be hosted by accomplished sports academic and commentator Dr. Keith Strudler, director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, and play-by-play sports broadcaster Geoff Brault, voice of the Marist women’s basketball team. They will discuss the big topics and pressing issues in national and international sports, from amateur to professional, that are important to area listeners, going beyond wins and losses. Instead of only discussing what’s happening in sports, “The Classroom” will also focus on why it happens.

Strudler believes this type of sports talk can attract a large audience.

"Sports talk can be smart, entertaining, and funny," said Strudler. "We want our listeners to enjoy tuning in, to have fun, and to also feel like they learn something new each week. It’s kind of like that one great class you loved in school – we want to be that class, only about sports and without any homework."

"The Classroom" will originate each Saturday morning from the Marist radio studio near the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, one of the nation’s academic leaders in the study of sports media. The show will include lively interviews with sports personalities, regular features, timely commentary, and audience interaction. Marist sports communication undergraduates will help produce the show, adding a youthful perspective and new ideas. The show puts a smart focus on the games we watch and play, all with a quick pace and lively sense of humor.

Bob DeFelice, market manager for Sunrise Broadcasting, is excited about the emerging partnership and the benefits it can provide to students.

"We are thrilled to partner with Keith and the Marist College Center for Sports Communication to bring high-quality locally produced sports programming to our airwaves," noted DeFelice. "What makes this collaboration so special is that we are creating an environment where students will receive hands-on training and gain valuable life experience involving all aspects of a commercial sports broadcast operation."

In addition to the Saturday morning program, every Friday, Marist sports communication students will write and produce a three-minute feature highlighting Marist athletics and other sporting events in the area. This segment, called "The Marist Sports Minute," will give listeners insight into what’s happening and what will happen locally in sports.

For more information about the show or the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, please contact Keith Strudler at (845) 575-3506 or For more information about Sunrise Broadcasting or 1220 ESPN Radio, contact Bob DeFelice at (845) 561-21431 or

About Sunrise Broadcasting, Inc.
Sunrise Broadcasting is a locally owned and operated radio group in the Hudson Valley – with offices in New Windsor, NY. WGNY-AM is FOX 1220 ESPN Radio  – broadcasting at 10,000 watts and on 97.3FM in the Poughkeepsie area. In addition Sunrise owns FOX 103.1FM, an Adult Hits Radio station, and operates FOX Oldies 98.9FM (93.7FM and 94.9FM), as well as driveFX – a dance format on 94.1FM & 95.7FM. Sunrise Broadcasting’s eight radio signals reach over one and a half million persons. The stations stream online at and on the Tune In app.

About Marist College
Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance as a "Best Value," is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.

About the Marist College Center for Sports Communication
Founded in October of 2011, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication promotes the study of and practice in sports communication, helping to prepare future leaders in one of society's most far-reaching disciplines. This is accomplished through curricular development in sports communication, research and creative activity in sports communication, presentations by leaders in the field, and community service. In working towards this mission, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication builds strong working partnerships with external agencies in the field of sports communication. It also builds symbiotic relationships with various agencies at Marist, promoting the interdisciplinary nature of this distinct field. The Center maintains an advisory board that provides guidance and support for the Center's activities. The center publicizes its work through its own online presence as well as through traditional media outlets.

About ESPN
ESPN Audio is comprised of the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio,, and ESPN Podcasts. ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 700 nationwide stations, including more than 350 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets with owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas, and AM signals in Chicago and Los Angeles.