Ben Fontana

Sports Director

I've loved sports for as long as I can remember. Ever since starting out playing flag football as a young boy and losing my first tooth on the gridiron, I knew sports would be a passion. Sitting on the couch as a young boy watching Monday Night Football is when I knew broadcasting would become a passion. Listening to the greats like Pat Summerall, Al Michaels, and Bob Costas made me realize this was a dream that could come true.  My first taste of the industry came from doing the Public Address for local Little League games in my community in upstate New York (Rotterdam, NY). The following summer in high school I attended a sports broadcasting camp in New Jersey headed by WAER alum Ian Eagle, and it became clear sports on radio was the path for me. After realizing once more broadcasting was becoming a passion, I decided to apply to the prestigious Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. After being accepted there, I knew it was the place for me. I immediately decided to join WAER where the greats like Marv Albert and Mike Tirico came before me, and I've been lucky enough to cover some great Orange teams. Now as the Sports Director here at 88.3 FM, I hope to lead our young staff to great broadcasting strides as SU heads into the 2013-2014 season in the ACC! 

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1:42 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Orange Hoops Wins 3rd Maui Title

Syracuse poses with the Championship Trophy in Maui
Credit Ben Fontana, 2013

Maui, HI - The Syracuse Orange (7-0) defeated the Baylor Bears (6-1) 74-67 in the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center Wednesday night. Senior C.J. Fair was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player. In the title game versus #18 Baylor, Fair had 24 points and three steals.

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Sports
12:25 am
Wed November 27, 2013

SU Basketball One Win From Maui Title

Trevor Cooney lights it up from beyond the arc in the Lahaina Civic Center
Credit syracuse.com, 2013

Maui, HI -  Syracuse (6-0) remains undefeated all-time in the Maui Invitational (8-0) with a 92-81 win over California (5-1) on Tuesday afternoon at the Lahaina Civic Center. The #8 Orange moves on to the Championship game of the Tournament where it will take on 6-0 #18 Baylor. The Bears have knocked off host school Chaminade and came from behind to beat Dayton on Tuesday to advance to the finals.

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Sports
2:25 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Cuse Hoops Readies For Maui Invitational

Coach Boeheim shoots a free throw for charity (sporting a lei) overlooking the beach in Maui.
Credit Ben Fontana, 2013

Syracuse basketball (4-0) is in Maui, Hawaii this week for the EA Sports Maui Invitational. This is the third time the Orange has been in the event. It won in 1990 and 1998, as well.

The eight teams in the Maui Invitational are a combined 30-and-0 coming into the week's slate of games. All teams are guaranteed three games Monday through Wednesday. This year's field includes three ranked teams in Syracuse, Gonzaga, and Baylor. The other participants include California, Arkansas, Minnesota, Dayton, and Division II school and host, Chaminade.

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Sports
12:59 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

'Cuse Hoops Gears Up For Fordham

SG Trevor Cooney lights it up vs. Cornell
Credit SU Athletics, 2013

Syracuse basketball (1-0) takes on the Fordham Rams (1-0) Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome in its 2nd regular season contest. The Orange comes off an 82-60 win over Cornell in its season opener. Eighth-ranked SU was led by Trevor Cooney, who netted a career-high 27 points.

After his career game, Cooney admitted that it was easier to play knowing that he was staying in the game even if he missed one or two shots. 

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Sports
12:49 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

SU Football Heads to Maryland

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-The Orange (4-4, 2-2) is on its way to College Park, Maryland to take on the Terps (5-3, 1-3) at Byrd Stadium on Saturday. Syracuse enters the week coming off a shutout victory over conference foe Wake Forest to improve to 2-2 on the season.

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