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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3:03 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Orange Hoops Wins First Exhibition

Syracuse's new starting backcourt of Trevor Cooney (10) and Tyler Ennis (11).
Credit syracuse.com, 2013

The Syracuse men's basketball team opened its 2013-14 exhibition slate in the Carrier Dome with a 79-41 victory against Division II Holy Family on Friday, Nov. 1. "Overall, I think it was a good night," said head coach Jim Boeheim. "We learned some things and hopefully we can work on it for a couple days and come back Tuesday and see what we can do." 

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Sports
12:02 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

SU Basketball Tips Off Friday

SU senior C.J. Fair has been named ACC pre-season player of the year
Credit syracuse.com, 2013

Syracuse basketball gets its season underway Friday night with an exhibition game against Holy Family University. The Orange is coming off one of its most successful seasons in recent memory, heading to the Final Four in Atlanta last April. SU surprised many after being left for dead at the end of the regular season, but after a Big East Tournament appearance and 4 straight wins in the NCAA Tournament in March before its loss to Michigan, the Orange is back ready to go in 2013.

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9:48 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

SU Crushed By Georgia Tech 56-0

SU WR Jarrod West attempts to run forward in the wet conditions against Georgia Tech
Credit syracuse.com, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) was throttled 56-0 to Georgia Tech (4-3, 3-2) at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday. The Orange offense struggled to get off the ground, amassing just 75 total rushing yards and 133 passing yards. SU head coach Scott Shafer was most frustrated with his team's inability to stay disciplined.

"Too many penalties today," coach Shafer said, in reference to his team's nine infractions for 91 yards. "We need to mature quickly as a team, but it starts with me."

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1:50 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Syracuse Notches First ACC Win

Orange RB Prince-Tyson Gulley breaks free. He rushed for over 100 yards for the first time since the Pinstripe Bowl.
Credit syracuse.com, 2013

The Orange (3-3) edged NC State (3-3) 24-10 Saturday, earning its first ACC victory in school history. Both offenses struggled to find any rhythm early on, but the SU rushing attack of Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley turned it on to pull away from the Wolfpack in the 4th quarter. Smith led the team with 140 yards on the ground, while Gulley was right behind him with 132.

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5:49 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Orange Battle NC State Saturday

Terrel Hunt takes an option against Clemson last game
Credit CitrusTV Sports, 2013

Syracuse (2-3, 0-1) is still in search of its first ACC win after the orange was blown out by Clemson 49-14 in the Carrier Dome last Saturday. Now SU turns its attention towards an N.C State (3-2, 0-2) team who is also looking for its first conference win after to losing to Wake Forest 28-13.

The Wolfpack will host the orange in Raleigh at 3:30 on Saturday. Coach Shafer knows that it will be a hostile environment. "I coached at NC State in the late 90s, and it gets loud there. They have a great fan base,” said Shafer.

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