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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Sports
8:33 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Clemson Buries SU 49-14

Clemson RB Zac Brooks eludes a tackle from Syracuse LB Dyshawn Davis
Credit Dick Blume, syracuse.com, 2013

Clemson made sure Syracuse never had control of the game. After three plays and just 38 seconds, the #3-ranked Tigers led Syracuse 7-0 and Heisman candidate Tajh Boyd was 3-3 with 82 yards and a touchdown.

“When they scored fast, we were like ‘Whoa.’,” said Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham. “They’re as good as we thought they were.”

Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) continued to dominate Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 ACC) and won 49-14. Boyd threw touchdown passes of 60, 42, and 91 yards to pace the Tigers past the Orange.

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Sports
11:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

SU Welcomes Clemson To Dome

Jerome Smith (#45) leads the SU run attack. The junior has 6 TD this season.
Credit CitrusTV Sports, 2013

This weekend marks the first ACC game for SU football as the Orange welcomes #3 Clemson to the Carrier Dome this Saturday. Syracuse comes into the game carrying a two game win streak and coming off its bye week. Meanwhile, the Tigers come into the game undefeated and most recently torching Wake Forest 56-7.

But even though Head Coach Scott Shafer knows Clemson has the higher rated team, he believes Syracuse has what it takes to pull the upset if the fan base rallies behind the team,.

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Sports
1:52 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Syracuse Back To .500

The Orange showcased its new "all-blue" uniforms in its 52-17 drubbing of Tulane
Credit CitrusTV Sports, 2013

Syracuse (2-2) rolled Tulane 52-17 Saturday in SU's second home game of the year. A week after coach Scott Shafer won his first game, Terrel Hunt followed suit capturing his first victory as the Orange's starting quarterback. The redshirt sophomore picked up where he left off, leading the Cuse to eleven straight scoring drives at one point dating back to the game versus Northwestern. 

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Sports
1:40 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Syracuse vs. Tulane Preview

Young QB Terrel Hunt leads the Orange offense
Credit CitrusTV Sports, 2013

All eyes will be on the renewed quarterback battle as Syracuse (1-2) takes on Tulane (2-1) on Saturday.  Head Coach Scott Shafer told Orange All Access on Monday that Terrel Hunt will make his first career start against the Green Wave.

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Sports
9:10 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

SU Football Wins 54-0

The Orange defense dominates on the Carrier Dome turf Saturday
Credit Ben Fontana, 2013

Syracuse (1-2) throttled Wagner 54-0 in the Dome Opener on Saturday. It’s the first win of the Scott Shafer era, but he wasn’t focused on that.

“I didn’t think about my first win too much until they dumped the Gatorade on me,” Shafer said, with a chuckle. “But it feels great.”

The big story of the day revolved around, what else, the quarterbacks. Senior transfer Drew Allen started the game, but was yanked after he mustered just three points on three drives.

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