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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3:24 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

SU Football Builds Teamwork at Fort Drum

Mackey MacPherson leads the 1st platoon out on to the "battlefield"
Credit Ben Fontana, 2013

Fort Drum, NY -  Earlier this morning, Syracuse football players and coaches alike filed off the team bus one by one with sweatshirts turned inside-out. Because getting your favorite sweatshirt covered in paint would be no fun.

For another year, SU football players and coaches played paintball with their teammates and members of the military at Fort Drum.

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Sports
7:43 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

SU Football Starts Camp

New Syracuse QB Drew Allen fields questions Sunday at Media Day
Credit Ben Fontana, 2013

The Syracuse University football team officially opened camp on Monday, August 5th, under 1st-year head coach Scott Shafer. Shafer takes over for the Orange entering the program's first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). SU is coming off a very successful 2012 season in which it won the New Era Pinstripe Bowl for the second time in three years.

Sunday was the first of many opportunities for the media to talk to both Shafer and Syracuse players.

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Sports
12:12 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Syracuse Officially in ACC

Coach Boeheim and ACC Commissioner John Swofford pose with Otto and the SU cheer squad in New York City
Credit @Cuse on Twitter

It was a great day in New York City as Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame officially become members of the ACC on Wednesday. And the theme of the day was excitement for the future. “We’re in a great position for the short term and the long term.” Said ACC commissioner John Swofford. “We have a great group of 15 institutions with unlimited potential for the future.”

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