The Public Media Service of Fordham University
WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org), located on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus, is a nationally acclaimed hub of music discovery, news, and sports journalism—and a multimedia training ground for students who go on to careers in broadcast journalism, music production, and more.
An NPR affiliate, the noncommercial, member-supported station has been licensed to Fordham University since 1947. It aims to showcase an eclectic blend of music, featuring emerging, indie, and established artists. Known as New York’s source for music discovery, WFUV has received national recognition for its unique weekday format of adult album alternative music, award-winning local news and sports, and a diverse weekend lineup.
At WFUV, students work alongside the station’s 30 professional staff members in four main areas: news, sports, music, and video production. Students can apply to become part of the station's training programs usually around the start of the school year in September. WFUV offers:
- paid internships
- workshops for students in news and sports multiplatform journalism, engineering, and production
- a partnership with Fordham’s Department of Communication and Media Studies and its master’s degree program in public media
- student training and public service to the community, such as the Strike a Chord campaign each year
News and Sports
In the news and sports departments, student journalists receive professional experience in anchoring, field reporting, producing, broadcasting, and podcasting. The sports staff has full credentials to cover all nine major New York sports teams, and regularly covers other major events, including the Super Bowl.
Students with an interest in music production and videography gain hands-on experience, producing and recording dozens of live broadcasts and in-studio artist sessions each year. They also cover marquee shows, music festivals, and other station events in and beyond New York City.
Since 1998, WFUV has won more than 380 national and local awards for news and sports. Student stories are often highlighted on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
WFUV recognizes some of its most distinguished students and alumni, and honors leaders from the worlds of sports and news broadcasting, at its On the Record event. The dinner features the presentation of the Charles Osgood Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism and the Vin Scully Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting, named in honor of two WFUV alumni: Charles Osgood, FCRH ’54, former host of CBS Sunday Morning, and Vin Scully, FCRH ’49, legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Two students are also honored for their work in news and sports broadcasting, and the event helps raise money for the station’s training programs.
20 in Their 20s: Brianna Leverty
A TV producer distills the day’s big news “It’s your world in 90 seconds.” That’s how Gayle King, co-host of CBS Mornings, introduces the show’s 8 a.m. Eye Opener, a segment that gives viewers a taste of all the big stories the CBS news team is covering. But the work for that segment begins with …
20 in Their 20s: Jake Shore
A Watchdog Reporter Focuses on Public Safety In his first year at Fordham, Jake Shore joined WFUV, the University’s public media station, thinking he could score concert tickets as part of the promotions department staff. He was tapped for news instead. “It was a lot of training, but once I got the hang of it, …
WFUV’s ‘Music of the Irish’ to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
There’s a tune that strikes at the heart of Irish New York: “Skibbereen Races” by Moving Hearts or, as it is better known, the theme song of Ceol na nGael. “The Music of the Irish” has been hosted by Fordham students on WFUV (90.7 FM), the University’s public media station, since the mid-1970s. And next …
NFL Network Anchor Mike Yam Embraces a New Medium with Children’s Book
Football fans already recognize Mike Yam’s skill as a storyteller, but this season he’ll have a whole new audience: young readers. The NFL Network and SiriusXM sportscaster, a 2003 graduate of Fordham College at Rose Hill and an alumnus of WFUV, Fordham’s public media station, has released a picture book celebrating intercultural identity and cuisine. …
Fordham Magazine Earns UCDA Design Award
The cover of the winter 2023 issue of Fordham Magazine has earned a UCDA Design Award of Excellence from the University & College Designers Association. To illustrate the cover story—“WFUV at 75: Behind the Scenes at New York’s Home for Music Discovery”—the magazine’s creative director, Ruth Feldman, turned to artist Tim Robinson, a fan of …
Fordham Graduate Scott Detrow Named Weekend Host of NPR’s All Things Considered
This month, former NPR White House correspondent Scott Detrow, FCRH ’07, will take on a new role at National Public Radio: weekend host of All Things Considered and co-host of Consider This, a daily news podcast. “Over the years I’ve worked closely with the production team and the hosts on so many breaking news stories …
Telling the Stories that Matter in Fordham’s Public Media Master’s Program
For Maya Sargent, public media is more than a career path; it’s a calling. The U.K. native traveled a lot with her family while she was younger, living in places such as Dubai and Spain, which sparked her curiosity and sense of storytelling even at a young age. “I’ve always been intrigued to find out …
‘A Bond of Connection’: On the Life and Faith of Vin Scully
The Los Angeles Dodgers were about to close out the New York Yankees in the 1981 World Series, and Father Joseph Parkes and his friend Billy had seen enough. They left Yankee Stadium, retrieved Billy’s car, and did what millions had done for decades: listened to Vin Scully on the radio. As they headed down …
Perfect Eloquence: A Tribute to the Late Vin Scully
Vin Scully, the beloved voice of the Dodgers for 67 years, and of Major League Baseball on CBS and NBC, was known for his poetic yet plainspoken approach to sports broadcasting—and for the wisdom, humor, and humility he conveyed to people on and off the air. “Hi everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to …
Undersung and Exemplary: Emma L. Bowen
Digging through the WFUV files in the Fordham archives in Walsh Family Library last fall, my colleague Kelly Prinz and I found countless pieces of ephemera from the 75-year history of Fordham’s public media station. There was a 1947 New York Times story about Fordham as a “radio newcomer” led by former Army chaplain Richard …
WFUV at 75: Behind the Scenes at New York’s Home for Music Discovery
There was a familiar hum around the WFUV studios in late October, one that had been slowly coming back in recent months, after COVID-19 forced hosts, programmers, and engineers to figure out a way to work from home for more than a year, leaving the station mostly empty. In the newsroom, Maya Sargent, a graduate …