Rowan radio host wins AIR college award

Rowan radio host wins AIR college award

Jim Vassallo knew he wanted a career in radio almost as soon as he learned what radio was.

That's not surprising considering that at a young age Vassallo was known to mute the television while watching sports and call his own play-by-play of the game.

All that practice has paid off for the 21-year-old Evesham resident. Vassallo recently won his second Philadelphia College AIR Award for his broadcasts on Rowan Radio, the station of Rowan University in Glassboro.

The awards are sponsored by and benefit the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the March of Dimes.

This year, the Rowan junior took home top prize as the best college on-air personality for the "Jim Vassallo Show," a weekly music show he hosts on 89.7 WGLS-FM.

Last year's top award was for best college sports reporting for his "Pro Football Preview Show-NFC East Report." He was a finalist in that category this year.

Vassallo said he enjoys the music show, but loves to talk sports on the radio. It proves to be a great outlet for the passionate, yet often-frustrated Philadelphia sports fan.

"I've been known to go on some random sports rants," said Vassallo, who is a radio/television/film major. "It's fantastic when I can vent about what's going on in sports in the wonderful city of Philadelphia."

Vassallo, a huge Phillies fan, said his dream job would be to work in baseball. "I would love to do baseball broadcasting, but I would do anything for a team," he said.

Through his work on the radio, Vassallo has met some of his radio idols, including the voice of the Phillies, Harry Kallas.

"He is a pioneer in sports broadcasting. Meeting him was humbling. He is the consummate professional and he's just got this aura about him," he said.

Vassallo, a graduate of Holy Cross High School in Delran, said he felt lucky to have the opportunity to be on the air while still in school. He said he is most proud of his awards because they represent his work on Rowan Radio.

He said the experience behind the microphone has been invaluable in learning the technical side of radio and ways to improve his performance.

"You can really learn a lot that you don't get in the classroom. You really learn what to do and what not to do," Vassallo said.

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Date Published: Sunday, November 26, 2006 (All day)
Source URL: Burlington County Times