School of Communication and Journalism student Melanie Formosa, of East Northport, was recently named an inaugural Next Step Radio Scholar by the College Radio Foundation.
Formosa was recognized for her achievements as the founder of WUSB’s student news department, and for her roles as the program director and station president.
“We cannot be more proud of Melanie and all that she has accomplished,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the School of Communication and Journalism and executive director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. “Her work with WUSB shows how she carries the mission of this school with her wherever she goes. I know that she will continue to impress at every stage of her wonderful blossoming career.”
A journalism major and environmental humanities minor, Formosa has been involved in on campus news reporting with The Stony Brook Media Group and with WUSB. At WUSB, she has overseen the operation of the station on a day-to-day basis.
“I’m working towards being in an industry where things are nonstop,” Formosa said. “I’m currently in charge of keeping a 24/7 radio station running even now. Some people, even my professors and fellow students, don’t always know the full scope of the workload I put in. Winning this award is rewarding on a broad level because being recognized for the work I do is heartwarming and I’m incredibly grateful.”
One of five national recipients to receive this first-time honor, Formosa won a $2,000 grant from the foundation. Founded in 2014, the College Radio Foundation has worked to support and fund college radio stations throughout the country to promote the future of radio broadcasting.
Formosa has also worked with WSHU, a National Public Radio affiliate station, whose Long Island bureau is down the hall from the SoCJ offices on campus.
“The radio industry is concerned about where the upcoming talent is, and we want to provide a solution by supporting our brightest and best hopes for the future,” said Rob Quicke, founder the College Radio Foundation. “It’s a great start, but we want to do more to support the next generation of radio stars.”