The Classroom on ESPN 1220
"The Classroom" is a weekly sports radio program produced by the Marist College Center for Sports Communication. This show airs every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN 1220 of the Hudson Valley and is the result of a partnership between Sunrise Broadcasting of NY, Inc. and the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, representing the nation’s first partnership between an ESPN radio affiliate and an academic center on a college campus. The show debuted on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, before a live studio audience, and has run weekly since. This program runs live on Sunrise's 10,000 watt AM signal, as well as three FM signals in the Hudson Valley. It can also be streamed live online from around the world, and archives of the show are available on iTunes. In addition of the radio broadcast, student interns also produce a live video stream of the program. Both live and archived videos of the show are available on Marist's livestream page.
Center director Dr. Keith Strudler is the show's executive director, and he co-hosts the program with play-by-play sports broadcaster Geoff Brault, voice of the Marist football and women’s basketball teams and a Marist sports communication graduate. More notably, Marist sports communication students interns staff every other role in the show, from engineering to producing to PR and social media to research to producing ads to taking a mic on air. Through "The Clasroom," Marist students gain important hands-on experience on ESPN radio without every having to leave campus and practice the realities of true deadline pressures for commercial radio.
Unlike most sports talk radio, "The Classroom" covers big topics and pressing issues in national and international sports, from amateur to professional, going beyond wins and losses. Instead of only discussing what’s happening in sports, “The Classroom” focuses on why it happens.
"The Classroom" is broadcast from the Marist radio studio near the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and includes lively interviews with sports personalities, sports academics, regular features, and timely commentary. To learn more about the program, read the Marist Magazine feature story about it.
In addition to this Saturday morning program, every Friday, Marist sports communication students write and produce a three-minute feature highlighting Marist athletics and other sporting events in the area. This segment, called "The Marist Minute," gives listeners insight into what’s happening and what will happen locally in sports.