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Broadcast Grad Lands Position at CNYCentral

12/20/17

Since he was about 12 years old, Dan Wohler ’17 knew that he wanted to work in broadcast news. “I was intrigued by the idea of captivating an audience for a 30-minute to an hour broadcast. I would watch both local and national evening news broadcasts with my parents as a kid, and was fascinated by the presence of the anchors and reporters,” he explained.

Just a few months after he graduated with his degree in English/Communications – where he concentrated in broadcast media and journalism – Wohler landed a job as a digital news producer for CNYCentral in Syracuse, N.Y. CNYCentral encompasses three major television stations in Syracuse: WSTM (NBC), WTVH (CBS) and WSTQ (CW). Producers, he said, are the people who write much of what news consumers read online or hear on TV, “so, they play a huge role in the news process.”

“I enjoy the storytelling and community aspect of news,” he said. “Providing an audience with relevant, impactful information is something I’m passionate about. I enjoy broadcast and digital news because of the visual element. Pictures and video can oftentimes tell a story much better than words can. I also enjoy gathering and spreading information. I think there's no better time to be a journalist than right now. Today more than ever we need factual, unbiased, objective reporting that people can trust and rely on. An informed community leads to a more cohesive and connected community.”

Dan Wohlet headsetAccording to Wohler, MCLA best prepared him for his job by providing him with a well-rounded skill set. “I managed live-streamed events. I wrote, shot, and edited news packages. I produced programs, and gained live, on-air experience,” he explained. “While at MCLA I wanted to be an anchor/reporter – as I still do – but through internships and experience on-campus, I learned there is a lot more to news than the people you see on TV.”

At MCLA, Wohler participated in a sports broadcasting internship during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. “In that position I managed live-streamed broadcasts for MCLA’s athletic programs. I also provided live, in-game, play-by-play and analysis commentary, and conducted live interviews with coaches, players, and fans during broadcasts,” he explained. “I hosted and produced weekly athletics recap programs, and designed student-athlete profile packages, all for MCLA Athletics’ website.”

The summer just before his senior year, Wohler served an internship at WMUR (ABC) in Manchester, N.H., as a production assistant. During his final year at the College, he launched and designed Beacon Web News, a weekly video news program, produced through MCLA’s The Beacon student newspaper, where he anchored and produced weekly programs, and wrote, shot, edited, and reported news packages.

“What a student participates in outside the classroom is just as important as what they do inside the classroom. My ‘extra-curricular’ experience provided me with many of the skills I use on a daily basis in my current position,” Wohler said.

“I chose MCLA for the price, and the sense of community I felt the second I first set foot on campus. I also liked the small class sizes, and the broadcast media program. The fact that there was a fully functioning, operational television studio on campus didn't hurt either.”