Downloading discussion, sportscasting competition among Quest events

students at computersSUNY Oswego’s broadcasting program will contribute two panels to the college’s Quest activities April 23: “Look Mom! I’m Going to Jail!: The Myths and Realities of Illegally Downloading Music and Video” and “Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Sportscaster?”

The sessions are among around 180 talks, panels and performances, all free and open to the public, in the college’s annual celebration of scholarly and creative activities.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. in Room C114 of the Campus Center, “Look Mom! I’m Going to Jail!” is a panel presentation probing such topics as digital rights management, the economics of the music industry, legal aspects of downloading music, the morality of illegally sharing music and the Recording Industry Association of America’s prosecution of students for file sharing. The panel is sponsored by the Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit and previews this year’s topic, “Media Revolution,” set for Oct. 1.

Student panelists will include business major Tania Chen; broadcasting majors Garry Herbert, Ryan Jones, Chelsea Mayo and Joseph Pacheco; and moderator Tim Farnsworth, a political science major.

“We chose this topic because it’s something that actually pertains to students,” said broadcasting major Amy Bukolt, one of the student interns, along with Chrissy Ballesteros and Michelle Bier, coordinating the session. “We’re hoping it’s something students will be interested in, because this is something that will affect them.”

Special advisers include Ulises Mejias of Oswego’s communications studies department, SUNY Oswego Chief Technology Officer Joe Moreau and Andrew Wolfe of the college’s accounting, finance and law faculty.

“Do you Have What It Takes to Be a Sportscaster?” is a friendly competition where students interested in joining famous Oswego sportscasting alumni like Linda Cohn and Steve Levy will give their announcing skills a workout at 3 p.m. in Room 120 of the Campus Center.

Participants will be presented with a clip of an Oswego State hockey game and perform the play-by-play duties. The students will receiver a roster and background information on the video clip. Following the auditions, panelists will be critiqued and given advice on their performance. The top participant will receive an award.

Competitors will include Benjamin Amey, men’s hockey announcer for college radio station WNYO; campus TV station WTOP hockey announcers Chris Hill and Andrew Rohlin; and WTOP and WNYO announcer Adam Evans.

WTOP Program Director Tim Nuthall and Sports Anchor Loni Krauss will moderate the session, with faculty sponsor Jerry Condra of Oswego’s communication studies department. 

“I hope that participants can get a better sense of themselves in broadcasting and learn to critique guys like Tim McCarver and John Madden in the process,” Rohlin said. “I feel this is important because I love sportscasting and I feel it’s a way that I can share what I love with others.”

For more information and a full schedule of Quest activities, visit

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PHOTO CAPTION: Downloading discussion—A student panel will discuss “Look Mom! I’m Going to Jail!: The Myths and Realities of Illegally Downloading Music and Video” at 10:30 a.m. in Room C114 of the Campus Center as part of SUNY Oswego’s annual Quest celebration on April 23. From left are some of the participants: senior broadcasting major Michelle Bier, junior political science major Tim Farnsworth, junior broadcasting major Chelsea Mayo and senior business major Tania Chen.

(Posted: Apr 11, 2008)