National Recognition Leaves Two Students in Stitches

National Recognition Leaves Two Students in Stitches

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Daniel Hanson ’18 and Kenny Conrade ’20 are awarded for their feature on official New York jersey embroidery, Stitches

A college education is similar a custom jersey. The more personalization provided in the product, the better it looks on you. For Daniel Hanson ’18 and Kenny Conrade ’20, Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication is a tailored fit. The two students’ shared interest in sports broadcasting led them to the Herbert School and its award-winning radio station, WRHU 88.7 FM.

As lifelong New York Islanders hockey fans, Hofstra’s exclusive broadcasting agreement with the professional hockey team were an added flourish.

“The opportunity to work with a professional sports team so closely in college helped me become a better broadcaster and interviewer,” said journalism major Kenny Conrade. “We are being held to professional standards, not those of a college student.”

Part of the professional-grade standard includes professional-grade honors.

Earlier this year, Kenny and Daniel were recognized by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), an international academic media organization, for their radio sports feature: “Pro Teams Need Pro Seams — Meet Stitches,” a profile on Stitches, the official embroidery company for the Mets, Yankees and Islanders.

Student journalist D Hanson interviews player at Barclays

Student journalist Daniel Hanson interviews Cal Clutterbuck

The story was born of Kenny and Daniel’s mutual affection for all things Islanders hockey, including the iconic jersey.

“I’ve been an Islanders fan for a very long time and love collecting jerseys,” said Daniel Hanson, a public relations major. “I heard from friends that (Stitches) was the place that did the stitching for the team and that they also did it for fans. The guys who work there put their blood, sweat and tears into ensuring that their product is A+ every single time. They deserve to be recognized for all that they do.”

The resulting news feature is a behind-the-scenes look into the world of jersey customization, complete with an uncle-nephew pair who shared laughs and stories with Dan and Kenny. The four-minute piece was even played as a feature during the intermission of an Islanders game earlier this season.

“It was broadcast at WRHU and was heard all around the world with our simulcasters (WFAN/AM 970, Sirius XM),” said Daniel. “So, if you put the game on at that time, you would hear this feature playing in your car on the New York Islanders Radio Network.”

Daniel and Kenny received word their Stitches piece was recognized as one of BEA’s 2018 Festival of Media Arts winners this February. Amidst submissions from notable universities across the country, Stitches received second-place honors in the category of Radio Sports Story/Feature/News.

Kenny Conrade with a member of the Islanders

Both students agree, the distinction is thanks to the custom fit provided by the LHSC and WRHU 88.7 FM.

“I chose the Herbert School for my degree because of the opportunities that it has with WRHU, as well as the possibilities that come along with going to school so close to New York City,” said Kenny. “I had heard many great things about the school, and it has lived up to the hype.”

“WRHU has given me the skill of speaking concisely and the ability to not be intimidated when walking into an NHL locker room,” said Daniel. “High-pressure situations, especially technical ones in studio (I can write a book on those), have made me learn that any feat can be achieved if you just set your mind to it. It’s all about being comfortable in the big setting, and WRHU has done that and then some.”