Media & Communications Instructor Inducted into Local Radio Hall of Fame

Manfredi in center with two student-broadcasters standing on either side

Joseph Manfredi, an instructor in the SUNY Old Westbury Media & Communications program and station director for OWWR, Old Westbury Web Radio, was inducted into The WCWP/88.1 FM, Long Island University, Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

“I am truly humbled by this recognition, and what a great celebration of radio, the field of broadcasting, and all of my students and alumni that spans over two decades at two great institutions,” said Manfredi of his induction. “Plus, to share this wall with so many greats in the industry is an honor.”

Manfredi with his hall of fame plaque standing with Peter Belotti
Peter Belotti, Jr., (right) CBS Sports radio producer, congratulates Joe Manfredi after introducing him as the newest member of The WCWP Hall of Fame. (Photo Credit: Mike Chimeri)

The WCWP/88.1 FM Hall of Fame began in 2012 and inductees are graduates from the Post Campus of Long Island University. All inductees have extensive experience in radio, television, or both and include Fred Gaudelli, former executive producer of "ABC Monday Night Football" and "NBC Sunday Night Football" and currently executive producer of Amazon Prime "Thursday Night Football"; Rita Sands, ABC News and the first full-time female anchor on WCBS News Radio 880; and Ted David, part of the launch team for CNBC Television and later a news anchor for News 12.

A resident of Glen Cove, New York, Manfredi is the radio station manager of OWWR, Old Westbury Web Radio, the College’s official student radio station. In this role, he oversees all studio operations, staffing, and distribution of programming, including the scheduling and supervision of students, faculty, alumni, and community volunteers for programming.

In 2010,  Manfredi received the Excellence in Education as Faculty and Station Manager of OWWR Award. He is a founder and chair of the MAC (Media Arts Celebration) Awards held annually at the college. His work at OWWR has been published and featured in Radio Magazine, Radio World, and Radio World International. Prior to coming to SUNY Old Westbury, Manfredi was the director of operations of the Benjamin and Elizabeth Abrams Communications Center, WCWP/88.1 FM and Web Radio WCWP at LIU, where he taught in the Media & Communications department, and received the 2006 Faculty Member of the Year Award.

Additionally, he teaches courses in history, theory and production related to radio and multimedia as a faculty member in the American Studies/Media & Communications Department.

Across his career, Manfredi has earned numerous awards, and has hosted, produced, engineered, and performed voiceovers for a variety of radio programs and advertisements. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, Audio Engineering Society, College Media Association, Fair Media Council and Press Club of Long Island. He continues to serve as a judge at both the regional and national levels for the industry including the Edward R. Murrow Awards, and Mark of Excellence Awards.

OWWR, Old Westbury Web Radio is the official radio station of the SUNY Old Westbury on the air 24 hours a day, seven days a week. OWWR provides student, faculty, alumni, and community volunteer programming that broadcasts online, on cell phones, and via any wireless device or tablet. OWWR is a variety station that features news, sports, talk, and offers a wide variety of music programming.

Banner Photo Caption:  OWWR Station Manager and SUNY Old Westbury Media & Communications Instructor Joe Manfredi (center) is congratulated during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony by (from left to right) Nikki Kallipozis, SUNY Old Westbury graduate and former OWWR program director; Arielle Mancebo, SUNY Old Westbury graduate and former OWWR assistant program director; Sandra Cerrone, OWWR community volunteer and on-air host; and Joelle Desrosiers, SUNY Old Westbury graduate and current community volunteer and on-air host.  (Photo and Video Credit: Mike Chimeri)