The 604 Blog – Who’s Who?

As you might suspect, there is an army of volunteer students and alumni working behind-the-scenes to make sure WVBR’s move to 604 East Buffalo Street is a success. We have recruited the top project leadership from the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to produce and moderate The 604 Blog. Since you’ll be hearing quite a bit from us over the coming weeks and months, we figured a formal introduction to the team is in order!

Student Staff / Executive Committee
Drew Endick ’14
President & General Manager

Drew, a junior History major, serves as the President and General Manager. Drew joined the news department in the fall of 2010 and became News Director in 2011. During his sophomore year, Drew focused on expanding the station’s multimedia presence. Drew, with the help of many staff members, pushed for increased video creation and founded a second audio stream in programmed for student-aged listeners. Drew has interned for a Washington D.C. morning radio show and would like to continue working in talk radio after graduating.
Julia Buffinton ’14
Vice President

Julia, a junior Linguistics major, began her time at the Cornell Radio Guild as a member of the Promotions department in the fall of 2010, and since then has served as Promotions Director and Communications Director before taking on her current position as VP & Assistant General Manager in the spring of 2012. In addition to her station duties, she is a member of the Cornell Big Red Marching Band and the historian for the Big Red Pep Band, as well as an Orientation Supervisor.
Maria Donnini ’13
WVBR Alumni Affairs Director

Maria has been working at WVBR since September 2010, when she joined the station as a newscaster. She currently serves as Alumni Relations Director and served as Corporate Secretary last year. In addition to her work in alumni relations, Maria is a co-host of The Sunday Forum, a weekend specialty show. A Government major at Cornell, Maria is a sports announcer for Cornell Athletics, a Resident Advisor in a first-year dormitory building, a student ambassador, and a Law Intern for the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Alumni / Board of Directors
Dan Zarrow ’06
Chairman, Board of Directors

Dan graduated from Cornell with a degree in Atmospheric Science, and currently works for the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University, and also does freelance on-air weather for News 12 New Jersey. As a student, Dan worked in numerous positions throughout WVBR including President, Vice President of Staff & Facilities, and Treasurer. He was elected to the WVBR Board of Directors in 2006 and has served as Chair since 2010.
Peter Schacknow ’78
Chair, Alumni Affairs Committee, Board of Directors

Peter graduated from Cornell with a degree in Communications, and also holds an MBA in accounting from Hofstra University. He currently works as a senior producer at CNBC and is also a part time anchor for CNBC Radio. Peter was News Director during his years at WVBR, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.
Larry Epstein ’76 MBA ’78
Chair, Facilities Committee, Board of Directors

Larry holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a BS from Cornell’s College of Engineering. He is a former General Manager of WVBR-FM and has served on the Board of Directors since 1999. Following a successful career in local and network television and new media management, Larry now teaches Entertainment & Arts Management at Drexel University and currently serves as Interim Department Chair of Drexel’s department of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise.

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