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Morning Roar from the Oreo – April 21, 2023

Written by on April 21, 2023

It was a chamber of commerce type weather morning on the campus of Villanova University, and the Morning Roar crew took advantage, broadcasting outside at the Riley Ellipse (aka the Oreo), in honor of WXVU’s WXV Needs U fundraiser with a bonus hour! We saluted all donors who have contributed so far, and played incredible audio from Villanova radio alums, including Ian Bush, Jeffrey St. Pierre, Joe Gallagher, and Mary-Beth Fay. The fundraiser has been a major success and will ensure radio at Villanova continues to thrive!

In the first hour, we analyzed digital hoarding, and in our Twitter poll question, we discussed what are the best places to study on Villanova’s campus.

Our special guest in the first hour was Whitey Rigsby, VU Class of 1978 and broadcast voice of the Villanova Wildcats men’s basketball team on the radio for 43 years. Whitey currently works as a Senior Major Gifts Officer for the Villanova Athletic Fund. Whitey was incredibly generous with his time, and talked to the crew about his 3-year career on the Villanova basketball team, his favorite moments calling Wildcats’ basketball games, and gave advice for those aspiring for a career in sports broadcasting.

In the bonus hour, Ryan Dery joined the crew and talked with Allison about how the duo teamed up to save the stray cat on Villanova’s campus, Austin.

Our second very special set of guests was Taffy the Dog, a 2-year-old female yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever and Villanova’s first full-time “community canine” and therapy dog. Taffy’s caretaker, Officer Amy Lenahan from Villanova Public Safety, came by to talk about Taffy and how Villanova community members can soon make appointments to see her!

We discussed relaxation techniques with finals approaching, and even got some talk in about fidget spinners. Another epic episode!

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