Three WRHU-Radio Hofstra University alums are among the five finalists in WFAN’s fourth annual Fantasy Phenom Contest, vying for a chance to host their own sports talk radio show for the next year.
Matt Shortis, ’08, Jonathan Lauder, ’11, and Christan Heimall, ’10 will compete in the finals on Friday, August 23 during afternoon drive-time host Mike Francesa’s annual end-of-summer bash, broadcast from Bar-A in Lake Como, N.J. Lauder and Heimall are competing as a team. The finalists will do a two-minute sports rant on Francesa’s show. That audio, along with video and a biography of each finalist, will be posted on the station’s website for listeners to cast their votes. WFAN is at 101.9 FM and 660 AM.
Matthew Shortis was sports director at WRHU-88.7 FM and covered the New York Islanders on Bloomberg radio while he was still a student. He is currently a play-by-play announcer covering high school sports for MSG Varsity.
Jonathan Lauder did play-by-play for several sports, and hosted sports and news talk shows on WRHU. Since graduation, he has done broadcasting for Major League Baseball, the New York Islanders, the NBA, MSG Varsity. He is currently broadcasting for Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Wall Street Journal Radio Network.
Christian Heimall waas a sports broadcaster on WRHU for his four years at Hofstra. He is currently a graduate assistant at Manhattan College, where he serves as sports information director and broadcaster for nine of the school’s teams.
The finalists will do a two-minute sports rant on Francesa’s show. That audio, along with video and a biography of each finalist, will be posted on the station’s website for listeners to cast their votes.