Sounding Off on Professional Sports
Senior communication major Becker Alshowk and senior finance major Amro Tashman discovered they could combine their passion for sports and journalism at an information session for Mason’s student-run radio station WGMU.
The two wanted to interview prominent names in the sports industry and debate professional sports, and WGMU gave them a platform. They host the popular sports radio talk show The Plugs.
“We wanted the show to have more information about professional sports than what you can find on Google, while also making it entertaining,” Alshowk says.
Their focus on the professional, rather than collegiate level, was prompted by a career goal in covering professional sports.
The show features interviews with professional athletes, coaches, and renowned sports journalists from the Washington, D.C., area. Notable guests include Charley Casserly, former NFL general manager (and executive in residence with Mason’s Sport Management Program), and former Redskins player Renaldo Wynn.
“We get so many renowned guests on the show by using connections with our professors and highlighting that we are looking to pursue careers in sports media.”
— Becker Alshowk
The talk show won the spring 2016 RadioStar award for Best Music Show, presented by RadioFlag.
Rodger Smith, faculty advisor for WGMU, says the student-run radio station gives students a unique learning experience.
“You have to give listeners a reason why they should be listening,” Smith says. “The hosts of The Plugs learned how to make themselves stand out and attract knowledge experts.”
Hosting this radio show is the ideal hands-on experience for an aspiring sports journalist, Alshowk says. “We take it very seriously. We have full responsibility and control over the station and manage all the social-media platforms.”