WSOU 89.5 FM’s News Department is getting set to send a trio of student journalists to cover the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration. Reporters Wilnir Louis, Justin Morris, and Zach Cooney will spend New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square, providing WSOU’s listeners with exclusive coverage of the evening, culminating in the ball drop at midnight.
Their live reports will be incorporated into WSOU’s New Year’s Eve programming, “The Best Metal of the 2010s,” which offers up the top heavy metal songs of the twenty-teens as selected by the station’s staff and alumni.
Louis, Morris, and Cooney will have a designated spot on “radio row” in Times Square, where they will broadcast live updates every half hour from 8 p.m. until midnight. They will also interview bystanders and the ceremony’s musical guests for a story that will air on WSOU’s weekend news show, “Pirate News Desk.”
“This is the second year in a row I’ve had the chance to cover New Year’s Eve from Times Square, so I will use my experience to improve our coverage and accomplish even more for WSOU this year,” Louis said. “It’s these unique reporting opportunities that make being part of WSOU and Seton Hall University so special.”
WSOU’s reporters will post photos and videos from the event on the station’s social media platforms to bring WSOU’s audience closer to the action in the Big Apple.
Station News Director and senior Robert Towey noted that reporting on major news events is an essential part of the station’s experiential-learning mission. “Covering the ball drop and the merry mayhem in Times Square helps give our staff hands-on experience in live on-the-street reporting and producing their own broadcast packages for air,” said Towey.
Performances at Times Square kick off at 6 p.m., featuring appearances from The Village People, Lauren Alaina, Sam Hunt, and X Ambassadors. The famous ball and its nearly 2,700 Waterford Crystals will begin its descent with 60 seconds to midnight.