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Paul Varga '09 - WSLP, Lake Placid, NY
Paul Varga will never forget the pride he felt as a Curry College student on that day in early 2009, during the annual Associated Press awards ceremony in Brookline, MA.
“They were announcing the award for best radio talk show and I remember looking around the room at students from the so-called ‘powerhouse’ Communication programs in Boston,” Varga recalled. “The announcer read ‘Curry College’ as the 1st Place winner and there was a collective pause. It was a great moment, and it showed everyone just how much our Communication program has grown over the years.”
Varga was an integral part of the WMLN (91.5 FM) team that received the award for, ‘Hey! Are You Talking to Me?’ The assistant news director for Curry College’s flagship station not only created the show, which focused on news, politics and activism, but hosted it as well.
A native of upstate New York, Varga originally attended college at a school closer to home. But after his freshman year, he decided to transfer to Curry.
“I remember one professor at my former school asking me if I was in his class or not. I knew it was time for a switch,” said Varga. “It started with an innocent Internet search looking for schools with strong radio concentrations. Right off the bat Curry seemed to be one of the best in the region. And come to find out, it was exactly what I was looking for.”
From his first day on campus Varga said Curry just felt right to him. He credits those feelings to his interaction and relationship with several key faculty members in the Communication department, including WMLN faculty director, Alan Frank .
“The support structure you get from the faculty is second to none. They are not only professors, but they are mentors and friends as well. I would go to check my email and there would be daily correspondence from them, including job listings, articles, etc.”
Varga went on to say, “But they don’t smother you either. From day one, Professor Frank put my hand to the burner, so to speak. He let me learn from my mistakes and allowed me to excel while making my own choices.”
During his Curry years Varga was also active in several clubs and organizations, including the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Politics and History Club. He was also part of a large student/faculty collaboration to rid the campus of wasteful paper use, an initiative that was put into effect in the spring of 2009.
“Curry is a college where you can make an immediate impact from day one. There is no first year lag to climb over and you’re not just a number either,” said Varga.
Varga graduated with the Class of 2009 and says he’s going to miss Curry terribly, but he is also looking forward to a long career in radio. His dream is to become a professional talk show host in the Boston area.
Update: Since leaving Curry, Varga entered a very competitive media job market and in 2010 locked up a position as the morning drive DJ at WSLP, 93.3 FM in Lake Placid, NY.
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