Alex Danahy '13 - Communication

 

As a boy, Alex Danahy '13 loved to impress his older brother by doing play-by-play of Boston Red Sox games in their living room.  Those skills, along with the encouragement he received from his brother, led Danahy to pursue a career in broadcasting at Curry College.  And he wasted no time once he got here.

"What's great about Curry is that you can get involved from day one.  By the first week of my freshman year, I already had a shift working at the radio station (WMLN) every Sunday. I got to call my first game (women's basketball) as a color commentator that spring," Danahy recalled.

Even though Danahy had looked at communication programs at larger schools like NYU and Syracuse University, the close-knit community and the fact that you could hit the ground running at Curry were very appealing to him.

"I know a lot of other schools make you wait; they want you to be near perfect as soon as you get on air. That's not realistic to me. You learn and grow by doing, making mistakes and correcting them."

 

As of 2012, Danahy was the co-director and permanent color analyst for all Curry basketball games, doing one to three games per week.  He also does pre- and post-game analysis for Curry football games.  He co-hosts two radio shows and a television show on CC8 (Curry television) as well.

"It's a great experience, we've had people like Mike Timlin of the Boston Red Sox call in to the radio station, Dick and Rick Hoyt, of Boston Marathon fame, and we've hosted successful Curry alums in the studio like Chris Lees, who is a NASCAR researcher and is also the stat person for the Mike and Mike Show on ESPN radio."

Danahy has also been a part of WMLN student teams who have garnered two Associated Press Awards during his time at Curry.

But Curry was not always Danahy's first choice when looking at schools.  There were some obstacles (literally) he had to address before committing.  He was born with spina bifida, so he has been on crutches or in a wheelchair his entire life.

"When I first came to campus, as beautiful as it was, there are some hills, and they were a little intimidating. But after meeting with people from Curry, they were so helpful.  They let me have a car on campus right away; public safety officers offer to drive me around wherever I need to go; the buildings and grounds department removes snow from my car in the winter; along with other things. I thought with all the accommodations I needed, eventually they would draw a line. They really haven't."

And Danahy has continued his close relationship with Curry's Department of Public Safety, working at the security desk in the residence halls.

Along with his studies in the communication major, Danahy also takes advantage of Curry's PAL (Program for Advancement of Learning) program. PAL is designed for students who have a primary diagnosis of a language-based learning disability and/or AD/HD and who have at least average to superior intellectual ability.

"One of the things that sold me on Curry was the hands-on nature of the PAL program.  I mean, I had particular learning needs in high school, but the accommodations at PAL exceed those by far and have been great for me."

Danahy plans on interning for one of the local sports radio stations in the fall of 2012, and hopes to one day work either in the Boston area for one of the local sports stations like Comcast SportsNet or nationally at ESPN or MLB Network.

 
 
 
 

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