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Over Spring Break, I had the great opportunity to sit in-studio during The Kane Show, a top-rated morning radio program that airs from 6-10am on Hot 99.5 (Washington, D.C.), 93.3 FLZ (Tampa, Florida), Z104.3 (Baltimore, Maryland), Kiss 107 (Cincinnati, Ohio), 101.9 Kiss FM (Memphis, Tennessee) and, Radio Now 98.9 (Louisville, Kentucky). Kane also hosts Club Kane, a nationally syndicated Sunday night radio program which airs nationwide on Top 40 stations throughout the country, including Hot 107.9 in Syracuse. The Kane Show is hosted by Kane, a Syracuse University alum. While at Syracuse, Kane studied Advertising and Design while also hosting a radio program on Z89 WJPZ (SU’s student-run radio station), and later hosted an evening show on Hot 107.9, a Top-40 station that can be heard throughout Central New York.

Kane came to Syracuse University from Danbury, Connecticut because of the incredible Advertising and Design program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. His experience at Z89 WJPZ is what’s led him to his successful career today. While he interned in high school at a local radio station, it was the full hands-on experience that he gained while volunteering at WJPZ that set the path for his career. Kane specifically noted to me, that it was because WJPZ was run just as radio stations are managed nationwide, and not just as a simple college style radio station. WJPZ provided Kane with experiential learning, as it was a great place for him to learn, because WJPZ is managed with rules and specific protocols, and it functions, just as any other city radio station would be.

Kane’s advice for prospective students is to remember that you go to college for an experience just like he had during his four years at SU. You go to school to learn, but also to have access to people doing great things throughout the industry, and to have the opportunity to gain experience like he was able to at WJPZ and later at Hot 107.9 in Syracuse. For admitted students, Kane said just look at the unique place that Syracuse University is, and all the connections and opportunities that exist when you become a part of the Syracuse University family. He stressed that it’s incredibly important for you to take advantage of all the opportunities that you have while at Syracuse and to be sure to get to know not only your peers and professors, but to also to get connected with people in the industry that you hope to become a part of and connect with as many Syracuse alumni as you can. The Syracuse family is a connected group of students and alumni that have helped people get to their professional careers today, and that’s a distinct piece, that’s helped him to his successful career path today hosting The Kane Show, and Club Kane nationwide. He also mentioned to dress warm (but you’ve probably heard that a few times already).

While speaking with Kane, he mentioned to me some of his favorite places to go while at Syracuse University, such as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Carousel Mall (now Destiny USA), the New York State Fair, and of course Marshall Street. Kane said that you’re not a Syracuse student until you spend time on Marshall Street whether it’s on game day, or just grabbing a bite to eat after classes, “it’s a right of passage” Kane said.

Syracuse University provided Kane with the total experience: 1) a great college education, 2) experiential learning at Z89 WJPZ, and 3) becoming a part of the Syracuse community as he hosted his evening show on Hot 107.9. Kane reminisced on his incredible Syracuse experience from living in Boland-Brewster-Brockway (BBB) and South Campus, to his VPA Design program, which has helped him in his career today when it comes to designing web content, social media, and show banners. Kane still follows the Orange today, and always stays connected with other Orangemen in the industry and in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. Be sure to tune into The Kane Show daily from 6-10am on the iHeartRadio app and and Sunday evenings as he hosts Club Kane!

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