Central New York, Community, Sports

History Made at One Local Radio Station

WAER Sports Radio has been around for 70 years, but just this weekend, something new happened for the first time.

By Sawyer Kamman (SYRACUSE, N.Y. – NCC NEWS) – Syracuse’s NPR Radio affiliate WAER has a rich history of producing talented sports broadcasters that succeed at the national level. Since 1947 the station has produced and aired coverage of all football, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse games. However just this weekend, something happened at the station that had never been done in its 70-year history.

As Syracuse football battled Florida State on Saturday, Meredith Kava and Maura Sheridan were inside the studio, producing and engineering the game. This was, for the first time in 70 years, the first time two women were within the studio together.

I was still going to go into girl power and say that I think this is the first time there’s ever been two women producing and engineering,” said Kava. “I want to say it’s the first time ever.”

She got her confirmation moments later from Sheridan, the engineer.

There’s only been two women on staff once,” she said. Kava was quick to respond:

“So yeah, it is the first time.”

To get to the level of producing the games, the two had to first be cleared to the Sports Staff, a process that requires passage from a First-Year Writer, to Desk Writer, to this Staff Member. Now that they are there, the two can find support in one another as the only two women in the department’s Staff.

“We’re the only two women at the station, we’re on staff, and we kind of hold each other up and make sure we’re doing our job,” said Kava.

And do their job they did, producing an excellent broadcast that unfortunately saw the Orange fall on the field to Florida State, 27-24. The ultimate goal of both Kava and Sheridan is to become the on-air play-by-play broadcaster, the top step in the process of the WAER Sports Department. Sheridan, for one, with fulfill this goal this upcoming weekend, as she is slated as one of the two announcers for when Syracuse battles Wake Forests this Saturday.

Kava looks to continue forward in that regard, with the possibility of calling games starting soon for the Junior, likely as Syracuse Lacrosse season rolls around. For now, both continue their daily duties for the station, covering Syracuse sports and providing readers and listeners with everything Orange as the seasons move on. In the end, Kava said just one thing needs to change.

They always mix up our names,” she said.

“Because we’re both M’s,” added Sheridan.