During his college years at Syracuse University, Bob Ahrens wanted to become "the next Vin Scully." Now he helps to ignite that dream in a new generation of undergrads.
As Executive Sports Producer at WFUV, Bob Ahrens has the responsibility of training an award-winning student sports staff. Under his supervision, 24 students host, produce, engineer, write, and air One On One, New York's longest-running sports call-in show, as well as the play-by-play of Fordham football and basketball. The student staff also includes beat reporters for every team in New York City. To provide training to these aspiring producers, engineers, writers, and broadcasters, Bob sets up workshops that play host to guest speakers from all over the sports industry. He explains, "I enjoy working with students and teaching and watching them grow over the course of 3 or 4 years."
Spoken like a true teacher. After arriving at WFUV, Bob Ahrens became an adjunct professor at Fordham, where he taught classes in Audio Production, Advanced Sports Broadcasting, and Ethics of Sports Broadcasting.
Prior to his work at Fordham he was the Executive Producer of Bob Ahrens Productions, Director of Marketing and Production at Video Software and Production Center, and Advertising Production Coordinator for Block Drug.
Bob Ahrens came to WFUV in 1997 when One on One moved to Saturday afternoons. Broadcast coach Marty Glickman recommended him to work with the students and "the rest is history." When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Bob is quick to reply, "I take great pride in where the students go and what they do after they graduate. Just seeing someone's whole development, that's a great experience."
He has reason to be proud of his staff. A number of programs the students have worked on have won major broadcast awards and have been archived in the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Museum of Television and Radio, and NFL films.