Team Members


Meet the folks who put the "rad" in radio

The Black Squirrel Radio staff is made up of the finest students Kent State has to offer,

who all share a passion for radio and delivering great content to the KSU student body and abroad.

From our General Manager Brooke Forrest, all the way down to our Freshman DJ’s,

everyone works like crazy to make BSR all that it can be.

Check out each team member to learn a little bit more about what we all do.

All questions about a department should be addressed to the director of that department.

General Manager Hi, I’m Zac Max. I’m a senior at Kent State University majoring in Journalism and Film with a minor in Creative Writing. As General Manager I make sure that Black Squirrel Radio runs as smoothly as possible. In addition to my duties as GM I host a vinyl-only music and music history radio […]

Amanda Rabinowitz has been a reporter, host and producer at WKSU since 2007. Her days begin before the sun comes up as the local anchor for NPR’s Morning Edition, which airs on WKSU each weekday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. In addition to providing local news and weather, she interviews the Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto for a weekly commentary about Northeast Ohio’s sports scene. Last year, she started a weekly radio segment focusing on Northeast Ohio’s music scene, called Shuffle. Amanda has been honored by the Radio-Television Digital News Association with a national Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting for her story about painkiller addiction in college sports. She’s also been recognized as “best anchor” by Associated Press of Ohio and has won awards from the Press Club of Cleveland, Ohio Professional Writers and the National Federation of Press Women. Amanda got her master’s degree from The University of Akron. She teaches at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and is the advisor for Kent State’s college radio station, Black Squirrel Radio.

Jenn Noga is a junior at Kent State. She’s been with Black Squirrel Radio since 2017 working on Web Staff as a writer and concert photographer, a Web Coordinator and now as Web Director. She’s hosted four seasons of the BSR show Bar Buddies and during lockdown started a spinoff podcast called Tales From the Bar. […]

Hi everyone! I’m a sophomore journalism student with a minor in sport administration. I have lived most of my life in Ohio, though I was originally born in West Lafayette, Indiana. I attended Wadsworth High School in nearby Wadsworth, Ohio. Previously with BSR, I’ve been a member of the sports staff and a Coordinator on the sports staff, and I’ve had several opportunities like calling basketball games and writing sports articles. My ultimate goal is to be a sports broadcaster, preferably hockey, my favorite sport.

Production Director Samuel Teyssier is an aspiring film director pursuing a degree in Digital Media Production at Kent State University. Samuel’s student media career began as an undergraduate student where he created the film talk show, “FilmWeek” and has remained with BSR since. In addition to his role at BSR, Samuel serves as the Head […]

Emily is a senior B.F.A Visual Communication Design major with a minor in photography. When Emily isn’t designing, you can find her on a stage and pursuing pageantry. She is a multi-award winner and in 2019, Emily even made her Broadway debut. She looks forward to bringing her unique perspectives and vision to BSR!

Marz is a Journalism student in the College of Communication and Information. His passion for music stems from first hearing "No No No" by Destiny's Child and he has had an ear for hits ever since. The Cleveland native has worked in the independent music scene as an artist manager and helped develop a few acts within the city. Marz joined BSR in fall of 2021 hosting the show SENSE on BSR, showcasing local music and playing the latest and greatest in hip hop, R&B, and pop music. Marz intends to promote more local acts, grow the brand of BSR, and continue to drop exclusives before you hear them on any FM station. His goal is to break into the business as a reporter, radio host, or media personality with an emphasis on personality.

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