Michael SaffranCommunication Lecturer and WGSU-FM (89.3) Faculty Director
Michael Saffran has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2012.
Office Hours Spring 2022
Tuesday/Thursday 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
or by appointment (preferred: by appointment and/or via Zoom)
M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology (2008)
B.A., SUNY Geneseo (1985)
Broadcast Education Association
Intercollegiate Broadcasting System
Student Press Law Center
Saffran, M. J. (2011). Effects of local-market radio ownership concentration on radio localism, the public interest, and listener opinions and use of local radio. Journal of Radio and Audio Media, 18, 281?294.
Saffran, M. (2009, April). Effects of local-market radio ownership concentration on radio localism, the public interest, and listener opinions and use of local radio. Paper presented at the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia.
Saffran, M. J. (2006). Impact on national radio ownership from the 1997 court ruling on ownership consolidation in Rochester. Journal of Social and Legal Research at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 6.
Awards and Honors
Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) College Media Awards, Marketing, Best Station
Contest/Promotional Event (Finalist): 2018 Genny Fest (2019)
Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Rochester Chapter, PRism Award, Social Media – Video (2011)
PRSA PRism Award, Online Publication (2010)
PRSA Award of Excellence, Social Media (2010)
PRSA PRism Award, Website (2007)
PRSA PRism Award, Most Improved Element, Website (2007)
PRSA PRism Award, News Release, (2003)
More About Me
- Student media
- Podcasting, new media, social media
- Public relations
- Communication law
Current research involves mass media audiences, policy, and regulation; media ownership consolidation; and trends in radio broadcasting and college radio.
COMN 266: Radio & Audio Media Production
An introduction to basic radio-station operations and equipment, announcing skills, and audio-production techniques (including scriptwriting, voiceover and commercial production), and their application in modern radio and digital platforms. Students will be introduced to and use the facilities of campus radio station WGSU-FM.
COMN 275: News&Sp Wtg: Brdcst News Found
This slot course focuses on improving basic reporting and writing skills, crafting in-depth news reports, and exposing students to other types of journalistic writing.