General Manager: Duff Sheffield
Duff has been a New York City Metro area veteran broadcaster and programming pro since 1970. Currently, he is General Manager & Program Director of WFDU-FM : Public Radio For the NYC Metro Area. The station is located just 5 miles across the George Washington Bridge connecting Manhattan to the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Duff can also teach a thing or two - having been a professor of radio and TV broadcasting, public speaking and drama for 22 years. As a 1974 FDU graduate, Duff takes particular pride in guiding the radio station he helped establish in 1971 (his office today was his dorm room in 1970!).
Duff cut his broadcast teeth at WXLO - 99X, answering the request line. But the "radio itch" had to be scratched and soon gigs in engineering, audio production, on-air music DJ and talk show hosting were added to his resume. He didn't leave New York City for nearly two decades, and only then to return to his roots at WFDU. The list of stations that benefited from his expertise include: WXLO-99X, WOR-AM, The RKO Radio Networks, WNBC-AM, and the the CBS Radio-Radio Network.
Chief Engineer - Michael Phillips
I arrived at WFDU on a cool January morning to visit with my friend and colleague Duff Sheffield. Let’s just say we go way back. I was so impressed with the operation that I wanted to become a part of it. So I became a volunteer. As a seasoned radio professional with 40 years experience in the New York City market I knew that I had something to offer.
When I was a student at C.W. Post College my love of music led me to radio station WCWP. I mastered my trade there and landed a job at WABC/WPLJ as an engineer. Like a ball player, I was traded to WOR radio where I meet up with Barry (Duff). That was in 1978. The rest of my background includes employment at RKO Radio Networks, United Stations, Radio Today Entertainment, ABC Radio Network, Cumulus Media and CBS Radio New York.
These days I can be found at New Jersey City University as well as the beautiful campus of Farleigh Dickenson University teaching Intro to Broadcasting as well as a Radio Production.
Production Manager - David "Ghosty" Wills
Assistant Operations Manager - Kenny O'Boyle