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!). Playing & collecting guitars and sailing his sailboat are leisure activities. Surfing remains a passion:
Duff cut his broadcast teeth at WXLO - 99X answering the request line. But upon graduation from FDU in 1974, he was offered the Production Manager's position at the "X" during the heyday of FM radio in NYC. He added on-air DJ and talk show host to his resume in the 80s. He left the The Big Apple in 1990 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, WNNNN-BC 66AM, WMCA-AM and the CBS Radio-Radio Network.
Duff absolutely enjoys his role as leader of the WFDU Broadcast Media department, guiding the station into the next phase of radio with 5 times the transmission power over the NYC Metro area, with a new potential audience of 8.2 million people. The addition of an HD (Hybrid Digital) transmitter will allow 3 separate channels of WFDU: "The Essential WFDU HD1", "Jazz & What's More on WFDU HD2" and classical music on "Masterworks on WFDU HD3". All channels will be on the air and streaming on the web and smartphone apps including affiliation with iHeartRadio.
He also owns and operates Sheffield Studios in Mahwah, NJ
B.S. Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University
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 working as the Chief Engineer of WFDU on the beautiful Metro campus of Farleigh Dickenson University. I also teach Intro to Broadcasting as well as a Radio Production.
Production Manager - David "Ghosty" Wills
Dave Wills has been known to all who work at WFDU and all his radio show listeners as "Ghosty". We really wouldn't know him by any other name!
Ghosty has been at WFDU since the early 90s performing audio miracles as our Production Manager. He serves as Music Director of Alt-Rock programming and as our Traffic & Continuity director. As he says: "I'm a busy guy!"
He has had a multi-faceted career mostly using his voice (or voices, he's a talented vocal impersonator!) in long & short audio presentations and brings to life many cartoon character's personalities.
He is best known to his adoring fans as the host of WFDU's "Vintage Rock & Pop Shop"
Operations Manager - Kenny O'Boyle
Kenny O'Boyle is a product of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Metropolitan Campus. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2010 and with a Master of Arts in Professional Communications and Media Studies in 2011. When he first arrived on campus as a student, he found his second home in WFDU. His mentor, Duff Sheffield offered Kenny a part time position as a student. From there, he began to learn "The Art and Craft of Broadcasting" and continues to learn more everyday. In addition to his work as a student at WFDU, Kenny also became heavily involved in the broadcasting and announcing of sporting events for both the Metropolitan and Florham Campus athletic departments. He was a graduate assistant for the FDU Knights and has been the "Voice" of the FDU Devils for the last seven years. He even accompanied the Devils Women's basketball team to Stevens Point, Wisconsin to call their first ever National Championship.
Currently, Kenny is working full time as the WFDU Broadcast Media Operations Manager. In that position, he is responsible for many of the production and engineering tasks that face the radio station on a daily basis. He was an integral part in the development of the new WFDU Web-Video Streaming service and is currently heading up the re-building of WFDU's live performance studio. With WFDU undergoing a transmitter upgrade and power increase, Kenny will be managing the new classical music station WFDU HD 3 and is responsible for training the many new volunteer staff members on both HD channels. He is also responsible for bringing new underwriters to the station.
For about six years, Kenny has been the host of "Let There Be Country," one of the most popular shows on the station. In addition, he is the co-host and producer of "The Greg Herenda Show," with the FDU Knights Head Men's Basketball Coach. As a sportscaster on WFDU and for both FDU Athletic Departments, it makes sense that he was named WFDU Sports Director and also teaches sports-casting and other broadcasting, speech and communications classes for the University.