Impact 89FM

We’re excited to have such an outstanding staff for 2019-2020.

Read on to see who does what at Impact 89FM!


Joe Dandron, sports directorJoe Dandron | Station Manager | [email protected]


As Station Manager, Joe helping runs the day-to-day operations at the station, manages the directors, runs meetings and helps promote MSU Student Radio. He began his time at The Impact as a DJ before joining the sports department. Joe moved up from Assistant Sports Director to Sports Director and now finally as Station Manager. Joe is also a news assistant at the Lansing State Journal.

“Talk about a dream, try to make it real. You wake up in the night with a fear so real, spend your life waiting, for a moment that just don’t come. Well don’t waste your time waiting.” – Bruce Springsteen


Sana Hakim | Operations Director | [email protected]


As the Operations Director, Sana works closely with the other leadership at the station to manage the director staff and financials. She has the opportunity to collaborate with numerous directors on station wide projects.

“Don’t cut your tongue on my syllables, bet you need a syllabus to teach you how my vowels sound.” -Jamila Woods

Ryan Malicsi | Office Manager | [email protected]

Economics and Leadership of Organizations Minor

As Office Manager, Ryan oversees the front desk staff, maintains the office, and collaborates with other directors to handle all the non-creative station needs. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing guitar, bare knuckle boxing wild animals, and stealing from Wal-Mart.

“Scott became a ceiling fan, and I am soap.” -Hot Mulligan

Alexa Stecewicz | Traffic Director | [email protected]


As Traffic Director, Alexa gathers information to write live reads to put on the air. She also creates concert calendars based on Impact related artists. Alexa works with station management and the Social Media Director to promote events and MSU information daily.

“I can’t keep track of all my socks” – Dominic Fike


Amber Kienutske | Program Director[email protected]

Media and Information & Advertising

Amber helps to decide what music and content is played on the Impact, along with when. She builds the weekly schedule of music and helps in assisting and scheduling all DJs. When she’s not at the Impact, she’s usually at a pop punk show (yikes) or at the lib pretending to study.

“Rock the boat like a one-eyed pirate. Rick James, I got glitter on my eyelids.” -BROCKHAMPTON


George McNeill | Assistant Program Director[email protected]

Media & Information and Communication

George is the least funniest person at Impact. He also helps the Program Director with implementing all content onto the airwaves. In his spare time, George works as an undergraduate researcher studying media psychology and is a producer with MSU Telecasters.

Home is where I want to be / But I guess I’m already there” – Talking Heads


Camille Rogers | Training Director | [email protected]

Advertising Management

As Training Director, Camille oversees all the DJ coaches and the DJs. They strive to help every DJ find their own voice and grow. Camille enjoys red velvet cake, curating Spotify playlists, and crying over movies.

“Real Gs move in silence like lasagna.” -Lil Wayne

Tyler Morawa | Airstaff Coach 

Political Science

Working as an Airstaff Coach, Tyler helps DJs bring out their inner Frasier and put them on the track towards radio stardom.

Mark DemartiniMark DeMartini | Airstaff Coach 


As an Airstaff Coach, Mark helps current and new DJ’s learn the ins and outs of how to become a DJ at WDBM. He is also an avid sports fan and is often chatting with the sports team about the relevant topics. 

I know the world’s a broken bone, but melt your headaches call it home.” – Panic! At the Disco


Amanda Hackbardt | Airstaff Coach 

Computer Science and Video Game Design

As an Airstaff Coach, Amanda helps guide DJs on their path to awesomeness. This includes giving lots of feedback and fun teaching about the Impact way of life.

“Somebody stole my car radio and now I just sit in silence.” -Fall Out Boy

Josiah Leach | Managing Editor | [email protected]

Journalism and Comparative Cultures & Politics

Josiah grew up in Commerce, Michigan and now lives in East Lansing. He is expecting to graduate in 2021. Some of his favorite artists include OutKast, MF DOOM, Kid Cudi, King Krule, Earl Sweatshirt, Kendrick Lamar and Pink Floyd.


Matt Stando | Senior Staff Editor

Matt Stando is a senior communications major studying creative advertising with a specialization in copywriting. He completed a B.A. in English from MSU in 2017. His musical interests skew more towards experimental electronic, punk rock and hip-hop. If he had to pick five artists to listen to for the rest of his life they would be The Gorillaz, Preoccupations, Danny Brown, The Beach Boys and M.I.A. He’s also a subpar skateboarder, clothing and sneaker fanatic, avid film/television enthusiast and probably has very strong opinions on your favorite show.

“Just to look like this, it took a long time” – Playboi Carti


Stephanie Stapert | Website Manager [email protected]

Creative Advertising Major, Public Relations minor

Stephanie ensures all aspects of the Impact are online by fixing, designing and updating the website. She is also the host of Exposure and loves to help out her coworkers in any way she can. 

“If they ask, then tell them I’m somewhere lost in the sunshine” – Transviolet


JesseJesse Taconelli | Music Director | [email protected]


In an elevator pitch, Jesse works with programming to make the daytime airplay on the station sound awesome. That means he sorts through all of our music sources, keeps in touch with promoters, and stays up to date with releases and charting.

“I would go out tonight, but I haven’t got a stitch to wear / This man said, ‘It’s gruesome that someone so handsome should care.'” -The Smiths


GregGreg McClure | Assistant Music Director | [email protected]  

English Major

Yo. Greg listens to music and takes phone calls. They are part of the process to get music on the airwaves. It’s basically their job to be pretentious.

“I think you know the place we should meet. Don’t worry if it’s dark and I’m late.” -Sonic Youth


Sophie SaganSophie Sagan | News Director | [email protected]

Social Relations and Policy, Documentary Production Minor

Sophie works to create content for our weekly news and storytelling podcast “the Undercurrent” and helps volunteers learn the basics of audio journalism and storytelling.

“Coo coo ca choo Mrs.Robinson, Jesus loves you more than you will know. Oh oh oh.” -Simon and Garfunkel


Taylor Haelterman | Assistant News Director | [email protected]


Taylor creates content for the weekly audio narrative podcast “The Undercurrent,” as well as audio features and written articles for the website. She also helps volunteers create, and produce, their own audio content.


Luke Sloan, sports editorLuke Sloan | Sports Director | [email protected]


Luke is a sophomore journalism major who currently serves as sports director for Impact 89FM. As sports director, Luke oversees the day-to-day operations of the sports department while covering a variety of sports across campus.

“And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down. Gonna stand my ground. And I won’t back down.” -Tom Petty

Alex McRae | Assistant Sports Director | [email protected]


As assistant sports director, Alex’s main responsibilities consist of communicating with sports directors of both Michigan State and other Universities. He also is responsible for managing and organizing volunteer activities. Alex got his start at Impact by covering Michigan State’s baseball team while also serving as an NFL draft analyst. He is currently on the Michigan State football beat and serves as a co-host of the “Spartan Red Zone” podcast. 

“When I look in my window, so many different people to be. That it’s strange, so strange.” -Donovan

Trent Balley | Sports Editor | [email protected]

Journalism, Sports Media Minor

As sports editor, Trent edits the articles the sports team produces. He is a very passionate Detroit Sports fan and began volunteering at Impact by co-hosting “The Motown Rundown” podcast. Trent also covers Men’s Basketball and co-hosts the “Impact Izzone” podcast.

“This ain’t no tall order, this is nothin’ to me. Difficult takes a day, impossible takes a week.” – JAY-Z

Eric Bach | Sports Broadcast Director | [email protected]

Journalism/Sports Journalism

Eric does play-by-play on MSU football, in addition to men’s and women’s basketball. He is a co-host of the Spartan Red Zone college football podcast, and appears on the Green & White report to discuss MSU football. He also critiques play-by-play for other volunteers and helps coordinate travel to events for the sports team.

You got to lose to know how to win.” -Aerosmith


Olivia LongOlivia Long | Marketing Director | [email protected] 

Marketing and Graphic Design Minor

Olivia oversees the Marketing Department and holds weekly marketing meetings with the Promotions, Video, Events, Creative, Social Media, and Volunteer Directors.


Andy Campbell | Promotions Director | [email protected]

Social Science Education Major (Secondary)

As Promotions Director, Andy is in charge of finding rockin’ shows to promote on air. He is also responsible for bringing bands into the station for in-studio performances.

“I wanna know – Have you ever seen the rain?” -Creedence Clearwater Revival


Maddi Farrell | Events Director | e[email protected]


As Events Director, Maddi is in charge of all the events in and out of the station, including our DJ services. She gets to organize exciting events such as station bonding and the Impact’s involvement in events like Sparticipation.

“It’s the only life you got, so you gotta live it big time” -Big Time Rush


Nicholas Cacevic | Social Media Director | [email protected]


As social media director, Nick creates and runs our social media accounts with the love and pizzazz that the Impact exudes.


“And it’s an open door, end my of line of sight once more.” – ODESZA


Maddie Chaffer | Creative Director | [email protected]

Graphic Design

Maddie is a graphic designer with a clean criminal record. Maddie is head of the graphic design team that creates social media graphics, Snapchat filters, flyers, Impact swag and more.


Conor Lynch | Engineering Director | [email protected]

Media & Information

Conor does fun audio stuff like put microphones in front of people and their instruments when they play their music songs. He also makes sure the Audio Team volunteers know how to do the same.

“And there ain’t nothing like a friend who can tell you you’re just pissing in the wind.” -Neil Young


Max MurphyMax Murphy | Production Director[email protected]

Media and Information

Max spends his time at the Impact throwing together promos, PSAs, and other on air material. He also provides a helping hand in running the Audio Team.


“I have never never kissed a car before.” -T Rex


Evan Surace | Assistant Production Director | [email protected]

Media and Information

As Assistant Production Director, Evan works with the other directors on the audio team making promos, PSAs, bumpers and more! He’s just a boy who likes to make noise. In his free time, Evan enjoys listening to music, mainly hardcore and metal, and also frequents shows, supporting the hardcore scene in Michigan.

“God forgives, N.E.G. don’t” – Never Ending Game


Andrew Herner | Video Director | [email protected]

Media and Information

As the Video Director, Andrew comes up with new video content for the Impact’s website and social media. Some of the different types of videos include in-studio performances, live venue performances, short promotional pieces, and more. He also organizes video team meetings for our volunteers.

“England is my city.” -Nick Crompton


George Pham | Assistant Video Director | [email protected]

Media & Information and English

George is a plucky lad from Grand Rapids that loves filming people doing things and reading about people doing things. He is technically a junior standing but is only his second year at MSU, so he’s basically Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs all rolled into one. George loves literature from the 19th century and past because it is, as he puts it, “very detailed yet succinct, like a freshly baked apple pie sprinkled with a little bit of stardust.” He also DJ’s on the side. Upon graduation, he hopes to work in the film industry either producing or being a talent coordinator for films or movies. DJ Pagan Saint forever!

Jeremy Whiting | General Manager | [email protected]

Jeremy is the only non-student employed at the Impact. He assists the student leadership in forming the overall vision and direction of the station. As general manager, Jeremy also ensures that the Impact follows all FCC guidelines, oversees the directors and paid staff and manages the technical aspects of the operation. He lives in Lansing with his wife, Amber, and three kids, Kate, Ryan and Anna.

“Don’t need money, don’t take fame, don’t need no credit card to ride this train.” -Huey Lewis & the News

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