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Learn more about your Blaze Radio directors!

Patti Piburn, Faculty Advisor- advisor@blazeradioonline.com

Bridget Dowd, Station Manager- kascgm@blazeradioonline.com
Station Manager, Bridget Dowd has been with Blaze Radio since her freshman year. She began as an alternate on Press Pass then became assistant news director and then news director. She has interned for KTAR and KJZZ in phoenix as well as Dateline on NBC in Los Angeles. Bridget started the first-ever all original newscast on Blaze Radio, Devils and the Details. She enjoys editing long form radio pieces and true crime stories. She is currently a legal reporter for Cronkite News. When she’s not reporting she’s volunteering at a shelter or eating mac n’ cheese with Blaze Radio’s mascot (her cat) Orlando.

Atlan Hassard, Program Director- programdirector@blazeradioonline.com
Atlan Rush Hassard is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication studying Broadcast Journalism. Atlan has worked for CW6, Central Sound at PBS, and State Press with internships held at CBS Radio and KTAR News where he is now employed as a Sunday anchor. Atlan’s true passions are comedy, indie music and film. He has been part of Blaze Radio since his freshman year as a DJ, anchor, reporter, host and now director. Atlan loves everything about the station from its underground college aesthetic to the way it provides aspiring students an avenue to get involved with whatever their interests may be. The thing Atlan most enjoys about being part of the station is doing his DJ shift and comedy-talk-variety series, The Atlan Hassard Show. Atlan’s goals for after college are essentially to do these things professionally, pursuing a career as a comedian and radio personality before getting his own show and traveling the world.

Daniel Perle, News Director- news@blazeradioonline.com
Daniel Perle is the News Director for Blaze Radio. He is a junior this year at ASU majoring in Journalism and Political Science. He also serves as the Politics Editor for Downtown Devil. Daniel interned at KTAR during the spring and at KJZZ this past summer. He was attracted to Blaze because radio is his favorite form of broadcasting. His favorite Blaze memory was during Traffic Jam his freshman year when he laughed for 5 minutes because of a funny picture his assistant producer sent him. After graduation, he hopes to work at NPR in some capacity or to attend law school.

Weston DeWitt, Sports Director- sports@blazeradioonline.com
Weston DeWitt is the Sports Director for the 2017-18 year. He is currently a senior, studying Sports Journalism at Cronkite. Weston was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. He has always fostered a deep love and passion for sports since he was a boy. Weston went to college for two years at Bethel University in Minnesota, then transferred to ASU in 2015 and got involved with Blaze Radio right away. He was placed on “Press Pass” in the Fall of 2015, then got his own specialty show the very next semester, “Going Deep with Weston DeWitt”. Last year, Weston was the Assistant Director in the Sports Department and started the IBS Award nominating show “The Weston DeWitt Show with Eliav Gabay”. After college, Weston’s ultimate goal to write, broadcast and do his own radio show, simultaneously. In his spare time, Weston loves to watch sports, hang out with his friends from Blaze, soak in the Phoenix sunshine and watch movies. His favorite sports include hockey, baseball, UFC and Boxing. Don’t ask him about his favorite fighter, because it’s too hard for him to answer. His favorite actor is Denzel Washington. He is currently in the process of watching every one of his movies. He says his favorite of his so far is Training Day.

Jazmyn Walker, Music Director- music@blazeradioonline.com
Jazmyn Walker, Arizona State University senior and avid music lover, is Blaze Radio’s music director this 2017-2018 academic year. She has been working with the station since her first semester as a freshmen and has gained experience both on and off air being heavily involved with the music, promotions and production departments. Her on air personality, DJ JazzyCat, hosts music specialty show, Femme Flare, which features solely women singers and artists of all musical genres. As a communication major and music studies minor, Jazmyn hopes to continue pursuing a career in the radio field after graduation. Outside of school, Jazmyn enjoys going to concerts and movies, working as a visitor’s assistant at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and finding new music with her cat, Xena.

Allison Bailey, Production Director- production@blazeradioonline.com
Allison Bailey is the production director for Blaze Radio. She is a senior at ASU from Atlanta, Georgia, majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in film. She has been a part of the station for three and a half years. Through Blaze, she has gained a passion for production. She has worked on several video projects for the Cronkite School including news packages for Cronkite News and “Let it Be”, a bee documentary playing on PBS. When she is not working on school projects, she is working on independent films. Recently, she was an intern for NBC’s Today Show where she worked on the digital team creating video segments and content for the web.

Carson Mlnarik, Promotions Director- promotions@blazeradioonline.com
Carson Mlnarik is a senior double majoring in Filmmaking Practices and Journalism at ASU. A total movie buff, he can be frequently spotted with an iced coffee… probably listening to Taylor Swift. Having previously interned for the Phoenix Film Festival and Times Media Group, he hopes to go into entertainment journalism or public relations. He also hosts a weekly specialty show called “Stay Woke” on the station, focusing on minority news. He spent this summer performing in a hotel performance art show in New York City. You can read his musings in College Times or The Entertainer! magazine.


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