When he first picked up a guitar, Stanley Kaminsky ’16 never envisioned himself a singer-songwriter who would release his very own music. Now it’s his reality.
Thanks to the Dan Mason Family Audio Scholarship, Stanley was able to grow as a Newhouse student, participate in the Newhouse in NYC immersion program, and work as an intern for Glassnote Records. Along the way, he was “discovered” by Made at SU, a student-run talent development agency. Now, with one track released and three others in progress, he’s well on his way to making a name for himself in music—and an impact on the audio arts.
Where I’m from…
I was born and raised in Greenfield Township, a beautiful rural area in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Why I chose Syracuse University…
When I was a child, my mother bought me a pair of Syracuse pajama pants. And though I quickly outgrew them, I always remembered those pants. In my junior year of high school, I passed through Syracuse on Route 81 for a white-water rafting trip. I felt very drawn to this place. I decided at that moment that I definitely needed to consider Syracuse University. I scheduled a visit and the day I stepped on campus, I was sold.
What I loved most about SU…
The people. That includes professors, graduate students, and fellow undergraduate students. I met and grew close to all kinds of people who all helped me become a better person.
What I did at SU besides study…
I focused primarily on songwriting and poetry. I think the process of creating music is satisfying and addicting. I also adore delving into nature as much as I possibly can. I spent plenty of my time doing things like hiking, kayaking, and snowboarding.
What I’m doing with my SU degree…
I want to continue nurturing my passion for music. I plan on doing much more writing, recording, and performing. I’m also interested in reentering the radio realm. As a senior, I interned for an Entercom Top 40 station and loved the whole experience.
How the Newhouse in NYC immersion program helped me…
Working with and learning from professionals in NYC was extremely valuable for my development as an aspiring music industry member. Interning at Glassnote Records provided me with hands-on education, and definitely broadened my professional network.
What my scholarship meant to me…
When I heard that I would be receiving the Dan Mason Family Audio Scholarship, I felt overwhelmingly grateful. In addition to helping me financially, the scholarship encouraged me to continue working passionately on my craft. It was reassuring to know that Dan Mason, his family, and the folks in Newhouse and Syracuse University believed in me.
Giving Students a Voice in the Audio Arts
Dan Mason first dreamed of being a disc jockey when he was 12 years old. Fueled by an intense love for radio and a broadcasting degree from Eastern Kentucky University, the man who started his career on an overnight radio shift would become president and CEO of CBS Radio.
Mason led the nation’s third-most powerful radio conglomerate between 1995 and 2002. He returned again in 2007. During his tenure, he led important initiatives in audio entertainment, including new music formats, sports on FM, and the creation of Radio.com and the on-demand podcast network Playit.com.
Mason’s strong leadership has been well recognized in the industry. He was named 2014 National Radio Award winner by the National Association of Broadcasters, and was frequently ranked on the Billboard Power 100 and Radio Ink’s list of Most Powerful People in Radio.
Mason is a big proponent of compelling content in radio. With the Dan Mason Family Audio Scholarship, he is giving Syracuse University students an opportunity to contribute to the growth of unique content.
“I hope this scholarship helps support those students who believe in creating great audio content,” said Mason. “They are the future artists of the audio industry.”
The endowed scholarship is awarded to a Newhouse senior majoring in television, radio, and film (TRF) with an audio concentration. Newhouse students also have the opportunity to hear Mason share his insights as part of an expert panel during the school’s annual Audio Industry Summit.
Mason announced his retirement from CBS Radio in 2015. He continues to lend his powerful voice to the industry as vice chairman and treasurer the Broadcasters Foundation and by pursuing one of his favorite passions—calling play-by-plays for high school and college basketball games.