WSOU celebrates 73 birthday with Hall of Fame inductions

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University’s WSOU 89.5 FM celebrated its 73rd birthday by inducting three alumni into its Hall of Fame on April 14. Dave Packer ’88 and Cristina Lang ’88 will be Hall of Fame honorees in this long-awaited virtual celebration. In addition, Victoria Haffner will also be presented with the WSOU Distinguished Young Alumna Award.

The WSOU Hall of Fame and Young Alum Award honors notable alumni who have made significant contributions to their professions and recognizes their involvement with Seton Hall University’s radio station. Inductees are chosen based on their professional accomplishments, WSOU student career activities, service to WSOU and Seton Hall University after graduation, support of current students, personal examples of servant leadership, and involvement with alumni activities.

“Cristina, Dave and Victoria are each well deserving of the honor WSOU is bestowing upon them,” WSOU general manager Mark Maben said. “They have not only enjoyed successful professional careers but have also supported their peers and mentored younger individuals to help them find a path to success as well. WSOU is legendary for giving its students a foundation to be industry-ready when they start their careers, yet it is the ethos of giving back that makes our alumni community extraordinary.” 

This year’s inductees are reflective of WSOU’s ambitious program, which provides students with a comprehensive hands-on learning experience. All three honorees credit WSOU with helping launch their careers.

From transforming WSOU in the 1980s to being a valuable member of the iHeartmedia’s Total Traffic and Weather Network today, Lang has been on the radio dial for more than 30 years. After Packer transferred to Seton Hall, his involvement with WSOU quickly grew; Packer is currently a reporter and anchor with ABC Audio and an established voice-over professional, whose voice is heard from radio stations to cinematic productions. Since her graduation in 2013, Haffner’s career at CNN and ABC News had her working on stories ranging from elections, terrorist attacks and natural disasters to New Year’s Eve celebrations and women’s entrepreneurship. 

“As the station turns 73 years old on April 14, it will be a privilege for me to induct Cristina and Dave into WSOU’s Hall of Fame and give Victoria our Distinguished Young Alumna Award,” Maben said.