Ang Santos grew up in Jersey City and later moved to Middletown, graduating from Middletown South in 2004. He is a news reporter with WBGO in Newark.
What path led you to Brookdale and your career in broadcasting?
I had a longing to move on from the food service industry where I worked for many years. I entered Brookdale in 2013 and took the sports broadcasting class with current WBGO news director Doug Doyle. Guests in food service told me that I had a “voice for radio.” A speech professor at Brookdale said the same thing. It sparked an interest.
“Over all the years I’ve been at the station, few students developed and excelled as much as Ang. I am very proud that the station was part of his path to success in broadcasting.”-Tom Brennan, 90.5 The Night station manager
Describe how you pursued that interest at Brookdale.
I took the Radio 101 class and met the 90.5 The Night staff and station director Tom Brennan. I had a student radio show, and Tom started me out on the air with service announcements. It was great fun! I learned fast and enjoyed it.
How did your experience at Brookdale prepare you for your career?
Between working with Doug Doyle as a student, then an intern and as an intern with the folks at 90.5 The Night, I was pretty much ready to work in this field.
My graduation date -May 15, 2015 – was memorable. It’s the day I received my first paycheck from Newark Public Radio
Tell us about your work day.
There’s no typical day in news radio. Stories are always evolving. I enjoy talking and learning from people – ranging from politicians to musicians and anywhere in between.
“Remember that things you do in life now may translate well to where you are later.”-Ang Santos
What advice would you offer to someone considering Brookdale or a career in broadcasting?
Put yourself out there. Remain pliable, you may want to talk on the radio but discover editing and producing are your strengths. Adapt to what comes your way and do it well. Be open to new opportunities. Remember that things you do in life now may translate well to where you are later. After talking to thousands of strangers serving food and drinks, I have no issues as a reporter asking good questions and keeping interviews moving.