Archives of The LION 90.7fm’s coverage of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and the repercussions across the Nittany Valley and wider world. Includes full episodes of “Radio Free Penn State” as well as special broadcasts and excerpted audio segments.
Honor Joe, A Final Farewell (2012-01) Download
Honoring Joe Paterno, Investigating Virgil (2011/11/12) (17 mins) Download
Joe Paterno, in his autobiography “Paterno: By the Book,” cites Virgil and his reading of the Aeneas at Brooklyn Prep as the key to understanding what made him tick as a college football coach, and what guided his philosophy. In this segment, Tom Shakely reads excerpts from the book with Ben Novak and Alex Smith in order to honor Coach Paterno and investigate the power of Virgil and the enduring idea of excellence.
Gavin Keirans, 2010 student body president, defends due process (2011-11-09) (1 min) Download
Gavin Keirans on Coach Joe Paterno’s Firing (2011-11-10) (24 mins) Download
The Mazza Family: Dear Joe: Chin Up, Shoulders Back (2011-11-10) Download
Ben Novak reads a personal letter to Joe and Sue Paterno, written by Paul and Maralyn Mazza, who wanted the contents of their letter to be known to the community. Paul and Maralyn Mazza, both in their 80s, founded the South Hills School of Business and Technology, and are among the oldest members of the State College community and are probably known by more local residents than any other couple in the Nittany Valley, excepting the Paternos themselves.
Segment: Seth Shreckengast on Coach Joe Paterno’s Firing (11/10/11) Download
Raw: Student Rally for Joe Paterno at Old Main, Pre-Riot (11/09/11) (10 mins) Download
Audio from the crowd at Old Main leading up to the student riot in downtown State College after the Penn State Board of Trustees announced their decision to fire Coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier. At least 2,500 student came to Old Main, but no one would emerge from the building to address them, or stand to take their verbal abuse, and so their anger was channeled to destruction in the town.
Jerry Sandusky Scandal, Day Five (3 hours, 56 mins) Download
Saturday Penn State-Nebraska Pregame (2011/11/12) (2 hours, 42 mins) Download
A special pre-game episode of Radio Free Penn State, hosted by Tom Shakely with Dr. Ben Novak and Alex Smith. This episode closes The LION 90.7fm’s coverage of the first week of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, with an eye toward the future as the Nittany Valley moves on from what we call “the week Penn State cried.”
Segment: Joe Paterno, Cultural Forms, and Respect In Dress (11/12/11) Download
Proper dress and formal customs define the class of adults in society. Joe Paterno embodied that in his wearing of real clothes — not athletic attire — on the sidelines of Beaver Stadium for more than half a century. This segment features Alex Smith, Tom Shakely, and Ben Novak.
Jerry Sandusky Scandal, Day Four (11/10/11) Download
The LION 90.7fm’s public affairs talk show covers the brewing scandal of Jerry Sandusky and the non-response of so many in the University elite. Features conversation on Penn State President Graham Spanier’s firing, and the dismissal of Coach Joe Paterno.
Segment: Radio Free Penn State: Beaver Stadium Blue Out (11/08/11) Download
The birth of the “Blue Out,” another organically fueled student-led movement in Happy Valley, right on The LION 90.7fm.
Radio Free Penn State: Jerry Sandusky Scandal, Day One (11/07/11) Download
The LION 90.7fm’s public affairs talk show covers the brewing scandal of Jerry Sandusky and the non-response of so many in the University elite.
Radio Free Penn State: Jerry Sandusky Scandal, Day Two (11/08/11) Download
Radio Free Penn State: Jerry Sandusky Scandal, Day Three (11/09/11) Download
Joe Paterno’s Firing, Chaos on Campus (11/10/11) Special, Extended Episode (2 hours, 46 mins) Download
Joe Paterno’s firing by the Penn State Trustees, student reaction and rioting, and extensive reflection on the symbolism of the trustees’ decision. Special guests include Dr. Ben Novak, former Penn State Trustee, along with Gavin Keirans, former Student Body President (2009-2010), Tom Shakely, former President/General Manager of The LION 90.7fm (2008-2009), and many others.
Segment: The Mazza Family: Chin Up, Shoulders Back, Joe (11/10/11) Download
Paul and Maralyn Mazza, both in their 80s, founded the South Hills School of Business and Technology, and are among the oldest members of the State College community and are probably known by more local residents than any other couple in the Nittany Valley, excepting the Paternos themselves.
Honor Joe (2012-01) Download
Segment: Joe Paul on Penn State’s Reputation (11/10/11) Download
Joe Paul, Radio Free Penn State student panelist, speaks in response to a caller about the make-up and motivations of the The LION 90.7fm in a time of crisis.
Segment: Mark Steiner on Student-Community Driven Media (11/10/11) Download
Segment: Beaver Stadium Blue Out (11/10/11) Download
Segment: Put ‘Paterno’ on Saturday’s Football Jerseys (11/10/11) Download
Jon Dandrea suggests breaking tradition, just once, to add “Paterno” to the backs of the football jerseys in Saturday’s game against Nebraska.
Segment: Dr. Ben Novak Suggests ‘Lighting the Mountain’ (11/10/11) Download
Dr. Ben Novak offers a way in which townspeople and students alike could signal appreciation for the profound decency and goodness of Joe and Sue Paterno.
Segment: Dr. Ben Novak on Coach Joe Paterno’s Firing (11/10/11) Download
Dr. Ben Novak offers a means by which the Penn State Trustees might have kept on Joe Paterno without dishonoring him, or causing damage to the legacy of the University.