Seton Hall's WSOU Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 'Hall Line' At Prudential Center
February 8, 2016 at 11:36 AM (PT)
More than 120 alumni, staff and friends of SETON HALL's student-run WSOU (89.5 FM)/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ, gathered this past SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 6th). to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the sports call-in program “Hall Line.” The occasion was marked with a pre-game reception and on-court ceremony at NEWARK’s PRUDENTIAL CENTER that brought together dozens of former “Hall Line” hosts. The post-game call-in show has followed every SETON HALL men’s basketball game since the 1965-'66 season, making it the longest running sports call-in show in the NY-NJ METROPOLITAN AREA.
SATURDAY’s event reunited the show’s two original hosts, VINCENT BICKLER ('66) and ROBERT WINDREM ('68), who spoke during the reception and reprised their historic rolls by hosting that night’s “Hall Line” immediately following the SETON HALL vs. GEORGETOWN men’s basketball game. A home victory made the duo’s return particularly enjoyable. BICKLER, who worked for CBS upon graduation, is now a retired educator. WINDREM is an investigative producer for NBC NEWS specializing in terrorism and national security.
In honor of the anniversary, WSOU sports director CLAYTON COLLIER was presented with a trophy that will be displayed at the station. BICKLER and WINDREM were given commemorative microphones in acknowledgement of their positions as the program’s first hosts.
“This is wonderful moment for WSOU and SETON HALL UNIVERSITY,” said WSOU GM MARK MABEN. “When a radio show is 50 years old, it is rare to find people who were there at the beginning. To mark this milestone with 'Hall Line'’s original hosts is something that is truly special.”