Morgan Cunningham, (COMM ’18) is a true example of how hard work, perseverance, and the desire to learn are the keys to success!

Morgan was 8-years-old when he fell in love with radio. As he was half-heartedly doing yardwork, his dad, knowing how much he loved music, suggested he call the radio station they were listening to and request a song. “There was just something magical about talking to a DJ off the air and behind the scenes . . .,” remembers Morgan, adding, “Little did I know that this would become such a big part of my life – my hobby and my career!”
Morgan’s dad was a continuing education student here at Eastern and aware of our radio station, WECS. He encouraged 14-year-old Morgan to present a concept for a show – to play 1950’s and 1960’s pop and rock n’ roll. When told the only spot open was midnight, he eagerly committed. In their excitement, Morgan’s mom and dad supported him fully, driving him to and from his late night shifts. While Morgan was delivering his one-man, on-air show, he received supportive mentoring from Associate Professor John Zatowski, who listened to his shows and provided feedback.
As a high school student applying to college, Morgan picked Eastern because he felt a match with the University after being a part of WECS for a few years. He submitted only one application. He was accepted and while initially, he sought only to concentrate on broadcasting and production, he took advantage of classes in public relations, advertising, and television production.
Morgan was recently hired at Lite 100.5 WRCH / WTIC Newstalk 1080 as a part-time on–air talent, practicing both DJ and board operator skills, as well as covering national news and programming. He also syndicates his own national radio show, “The Morgan Cunningham Show,” hosts for on-line podcasts, and works at Eastern as an assistant to President Nuñez.
Morgan will graduate in May 2018. He credits his communication professors who, “. . . push critical and analytical thinking and are fully devoted to the success of their students.” He adds, “If students are willing to put in the work, our professors will work hard to help them succeed beyond college.” Looking ahead, Morgan is thinking about Eastern’s Graduate program. For now, he will continue working at WECS and maintain his other radio engagements – gaining experience and continuing to grow as a seasoned radio professional.