Best & Brightest
Dan Tortora ’07 attended Marywood University from August 2003 to May 2007, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Digital Media and Broadcasting. While at Marywood, Dan created "MU Courtside", a radio-television simulcast of the Pacers' Men's and Women's NCAA Division III Basketball games. Dan was a part of all aspects of the show, including the creation of the name, logo, and weekly setup and served as head commentator.
After graduating from Marywood, Dan created his own show, "The Dan Tortora Show", which aired “live” from Scranton, PA, to 13 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania on ESPN Radio 630 AM, 1240 AM, and 96.1 FM from June 2008 through April 2009. The show was moved north to Dan's hometown of Syracuse, NY, for a short time on the former ESPN Radio 1260 AM, now The Score 1260 AM, before Dan accepted an opportunity to broadcast from Orlando, FL.
In Orlando, "The Dan Tortora Show" was heard weekly on the airwaves between July 2009 through December 2010. While in Florida, Dan built relationships with the Orlando Magic, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Florida Tuskers (now the Virginia Destroyers). He also continued to travel back to Syracuse, NY, to cover the New York Jets.
In November 2010, Dan created his own business online, DTShow.net, which features written material, an archive of broadcasted shows, interviews, videos, and exclusive content.
Along with running his own business, Dan returned to Syracuse, NY, to join The Score 1260 AM to form "Wake Up Call with Dan Tortora". The show, which began in April 2011, airs “live” every Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 a.m ET. Dan has also served as a fill-in host and analyst for one of Syracuse's longest-standing sports shows, “Bud and the Manchild,” which broadcasts live Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-Noon Eastern on The Score 1260 AM.
Dan has interviewed well over 100 people with connections to the sports world, spanning the NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB, CFL, UFL, AFL, and MISL. The MISL, Major Indoor Soccer League, opened the 2011-12 season with a new franchise, the Syracuse Silver Knights, for whom Dan has been the play-by-play/color commentator since their opening match in November 2011. He prides himself on being the same in person as he is on-air. All of Dan's work is based on the central message, "Where Sports Meets Life", where he seeks through his work to invite the entire community to enjoy and participate. You can interact with Dan at any time through fan events, his Facebook page: Wake Up Call with Dan Tortora, and Twitter: @CallDT.
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