Tune-in to the television stations of CNY Central for the latest scores and highlights and you are guaranteed to see a graduate of Onondaga Community College’s Electronic Media Communications program. That’s because Matt Hauswirth, ’08 joined the award-winning sports department earlier this summer as both weekend anchor and reporter. The leader of the unit is Sports Director and OCC Alumni Face honoree Niko Tamurian, ’05.
Hauswirth and Tamurian have seemingly been shadowing each other for years. Both are graduates of East Syracuse Minoa High School. When Tamurian joined CNY Central as a weekend anchor and Hauswirth was a student at OCC, Hauswirth became Tamurian’s first intern. “I learned so much from Niko,” said Hauswirth. “Seeing what he accomplished and knowing our similar backgrounds helped me believe I could do this one day.”
After earning his associate and bachelor’s degrees Hauswirth began his TV sportcasting career in West Virginia. He was there for five years when a position opened at CNY Central. Tamurian was now the Sports Director and had become a fixture in the community. “I knew Matt would be perfect for the job because of his local knowledge, experience with big college sports and love of the area,” Tamurian said. Everything fell into place and Hauswirth made his on-air debut in June. “I admit I was nervous,” Hauswirth said. “I kept thinking that family and friends were able to see me. Niko was there to help for my first couple of sportcasts which allowed me to get into the groove pretty quickly.”
While it’s too soon to call this a happy ending its clearly a wonderful development for both OCC alumni. “It’s a dream come true for me. This is such a great sports town and its wonderful to be close to family again,” said Hauswirth. “Seeing Matt in front of the camera at CNY Central is a great feeling,” said Tamurian. “There’s the full-circle effect of seeing him progress as an intern to a professional. The excitement on his face is a reminder of how lucky we are to work in an area and industry we both love.”