Andrew Steinthal ’02 offered a compendious summary of his college experience:
“I was way more focused on the radio station than I was on my classes,” he said. “WICB was just such an exciting opportunity.”
He also recalled one of those realizations that an undergraduate degree is all about:
“The one time I truly focused on a paper while at Ithaca, I wrote about the music business,” Steinthal said. “I poured myself into the project. It was my best work.”
The professor gave him a C.
“I was bummed. But through that process, I learned that I actually enjoyed writing about things I was interested in,” he said.
Steinthal’s work at WICB took him during his junior year to New York City for College Media Journal’s radio music marathon. While there he met Chris Stang, a student from Colorado State who also worked at his university’s radio station. They became fast friends and knew that someday they wanted to do something entrepreneurial together. Initially after graduation, Steinthal advanced his public relations career with Warner Bros. Records, while Stang worked his way up to vice president of marketing at Atlantic Records.