Meet John Santamaria

Hello everyone, this is an introduction from the newest writer to The Checking Line- Isles Edition. My name is John Santamaria, This past May I graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a degree in Communication Arts. I currently still attend school there pursuing my Master’s Degree in Communication Arts which I will complete in May 2014. My dream job is to one day become a play by play broadcaster.

I am very excited to be a part of this great team of writers covering the NHL and the New York Islanders and I am looking forward to the upcoming season especially with this new position. I want to thank Rob McGowan for giving me this opportunity which will be great experience going forward. This is my first position covering a professional sports team; I bring to TCL over 5 years of media experience dating back to my years in high school.

My media career began in my junior year of high school. I attended St. John the Baptist in West Islip, NY along with fellow TCL blogger Pete Paguaga. At SJB I was very fortunate they offer courses in Communications, Media, and Journalism for electives which is why I attended there and it really helped me grow to learn this business of media. At St. John’s there is a television and radio station where we had access to for courses and clubs.

I took courses in TV, Radio, and Journalism and was host of the morning show SJB Sportsdesk that aired on the morning announcements everyday across the whole building. I hosted that show during my junior and senior years of high school which was a memorable experience helping lead to reaching my dream job. On that show my opening phrase of “Let’s Get Down to Business” became very popular with all the students. I also wrote for the school newspaper “The Prophet” where I was recruited by Pete Paguaga to join and without him I wouldn’t have developed a passion for writing.

Following my years at St. John’s I then attended college at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where my media career continued to expand. Over my undergraduate years I had worked in various parts of the Communication Arts Department in courses, activities and internships. In 2010 I was a field reporter for NYIT: LI News Tonight covering stories all across Long Island. I interviewed various politicians such as current Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and District Attorney Kathleen Rice. At LI News I also interviewed New York Mets manager Terry Collins and former Mets player Jason Bay.

At conclusion of my time at LI News Tonight I then moved onto NYIT’s student newspaper The Campus Slate in the Spring 2011 semester where I began as a staff writer covering various stories on and off the NYIT campus. At the conclusion of that semester I was promoted to Editor in Chief, a position I held until my graduation this past May. I continued to write various pieces in this position, I also oversaw the development of their current mobile app and the transition to a monthly print publication.

Outside of NYIT I had the great privilege of doing two amazing internships. The first one was at WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News during the Spring 2012 semester. I worked in the sports department alongside anchors Rob Powers and Laura Behnke and a team of producers and editors. I logged games each night, helped prepare scripts for the newscast and also did field work at practices for various teams and some game assignments including 2012 Mets Opening Day and Game 5 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at Prudential Center between the Devils and the Kings.

My second internship was this past spring semester at SportsNet New York (SNY). The best part about my intern experiences was that despite both being jobs in sports, they were two very different jobs with some different responsibilities that was a helpful experience. At SNY I got to go more hands on when logging games including small editing assignments and working with the Adobe editing software. More of the fieldwork at SNY included attending games and I was fortunate to work in every venue in the New York area accept Barclays Center and Metlife Stadium. I interviewed players and coaches from the Mets, Yankees, Knicks, Rangers, and yes the Islanders. Living on Long Island was a major plus working at SNY as I did assignments Iceworks for practice and Nassau Coliseum practices. I was with the Islanders during the whole first round of the playoffs here at home accept for Game 4 of that Penguins series.

My experience is very diverse in media which in today’s world is very important. This experience was very beneficial as I got to meet a lot of people while on assignment for my internships which is where I met Rob McGowan in the press box at an Islanders game last season. I bring a lot of knowledge of the Islanders having grown up watching this team along with my experience last season working games and practices in media. I’m also looking forward to working with a lot of friends I have who work for the team throughout the year.

I am very active on social media so I encourage you to follow me as I would love to hear your suggestions for posts for us to cover. Below is where you can reach me…

Twitter- @JSantamariaNY

Instagram- @johnsanta90


I also encourage you to visit my You Tube Page where all my reports for LI News Tonight are featured along with projects I have done for classes and you can view my page by clicking here.

It is an exciting time for Islanders hockey and I can’t wait for the season opener October 4th at Prudential Center against the Devils and the home opener at Nassau Coliseum against the Blue Jackets on October 5th. I will be in attendance at the game on September 21st at Barclays Center and am really excited for the future home and embark a new era of Islanders hockey.

I am looking forward to the season ahead and this experience as a member of The Checking Line- Isles Edition. Remember to also follow our Twitter @TCLIsles to stay up to the minute with all the latest team news and notes.