I first stepped on campus I felt like I belonged, recalls
Sam Bonavita 87. That was in 1969, the beginning of
his presence on campusand via WGLS airwaveslasting longer
than he ever expected.
Bonavita, who goes by the on-air name Sammy Pepper Bonavita,
celebrated his third decade on air with WGLS-FM on Dec. 31, 1999.
He helped the station ring in the new millennium with music from
his original broadcast from groups such as Deep Purple, Three Dog
Night and The Doors.
Bonavita joined WGLS-FM as a student and has been a fixture for
most of the last 30 years, excluding a short stint in the Air Force.
He is also the underwriting director for the
station and in that role secures corporate sponsorships for programming.
WGLS was the first place I got my on-air experience. I thought
I owed them somethingto come back and help them in any way
I could, said Bonavita, who works for The Catholic Star Herald,
the newspaper of the Diocese of Camden.
He lives in Mt. Ephraim with his wife and two children. His enthusiasm
for the University spread to his wife Fran and daughter Gina Marie
who are attending Rowan.
Theres a feeling I get when Im on campus, even
now, Bonavita said. I still feel today that this is
where I should be.