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Bonavita “peppers” the airwaves

hen I first stepped on campus I felt like I belonged,” recalls Sam Bonavita ’87. That was in 1969, the beginning of his presence on campus—and via WGLS airwaves—lasting 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 something—to 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.
“There’s a feeling I get when I’m on campus, even now,” Bonavita said. “I still feel today that this is where I should be.”

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