If you’ve ever attended any Penn State sporting event, chances are, you’ve heard P.J. Mullen. The B94.5 host and ubiquitous Penn State emcee is probably best known for being the man behind the music selection at Beaver Stadium for every home game.
We caught up with the radio host, emcee, and College of Communications professor to get a taste of what it’s like to have so many jobs.
Onward State: Why did you choose to stay in Penn State for your professional career?
PJ Mullen: I originally came back to State College to work at B94.5 and go to grad school. The radio station has opened so many doors, at this point I’m just enjoying it and making the most of the opportunities that have come my way.
OS: How many jobs do you have here in Happy Valley?
PJ: Let’s see…My full-time job is Program Director and Sales Rep at B94.5 along with the morning show gig. I teach for the College of Communications at Penn State a couple days a week. I run all of the sound and music for hockey, field hockey, football and softball. I emcee for men’s and women’s basketball as well as hockey. And I emcee for the State College Spikes. I usually end up emceeing an event every night to be honest. My favorite job, however, is as a full-time Philadelphia Eagles fan.
OS: Which jobs do you find to be the most stressful and rewarding?
PJ: I have great bosses at all of my jobs so none of them are too stressful. They expect big things and trust me to pull through for them. Each one of the jobs is rewarding in its own way, but nothing is better than watching 107,000 people go nuts at Beaver Stadium after I hit them with some Bon Jovi, Sweet Caroline or Zombie Nation. Feel free to send song requests to @psuPJ.
OS: How did you get your start here at Penn State?
PJ: It all started way back in 2003 at summer session and with ComRadio. I fell in love with this school, and then with this community my second time around.
OS: What is it like to teach a class you used to be a student in?
PJ: Sometimes when I am driving to the class I laugh to myself. I was a pain in the butt as a student. What’s the saying? What goes around comes around.
OS: What is it like to see students come and go out of Penn State?
PJ: This is the best student body in the country. It’s always great to see students grow throughout their time here at PSU. We continue to build a bigger and better network every single day.
OS: What’s the view like from your box in Beaver Stadium?
PJ: I sit directly under the “B” where it says “BEAVER STADIUM” on the press box. 99 percent of the time, I have my eyes on the student section to make sure I am getting a solid reaction from the song selections. I have four or five people in the box with me to critique and rate every single song played — and they are harsh judges!
OS: What are some words of wisdom you have for broadcast journalism majors?
PJ: Do it all — learn marketing, broadcasting, PR, advertising, sales etc. You need to be well-rounded and willing and ready to do it all at any time of the day or night. No one is going anywhere if the sales aren’t up. I always tell my crew, get it done and be proactive, not reactive.
OS: Where is your favorite place to work?
PJ: 160 West Clearview Ave… Home of our B94.5 studios. why? Because if I say somewhere else I could tick off a client or a boss at another job, remember… It’s all about sales and marketing!
OS: The radio station has one of the biggest intern programs at Penn State. What’s it like to work with so many students?
PJ: We always want to make sure we are promoting everything on campus and everything within the community. The station has been a bridge between the Penn State students and Centre County for the past four or five years. Everything we do is to promote all of the amazing things going on in Happy Valley. The Penn State interns bring B94.5 a unique amount of energy that really defines who we are.