One of the unique and also commendable aspects of Occidental athletics is the degree of student involvement “behind the scenes”, to insure the smooth operation of a given event. When the current Occidental College Sports Information Director, Michael Wells, assumed this position this even became truer. At almost any Occidental “home” athletic contest, chances are that there will be a live web broadcast of the particular event. The broadcast tandem of Occidental Students, John “Jack” McHenry and Jordan Helle are one of the teams that may be heard on any given night.
John “Jack” McHenry, when not in attendance at Occidental, goes home to Woodinville, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. He chose Occidental for two reasons, (1) He wanted to go to college outside of Washington State, and (2) He wanted to attend a school that had an exceptional program in International Relations. Of the five schools that had accepted him, Occidental presented the best combination of the two criteria. Though he has never played any sports at the “varsity” level, the Senior DWA (Diplomacy and World Affairs) major has played many sports recreationally, especially basketball, and possesses a love of sports in general. Prior to the current school year, Jack had a radio program on KOXY.com for two years. The team of Jack and Jordan came into being during the Fall Semester of 2011, when the highest ranking Student Assistant to Michael Wells, Gonzalo Villasmil, recommended Jack to Mr. Wells, and Jack, in turn, brought Jordan Helle on board. The broadcast team of Jack and Jordan was born.
Jordan Helle came to Occidental from the beautiful island of Maui, located in our 50th State of Hawaii. While it was the Occidental Football program that initially attracted Jordan to the college, football aside, he chose Occidental more based on the fact of where would he want to attend college if he stopped playing football, which is exactly what happened (he stopped playing football after his first year). Now a Senior, with a Major in History, Jordan, the son of a sports broadcaster, literally, in his words, “grew up in the booth”. However, he did not really pursue broadcasting very seriously until the Fall Semester of 2011, at the urging of Jack McHenry. Now, with graduation looming in May of 2012, Jordan is now considering the pursuit of a broadcasting career after graduation. Away from sports, Jordan can also be heard on Occidental’s internet based radio station, KOXYradio.com, where he does a one hour radio broadcast of Hawaiian music every Sunday at 2 PM.
Jack and Jordan will resume their broadcast partnership when the Spring Semester of 2012 begins, first with Women’s Basketball, and later with Baseball. As well, they hope to take advantage of any other broadcast opportunities that may be presented to them.