Brother Hannon's 25-Year Anniversary

25 Years at Monsignor Farrell High School

Congratulations to Brother Paul Hannon who recently celebrated his 25th year at Monsignor Farrell High School!

Brother is best known as the founder and the executive producer of WFBN-TV and is also a member of the Department of Religious Education and the moderator of the hockey program.

He recently appeared on the primetime game show “Would I Lie To You?" on the CW Network with alumnus Casey Jost ’03, current Director of the “Impractical Jokers”.

Brother and the staff at WFBN were also recently featured in a article by Carol Ann Benanti, highlighting their return to broadcasting after 18 months of not producing live shows.


After an 18-month hiatus, Farrell TV wraps up season with celebs like Casey Jost and Joe Imborgio of the Impractical Jokers 



WFBN-TV's senior lead anchor Michael Lamorte '22 and Impractical Jokers director Casey Jost. (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon)Staten Island Advance


To say it was another successful season for Monsignor Farrell’s WFBN-TV Broadcasting Studio would be an understatement.

After an 18-month hiatus from “live” shows, WFBN-TV kicked off their 23rd season with a bang and productions featuring a heap of celebrity guests.
Featured were episodes President Donald J. Trump phoning in, former Congressman Peter King, Borough President Vito Fossella, Impractical Jokers director Casey Jost, senior writer at the Impractical Jokers Joe Imborgio, a Farrell alum, former New Jersey Nets NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, Alexa Nicole Moley, Miss Richmond County, and Victoria Montouri, Miss Staten Island Outstanding Teen.


From the left, Brother Paul Hannon, founder and executive producer of WBFN-TV, Casey Jost '03, Impractical Jokers director, Joe Imburgio '04, senior writer for the Impractical Jokers and the station's lead anchor, Michael Lamorte '22. (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon)Staten Island Advance


Michael Lamorte '22, Victoria Montouri, Miss Richmond County Outstanding Teen, and Alexa Money, Miss Richmond County. and James Motola '22. (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon)Staten Island Advance

One might think these determined high schoolers would be rusty when returning to “live” broadcasts, but not the case when they welcomed Casey Jost, their first guest.

Newly promoted as director of the “Impractical Jokers,” Jost kept senior lead anchor Michael Lamorte on the edge of his seat during the entire interview.

“Casey is a wild card. You never know what he will say next. He’s one funny dude…” Lamorte said. “…He made my job easy — he did all the talking! The only thing I’m upset about, when I asked Casey to set up an interview with his sister-in-law, Scarlet Johansson, he told me he ‘will see what he can do.’”

Jost appeared not once, but twice during WFBN’S 23rd season, and the second time he was with Joe Imburgio.

​“Brother Hannon has produced an action-packed season, giving me and my fellow anchors the chance to interview many celebrities” 

- Michael LaMorte '22

Next to join the show was former NBA All-Star, Jason Williams and friend of Brother Paul Hannon, the executive director and founder of the station, from the New Jersey Nets.

Williams congratulated the varsity basketball team over some big victories on the court.

“Talking to Jayson was a great experience for all of us,” said Farrell senior Matt Vaccaro. “Jayson talked about his story and how he stayed determined throughout his career and his works will stick with us.”

Farrell junior PJ Scalisi, chimed in: “Talking to Jayson, I learned more about the game of basketball as well as some life lessons that I will never forget.”


Michael Lamorte interviewing Borough President Vito Fossella '83. (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon)Staten Island Advance

WFBN-TV kicked also their season up a notch by interviewing local celebrities and elected officials as well.

Miss Richmond County, Alexa Nicole Moley, and Miss Staten Island Outstanding Teen, Victoria Montouri, were welcomed back during the 23rd season. “I admire their dedication and orientation to service, to bettering their community,” Lamorte added.

WFBN-TV crew members attended the Inauguration of the Borough President Vito Fossella, and interviewed former Long Island Congressman, Peter King.

“This was my first political interview,” Lamorte pointed out. “I was excited to get the chance to speak and listen to local representatives during the inauguration, especially in today’s world. People have questions and need answers — problems and seek solutions. That is the job of a political journalist, to be the liaison between the people and their representatives. During my interview with Borough President Fossella, he stated he would focus on the needs of our Staten Island community.”

“Congressman King had automatic ethos when stepping into the room, it was an honor to speak with him, plus It gave me bragging rights at the dinner table! He spoke highly of the new borough president and wished him luck during his time in office,” Lamorte went on to explain.

To end the 23rd season, Brother Paul Hannon and Jost appeared together on the CW Network game show, “Would I Lie To You?” Also appearing was Broadway legend Andrea Martin.

A thrilled Lamorte said no one thought the station could pull off such a successful season after returning from the pandemic hiatus. Lamorte said that in his opinion, this was one of the best seasons he’s experienced at WFBN. “FBN has given me many laughs, many cherished memories, many lifelong friendships, an outlet for creativity, and most importantly, a home. I will forever be grateful for this experience. I cannot wait to tackle the next chapter of my broadcasting career at Syracuse University this fall.”



From the left, Casey Jost '03, Broadway's Andrea Martin and Brother Paul Hannon. (Courtesy/Brother Paul Hannon)Staten Island Advance