Hi, my name is Geoff Herbert, a.k.a. DeafGeoff.
I’m a New York Emmy Award-nominated Reporter and SEO Lead for syracuse.com and The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y. I write about a wide range of topics, including entertainment news, as well as work in search engine optimization for Advance Media New York.
I’m also a wedding DJ in Syracuse and Upstate New York with a passion for fun music. With more than 20 years of experience, “DJ DeafGeoff” knows how to turn it up and make a party truly memorable. If you are interested in booking me, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As my nickname suggests, I am mostly deaf. I was born with a profound binaural hearing loss and hear about 10 percent as well as the average person. I wear hearing aids in both ears and, thanks to speech therapy and lipreading, people often forget I’m hard-of-hearing. (I also sometimes use my lipreading super power to share what Jim Boeheim says during Syracuse basketball games on Twitter @deafgeoff).
I’m also a a motivational speaker for corporate events, schools, disability groups and other special events, including TEDxBuffalo. I’m always happy to give advice and be a role model both as a professional and as an individual who’s overcome a disability/different ability to succeed in life.
I graduated from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in 2005 with a major in TV/Radio/Film and a minor in Music Industry. My radio career includes six years as morning show producer for the #1 (18-34 demographic) morning show “Marty and Shannon In The Morning” at HOT 107.9 (WWHT-FM Syracuse), plus work as general manager of Z89 (WJPZ-FM) in Syracuse, New York; general manager of WHAB-FM in Acton, Massachusetts; and internships with Kiss 108 (WXKS-FM) and WAAF 107.3 (WAAF-FM) in Boston.
I’ve helped out with several charities including the American Red Cross, Disability Mentoring Day, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and AIDS Community Resources. I received a Syracuse 40 Under 40 Award in 2009, was named a HearStrong Champion by the HearStrong Foundation, and was nominated for a New York Emmy Award in 2020.
In my spare time, I love writing, attending concerts, watching movies/TV (with subtitles, of course) and spending time with my wife and daughters.
Follow/friend me everywhere:
Instagram: @deafgeoffherbert and @syrweddingdj
Facebook: facebook.com/deafgeoff and facebook.com/syrweddingdj
Official site: www.deafgeoff.com