MU Students from WMUL-FM receive awards in the MarCom Creative Awards 2015 Competition


Students from Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received three (3) Platinum Awards, four (4) Gold Awards and three (3) Honorable Mention Awards in the MarCom Creative Awards 2015 Competition.

The MarCom Creative Awards contest is an international competition that recognizes achievement by marketing and communication practitioners.  Entries are judged by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.  There were more than 6,500 entries in the MarCom Creative Awards 2015 Competition.

The MarCom’s prestigious Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding entries in the competition.  Platinum Winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.  About 18 percent of the entries won this award.  Platinum Winners are listed on the MarCom Creative Awards Web site at www.marcomawards.com.

The Gold Award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry.  Approximately 18 percent of the entries received this award. Honorable Mention certificates are granted to those entries that meet the expectations of the judges.  Approximately 10 percent of the entries were Honorable Mention winners.

Winners of the MarCom Creative Awards Platinum, Gold and Honorable Mention Awards come from radio stations, advertising and public relations agencies, corporate communication departments, educational institutions, government entities, designers, writers, video production professionals, broadcast and cable operations and other business and individuals throughout the United States, Canada and several foreign countries.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized as having written and produced another long line of insightful news packages, executing weekly sports talk programming, as well as announcing two exciting college football games.  WMUL-FM student broadcasters were acknowledged as having broadcast a compelling weekly football preview program written and produced a noteworthy promotional announcement, producing a solid sports package and maintaining both a regularly updated music Tumblr and sports Twitter accounts. I am proud and grateful for the honor these MarCom Creative platinum, gold and honorable mention awards bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the College of Arts and Media and Marshall University.  These MarCom Awards are a tribute to the continual quality and commitment of the radio station’s student volunteer staff to news and sports coverage, promotional creativity/production and maintaining a mobile and online presence where our music director posts may be found about the local music scene plus other artists featured in the radio station’s playlists and the FM 88 Sports Staff updates scores of Marshall athletic contests and promotes its coverage of Thundering Herd sports news and events.”

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of radio – television production and management

The Platinum Award winning entries by WMUL-FM are in the following categories:

NEWS PACKAGE

Marshall University Pre-K” written and produced by Will Vance, a recent graduate from Charleston. The news package was broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Friday, April 11, 2014, and also made available online.

RADIO PROGRAM

Collier Sportszone Live” with hosts James Collier, a senior from Worthington, Kentucky, and producer Braxton Crisp, a senior from Huntington, was broadcast Monday, November 10, 2014.

SPORTS

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus Florida Atlantic University football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, October 25, 2014.  The students calling the football game broadcast over FM 88.1 were:

  • Play-by-play announcer—Adam Rogers, senior from Charleston
  • Color commentator—James Collier, senior from Worthington, Kentucky
  • Engineers— Luke Creasy, junior from Huntington
  • Alec Hildebeidel, senior from Bel Air, Maryland
  • Marquez Davila, junior from Sterling, Virginia

The Gold Award winning entries are in the following categories:

TUMBLR ENGAGEMENT

WMUL-FM Music Tumblr is recognized for its posts involving local music and other artists featured on WMUL’s airwaves. This website can be found at wmulmusic.tumblr.com. The page is updated by music director Nathan Thomas, a junior from Charleston.

PODCAST

Evan Huddon Feature” by James Collier, a senior from Worthington, Kentucky, aired as part of the WMUL Pregame Show before the Marshall Football game versus Rhode Island on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

RADIO PROGRAM

The Conference USA Report:  Halloween Spooktacular 4” broadcast Friday, October 31, 2014.  The students who participated in this broadcast/podcast are:

  • Scott Hall, a graduate from Stephens City, Virginia – Host
  • Adam Rogers, senior from Charleston – Reporter
  • Braxton Crisp, senior from Huntington – Reporter
  • James Collier, senior from Worthington, Kentucky – Reporter
  • Alec Hildebeidel, senior from Bel Air, Maryland – Reporter
  • Marquez Davila, junior from Sterling, Virginia – Reporter
  • Nathan Thomas, junior from Charleston – Reporter

SPORTS

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Conference USA Football Championship Game between Marshall University and Louisiana Tech played at      Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, December 6, 2014.  The students calling the football game broadcast over FM 88.1 were:

  • Play-by-play announcer— Adam Rogers, senior from Charleston
  • Color commentator— James Collier, senior from Worthington, Ky.
  • Engineer— Alec Hildebeidel, senior from Bel Air, Maryland
  • engineer— Adam Polsky, junior from Whiting, New Jersey

The Honorable Mention Award winning entries are in the following categories.

SINGLE SPOT

WMUL Mad Scientist 24 Hour Live Streaming Promo,” an in-house promotional announcement, broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Promotion Announcement rotation from Tuesday, September 2, 2014, to the present time, written and produced by Nick McKendree, a recent graduate from Gallipolis Ferry; Adam Rogers, a senior from Charleston and Bennet Siffrin, a recent graduate from New Martinsville.

WEBSITE REDESIGN

WMUL-FM’s website was redesigned over the summer of 2015, and went live Monday, August 24, 2015. This redesign was done by former webmaster Braxton Crisp, a senior from Huntington. The website can be found at www.marshall.edu/wmul.

TWITTER SITE 

WMUL’s FM 88 Sports Twitter account is recognized for its use during sporting events and continual coverage of Marshall Athletics throughout the academic year. One may follow it at @WMUL_Sports.    The Twitter account is overseen by all members of the FM 88 Sports Staff