FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153


WMUL students collect 20 awards in four contests

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University’s public radio station, received 20 awards in their past four contests, the station’s faculty manager announced today.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said the students received the following:

  • One  first-place award and one finalist award in the 2012 College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards.
  • A Finalist Award in the 2012 Pinnacle National Awards Competition.
  • Four Platinum Awards, five Gold Awards and four Honorable Mention Awards in the MarCom Creative Awards 2012 Competition.
  • Four Silver Awards in the Eighth Annual International Davey Awards Competition for 2012.  

Here is a look at WMUL’s award-winning entries:

CBI awards

First place

Best Radio Newcast
– “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” broadcast Thursday,  Oct. 6, 2011.  Participating students were: Adam Rogers, a junior from Charleston, producer; Aaron Payne, a senior from Winfield, anchor; Leannda Carey, a graduate student from Wellsburg, anchor; Jerry Smith, a senior from Huntington, weather; and Kyle Gibson, a junior from Bluefield, sports anchor.

Finalist

Best Podcast – “The Conference USA Report:  Halloween Spooktacular,” broadcast Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.  The students who participated were: Scott Hall, a recent graduate from Huntington, host; Adam Rogers, reporter; Jarrod Clay, a senior from Barboursville, reporter; Hunter Morrison, a sophomore from Huntington, reporter; Kyle Gibson, reporter; Joshua Rose, a junior from Olney, Md., reporter; Marcus Constantino, a junior from Bluefield, reporter; and Andrew Harrison, a sophomore from Toms River, N.J., reporter.

Pinnacle awards

Finalist

Best Radio Sportscast – WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus East Carolina University football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.  Students calling the game were: Aaron Payne, play-by-play; Adam Rogers, color; Leannda Carey, sideline reporter; Scott Hall, engineer.

MarCom awards

Platinum 

Public Affairs Program
– “Minding the Meters:  Huntington Municipal Parking Board,” written and produced by Leannda Carey, was  broadcast during “Aircheck” Thursday, April 28, 2011.

News Package/Podcast – “Graffiti on Campus,” by Josie Landgrave, a sophomore from Huntington, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Friday, April 1, 2011, and made available online Monday, April 4, 2011.

Sports Package/Podcast – “"The Cato-Shuler Connection,” written and produced by Leannda Carey, was broadcast during the pre-game show for Marshall at Ohio University football from Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, and made available online the same day.

Magazine Program – “In the Know:  Marshall This Week,” with hosts Adam Rogers Aaron Payne, broadcast Friday, April 8, 2011.

Gold

Newscast
– “The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” broadcast Friday, April 1, 2011. Participating students were: Brittany Barnes, a senior from Hurricane, producer; Leannda Carey, anchor; Adam Cavalier, a master’s graduate from Montgomery, anchor; and Jarrod Clay, sports anchor.

News Feature Package/Podcast – “The Fife and Drum Corps,” by Jimmy Sanders, a senior from Stroudsburg, Pa., broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, and also made available online Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. 

Sports Package/Podcast – “Coach Geth,” by Aaron Payne, was broadcast during “The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012,  and made available online the same day.

Sports Program – “The Conference USA Report:  Halloween Spooktacular,” broadcast Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. 

Sports Play-by-Play – WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Memphis women’s basketball game played at Cam Henderson Center in Huntington Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.  The students calling the game were: Aaron Payne, play-by-play; Adam Rogers, color, Bennett Siffrin, a junior from New Martinsville, and Peter Wilson, a senior from Charleston, engineers.

Honorable Mention

Public Service Announcement
-- “West Virginia Literacy,” an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Public Service Announcement rotation from Tuesday, April 12, 2011, through the present time, was written and produced by Brittany Barnes.

Sports Play-by-Play – WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus East Carolina University football game played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. Students calling the game were: Aaron Payne, play-by-play; Adam Rogers, color; Leannda Carey, sideline reporter; and Scott Hall, engineer

Sports Play-by-Play -- WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus West Virginia University football game played at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2012. Students calling the game were: Adam Rogers, play-by-play; Aaron Payne, color; Leannda Carey, sideline reporter; and Scott Hall, engineer.

Comedy Program – “Mecha Colossus, Episode 3” or “A Geographical Challenger Appears,” a comedy program broadcast Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, written and produced by Morgan Shillingburg, a recent graduate from Charleston, Adam Rogers and Aaron Payne.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment to be recognized as having broadcast one of the best public affairs programs in the country concerning Huntington’s Municipal Parking Board, a news wrap-up program as well as producing another long line of solid news and sports packages,” Bailey said. “WMUL-FM student broadcasters were acknowledged as having written and produced a highly regarded newscast, a compelling weekly football preview program, and an exciting women’s college basketball game. 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, and Marshall University.”

Davey awards

Silver

Radio News Feature Package -- “The Fife and Drum Corps,” by Jimmy Sanders, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, and also made available online Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. 

Radio Sports Package – “The Cato-Shuler Connection,” written and produced by Leannda Carey, was broadcast during the pre-game show for Marshall at Ohio University football from Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

Radio Public Service Announcement – “West Virginia Literacy,” an in-house public service announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Public Service Announcement rotation from Tuesday, April 12, 2011, through the present time, was written and produced by Brittany Barnes, a senior from Hurricane.

Radio Comedy Program – “The Patrick and Alex Show:  The Hunger Games,” written and produced by Patrick Webb, a recent graduate from Huntington; Alex Constantino, a recent graduate from Parkersburg; Kyle Hobstetter, a recent master’s degree graduate from Portsmouth, Ohio; A. Jay Meadows, a senior from Madison; Brittany Barnes, Tyler Kes, a senior from Burnsville, Minn., Aaron Payne and Aaron Rogers.



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