WMUL-FM takes home Hermes Creative Awards, Communicator Awards

| Contact: Jean Hardiman, University Relations Specialist, 304-696-6397

Students from Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received awards recently in The Hermes Creative Awards 2018-2019 competition and the 25th Annual Communicator Awards 2019 Audio Competition.

WMUL received four Platinum Awards, 13 Gold Awards and 10 Honorable Mention Awards in The Hermes Creative Awards 2018-2019 competition, announced May 6 in Dallas. They were winners among approximately 6,000 entries for the Hermes awards, administered and evaluated by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

In the Communicator Awards Competition, WMUL received two Awards of Excellence and 12 Awards of Distinction. The Communicator Awards are announced May 10 by the International Academy of Visual Arts, and also had 6,000 entries.

"This tremendous effort helps to build upon the most successful year ever by the volunteer student staff of WMUL-FM in garnering recognition for Marshall University, the College of Arts and Media, as well as the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications from state, regional and national broadcasting organizations that evaluate the work done at campus radio stations," said Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of radio-television production and management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University and faculty manager of WMUL-FM.

These awards helped the WMUL-FM student broadcasters achieve their highest grand total of awards for single year, with 146 awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, with another contest remaining to be judged.

 

The Platinum Award winning entries by WMUL-FM in The Hermes Creative Awards 2018-2019 were for:

Audio News Feature Package/Podcast

"Game Jam," written and produced by Landon Mitchell, a senior from Ottawa, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," April 9, 2018.

Audio Sports Feature Package/Podcast

"Ajdin Peneva Profile," written and produced by Spencer DuPuis, a junior from Leesburg, Virginia, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," March 6, 2018.

Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall men’s basketball versus University of Tennessee-Martin played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, Nov. 10, 2017. Students calling the game were:  Play-by-play announcer Adam Rogers, a graduate from Milton; Color Commentator Luke Creasy, a graduate from Huntington; and Engineer Marquez Davila, a former student from Sterling, Virginia.

Audio Musical Entertainment Program

WMUL-FM’s Classroom Concerts Series, featuring the band "Colly" broadcast April 19, 2018, and also made available online. Live interviews were conducted by host Austin Creel, a senior from Parkersburg. Producers of the live musical performance were Sam Adkins, a senior from Huntington, and Michael Stanley, WMUL-FM’s operations manager from West Hamlin.

The Gold Award winning entries by WMUL-FM were for:

Social Media Site/Twitter Overall

WMUL’s Station Twitter account was recognized for use during station events, for coverage of campus/community news and updates from the local music scene throughout the academic year. The Twitter account was overseen in 2018-2019 by WMUL-FM Student Manager Adam Rogers; Promotions Director Ginny Blake, a recent graduate from Huntington; Contest Coordinator Spencer DuPuis; and Music Director Austin Creel. The account can be followed at @WMUL_Radio.

Social Media Site: Instagram

WMUL’s FM 88 Sports Instagram account was recognized for its use during sporting events and continual coverage of Marshall sports throughout the academic year. The Sports Instagram account for 2018-2019 was overseen by Adam Rogers, Luke Creasy and Spencer DuPuis. It can be found at http://www.instagram.com/wmul_sports/.

Audio Newscast

The "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88" broadcast April 6, 2018. The students who participated in this newscast were: Producer Spencer DuPuis; Anchor Adam Rogers; Anchor Makaylah Wheeler, a sophomore from Huntington; Weather Reporter Tristan Poston, a junior from Huntington; Sports Anchor Nick Verzolini, a sophomore from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.

Audio News Feature Package/Podcast

"Young Lego Builders" written and produced by Olivia Zarilla, a senior from Ona, and broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Feb. 19, 2018.

Audio Sports Package/Podcast

"Running Game Hitting its Stride," written and produced by Spencer DuPuis, and broadcast during the "Cutting Edge Sports Radio Network Pregame Program" prior to the Marshall versus Florida college football game Oct. 28, 2017, and also made available online.

Audio Sports Program

"Sportsview featuring Marshall Sports Information Director Jason Corriher" with host Luke Creasy.  The program was produced by Spencer DuPuis and broadcast April 25, 2018.

Audio Sports Program

"Herd Roundup" with host Spencer DuPuis, broadcast April 6, 2018.

Audio Sports Program and Video/Television Sports Program categories

The March 16, 2018, edition of a collaborative high school sports radio program between WMUL-FM and WFGH-FM in Fort Gay, West Virginia that is broadcast to a statewide audience. "Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia" runs from 9 p.m. to midnight each Friday night during the high school basketball season with its audio signal originating from the studios of WMUL-FM. Volunteer hosts Ryan Epling, Ric Morrone, Joe Linville, Bill Cornwell and guests provide fans with continual score updates, interviews and analysis of the evening’s games.

Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall football versus Florida Atlantic, played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Oct. 20, 2018. The students calling the football game broadcast over FM 88.1 were: Play-by-Play Announcer Spencer DuPuis; Color Commentator Nick Verzolini;

Sideline Reporter Savanah Matney, a junior from South Point, Ohio; Spotter Elijah Smith, a junior from Beckley; and Engineers Wesley Steele, a freshman from Flatwoods, Kentucky, and Matthew Moore, a recent graduate from Huntington.

Video Student Program Production

Video Musical Entertainment Program and  YouTube Video Categories

WMUL-FM’s Classroom Concert Series, featuring Brad Goodall, a solo artist and a keyboardist for the local band "Ona." Live interview conducted by host Austin Creel. Producers of the playing and singing recording session were Sam Adkins and Michael Stanley. The program was posted online May 10, 2018.

The Honorable Mention Award winning entries by WMUL-FM were for:

Social Media Site/Twitter Overall

WMUL’s FM 88 Sports Twitter account was recognized for its coverage during sporting events and continual coverage of Marshall sports throughout the academic year. The Twitter account is overseen by all members of the FM 88 Sports Staff and can be followed at @WMUL_Sports.

Social Media Site: Instagram

WMUL’s Station Instagram account is recognized for its use during station events, for coverage of campus/community news and updates from the local music scene throughout the academic year. The radio station’s Instagram account was overseen in 2018-2019 Adam Rogers, Ginny Blake, Spencer DuPuis and Austin Creel. It can be found at http://www.instagram.com/wmul.

Audio Sports Package/Podcast

"Malik Thompson Feature," written and produced by Savanah Matney, broadcast during "Herd Roundup," Oct. 26, 2018.

Audio Sports Package/Podcast

"Men’s Basketball Prepares for the Big Dance," written and produced by Spencer DuPuis, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," March 14, 2018.

Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall football versus University of Texas at San Antonio, played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington Nov. 17, 2018. The students calling the game were: Play-by-Play Announcer Nick Verzolini; Color Commentator Andrew Rogers, a freshman from Clarksburg; and Engineer Spencer DuPuis.

Audio Promotional Announcement

"Out of this World," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s promotion announcement rotation beginning Aug. 22, 2017, and still in rotation. The announcement was written and produced by Brian Leonard, a recent graduate from Huntington, and features the voice talents of Luke Creasy, Adam Rogers, Dylan Stone, a former student from Henderson, and   Savanah Matney.

Audio Musical Entertainment Program

WMUL-FM’s Classroom Concert Series, featuring Brad Goodall, a solo artist and a keyboardist for the local band "Ona." The live interview was conducted by host Austin Creel. Producers were Sam Adkins and Michael Stanley. The program was broadcast over WMUL-FM and posted online May 10, 2018.

Video Student Program Production

Video Musical Entertainment Program and YouTube Video Categories

WMUL-FM’s Classroom Concert Series, featuring the solo artist Joey Andromeda, a Marshall University student and indie-rock musician. The live interview was conducted by host Austin Creel. Producers were Sam Adkins and Michael Stanley. The program was posted online Sept. 20, 2018.

Learn more about the Hermes Creative Awards 2019 website at https://www.hermesawards.com/winners.

 

The Annual Communicator Award of Excellence winning entries by WMUL-FM were in the following categories:

Audio Sports Package/Podcast

"Hall of Fame Class of 2017," written and produced by Luke Creasy and broadcast during "Herd Roundup," Sept. 22, 2017, and also made available online.

Audio Documentary

"Aircheck: Pursuing Passion: The Voice of the Herd Steve Cotton," with host Luke Creasy, produced for broadcast Friday, December 15, 2017.

The Award of Distinction winning entries by WMUL-FM were in the following categories:

Audio Newscast

The "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," broadcast April 14, 2017. The students who participated were: Producer Luke Creasy; Anchor Matt Groves, a recent graduate from Ripley; Anchor Kyra Biscarner, from Marysville, Michigan; Weather Reporter Nathan Thomas, a recent graduate from Charleston; and Sports Anchor Adam Rogers.

Audio News Package/Podcast

"Marshall University Day at the Capitol," written and produced by Adam Stephens, a senior from Nitro, broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," March 31, 2017, and also made available online.

Audio News Package/Podcast

"Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert Responds to West Virginia State of the State Address," written and produced by Adam Stephens and broadcast during the "5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88," Feb.10, 2017.

Audio Sports Package/Podcast

"Running Game Hitting its Stride," written and produced by Spencer DuPuis and broadcast during the Cutting Edge Sports Radio Network Pregame Program prior to the Marshall versus Florida football game Oct. 28, 2017, and also made available online.

Audio Sports Program

"Herd Roundup" with host Luke Creasy, broadcast Sept. 29, 2017.

Audio Sports Program

The March 16, 2018, edition of "Basketball Friday Night in West Virginia," a collaborative high school sports radio program between WMUL-FM and WFGH-FM in Fort Gay, West Virginia that is broadcast to a statewide audience. Volunteer hosts Ryan Epling, Ric Morrone, Joe Linville, Bill Cornwell and guests provide fans with continual score updates, interviews and analysis of the evening’s games.

Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall football versus North Carolina State University played at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sept. 9, 2017. The students calling the game were: Play-by-Play Announcer Adam Rogers; Color Commentator Luke Creasy; Analyst/On-site Producer Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, faculty manager; and Engineer Spencer DuPuis.

Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall football versus Cincinnati played at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 30, 2017. The students calling the game were: Play-by-play announcer Luke Creasy; Color commentator Dylan Stone; Executive Producer Adam Rogers; Spotter Gabi Warwick, a graduate from Martinsburg; Engineers Nick Arguelles, a former student from Great Cacapon, and Austin Creel.

Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall men’s basketball versus University of Tennessee-Martin played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington Nov. 10, 2017. The students calling the game were: Play-by-Play Announcer Adam Rogers; Color Commentator Luke Creasy; and Engineer Marquez Davila.

Audio Promotional Announcement

"Out of this World," an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s promotion announcement rotation beginning Aug. 22, 2017, and still in rotation. The announcement was written and produced by Brian Leonard, a recent graduate from Huntington, and features the voice talents of Luke Creasy, Adam Rogers, Dylan Stone, a former student from Henderson, and   Savanah Matney.

Audio Musical Entertainment Program/Podcast

WMUL-FM’s Classroom Concerts Series, featuring the band "Colly." Live interviews were conducted by host Austin Creel. Producers of the live band recording session were Sam Adkins and Michael Stanley. The program was broadcast and posted online April 19, 2018.

Audio Individual Musical Entertainment Program/Podcast

WMUL-FM’s Classroom Concert Series, featuring Brad Goodall, a solo artist and a keyboardist for the local band "Ona." Live interview conducted by host Austin Creel. Producers of the playing and singing recording session were Sam Adkins and Michael Stanley. The program was posted online May 10, 2018.

For more information about the Award of Excellence and Award of Distinction winners, visit the Communicator Awards website at www.communicatorawards.com/winners/.