Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference’s 8th Annual Awards


Huntington, W. Va. — Students from Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received three ( 3 ) first place awards and twelve ( 12 ) finalist awards during the 77th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference’s 8th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, New York, Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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, said that the students competed with other broadcasting students from more than eighty colleges and universities throughout the United States.

“WMUL-FM’s student broadcasters fared well in the fifteen categories entered out of the eighty-six IBS news, sports, production/on-air, promotional, web/social media, station printed materials and best radio stations categories available. With WMUL-FM being declared as having the best musical selection/playlist, community news and men’s basketball play-by-play plus WMUL-FM being a finalist for College Radio Station of the Year speaks well for Marshall University, the College of Arts and Media, and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications,” said Bailey.

The first place award winning entries in the playlist/music selection, community news and sports play-by-play categories were:

BEST PLAYLIST/MUSIC SELECTION

WMUL-FM’s music playlist is recognized for its breaking new alternative music, variety of formats and involving local music and other artists featured on WMUL’s airwaves. The WMUL-FM music playlist is continually updated by music director Nathan Thomas, a senior from Charleston.

BEST COMMUNITY NEWS

“Flood Relief” written and produced by Tom Jenkins, a junior from
Glen Falls, New York, made available online, Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

BEST SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY MEN’S BASKETBALL

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus Western Kentucky University college men’s basketball game played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia, Sunday, January 03, 2016. The students calling the men’s basketball broadcast over FM 88.1 were:
Play-by-play announcer— James Collier, a recent graduate from
Worthington, Kentucky;
Color commentator— Braxton Crisp, a recent graduate from Milton;
Sideline reporter— Luke Creasy, a junior from Huntington;
Stats— Akira Uchida, a recent master’s graduate from Fujimi City, Japan;
Engineer— Jacob Queen, a freshman from Huntington.

The finalist awards in best college/university station, news feature, podcast, use of sound effects, sports update, sports interview, sports play-by-play, use of Instagram, social media and training manual categories went to:

BEST COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY STATION (MORE THAN 10,000 STUDENTS)

WMUL-FM 88.1, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

BEST NEWS FEATURE STORY

“One Room School House” written and produced by Rebecca Turnbull, a junior from Bridgeport, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Thursday, March 17, 2016, and also made available online.

BEST PODCAST

“In the Know: Marshall This Week—The Fountain Ceremony” with hosts of the program Rebecca Turnbull, a junior from Bridgeport, and Monica Zalaznik, a junior from Buckhannon, broadcast Friday,
March 11, 2016.

BEST USE OF SOUND EFFECTS

“WMUL-FM Car Bash Promo” an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Promotion Announcement rotation Friday,
October 7, through Thursday, October 13, 2016, written and produced by Nick Herrick, a junior from Petersburg, and voiced by Adam Rogers, a graduate student from Milton, and Kyra Biscarner, a sophomore from Marysville, Michigan.

BEST SPORTS UPDATE

“Football Plane Crash Anniversary” written and produced by Adam Rogers, a graduate student from Milton, broadcast during “Herd Roundup,” Friday, November 13, 2015, and also made available online.

BEST SPORTS INTERVIEW

“Interview with Dave Wagoner” conducted by Adam Rogers, a graduate student from Milton, during the Marshall versus Charlotte college football game, and broadcast Saturday, October 22, 2016.

BEST SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY FOOTBALL

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall Football versus Akron played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, September 17, 2016. The students calling the football game broadcast over FM 88.1 were:
Play-by-play announcer— Luke Creasy, a junior from Huntington;
Color commentator— Adam Rogers, a graduate student from Milton;
Sideline reporters— Adam Polsky, a junior from Manahawkin, N.J. and
Sage Shavers, a senior from Charleston;
Spotter— Marquez Davila, a senior from Sterling, Virginia;
Engineer— Dylan Stone, a junior from Henderson;

BEST SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus Ohio University first round women’s basketball game in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament played at the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio, Thursday, March 17, 2016. The students calling the women’s basketball broadcast over FM 88.1 were:
Play-by-play announcer— James Collier, a recent graduate from
Worthington, Kentucky;
Color commentator— Luke Creasy, a junior from Huntington;
Engineer— Andrew Harrison, a recent graduate from Toms River,
New Jersey.

BEST SPORTS PLAY-BY-PLAY BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus University of Kentucky women’s softball game played at Dot Hicks Field in Huntington, West Virginia, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The students calling the women’s softball broadcast over FM 88.1 were:
Play-by-play announcer— James Collier, a recent graduate from
Worthington, Kentucky;
Engineers— Luke Creasy, a junior from Huntington; and
Sage Shavers, a senior from Charleston.

BEST USE OF INSTAGRAM

WMUL’s FM 88 Sports Instagram account is recognized for its use during sporting events and continual coverage of Marshall sports throughout the academic year. The Sports Instagram account is overseen by Adam Rogers, a graduate student from Milton. One may find it at http://www.instagram.com/wmul_sports/.

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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 http://wmulmusic.tumblr.com/. The page is updated by music director Nathan Thomas, a senior from Charleston

BEST TRAINING MANUAL

The three volume “WMUL-FM Operations Manual,” originally written by Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, WMUL-FM’s Faculty Manager, was thoroughly updated during the summer of 2016 by Michael Stanley, WMUL-FM’s Operations Manager, who is a WMUL-FM alum and is currently a Marshall University staff employee from West Hamlin. The “WMUL-FM Operations Manual” was written for the student and community volunteer staff members of the campus radio station.

 

 

                                                       Pictures from the adventure in New York to claim our Awards!

Promotions Director Rashard Walker and Executive Director Adam Rogers with the three 1st place winners