2019 Communicator Awards May 17, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Students from Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received awards recently in the 25th Annual Communicator Awards 2019 Audio Competition. 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 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/.