2019 College Radio Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Students from Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received one (1) first place award, one (1) third place award and one (1) fourth place award in the 2019 College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Radio Production Awards Ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday, November 2, 2019. CBI received more than 1,000 entries for the 2019 CBI National Student Radio Production Awards.

Dr. Chuck G. Bailey, professor of Radio-Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall and faculty manager of WMUL-FM, said, “The students competed with broadcasting students from colleges and universities throughout the United States.” He added, “This contest, in its eighteenth year, is sponsored by CBI. It is an honor to win three awards granted by this prestigious organization. WMUL-FM Music Director Landon Mitchell is recognized as being the best disc jockey in this nationwide college radio contest. Through his on-air persona ‘Beefcake,’ Landon, a senior, is an energic and entertaining alternative music announcer. WMUL-FM Sports Director Nick Verzolini’s third-place award is a tribute to his solid sports package that aired within Herd

Roundup. Tyler Kennett’s fourth-place award for Herd Roundup in the Best Sportscast category is quite the acknowledgement for this up and coming sophomore of his duties serving as host for the program that is a review of the past week in Marshall athletics. Our radio students at WMUL-FM have established a tradition of being able to compete successfully at the national, regional, and state level with other student-operated college radio stations. This performance is further evidence of the quality of the work performed by our talented broadcasting students against stiff competition. I am proud of our broadcasting students who continue to provide quality broadcast performances to Tri-State listeners and to be outstanding representatives for the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University in competitions against nationally known college and university broadcast programs.”

The first-place award winning entry is:


“Beefcake” is the on-air name used by Landon Mitchell, a senior from Ottawa. The winning entry is a compilation of his DJ shifts broadcast from Fall Semester 2018 through Spring Semester 2019.

The third-place award winning entry is:


“Rachel Rousseau, Conference USA Softball Player of the Week,” written and produced by Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, broadcast during Herd Roundup,” Friday, April 12, 2019, and made available online.

The fourth-place award winning entry is:


“Herd Roundup” with host Tyler Kennett, a sophomore from Rock, broadcast Friday, April 5, 2019, and made available online.