2020 IBS Awards

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Huntington, W. Va. — Students from Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received two (2) first place awards and five (5) finalist awards during the 80th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference’s 11th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, New York, Saturday, March 7, 2020.

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 seven categories entered out of the fifty-nine 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 news promotion and women’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 news promotion and sports play-by-play categories were:

Best News Promotion

“Newscenter 88 Promo” an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Promotion Announcement rotation Friday, October 18, 2019, and is still in rotation was written by Zane Bowles, a junior from Sandstone, West Virginia and produced by Haley Brown, a freshman from Weirton, West Virginia.

 

Best Sports Play-By-Play – Women’s Basketball

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus Florida International University college women’s basketball game played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia, Wednesday, March 07, 2019. The students calling the women’s basketball broadcast over FM 88.1 were:

Play-by-play announcer
Color commentator
Producer
Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania;
Andrew Rogers, a sophomore from Clarksburg, West Virginia;
Tyler Kennett, a sophomore from Rock, West Virginia

 
 
The finalist awards in best college/university station, newscast, campus news coverage, sports update and sports play-by-play categories went to:

Best College / University Station (More than 10,000 students)

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

 

Best Newscast

The “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” broadcast Wednesday, March 13, 2019. The students who participated in this newscast are:

Producer
Anchor
Anchor
Weather Anchor
Sports Anchor
Anh Do, a graduate student from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
Nick Matawa, a junior from Brick, New Jersey;
Makaylah Wheeler, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia;
Justin Murphy, a former student from Huntington, West Virginia;
Wesley Steele, a sophomore from Flatwoods, Kentucky.

 

Best Campus News Coverage

“Marshall Dining Changes” written and produced by Madison Davis, a senior from Belle West Virginia, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Monday, February 25, 2019, and also made available online.

 

Best Sports Update

“FM 88 Sports Report” written and produced by Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, made available online, Monday, September 16, 2019.

 

Best Sports Play-by-Play – Soccer

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus Akron University men’s soccer contest played at Hoops Family Field inside the Marshall Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, September 21, 2019. The students calling the men’s soccer broadcast over FM 88.1 were:

Play-by-play announcer
Color commentator
Producers
Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania;
Wesley Steele, a sophomore from Flatwoods, Kentucky;
Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia; and Blake Jude, a freshman from Lesage, West Virginia.