2020 Muse Creative Awards

Wednesday, May 6, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Students from the Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received three (3) Gold ( second-place) Awards and twelve (12) Silver (third-place) Awards in the 5th Annual Muse Creative Awards Competition for 2020. The winners were named in an email sent to WMUL-FM by the International Awards Associates, Inc. (IAA) from its Malaysia headquarters through its Montebello, New York office.

Muse Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals who possess the unique ability to inspire with a concept, idea or design – whether through traditional materials or electronic media. More than paychecks drive creative people to perfect their craft, they follow the spark of an inner muse, lighting the path to success with deep knowledge and shining originality.

The Muse Creative Awards honors the power of concept and design that envisions a brilliant future – the creators who transform advertising and marketing in traditional and technically innovative ways. From graphic design to games, business owners to freelancers, photographers to videographers, web designers to mobile app developers, and from seasoned professionals to students, we thank you for the inspiring talent, hard work and vision it takes to make a better world. You are the Muses of the modern era, helping us all Evolve Forward.

The Muse Creative Awards are conducted by International Awards Associates (IAA), Inc. The IAA Global is not tied to any advertiser, magazine, trade association, ad club or other outside influence. The IAA Global is an independent, international organization focused on creating a community of marketing creativity, effectiveness, and excellence. It conducts impartial, ‘blind’ judging shows and, once completed, it recognizes, celebrates and promotes creative, effective and marketing excellence in those winning companies and individuals.

Muse Awards Categories are divided into print media – advertising, marketing branding & design, publication, photography, integrated marketing, writing; electronic media – website, social media, mobile app, audio & video; students’ submissions, strategic programs & corporate social responsibilities.

The judges of the Muse Award categories are award-winning communications professionals, who are dedicated to searching out the exceptionally creative “stars” and to give them the recognition they deserve. During the judging process all entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias. Judges score on a scale of 1-100 taking into consideration creativity, idea, innovation, design, impact, copywriting, memorability, and usability. Student entries are judged separately from Professional entries and are scored in the same manner. Student winners are distinguished by the same award levels as Professional entries.

  • Platinum (1st place) Muse – Average scores between 85 – 100.
  • Gold (2nd place) Muse – Average scores between 70 – 84.
  • Silver (3rd place) Muse – Average scores between 50 – 69.
  • Entries receiving an average score under 50 do not receive an award.

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, “”It is gratifying for WMUL-FM student broadcasters to be recognized with fifteen total Muse Creative Awards by the International Awards Associates during the contest’s two-year entry window in 2020.

“I am proud for the honor these awards bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the College of Arts and Media and Marshall University. These gold and silver awards indicate the respect the IAA judges have for the promotional announcement writing/production, newscast production, news and sports reporting, sports play-by-play, podcasting and live entertainment abilities of our student broadcasters and community volunteers that their entries exhibited during this worldwide competition.”

Gold Award Winning Entries

Audio Program

The “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” broadcast Friday, April 06, 2018. The students who participated in this newscast are:

Producer
Anchor
Anchor
Weather Anchor
Sports Anchor
Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia;
Adam Rogers, a graduate from Milton, West Virginia;
Makaylah Wheeler, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia;
Tristan Poston, a senior from Huntington, West Virginia;
Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania

 

Audio Podcast

“Malik Thompson Feature” written and produced by Savanah Matney, a senior from South Point, Ohio, broadcast during “Herd Roundup,” Friday, October 26, 2018.

 

Social Media Site – Instagram Page

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 for 2019 was overseen by Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, and Tyler Kennett, a sophomore from Rock, West Virginia.

@WMUL_Sports on Instagram

 
 

Silver Award Winning Entries

Audio Podcast

“Men’s Basketball Prepares for the Big Dance” written and produced by Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Wednesday, March 14, 2018, and also made available online.

 

Audio Program

“Herd Roundup” with host Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, broadcast Friday, April 06, 2018.

 

Audio Program

The Friday, March 08, 2019, 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, but includes a high definition video signal coming from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Television Studio A. 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.

 

Social Media Site – Twitter Page

WMUL’s FM 88 Sports Twitter account is recognized for its use 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.

@WMUL_Sports on Twitter

 

Video / TV Program

The Friday, March 08, 2019, 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, but includes a high definition video signal coming from the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Television Studio A. 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 Podcast

“Game Jam” written and produced by Landon Mitchell, a senior from Ottawa, West Virginia broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Monday, April 09, 2018.

 

Audio Podcast

“Ajdin Peneva Profile” written and produced by Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Tuesday, March 06, 2018.

 

Audio Sports Program

“Sportsview featuring Marshall Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tony Kemper along with players Taylor Porter and Ashley Saintgene” with host Luke Creasy, a graduate from Huntington, West Virginia. The program was produced by Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia and was broadcast Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

 

Audio / Radio Ad / Promo

“WMUL Cult” an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Promotion Announcement rotation Thursday, September 26, 2019, and is still in rotation was written and produced by Zane Bowles, a junior from Sandstone, West Virginia and features the primary voice talents of Zane Bowles, and the background cult chanting talents of David Adkins, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia; Derrick Bowen, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia; Haley Brown a freshman from Weirton, West Virginia; Andrew Corliss, a sophomore from Evans, West Virginia; Ashley Ross, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia; Tristan Shepard, a junior from Prichard, West Virginia; and Wesley Steele, a sophomore from Flatwoods, Kentucky.

 

Entertainment Video

WMUL-FM’s Classroom Concert Series—featuring Maggie. The live interview was conducted by host of the program Austin Creel, a recent graduate from Parkersburg, West Virginia. The producers of the playing and singing recording session were Sam Adkins, recent graduate from Huntington, West Virginia, and Michael Stanley, WMUL-FM’s Operations Manager from West Hamlin, West Virginia. The program was posted online Thursday, February 14, 2019.

 

Audio Sports Play-by-Play Programming

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall Football versus Florida Atlantic played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, October 20, 2018. The students calling the football game broadcast over FM 88.1 were:

Play-by-play announcer
Color commentator
Sideline Reporter
Spotter
Producers
Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia;
Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania;
Savanah Matney, a senior from South Point, Ohio;
Elijah Smith, a senior from Beckley, West Virginia;
Wesley Steele, a sophomore from Flatwoods, Kentucky and Matthew Moore, a graduate from Huntington, West Virginia

 

Audio Sports Program

“Sportsview featuring Marshall Sports Information Director Jason Corriher” with host Luke Creasy, a graduate from Huntington, West Virginia. The program was produced by Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia and was broadcast Wednesday, April 25, 2018.