2020 NBS-AERho Awards

Friday, March 20, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Huntington, W.Va. — Students from Marshall University’s public radio station, WMUL-FM, received four (4) first place awards and eleven (11) honorable mention awards during the National Broadcasting Society/ Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 29th Annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 57th Annual Audio/Video Production Awards Competition ceremony at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, California, Saturday, March 14, 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 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

“No other school won more overall awards and only one school won more grand prizes than WMUL-FM’s student broadcasters in the NBS scriptwriting, audio, online and academic paper categories. WMUL-FM student broadcasters had entries in eleven categories of the twenty-three categories available and won four grand prizes which is impressive. Winning at this national level speaks well for Marshall University, the College of Arts and Media, and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, as the student broadcasters of WMUL-FM consistently earn top honors in direct competition with nationally recognized colleges and universities,” said Bailey.

National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) has more than 1,500 student and professional members and has chapters on sixty-eight college campuses. The National Broadcasting Society (NBS) was founded in 1943, and its mission is to enhance the development of college and university students in telecommunication, broadcasting, cable and other electronic media. Past and present members of the society number more than 50,000. Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society composed of members selected from National Broadcasting Society (NBS) Chapters.

 

Grand Prize Award Winning Entries

Audio Newscast

The “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” broadcast Wednesday, November 06, 2019. The students who participated in this newscast are:

Producer
Anchor
Anchor
Weather Anchor
Sports Anchor
Landon Mitchell, a senior from Ottawa, West Virginia;
Makaylah Wheeler, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia;
Ethan Edmond, a freshman from Belington, West Virginia;
David Adkins, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia;
Alexandra Warrington, a senior from Bristow, Virginia

 

Audio Public Affairs

“Huntington Unscripted EP 2 with Will Holland” with host Makaylah Wheeler, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia, broadcast Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.

 

Audio Sports Package

“Marshall Men’s Basketball Redshirts” written and produced by Taylor Huddleston, a senior from Charleston, West Virginia, broadcast during “Herd Roundup,” Friday, March 01, 2019.

 

Live Sports Production

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of College Insider.com Tournament Championship Marshall men’s basketball versus University of Wisconsin Green Bay played at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, West Virginia, Thursday, April 4, 2019. The students calling the men’s basketball game broadcast over FM 88.1 were:

Play-by-Play announcer
Color Commentator
Courtside Reporter
Producer
Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania;
Andrew Rogers, a sophomore from Clarksburg, West Virginia;
Savanah Matney, a senior from South Point, Ohio;
Wesley Steele, a sophomore from Flatwoods, Kentucky

 
 

Honorable Mention Award Entries

Audio 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

 

Audio News Package

“House Fire Shows Community’s Kindness” written and produced by Makaylah Wheeler, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

 

Audio News Package

“Memorial Fountain Ceremony” written and produced by Makaylah Wheeler, a junior from Huntington, West Virginia broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88,” Thursday, November 14, 2019.

 

Audio Magazine Program

“Herd Roundup” with host Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia broadcast Friday, December 06, 2019.

 

Audio Magazine Program

“Herd Roundup” with host Tyler Kennett, a sophomore from Rock, West Virginia broadcast Friday, April 05, 2019.

 

Audio Sports Package

“Darius Hodge Feature” written and produced by Savanah Matney, a junior from South Point, Ohio, broadcast during “Herd Roundup,” Friday, October 18, 2019, and also made available online.

 

Audio Sports Segment

“Jon Elmore’s Legendary Career” written and produced by Tyler Kennett, a sophomore from Rock, West Virginia, broadcast during the “Herd Roundup,” Friday, March 22, 2019.

 

Audio Sports Segment

“Kereon Merrell Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week” written and produced by Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, broadcast during “Herd Roundup,” Friday, November 01, 2019.

 

Audio Sports Program

“Sportsview” featuring Marshall Sports Information Director Jason Corriher had Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia, and Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, serving as hosts. The program was produced by Wesley Steele, a sophomore from Flatwoods, Kentucky. This edition of “Sportsview” was broadcast Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

 

Live Sports Production

WMUL-FM’s broadcast of Marshall Football versus Virginia Military Institute (VMI) played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, Saturday, August 31, 2019. The students calling the football game broadcast over FM 88.1 were:

Play-by-play announcer
Color commentator
Sideline Reporter
On-site Producer
In-Studio Producers
Andrew Rogers, a sophomore from Clarksburg, West Virginia;
Nick Verzolini, a junior from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania.
Savanah Matney, a senior from South Point, Ohio;
Spencer DuPuis, a senior from Leesburg, Virginia;
Wesley Steele, a sophomore from Flatwoods, Kentucky and Tyler Kennett, a sophomore from Rock, West Virginia

 

Audio Entertainment and / or Music Program

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 broadcast over WMUL-FM and posted online Thursday, February 14, 2019.