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Student radio broadcasters claim awards at national competition

Twelve student broadcasters for WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, brought home four first-place awards in national competition.

Twelve student broadcasters for WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, brought home four national first-place awards in national competition from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).   

The first-place Golden Microphone Trophy Awards were in four categories: Best Newscast, Best Community News, Best Sports Play-by-Play and Best Station Promo.

Madormo publishes new novel for young readers

John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication
John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication, authors young-readers novel, his first in a series, for release this spring.

John Madormo, North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication and general manager of WONC-FM 89.1, has authored a young-readers novel that will be released this spring, adding to a long list of writing accomplishments.

On May 10, Madormo’s book “The Homemade Stuffing Caper”—his first book in the “Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire” series—will be released to bookstores nationwide through publisher Penguin Books for Young Readers. The book is available now for pre-order through vendors such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Penguin.

16 North Central student broadcasters earn nominations in national competition

Sixteen North Central College broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1 have earned 12 nominations in an annual national competition.

Feb. 7, 2012—Sixteen North Central College broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, the College’s student-run radio station, have earned 12 nominations in an annual national competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).

Winners of the Golden Microphone Trophy Awards will be announced March 2-4 at the 72nd Annual IBS International Radio/Webcast Conference in New York City. Last year, North Central students brought home first-place awards for Best Sports Play-by-Play and Best Documentary at the 2011 IBS awards.

The 12 nominations include:

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Ray Odom '97

Ray Odom is radio host Crazy Ray on WRXQ-FM 100.7. He has worked at WLUP-AM, WBVS-FM, WLLI-FM and WONC-FM in the Chicago market and was morning show host at WXLP-FM in the Quad Cities. He began his radio career as an intern for Chicago radio legend Fred Winston at WPNT-FM.

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Self-Employment in the Arts Conference Feb. 24-25 helps careers of aspiring artists

Participants will learn how to run their own businesses as artists Feb. 24-25 during North Central College's Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

College and high school students, educators and adults who aspire to be self-employed artists will gain valuable information about running their own businesses as artists Feb. 24-25, 2012 when North Central College hosts the 12th annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference.

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Lucas Mitzel

Finding a school that appealed to his interest in sports broadcasting made the decision to attend North Central an easy one for Lucas. “It was a no-brainer. And the greatest thing about the College’s station WONC-FM 89.1 is that you can be on air by your second day of classes—as a freshman.”

In addition to DJ duties, Lucas jumped into doing sports play-by-play and color announcing. He was co-winner of a first-place national award for Best Sports Play-by-Play for adding color to a broadcast of a quarterfinals football playoff game and was named Outstanding Major in Broadcast Communication by North Central.

Lucas completed an internship at WGN-AM 720 in Chicago, and during his senior year was WONC’s station manager, overseeing a 70-member staff. At graduation, Lucas joined WROK-AM 1440 in Rockford, IL, and during the summer he was the public address announcer for the minor-league Kane County Chaos football team.

WONC hosts John Drury High School Radio Awards Nov. 19

John Garcia, ABC 7 News reporter
Chicago ABC 7 News anchor/reporter John Garcia to present John Drury High School Radio Awards, hosted by North Central College’s acclaimed WONC-FM 89.1.

Nov. 7, 2011—Chicago ABC 7 News anchor/reporter John Garcia will join John Madormo, general manager of North Central College’s nationally acclaimed WONC-FM 89.1, on Nov. 19 to honor the best of high school radio broadcasters for 2011.

Garcia will address nominees and announce winners for the ninth annual John Drury High School Radio Awards at a ceremony beginning at noon on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the College’s theatre at Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. The event is hosted by North Central College and WONC radio.

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