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North Central College student broadcasters earn three first-place IBA awards

Oliver Hall, home to WONC-FM 89.1
North Central College WONC student broadcasters win six Silver Dome Awards in state contest. Nine staffers earn nominations in national contest.

Student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, earned six awards, including three first-place prizes, at the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s (IBA) 2012 student Silver Dome Awards on Sept. 21.

In this state contest, WONC first-place winners topped nominees from Eastern Illinois University, Loyola University, Illinois State University and the Illinois Center for Broadcasting.

Student broadcasters nominated for awards in state, national contests

Several North Central College student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1 have earned nominations in state and national competitions.

Several student broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, North Central College’s student-run radio station, have earned nominations in state and national competitions.

In a state competition, eight students earned six nominations in five different categories in the annual Student Silver Dome Awards presented each fall by the Illinois Broadcasters Association to the top college and university radio and TV programs in the state. The awards will be presented in a luncheon ceremony Sept. 21 at Illinois State University in Normal.

Newspaper profiles Wayne Randazzo '07, new radio voice of Kane County Cougars

Wayne Randazzo '07 (Suburban Life photo)
Suburban Life Publications features a profile of 2007 North Central College broadcasting alumnus Wayne Randazzo, the new radio voice of the Kane County Cougars.

Suburban Life Publications features a Q&A profile with 2007 North Central College broadcast communication alumnus Wayne Randazzo, the new radio voice for the Kane County Cougars.

When the Geneva-based Cougars—the Class A Midwest League affiliate of the Kansas City Royals—open their baseball season April 5, Randazzo will be heard calling games on radio station WBIG-AM 1280 and online at kccougars.com.

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.

Registration begins March 1 for North Central College youth summer camps

Children in elementary, middle and high school can attend exciting camps in broadcasting, computers, athletics and more this summer at North Central College.

Feb. 22, 2012—Children in elementary, middle and high school can attend exciting camps in broadcasting, computers, theatre, athletics and more this summer at North Central College.

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.

150 Moments: WNCC to WNOC to WONC—the radio voice of North Central College

WONC broadcast studio in Old Main
From ham radio, to carrier current and AM, to WONC-FM 89.1 and the Internet, the radio voice of North Central College has been broadcasting for 64 years.

After World War II, incoming students to North Central College included a number of returning war veterans, many of whom had experience as service radio technicians during the war. As a result of the hard work and efforts of eight student technicians, the campus radio club was born, using ham radio.

North Central College broadcasting alum Ray Odom returns to rock radio on WRXQ

Ray Odom, a 1997 graduate of North Central College, has joined WRXQ-FM 100.7 as host of an evening show on the Coal City-based rock station.

Oct. 12, 2011—Ray Odom, a 1997 graduate of North Central College, has joined WRXQ-FM 100.7 as host of an evening show on the Coal City-based rock station.

Odom, better known as “Crazy Ray,” was featured on Chicagoland Radio and Media, which recounted Odom’s previous tenure as overnight host on “The Loop,” WLUP-FM 97.9.

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