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North Central broadcaster earns prestigious national award

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Nov. 4, 2010—Michelle Corless, a student broadcaster from North Central College, has earned a prestigious 2010 National Student Production Award from Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc.

Corless won the first-place award for Best Radio News Reporting for her coverage of Evan Lysacek Day in Naperville on March 26. The 2010 Winter Olympic gold medalist in men’s figure skating was honored in his hometown, and Corless covered the event for WONC-FM 89.1, North Central’s student-run radio station. In winning the award, she competed against broadcasters from Marshall University, American University-Cairo and Savannah College.

Corless, a native of Bolingbrook, Ill., is a 2010 graduate of North Central College with a double major in organizational communication and broadcast communication. She is a reporter/production associate for Naperville Community Television, NCTV 17, and a resident of Lisle, Ill.

“I didn’t think my entry was even good enough to submit,” Corless says, because she had trouble scheduling an interview with Lysacek. However, her use of audio, including background sounds of cheers and chanting, “made the broadcast feel like the event.”

Corless gained her initial broadcasting experience at North Central’s station. “WONC helped me because I was able to go out and cover stories that interested me, not just assignments,” she says. “I learned how to write and do interviews, which led to multiple internships at Fox Chicago and WGN.”

WONC general manager and North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication John Madormo says, “Michelle has won other awards too. She’s her own toughest critic, and that’s why she’s a winner.”

North Central College offers degrees in broadcast communication, organizational communication, speech communication, journalism, interactive media students and other areas of study. North Central helps prepare students for careers in radio, television, Internet and social media venues. Students can gain on-air experience beginning in their first year in the College’s professional broadcast facilities and develop skills and connections to secure internships and jobs in broadcast communications.

WONC is one of the most honored college radio stations in America and has received 20 Marconi College Radio Awards—no other college or university radio station in the country has won more—as well as national and state awards in commercial and collegiate competitions. With a 30-mile listening radius and potential listening audience of four million people, WONC’s pure rock music formats broadcasts a mix of news, sports, traffic, music and public affairs programming 24 hours a day. Listen live at