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Student broadcasters earn five statewide awards

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Student broadcasters earn five statewide awards

Contact: Nancy Dunker, associate director of media relations, 630-637-5306

Oct. 14, 2010--North Central College student broadcasters who run WONC-FM 89.1 earned five awards, including two first-place prizes, at the Illinois Broadcasters Association's 2010 student Silver Dome Awards.

WONC received first-place awards for Best Radio Newscast and Best Radio Sports Story. The five students who collaborated on the Best Radio Newscast were 2010 graduates Michelle Corless of Corona, Calif., and Jill Howard of Wheaton, Ill.; seniors Chris Ackerman of Lincoln, Ill., and Justin Zipser of Glen Ellyn; and sophomore Whitney Goodbred of Earlville, Ill. Senior Ryan Piers of Washington, Ill., earned the first-place award for Best Radio Sports Story.

WONC took home one second-place and two third-place awards. Piers and Zipser won second place for Best Radio Live Game Sports and Corless won a third-place award for Best Radio News Story. WONC also took third place in the Best Radio Newscast category for a broadcast by Corless, Piers, Zipser, Angela Hager of Hanover Park, Ill., and Rachel Worsley of Cary, Ill.

WONC general manager and North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication John Madormo says the winning students "are hardworking, who put in tireless performances, raised the bar and challenged themselves ... I know the winners well because they are always around and always working."

Only a few small, private colleges entered the competition, and North Central "beat out" state universities, which Madormo found "very gratifying. It's nice for the students because all the hard work pays off," Madormo said.

WONC is one of the most honored collegiate radio stations in America. The station has received 20 Marconi College Radio Awards, more than any other college or university radio station in the U. S., as well as national and state awards in commercial and collegiate competitions.

A student-run and staffed station, WONC has a station manager and directors of programming, production, promotions, music, news, sports, public affairs and underwriting. Since 1980, Madormo has overseen the station's operations. He believes the important thing for interested students, whatever their level of broadcasting experience or interest, is to get involved in the station and on the air as soon as possible. Elementary and high school-aged children also have opportunities to learn broadcasting during summer camps at WONC presented by North Central College's Office of Community Development.

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

Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois-rated by Money magazine as among the nation's "Best Places to Live"-North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago's Loop. With more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes.