North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student radio broadcasters claim awards at national competition

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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.

“The WONC contingent returned from the Big Apple with more hardware for the station’s trophy case,” says John Madormo, WONC general manager and assistant professor of broadcast communication.

The Best Newscast award went to a team of seven students: 2011 graduates Ryan Piers of Washington, Ill., and Justin Zipser of Glen Ellyn; juniors Whitney Goodbred of Earlville, Karl Jessen of Naperville, Noah Savage of Aurora and Ariel Sievers of Streator; and sophomore Holly Hastings of Milwaukee, Wis. The broadcast submitted was “WONC Headline News April 29, 2011.” WONC broadcasters beat out finalists from DePaul University, Morningside University and University of Tennessee-Martin.

Senior Rachael Hancz of Coldwater, Mich., earned the award for Best Community News for her coverage of the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association’s Santa House program with the Naperville Park District. She bested submissions from DePaul University, University of Tennessee-Martin, Central Methodist University and Kings College.

The Best Sports Play-by-Play award went to the four-person team of senior Jonny Kaufmann of Normal, junior Trevor Magnotti of Plano, sophomore Kevin Jackman of Glenview and junior Jay Modelski of Homer Glen. The group covered the North Central Cardinals men’s football win over Wheaton College on Nov. 5, 2011, and beat out finalists from Northwestern University, Goshen College, Kings College and University of Southern Indiana.

Piers also took home the award for Best Station Promo for his submission “Not Professionals.” He bested submissions from San Antonio College, Central Methodist University and Point Park University.

The IBS is one of two national competitions available to college and university radio stations. The second is the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc.

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

Photo: Jonny Kaufmann ’12, Whitney Goodbred ’13, Anna Kopsky ’14 and Kevin Jackman ’14 attended the national awards event in New York City.