North Central College - Naperville, IL

WONC claims three student Silver Dome Awards

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Sept. 20, 2011—North Central College student broadcasters who run WONC-FM 89.1 earned three awards, including a first-place prize, at the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s 2011 student Silver Dome Awards.

WONC received a first-place award for Best Radio Newscast. The five students who collaborated on the Best Radio Newscast were 2011 graduates Steve Oliveri of Crystal Lake, Ill., and Justin Zipser of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; senior Katlyn Thompson of Naperville; and juniors Jamie Alt of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Whitney Goodbred of Earlville, Ill. They beat out teams from the University of Illinois and DePaul University. The winning newscast, which was written, produced and edited by Goodbred, covered local issues and aired on May 6.

WONC took home two second-place awards. Sophomore Kevin Jackman of Glenview, Ill., and 2011 graduate Ryan Piers of Washington, Ill., earned second place in the award for Best Radio Live Game Sports. The sports broadcast covered a basketball game Jan. 29 with Piers doing play-by-play and Jackman doing color commentary.

Oliveri also took second place in the Best Radio Longform Programming for WONC for his documentary on a community radio station in the Kibera slum in Kenya. Oliveri traveled to Kenya through a Richter Independent Study Fellowship to research the impact and influence of the station, Pamoja FM, on its surrounding community.

“I was thrilled to see our students win a first-place Silver Dome and two second-place honors,” said John Madormo, WONC general manager and North Central College assistant professor of broadcast communication. “Each year the competition seems to get tougher so we need to be on our game at submission time. And I never get tired of watching our students beat out large state universities.”

The awards were presented Sept. 9 at Loyola University Chicago during IBA’s 10th annual student conference.
WONC is one of the most honored collegiate radio stations in America, winning national and state awards in commercial and collegiate competitions. In addition, no any other college or university radio station in the country has won more Marconi College Radio Awards than WONC’s 20 Marconis.  

The students represent WONC-FM 89.1, 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, Assistant Professor of Broadcast Communication John Madormo has overseen the station’s operations and believes the most important thing for new students, whatever their level of broadcasting experience or interest, is to get involved in the station and on the air as soon as possible. Students who work at the station and choose to major in broadcast communication graduate as all-platform journalists ready to hit the ground running in radio, TV, Internet and social media venues.

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