June 28, 2011—North Central College’s radio station WONC-FM 89.1 received two nominations for Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA). The Silver Domes are the most prestigious broadcast performance award in the state.
Over-the-air broadcast stations and on-air talent in small, medium and Chicago market commercial radio, as well as medium and Chicago market television, were included in the competition.
Winners were announced at a gala IBA Awards Banquet on June 15 as part of the association’s 2011 Annual Convention in Normal, Ill. North Central took home two second-place awards.
Ryan Piers, a broadcast communication major and 2011 graduate, claimed second place for Best Sportscaster for a story he wrote and produced on North Central College basketball standout and senior, D.J. Twyman.
Also, eight broadcast communication students and graduates who took part in the Headline News story on May 7, 2010, won second place for Best Local Newscast. Those students are:
• Producer Michelle Corless, 2010 graduate
• Anchor Justin Zipser, 2011 graduate
• Reporters: Chris Ackerman, class of 2012; Whitney Goodbred, class of 2013; 2011 graduate Piers; and 2010 graduates Rachel Worsley, Angela Hager and Jill Howard.
The IBA Silver Dome Awards are divided into three station categories based on market size. Chicago stations compete in the Major Market category; stations in Bloomington-Normal, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Joliet, Marion-Carbondale, Peoria, Quad Cities, Quincy, Rockford and Springfield compete in the Medium Market category. All others compete in the Small Market Category, along with all college stations.
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 wonc.org.