Feb. 7, 2012—Sixteen North Central College broadcasters representing WONC-FM 89.1, the College’s student-run radio station, have earned 12 nominations in an annual national competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS).
Winners of the Golden Microphone Trophy Awards will be announced March 2-4 at the 72nd Annual IBS International Radio/Webcast Conference in New York City. Last year, North Central students brought home first-place awards for Best Sports Play-by-Play and Best Documentary at the 2011 IBS awards.
The 12 nominations include:
· Best Newscast: “WONC Headline News 4-29-11” by 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.
· Best Community News: “WDSRA [Western DuPage Special Recreation Association] Santa House” by senior Rachael Hancz of Coldwater, Mich.
· Best Public Service Announcement: “Cell Phones for Soldiers” by sophomore Anna Kopsky of Bolingbrook
· Best Sports Play-by-Play: “Wheaton vs. North Central Football” by senior Jonny Kaufmann of Normal, junior Trevor Magnotti of Plano, sophomore Kevin Jackman of Glenview, freshman Jay Modelski of Homer Glen
· Best Sports Update: “WONC Sports Headlines” by Jackman
· Two in Best Station Promo: “Not Professionals” by Piers and “Pure Rock Chronology” by 2011 graduate Geoffrey Clark of Lombard
· Best Event Promo: “WONC Sports Football” by Jackman and sophomore Aaron Ferst of Palatine
· Best Fundraising/Underwriting Campaign: “Hear Us Anywhere” by Kopsky and Piers
· Two in Best Podcast: “Cardinal Week in Review, Week 6” by Jackman and Kaufmann and “Cardinal Week in Review, Week 7” by Jackman and sophomore Jeremy Rushing of Moline
· Best Use of Social Media: WONC-FM 89.1
Most of the nominees are broadcast communication majors. However, Fest is majoring in elementary education, Hancz in theatre, Hastings in psychology, Jessen in interactive media studies, Magnotti in athletic training and Savage in speech communication.
The IBS is one of two national competitions available to college and university radio stations. The second is the Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI).
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 wonc.org.