May 5, 2007
WMUL Concludes Banner Year, Garnering Awards in 3 Contests
By HNN Staff
Huntington, WV (HNN) – Winning awards is nothing unusual for WMUL-FM students. Since Dr. Chuck Bailey, professor of electronic media management in Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications, became faculty manager of the school’s public radio station in 1985, WMUL students have won 751 awards.
But the past couple of weeks have been even more special than usual for Bailey and his student broadcasters. Bailey, in fact, received a prestigious award of his own. He and WSAZ-3 sports director Keith Morehouse were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
“This award was not given because of anything I have done on my own but is a reflection of all of the students who have labored long and hard as volunteers to make WMUL-FM one of the best examples of what a college radio station should be,” Bailey said. “Their successes have brought great honor to Marshall University and the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and this Lifetime Achievement award signifies recognition of those accomplishments over the past two decades.”
Here is a rundown of the honors WMUL garnered over the past couple of weeks:
· Five first-place awards and four second-place awards in the 2006 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Contest for Region 4 in four radio categories and one online category. The awards were presented at the Region 4 SPJ Convention Saturday, April 14 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center in Detroit.
· One Best of Festival award, one first-place award and two second-place awards during the Fifth Annual Broadcast Educators Association Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition ceremony Friday, April 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
· Sixteen awards in the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association’s Awards Saturday, April 21 at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in Huntington.
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
Mark of Excellence Contest
The first-place award-winning entries in the SPJ contest were in the Best News Reporting, Best Feature, Radio In-depth Reporting, Radio Sports Reporting and Radio Newscast categories.
Students involved in the productions were Melanie Chapman, a graduate student from McConnell, W.Va., in the Best News Reporting, Radio Sports Reporting and Radio Newscast categories; Adam Cavalier, a sophomore from Montgomery, W.Va., in Best Feature and Radio Newscast categories, and Jen Smith, a recent graduate from Huntington, in Radio In-depth Reporting and Radio Newscast categories.
In addition to Chapman, Cavalier and Smith, the Radio Newcast category involved the following students: Patrick Western, a senior from Nitro, W.Va.; Deven Swartz, a junior from Philippi, W.Va.; Brandon Millman, a senior from Huntington; Alex Reed, a graduate student from Virginia Beach, Va.; Alexis Stewart, a junior from Cyclone, W.Va., and Whitney Thomas, a sophomore from Wheeling.
The second-place award-winning entries were in the Best News Reporting, Best Feature, Radio Indepth Reporting and Best Affiliated Web Site categories.
Students involved in the productions were Cavalier, Best News Reporting; Chapman, Best Feature; Dave Wilson, a recent graduate from St. Marys, W.Va., Radio In-depth Reporting, and Swartz, Best Affiliated Web Site.
Bailey said there were more than 3,300 entries from across SPJ’s 12 regions in the Mark of Excellence contest.
Broadcast Educators Association
Festival of Media Arts Student Audio Competition
The Broadcast Educators Association and the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation’s Best of Festival award for audio went to WMUL-FM for its broadcast of the football game between Marshall and Tulane University on Nov. 4, 2006. Students participating in the broadcast were Reed, Wilson and Chapman.
“Alex Reed, Dave Wilson and Melanie Chapman have received the ultimate compliment for their on-air sportscasting at WMUL-FM by being presented the Best of Festival award,” Bailey said.
The first-place award-winning entry in audio was in the Sports Play-by-Play category for the MU-Tulane game. The second-place award-winning entries were in the Audio Educational Program category, featuring Smith, and the Audio Drama category, featuring Scott Hall, a graduate student from Stephens City, Va.
West Virginia Associated Press
Broadcasters Association’s Awards
WMUL-FM students competed directly against commercial stations, West Virginia Public Radio and their professional staffs for West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards, Bailey said.
Reed was named the Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year and, along with Wilson and Chapman, won the Best Sports Play-By-Play award for the Marshall-Tulane football game. Also, Reed won the Best Radio Sportscaster award for a compilation of work for the second consecutive year and Wilson was the honorable mention award winner in this category.
Clark Davis, a graduate student from Huntington, won first place in the Best Sports Special category, Ryan Epling, a senior from Wayne, was named the state’s Best Radio Talk Program Host and Swartz, Chris Anastasia, John Griffith and James Roach took first place for Best Talk Show, a call-in program titled “On The Table.” Anastasia is a master’s graduate from Huntington, Griffith is a sophomore from Huntington, and Roach is a freshman from Richwood, W.Va.
WMUL had 10 honorable mention award-winning entries in the state AP Broadcasters Association awards. Chapman, Cavalier, Smith, Epling, Reed, Swartz and Wilson contributed to those entries.
For the 2006-07 academic school year, WMUL’s student broadcasters won 58 awards, including 23 for first place, according to Bailey. For more information, call Bailey at (304) 696-2294.