WSOU up for two CMJ awards

WSOU, Seton Hall’s Pirate Radio, and its promotions director, senior Samantha Nakhoul, have been nominated for College Music Journal awards.

This year, WSOU has been nominated for Station of the Year and Nakhoul has been nominated for Specialty Music Director of the Year.

All college radio stations and some figures in the broadcasting business get to vote for CMJ awards annually. The winners will be announced at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City Oct. 15-19.

 Nakhoul said her specialty show, “Campus Buzz,” is an indie- alternative show that she’s geared in a more mainstream alternative direction since she took over in May.

“What Sam does is she goes completely out of our format, which is kind of a scary thing because heavy metal listeners really like their metal,” Station Manager Erin O’Grady said. “In a world of metal and rock, she plays what she wants to play and she has a lot of listeners.”

Nakhoul said that as a manager, to receive the nomination for station of the year is what makes her most proud.

“WSOU has always been the best thing here, for me,” Nakhoul said. “So for that to be recognized, it’s like ‘We’re doing something right.'”

General manager Mark Maben attributed the success of WSOU to its environment.

“I would put this station against any student activity,” Maben said. “Not just on the Seton Hall campus, but nationwide. You get a first-rate, incredible, and I’m not exaggerating when I say, life-long lasting learning experience here at WSOU. You learn a set of skills that stays with you your whole life.”

O’Grady said that the environment and success of the station are attributed to the hard work everyone puts in.

“I don’t want to brag because I’m the station manager, but we definitely deserve this because a lot of hard work and dedication goes into running this station,” O’Grady said. “I’m just very happy and proud of all the staff members that contributed to this.”

Samantha Giedris can be reached at samantha.giedris@

Author: Samantha Giedris

Samantha Giedris is a senior journalism major with minors in political science and women and gender studies. She is currently the Managing Editor of The Setonian and a member of Alpha Phi Fraternity. In the past year, she has interned at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Birchbox. Samantha can be reached at

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