89.5 on the airwaves, No.1 in competition
Speaking into the radio mic means the audience is not always known, but WSOU’s broadcasters are winning awards in the field. The Garden State Journalists Association has awarded three student broadcasters in their annual awards competition.
WSOU Sports Director Clayton Collier was awarded first place in Sports Radio for his introduction to the SHU vs. Wichita State men’s basketball game. Collier also earned second place in Sports Radio along with Vince Paolello and Rohit Ravi for their play-by-play coverage of a women’s basketball game against Princeton.
“It’s a tremendous honor, but it’s really just a testament to the opportunities that we’re provided at WSOU and at Seton Hall,” said Collier.
Collier was chosen for the awards after WSOU submitted the audio files and clips from their entire staff to the organization.
“In this awards competition our students’ submissions compete against the work of paid professional journalists, so it is truly an achievement to earn these honors from the Garden State Journalists Association,” said Mark Maben, WSOU’s General Manager.
Maben said WSOU’s mission is to provide hands-on experience for all student participants. For the sports staff, this entails researching the opposing team, their stats and trivia facts, setting up their own equipment and taking their seats to broadcast live, according to Maben.
Maben said student directors, like Collier, are responsible for the day-to-day management of station operations in their departments.
“The students hold themselves to a professional standard and one of the primary roles of the student managers is to help each WSOU staff member live up to our standards,” Maben said.
“That striving for professionalism is reflected in receiving honors like our first and second place finishes in the Garden State Journalists Association Awards.”
The awards will be presented at GSJA’s 68th Annual Memorial Awards dinner on May 20.
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