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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Contact: Dave Wellman, Director of Communications (304) 696-7153
WMUL-FM students collect 14 awards in AVA competition
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Students from WMUL-FM, Marshall University’s public radio station, received five Platinum awards, seven Gold awards and two Honorable Mention awards in the International AVA Awards 2012 competition.
The winners were named in a letter dated Friday, Feb. 1.
The AVA Awards contest is an international competition that recognizes outstanding creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of media that is part of the evolution of digital communication. Work ranges from audio and video productions to websites that present interactive components such as animation, blogs and podcasts, to interactive social media sites, to other forms of user-generated communication.
The AVA’s prestigious Platinum award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding submissions in the competition. Platinum winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.
The Gold award is presented to those entries judged to exceed the high standards of the industry. Honorable Mention certificates are granted to those entries that meet the expectations of the judges.
“I am proud and grateful for the honor these AVA Platinum, Gold and Honorable Mention awards bestow on WMUL-FM, the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Marshall University,” said Dr. Chuck Bailey, professor of Radio – Television Production and Management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications and faculty manager of WMUL-FM. “These AVA awards are a tribute to the continual quality and commitment to the news and sports coverage, creative programming, station promotion, and having an online presence that our broadcast students exhibit in competition with professional practitioners.”
WMUL’s Platinum winners:
- Radio Sports Program: “Herd Roundup,” broadcast and made available online Friday, Oct. 19, 2011. The students who participated in the broadcast were Adam Rogers, a junior from Charleston, co-host and producer, and Aaron Payne, a recent graduate from Winfield, co-host and producer.
- Radio Special Programming: “The Patrick and Alex Radio Special,” written and produced by Patrick Webb, a recent graduate from Huntington; Alex Constantino, a recent graduate from Parkersburg; A. Jay Meadows, a senior from Madison; Brittany Barnes, a recent graduate from Hurricane; Tyler Kes, a senior from Burnsville, Minn.; and Aaron Payne. The radio special aired Friday, April 27, 2012.
- Sports Package: “The Cato-Shuler Connection,” written and produced by Leannda Carey, a graduate student from Wellsburg, broadcast during the pre-game show for Marshall football at Ohio University from Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.
- Promo: “WMUL Knockout,” an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Promotion Announcement rotation from Monday, April 23, 2012, to the present time, written and produced by Will Vance, a senior from Charleston.
- News Package: “Zapp Comes to Huntington,” by Aaron Payne, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” and made available online Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
WMUL’s Gold winners:
- Sports Program: “The Conference USA Report: Halloween Spooktacular 2: The Spookening,” broadcast Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. The students who participated in this podcast were Scott Hall, a graduate from Stevens City, Va., host; Adam Rogers, reporter; Jarrod Clay, a senior from Barboursville, reporter; Hunter Morrison, a sophomore from Huntington, reporter; Alec Hildebeidel, a freshman from Bel Air, Md., reporter; Joshua Rose, a junior from Olney, Md., reporter; and Andrew Harrison, a sophomore from Toms River, N.J., reporter.
- Sports Package/Podcast: “Coach Geth,” by Aaron Payne, broadcast during “The 5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, and also made available online the same day.
- Sports Program: “The Racer’s Edge,” broadcast and made available online Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The students who participated in “The Racer’s Edge” were: Kyle Gibson, a junior from Bluefield, co-host; Joshua Rose, co-host; Marcus Constantino, a senior from Bramwell, producer; and Ashley Killingsworth, a senior from Horseheads, N.Y., producer.
- News Package: “Marching Thunder,” by Jessica Patterson, a junior from Hartford, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” and made available online Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
- Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus the University of Memphis women’s college basketball game played at Cam Henderson Center in Huntington Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. The students participating in the game broadcast over FM 88.1 were: Aaron Payne, play-by-play announcer; Adam Rogers, color commentator; Bennet Siffrin, a senior from New Martinsville, and Peter Wilson, a senior from Charleston, engineers.
- News Package: “On A Higher Note: Louise Fraser,” by Aaron Payne, broadcast during the “5:00 p.m. Edition of Newscenter 88” and made available online Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.
- Promo: “WMUL Halloween,” an in-house promotional announcement broadcast in WMUL-FM’s Promotion Announcement rotation Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, written and produced by Jessica Patterson.
WMUL’s Honorable Mention award winners:
- Sports Play-By-Play: WMUL-FM’s broadcast of the Marshall University versus West Virginia University football game played at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2012. The students participating were: Adam Rogers, play-by-play; Aaron Payne, color commentator; Leannda Carey, sideline reporter; and Scott Hall, engineer.
- Overall Website: WMUL-FM’s website is www.marshall.edu/wmul. The 2012 Webmaster for WMUL online was Jeremy Johnson, a recent graduate from Smithburg, Md.
For further information, contact:
Office of University Communications
213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197