WZND, ISU’s student radio station, brought home a total of 10 awards from the annual Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Convention (IBA-U).
IBA-U honors broadcasting students by hosting a one-day conference. This year’s convention was held last Friday at the Bone Student Center.
“Winning [the awards] is such a great feeling and publicity for the radio station. It made us all proud to be members of WZND,” Emily Pomorski, member of the news and staff team and assistant WZND public relations director, said.
The student-run radio station won awards in multiple areas including Best Radio Aircheck, Best Radio Spot, Best Radio Station Promo, Best Station Website and Best Community Service Project.
Emily Reardon earned first place in the Best Radio Aircheck category for her on-air talent performance.
WNZD staff members Sarah Beckman and Chris Highland were the recipients of the first place prize in IBA’s category of Best Community Service Project for their contributions in last year’s campaign “WZND Wants U 2 Practice Safe Txt.”
Jake Wilford and Brian Sayre, WZND multimedia department staff, obtained a first place position in the area of Best Station Website. First place for the Best Radio Station category was given to Tim Johnson for his Old Spice Deodorant spot.
The final first place prize awarded to WZND was in the area of Best Radio Station Promo. Zack Sikora and Tim Young were honored with this award for their efforts in the Bird’s I View fitness promo.
Second place awards included Zach Bernard for Best Radio Aircheck for his on-air performance, Pete Radwanski for Best Radio spot of, Amanda Peterlin for Best Use of Interactive Media and Sarah Beckman for Best Radio News Story.
The station’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) titled “Practice Safe Text” earned third place at the convention in Best Radio PSA. Tim Young, Tim Van Duyne and Gina Nowaczyk were the winners of this award.
WZND was also noted for their nominations in the areas of Best Radio Aircheck, Best Radio Spot, Best Interactive Media and Best Radio PSA.
“It [the convention] was awesome to see all the alums come back and see how much they’ve grown since graduating,” Pomorski said.
Pomorski said she enjoyed seeing former WNZD staff member Lauren Clovin, who won first place at the convention in 2006, and see how far she has gone.
WZND wants to continue the success they have achieved at the convention this year and in the past by building up the experience level of all staff members.
“If someone wants to do a news story, they should look up to older members and take on a new challenge,” she added.
Pomorski said WNZD is mostly made up of communication majors, but the organization accepts anyone who is willing to contribute.