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Campus student-operated radio station wins Platinum Award at IBS Conference in New York


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MARTIN, Tenn. -- WUTM, 90.3 “The Hawk,” the campus student-operated radio station, was honored with a Platinum award at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) national conference, held this past month at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City.

The Platinum award is the highest honor given by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for overall broadcast excellence. This is the fourth consecutive year that WUTM has received this designation from the organization. The criteria for the award covers overall broadcast excellence, including operations, efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism in all areas of the station’s operations.

"WUTM once again has added to its award-winning tradition at the national level. While the consistency of these awards might make them seem almost routine to some, that is far from reality,” said Dr. Robert Nanney, communications department professor and chair.

“These awards reflect the hard work and dedication of our talented students, day in and day out. They also reflect the vision and tradition of excellence that their adviser, Dr. Richard Robinson, has instilled in them. I could not be more proud."

In addition, WUTM was a top-five finalist in 11 categories of competition, more than any other college or university in the country. This included the category of “Best College/University Radio Station in the Country” (for colleges and universities with under 10,000 enrollment). Other categories included Best Newcast, Best Spot News Story, Best Public Affairs/Event Promotion, Best Sports Play-by-Play for Basketball, Best Sports Play-by-Play for Volleyball, Best Liner/Sweeper, Best Talk Program, Best Radio Drama, Best Celebrity/Artist Interview, and Best Public Service Promotion.

“This year we saw a more than 100 percent increase in the number of entries to the awards, which means the competition all around is going to be tougher. But we didn’t see a decrease in the number of finalists from WUTM, which in and of itself speaks volumes about the quality of the program Dr. Richard Robinson and his students have put together,” said Chris Thomas, the president of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

“To consistently be a finalist in these awards is truly an honor, and WUTM has not only been a finalist, but has won many awards as well, including Best Overall Station in 2012, which honestly makes them one of the best of the best in the entire nation.”

Robinson, now a regular session presenter at the IBS national conference in New York City, made four presentations this year. He presentations included “What Can Campus Radio Do For You?; Innovative Programming; Why Different Can Be Better; University Policies and Regulations; Working with Administration; and How to Go About Station Renovations.”

Robinson co-presented with Evan Sanford of the University of Redlands, Calif., WUTM program director Matt Borden, Scott Vyverman, faculty adviser from Radio DePaul, and Jacob Alderman, program director from Radio DePaul.

In addition to his presentations, Robinson participated in the Faculty Advisers roundtable with five college station advisers. The group discussed issues, trends and challenges facing college radio stations today.

“This was an incredibly competitive year for this national competition. But our students finished in the top five in more categories than any other college or university. The Platinum award is quite an achievement. IBS issues only a handful of those each year. This is the fourth consecutive year for WUTM to receive it, and I’m extremely proud of our students and their efforts to achieve it,” said Robinson, the faculty adviser for WUTM.

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MARTIN, Tenn., April 18, 2014 – INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING AWARDS – WUTM staff members (from left) Amy Bilger, of Martin; Matt Borden, of Martin; and MaryLynn Williams, of Franklin, show off the hardware that the radio station won this past year in the IBS national contests. The three students traveled to New York with Dr. Richard Robinson for the annual convention and awards banquet.


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