WUTM wins 10th consecutive Platinum Award, 19 other recognitions

WUTM-FM 90.3 “The Hawk,” the University of Tennessee at Martin student-run campus radio station, brought home 20 awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Media annual conference held March 6-8, in New York City, including the station’s 10th consecutive Platinum Award. This is the highest peer-reviewed award given by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

WUTM won four first-place awards, as well as 16 top-five finalist awards at the conference, including its designation as one of the top-five Best College Radio Stations with under 10,000 students enrolled. WUTM has earned a position in the top five for this category eight of the past nine years.

Of the 20 awards, Kayla Brooks, news director of WUTM from Dickson, was responsible for claiming 10 for the radio station. Her first-place awards include best community news and best television talk program for her show “For the Record.” She also received finalist awards in the categories best public affairs coverage, best public service promotion, best live broadcast, best political news coverage, best spot news coverage, best college radio news director, best news promotion in partnership with Kevin Bartholomew, of South Fulton, and best station blog in partnership with Jessica Davis, of Sharon.

Davis also received finalist awards for best underwriting spot and best support and development director.

Jillianne Moncrief, of McLemoresville, earned the national title of best college radio program director during the conference.

Other finalists include John Thornton, of Atoka, and Jordan Taylor, of Jackson, for best women’s basketball play-by-play; Thornton for best sports director; Anais Bocher, of Orleans, France, for best specialty show for her program “Lost in Translation”; the radio production class for best radio drama of “John Dillinger”; and Dr. Richard Robinson for best college radio faculty adviser.

“Year after year, our judges are continuously impressed with the quality of work from Dr. Robinson’s students at WUTM. Few programs in the country have consistently stayed at the top of their game year after year like they have,” said IBS President Chris Thomas.

Attending the conference to receive the awards were Brooks, Bocher, Davis, Moncrief, Robinson and Jonathon Kirkland, of Martin.

WUTM-FM 90.3 “The Hawk” is produced by the Department of Communications. For more information, contact Robinson at 731-881-7555 or rrobins@utm.edu.

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