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Radio, Television & Film News

The RTF Department is one of the most acclaimed undergraduate media departments in the country.

Rowan Radio, WGLS-FM, has won over 231 national and regional awards since 1993 and has established itself as one of the top college radio stations in the country.

Rowan video productions, meanwhile, have won over 50 local, regional, and national awards since 1990. Rowan students have won many of the top awards year after year, beating out graduate students and even industry professionals for these honors.

Check out the most recent news and articles below, or visit the Rowan University news archives for more!

RTF MEDIA FEST 2014 from RowanRTF on Vimeo.

THE 2014 RTF MEDIA FESTIVAL - Winners and Nominees

View Winning Project at the RTF MEDIA FESTIVAL WEBSITE


“Hit that Follow Button” Landon Jones, Rachel White, Ellen Hardy (WINNER)

“In a World…” Josh Chaiken


“Seasons: The Story of a Local Band” Josh Chaiken (WINNER)

“My Bliss” Eric Iaquinto

“Technology” Paul Harwood


“Writer’s Block” Ryan Berger (WINNER)

“Mending the Space Wall” Corey Licamelli

“Spare Key” Bryan Tyler (editor)

Honorable Mention:

“Kung Fu Heist” Leon Chinea

“Fuggedaboutit” Stephen Lombardo


“Goons” (CW) (WINNER)

“Tides” (CW)


“The Alarming Truth” Eric Cheavers, Tom Frenchu, Colin Rooney, Lauren Stroz, Matt Wood (WINNER)

“Behind the Smokescreen” Courtney Willard, Crista Pilleteri, David Cramer, Melissa Lange

“Vacant Lots” Kevin Marchese

Honorable Mention:

“Graffiti in Bogota” Julian Zuniga

“Road to Batizado” Jordan Bermudez


“Open Happiness” Joshua Hersch, Shannon Listman, Jessica Tuckerman (WINNER)

“Finality” Bria Mears

“Skateboarding: A World Wide Web” Mark VanZevenbergen


“Dog Eat Dog” Phillip Vassalo (WINNER)

“Lawn of the Year” Kurt Beadling

“White Skies” Jordan Bermudez

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe: Her Conjoined Sister, Margaret” Kaitlin Kemp

“Elders” (Pilot) Alex Swartz

Honorable Mention:

“Moon” Stephen Lombardo

“Crush” (Pilot) Rob Vanco


“Candied Haw” Layla JZhuqing ’11 (INDEPENDENT) – Winner, Best Film

“Warren Moon: A Football Life” Jason Webber ‘97, Glenn Schultz ’12 , Kelly McDowell Viseltear ‘97, Lisa Taylor ‘89, Cara Angelucci ‘05 (NFL FILMS) – Winner, Best Documentary

THE 2013 RTF MEDIA FESTIVAL - Winners and Nominees



Rob Szczepanik, Adam Duffy, Mason DiGiamo for The Bystander Effect | Radio Production


Christopher Morris for Lonesome Dream | Radio Production

Jennifer O’Donnell for Till Death Do Us Part | Radio Production

Jesse Ridgeway for Engraved in Tar | Radio Production



Matt Wood and Colin Rooney for Katalyst | Documentary Film Production


Deanna Lugo and John Breitling for $5 for Guys, Girls Free | Documentary Film Production

Tom Frenchu for Historic Glassboro | TV2



Brian Coulter, Allison McNamara, Crista Pilliteri, Jon Simmons, and Lauren Karstens for Undeveloped | Film Production 1


Michael Dowling for April Fools | Film Production 2

Bryan Tyler for The Lot | Film Production 1

Amanda Cozza for Foot Fetish | Film Production 1



Dale Hamstra, Ken Hicks, and Michelle Blank for DisConnect | New Media Production


Josh Darpino, Ted Moke, Nicole Peraino for Table for a Million | New Media Production



Rachel Mamola for Old Man Thyme | Film Scenario Writing


Lindsey Evans for Pluto | Film Scenario Writing

Brian Maloney for On the Inside | Film Scenario Writing

Joseph DiCarlo for Milked | TV Program Packaging

Honorable Mention:

Bryan Tyler for Live With Me | Film Scenario Writing

Christina Schillaci for Jessica | Film Scenario Writing

View festival website here:

News: Rowan Alumnus Wins Emmy

Adam Chazen (Class of 2008) won a Creative Arts Emmy for outstanding special visual effects on HBO’s Game of Thrones. See an interview with him here:

I was working literally the day after I graduated school. I was freelancing over at The Onion News Network when it was just the Internet site. I got that job because I had my summer internship during my junior year of college with The Onion, and after that, every time they were doing shoots, they always called me up to freelance. Coincidentally, the day after I graduated they needed a freelancer, so I was already working. After that, a buddy of mine at Rowan who had graduated a year before me was already in Los Angeles working on Transformers 2. He said that they needed some PAs for the Bethlehem unit, in Bethlehem, Pa. Of course I took it, even though it was an hour-and-a-half trek each way. But you don’t say no to that. I did that for about a month and had a lot of fun doing it. I figured I’d give it a shot, maybe move to Los Angeles, see how that went. So I did.

Pact 5 Student Documentary Project is live

PACT5 is a national movement to prevent sexual assaults and rapes in colleges. What is different about PACT5 is that it believes the documentary form, when produced by students, can create powerful stories that can change potentially tragic behavior patterns. Students are the ones who can make a difference in the minds of other students.

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News: Student Documentary Places Second

"Smoking: Unfiltered" produced by Christina Maxwell and Phillip Blandino for Rowan Radio WGLS-FM, won second place in Radio Documentary at the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Greater Philadelphia Chapter competition.

News: Rowan Radio Members Place Second

The Philadelphia Press Association awarded WGLS-FM’s Joe Mineo, Allie Volpe, and Matt Kazin second place, Radio Public Service, for their work with Music & Memory. Mineo, Volpe, and Robert Zettlemoyer won second place, Radio Enterprise, for Heroin High.

News: Jonathan Olshefski Showcases His Work

Prof. Jonathan Olshefski installed his interactive new media piece, "Closer: A Moment with Charles", and screened his film, "Charles and Guy", at the Homeless Has a Name Film Festival, Painted Bride Arts Center, Philadelphia, and at the Global Understanding Convention, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.

He screened Charles and Guy at the January 2013 Homelessness Philanthropy Event in Philadelphia’s City Hall.

Olshefski showcased his interactive new media pieces, Punk Rock Mommy and Closer, at the University Film and Video Association Annual Conference, Chicago.

At the November 2012 International Digital Media Arts Association Conference, Miami, Olshefski showcased his new media pieces, Closer, Punk Rock Mommy, and Memoir: The Oral History–Retrospective. In April, he showcased Closer: A Moment with Charles at the Futures of Visual Anthropology Conference, Temple University.

News: Rowan Professors in Film

Prof. Jonathan Mason produced "Coming Up Roses" for Bullet Pictures/AMC/ Dada Films. He was music supervisor for "Detonator" (Detonator, LLC) and music supervisor and production consultant for "Last Kind Words" (Brainwave/The East Gable Co.; Image Entertainment).

Mason was associate producer for "Rover" (Woolf Blood Pictures). Prof. Diana Nicolae produced and directed "A Poem of Green and Light" (Cineluci Productions).

News: Professor Nicolae Screens Her Films

Prof. Diana Nicolae screened her film "A Private Judgment", at the University Film and Video Association Conference, Chicago, and at the Accolade Competition, La Jolla, CA. Nicolae screened "A Poem of Green and Light" at the Sucevita Monastery, Sucevita, Romania.

News: Professors Win Awards

Prof. Diana Nicolae's film "A Private Judgment," received an Award of Merit at the Accolade Competition, La Jolla, CA.

In November, Prof. Jonathan Olshefski’s "Closer: A Moment with Charles," won Best in Show at iDEAS_12: A Retrospection Digital Art Gallery Showcase.

News: Bianculli is Keynote Speaker

Prof. David Bianculli appeared on the panel “Ernie Kovacs: Video Art for the Intimate Vacuum” at the National Gallery of Art. Bianculli was keynote speaker at the American Public Television Convention, Ft. Myers, FL, and moderated the panel "Rowan University Presents a Conversation with Graham Yost," the Creator/Producer of Justified at the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas.