Rowan Radio programs earn regional awardsJuly 09, 2012
Programming produced by Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has been honored by both the New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA) and the Philadelphia Press Association (PPA).
In the NJBA's student division, WGLS-FM news director Waldy Diez received first-place honors for best news reporting for her coverage of the Tent State University event held at Rowan. The event, which Diez covered for "The Rowan Report" news program, focused on the state of higher education in New Jersey.
Diez is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Hammonton.
Three Rowan Radio programs were recognized in the PPA's annual media competition.
"Studio 89.7, hosted by Philadelphia radio veteran and Rowan adjunct professor Paul Perrello won first place in the "Radio Feature" category. The show featured an interview with Philadelphia broadcasting legend Jerry Blavat. The PPA award was the fifth for the show, which also was recognized by the Communicator Awards, the Garden State Journalists Association, the Hermes Awards and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.
In the "Enterprise Reporting" category, "Smoking: Unfiltered," a 30-minute documentary, took second place. The segment, which examined how nicotine addiction impacts college students, was produced by Christina Maxwell and Philip Blandino. A Sicklerville resident, Maxwell earned her bachelor's degree in radio/television/film (RTF) from Rowan last December. Blandino, of Bridgeton, earned his RTF degree in May.
"Smoking: Unfiltered" also has been recognized by the Garden State Journalists Association and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists. The documentary was produced in a radio production course taught by Derek Jones, assistant station manager at WGLS-FM.
Also in the "Enterprise Reporting" category, "African American Profile," a half-hour talk show on WGLS-FM, received an honorable mention for a show that featured an interview with former NFL player Anthony "Bubba" Green. Host Omarey Williams, a Rowan alumnus, spoke with Green, who played with the Baltimore Colts, about his work as a youth coach and mentor.
Since 1993, WGLS-FM has won 213 national and regional awards.