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WMSC Students and Recent Alumni Win Six CBI National Student Production Awards

Posted in: School of Communication and Media News, WMSC 90.3 FM

Eight people standing and smiling in front of a branded backdrop. Six of them are students who were recognized for winning national radio production awards.
From left to right are WMSC students Marissa Thorn, Jared Tauber, Nicole Passero, JT Bethea, Emily McCormack and Terry Dickerson. They are joined by station General Manager and CBI President Anabella Poland and John Owens, Vice President of CBI.

Eleven students and recent alumni from Montclair State University’s WMSC-FM won National Student Production Awards at the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) national convention in Orlando on Oct. 21. The students won two firsts, a third and three fourth place awards in the following categories:

First Place:

Third Place:

  • Best Live Production Video: “The Happy Fits” (Jared Tauber, Emily McCormack, Leslie Gallagher, Jake Goetz and Ben Petruk)
  • Fourth Place:
    Best Station Imaging: WMSC Sounds” (Jared Tauber, JT Bethea, Marissa Thorn and Yak Ferstenberg)
  • Best Regularly Scheduled Entertainment Program Audio: “The Morning Buzz” (JT Bethea & Isaias Ramirez)
  • Best PSA “NJ Hike” (Marissa Thorn)

Seven people holding awards and smiling, standing in a half circle.

“I am grateful to WMSC for embracing me with open arms and providing such incredible resources to make me a better journalist,” Dickerson said. “To be a part of this university and having a community that supports the storytelling that I love to do is such a privilege and honor. I hope to one day give back that same support to future student storytellers.“

“WMSC has brought so much to my life, so I am delighted to honor the station by bringing home these awards,” said Tauber, who is the station’s manager. “I am grateful for the unwavering support and encouragement from WMSC and (General Manager) Anabella Poland that has allowed me to express myself and connect with many talented students at the station and the global college radio community.”

For more information about CBI and the National Student Production Awards, please visit

About WMSC:

WMSC is a non-commercial, alternative rock and talk college radio station located in New Jersey and owned by Montclair State University. WMSC broadcasts at 90.3 MHz, online at and is available on the iHeartRadio App & Platforms. It is the mission of WMSC to provide an educational and pre-professional experience in a co-curricular activity for the student body of Montclair State University fostering student learning, professional advancement and civic engagement.

About the School of Communication and Media: Founded in 2012, the School of Communication and Media offers a range of dynamic programs in communication and media to a talented and diverse student population of over 1,800. Offering degrees in film and television, social media and public relations, advertising, journalism and digital media, sports communication, communication and media studies, animation and visual effects, and an MA in public and organizational relations, the School prepares the next generation of communication and media practitioners and leaders. The School houses award-winning student programs that include WMSC RadioThe Montclarion newspaper, Hawk Communications Agency, the Red Hawk Sports NetworkHawk+ OTT streaming platform, and News Lab, as well as the Center for Cooperative Media, which serves the public by working to grow and strengthen local journalism. Student projects and programs have recently received national recognition from PRSSA’s Bateman Competition, an Edward R Murrow Award, several Marconi Award nominations, and a College Television Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Contact: Keith Green, School of Communication and Media, 973-655-3701 or