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WMSC Earns a Record Sixteen Nominations for Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards

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

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An amazing team effort by the students of WMSC led to the station being nominated for 16 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards.

WMSC “The Voice of Montclair State” is a finalist in 16 categories for the 2024 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards, doubling last year’s total. The nominations include “Best College Radio Station” (more than 10,000), “Best Specialty Show” and “Best Live Music Broadcast,” and are the most the station has received for an awards program from any organization. 

These nominations come after awards and prestigious nominations the station earned in 2023, including two first place awards for “Best Live Music Broadcast,” and “Best Campus News,” two first place awards for College Broadcast Inc., for “ Best Audio Promo” and “Best Audio Feature News,” and eight finalist awards, including the National Broadcasters Association Marconi Award. Here are the 2023 IBS nominations: 

Best Live Music Broadcast – WMSC Unplugged Swansun

Best Specialty Show (Non-Music) – Jo(e) Two Ways About It

Best Celebrity or Artist/Band Interview – Dee Snyder

Best Radio Drama – Radio Matinee

Best Public Affairs Program – Transvisibilty

Best Spot News Interview – Vice Pres Spot News 

Best Live Broadcast Promotional Event – WMSC Homecoming

Best Use of Sound Effects – Classical Animals

Best Comedy Program – Barbenheimer

Best Station Promotion – CD Bad 2

Best Program Promotion – The Vinyl Countdown

Best Student Station Manager, Radio – Jared Tauber

Best Promotions Director, Radio – Shannon Daly

Best Sports Director, Radio – Anthony Cafone

Best Business Director, Radio – Aly  Erario

Best College/University Radio Station (more than 10,000)

 “The 16 nominations highlight our students commitment to originality and quality programming” said WMSC’s general manager Anabella Poland. “Montclair State University students thrive on a solid educational foundation, and at WMSC they are given the freedom to explore and push boundaries creating content that resonates with our listeners”. 

Program Director Lara Ziccardi is a senior Journalism major. She reflects on her years of experience at the station and shares great pride for the Best College Radio Station (more than 10,000) nomination. “It’s an honor for WMSC to be nominated. Everyone at WMSC shares a strong love for college radio and I’m so proud of all the hard work the team has done. I couldn’t have asked for a better team and I’m so thankful to have them by my side.”

The winners of the IBS Media Awards will be announced at its 84th annual conference on March 2, 2024. Stay tuned to School of Communication and Media’s social media channels for additional reaction from the students who contributed to these nominations. 

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.