Energy at campus radio station yields rewards: WGCS student leaders win statewide broadcasting honors

GOSHEN, Ind. – If student energy could be converted to wattage for WGCS, the Goshen College radio station (91.1 FM), the broadcast signal might reach to every corner of the state of Indiana. That enthusiasm has resulted in statewide acknowledgement of two students for excellent efforts in broadcasting.

Senior Joel Short (Archbold, Ohio), who graduated this spring, and junior Nick Gingerich (Bristol, Ind.) recently received honors from the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters. Both entered the statewide organization’s annual competition – an open division for all member colleges and universities in Indiana, which include Indiana State University, Ball State University, Huntington College, Vincennes University, Valparaiso University and others.

WGCS General Manager Jason Samuel said, “The recognition from the association reinforces what we are doing here at WGCS and shows we are on par with what other colleges and universities in Indiana are doing. Our goal is to empower students and give them a sense of ownership within the framework of the WGCS mission. We are a truly student-run station, and Joel and Nick in particular are very deserving because of the significant time they have invested in the station this year.“

Short, who served as WGCS Station Manager for the 2003-04 school year, earned a second place honor from the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters in the “Play-by-Play” category. He submitted for judging a segment of his live descriptions of a Goshen College men’s basketball game. The radio station broadcast most home and away games for the Maple Leafs men’s and women’s basketball teams throughout the season.

“We have made some improvements in the schedule to serve the community, and it wouldn’t have been possible to broadcast as many Goshen College basketball games as we did if it were not for Joel’s commitment,” said Samuel. “We’ll miss Joel’s leadership in sports coverage next year, but are committed to quality game coverage.”

Gingerich, who served as WGCS Folk Music Director, won first place in the “Radio Personality” division. His entry included various segments from his weekly installment of the WGCS original Americana music program “Crossings,” which can be heard nightly on the station with campus and community hosts. Gingerich will take over the reins of student station management from Short at the end of May.

Said Samuel, “It is important that students have the opportunity to get involved in unique programming, and to develop their style and skills. Nick took advantage of that opportunity, to the benefit of the station.”

WGCS 91.1 FM offers a rich assortment of quality programming, including classical and folk music, public affairs and religious broadcasts. The station, on the air since 1958, is staffed primarily by student and community volunteers and is managed by members of the Goshen College Communication Department. It is one of the college’s significant co-curricular activities, preparing students to become broadcast professionals while providing a service to the Michiana community. Web-streaming is available online at

Goshen College, established in 1894, is a four-year residential Christian liberal arts college rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The college’s Christ-centered core values – passionate learning, global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking and servant-leadership – prepare students as leaders for the church and world. Recognized for its unique Study-Service Term program, Goshen has earned citations of excellence in Barron’s Best Buys in Education, “Colleges of Distinction,” Kaplan’s “Most Interesting Colleges” guide and U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition, which named Goshen a “least debt college.” Visit

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