The Globe is in the running again for Best College Radio Station in the Nation

(L-R) Tony Miller, Ashley Davenport, Danielle Kerschhackl, WGCS General Manager Jason Samuel, Andrew Witkowski, Kelsey Morris and Jimmy O’day are pictured after winning the “Station of the Year” award at the 26th annual IBA Spectrum Awards in November. (Photo by Kyle Hufford)

Goshen College’s student-run radio station, 91.1 FM The Globe (WGCS), is in the running for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s (IBS) “Best College Radio Station in the Nation” for the fourth year in a row.

WGCS received a total of eight nominations from IBS for 2014. Individual student nominations include Danielle Kerschackl for “Best Campus News Coverage” and “Best Public Affairs Event/Promotion,” Tony Miller for “Best Play-By-Play: Basketball,” Ashlee Evans for “Best Promo,” Ashley Davenport and Danielle Kerschhakl for “Best Documentary,” and Andrew Witkowski, Danielle Kerschackl, Jim O’Day and Ashley Davenport for “Best Promo Series.”

WGCS was also nominated for “Best Use of Social Media,” in addition to again being a finalist for “Best College Station.” Winners will be announced at the 2014 IBS Awards on Saturday, March 8, 2014 in New York City.

“The competition this year is fierce,” said Jason Samuel, associate professor of communication and general manager at WGCS. “When I look at the competition, I see a lot of schools that haven’t been here before. They realize the benefit of winning these awards.”

WGCS first won the “Best College Station” award in 2011. In 2012, WGCS received 15 nominations and was runner up for “Best College Station.” Last year, the station received 20 nominations and was again named “Best College Station,” making it the first college or university to repeat in that category.

“Just look at the two national championships that we have, and how it’s transformed The Globe, that we’ve got engaged students who are winning national awards,” Samuel said. “Even though we’re small, the overwhelming majority of our students end up getting jobs in the field.”

With only eight national nominations this year, think of it as a rebuilding year for the Globe.

“We lost a lot of great seniors who built a fantastic foundation and were part of those two national championships, but we’ve got some young students and a couple of upperclassmen who have that same passion and fire,” Samuel said. “We’re young, and I’m very pleased with our effort. We’re trying to pursue excellence, so if we get eight finalists, and we did excellent work, then terrific. We’re a national finalist for the fourth year in a row, and I’m not sure how many other schools can say that.”

WGCS has been on the air since 1958 and is staffed by about 40 student workers and community volunteers. It is one of the college’s most popular co-curricular activities, preparing students to become broadcast professionals while providing a service to the Michiana community.

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, Inc., is a not-for-profit educational association and foundation founded in 1940 by George Abraham and David W. Borst. It has more  than 1,000 college/school, webcasting and podcasting members in the United States.