WGCS nominated for Best College Radio Station in the Nation for eighth straight year

WGCS student staff (photo by Jason Samuel)

For the eighth consecutive year, Goshen College’s radio station, 91.1 FM The Globe, has been nominated as a finalist for “Best College Radio Station in the Nation” by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems (IBS). Having won twice (2011 and 2013), WGCS was the first station in the country to claim the title more than once.

The 2017-18 IBS Media Awards received more than four times the entries than the previous year. A record 122 colleges and universities were named as finalists in at least one category.

“Our students know the price they pay for excellence,” said Jason Samuel, WGCS general manager and assistant professor of communication. “Year after year, I am amazed by their passion and creativity. On behalf of Goshen College and our Communication Department faculty, we are proud of their accomplishments as individuals and as a staff.

In addition to the prestigious overall nomination for The Globe, nine different students earned finalist recognitions in ten categories, and the Globe staff is a finalist in one additional category. The finalists include:

  • Spencer Buttermore, a senior broadcasting major from Waterloo, Indiana, for Best Sports Update.
  • Riley Mills, a senior communication major, from Milltown, Indiana, for Best Station Promotion (Video).
  • Brad Stoltzfus, a senior broadcasting major, from Goshen, Indiana, for Best Station Contest/Promotion and Best Sports Play-By-Play (Video).
  • Laura Hoover, a junior broadcasting major from Chesterton, Indiana, for Best Radio Drama, Best Play-By-Play (Volleyball), and Best Use of Graphics (Video).
  • Jeanette Shampine, a junior communication major from Fort Collins, Colorado, for Best Station Promotion (Video).
  • Tanner Camp, a sophomore broadcasting major from Angola, Indiana, for Best Sports Report (Video) and Best Station Promotion (Video).
  • Riley Friesner, a sophomore broadcasting major from Elkhart, Indiana, for Best Live Music Broadcast.
  • Zack Begly, a first-year broadcasting major from Evanston, Illinois, for Best Use of Video in Radio Studio and Best Station Promotion (Video).
  • Kadie Spoor, a first-year broadcasting major from Valparaiso, Indiana, for Best Use of Video in Radio Studio.
  • The Globe Staff was also selected for Best Station Giveaway Item.

“We are honored that our first-year students through seniors and transfer students have been recognized as national finalists again,” Samuel said. “This supports our belief that any student can contribute right away and achieve success at the highest level of college broadcasting.”

“To see our staff get national recognition comes as no surprise,’ said senior and co-student station manager, Brad Stoltzfus, “We work hard everyday to make the best possible product our 91.1 The Globe listeners.”

Co-student leader, senior Spencer Buttermore echoed Stoltzfus’ sentiments, “It’s an honor to be nominated as a finalist for Best College Station in the Nation for the eighth consecutive year.”

The IBS Media Awards have added several more categories for television and video this year and The Globe was able to take advantage of their new video platform for the competition, “We made a commitment to include more video content in our programming this year and the judges took note and selected our students as finalists in five categories,” said Samuel.

Goshen College students will attend the College Media Awards at the 78th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems Conference in New York City on March 2-4, 2018.