Globe staff nominated for record 34 national awards

The new Globe TV studios

Broadcasting students from Goshen College’s 91.1 The Globe (WGCS), Globe TV and FiveCore Media were nominated for 34 national awards in the 2019 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) College Media Awards. IBS honors excellence in programming, air personalities, public service efforts, and outstanding stations with the IBS College Media Awards.

Fifteen Goshen College students, two faculty members and one professional staffer were named finalists for 34 awards, including the prestigious “Best College Station in the Nation” award for the ninth consecutive year. The awards presentation will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the 79th International IBS Conference in New York City.

“What a way to honor 60 years of broadcasting at The Globe,” said Globe General Manager Jason Samuel, who has been an assistant professor in the communication department for 16 years. “Our culture of excellence acts as a powerful launch pad for student success. This year has been especially rewarding as our staff committed to honoring one another with appreciation and gratitude. Their collaborative effort is the driving force behind an unmatched number of national finalists.”

“It’s both humbling and satisfying to see our brand of education paying off for our students with these national nominations,” said General Manager of FiveCore Media and Assistant Professor of Communication Kyle Hufford. “These nominations represent a tremendous amount of long hours in and out of class for these students. Preparation breeds opportunity, and we know the best way to prepare students is through the hands on learning we provide through The Globe, Globe TV and FiveCore Media.”

Senior Laura Hoover and sophomore Kadie Spoor led all individual recipients with five nominations each.

2018-19 Globe Staff. (Front Row, from left: Laura Hoover, Kadie Spoor, Karen Ramos, Riley Friesner, Allison Prigge. Back row: Tanner Camp, Brandon Roe, Zachariah Begley, William Troyer, Ben Cotton.)

The finalists include:

  • Laura Hoover, a broadcasting major from Chesterton, Indiana, for Best TV Commercial, Best Sports Program, Best Sports Pre-Game/Post-Game Show, Best Documentary and Best TV Station Student Manager.
  • Riley Mills, class of 2018, from Milltown, Indiana, for Best TV Station On-Air Promotion and Best Variety Program (Video).
  • Tabitha Immanuel, class of ‘18 from New Delhi, India, for Best TV Station On-Air Promotion and Best Variety Program (Video).
  • Tim Litwiller, class of 2018 from Phoenix, Arizona, for Best TV Station On-Air Promotion and Best Variety Program (Video).
  • Brad Stoltzfus, class of 2018, from Goshen, for Best Men’s Basketball Play-By-Play and Best TV Commercial.
  • Riley Friesner, a junior broadcasting major from Elkhart, Indiana, for Best News Feature Story and Best Live Broadcast Promotional Event.
  • Karen Ramos, a junior communication major from Goshen, for Best News Promotion and Best TV Talk Program.
  • Alyson Prigge, a junior public relations major from Hamler, Ohio, for Best Press Release, Best Staff Newsletter/Email and Best Social Media Director TV.
  • Greta Neufeld, a junior film production major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for Best TV Station On-Air Promotion and Best Variety Program (Video).
  • Bryce Stopher, a junior broadcasting from Goshen, for Best Live Broadcast Promotional Event.
  • William Troyer, a sophomore broadcasting major from Goshen, for Best Video Sports Play-By-Play and Best Sports Play-By-Play.
  • Zack Begly, a sophomore broadcasting from Evanston, Illinois, for Best Community News Coverage.
  • Brandon Roe, a sophomore broadcasting major from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for Best Video Sports Report.
  • Kadie Spoor, a sophomore broadcasting major from Valparaiso, Indiana, for Best Public Affairs Event/Promotion, Best Live Broadcast Promotional Event, Best News Promotion, Best Video News Report, Best On Air Personality.
  • Jeremiah Sherrill, a freshman film production major from Goshen, for two separate pieces in the category of Best Live Broadcast Promotional Event.
Jessica Baldanzi

Jessica Baldanzi, professor of English, was also recognized as a finalist for Best Community Volunteer Program with her long-running Sunday night show, Could Lead To Dancing.

Kyle Hufford

Kyle Hufford, assistant professor of communication, was named a finalist for Best Faculty Advisor, Television, for his role as Globe TV executive producer.

David Kempf

David Kempf, professional staff member and class of 2009, was selected as a finalist for the Tom Gibson Award, given annually to the nation’s top college radio engineer.

The station staff was also nominated for seven additional awards in the following categories: Best Logo, Best On-Air Giveaway, Best Overall Sports Coverage, Best Station Playlist/Music Selection, Best Staff Training Method, Best Radio App, and Best College Radio Station.

Student Station Manager Laura Hoover is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication from the staff this year.

“The amount of work put in by the staff was incredible and it definitely shows,” she said. “Whether or not everyone’s names are on the awards, everyone helped one another to accomplish our goals. We can all be proud of the work we put in.”

WGCS has been on the air since 1958. 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 Goshen College Communication Department has been recognized in the state and nation for its excellence in broadcasting, journalism, speech, film production and writing. The department has been named Indiana TV and Radio school of the year multiple times, Best College Radio station in the nation twice, Indiana Broadcasters Association Best Radio Station, Best College Newspaper in the state and many more. Students from Goshen College’s Communication Program get hands on learning opportunities with the department’s co-curriculars like, The Record, PRSSA, WGCS 91.1 The Globe, FiveCore Media and GCTV. To learn more visit