Rowan Radio Wins Two NJSPJ Awards

WGLS-FM received a pair of honors in the 2012 New Jersey Chapter Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards competition.

Studio 89.7 grabbed second place in the Radio Enterprise category. Hosted by Rowan University adjunct instructor and radio veteran Paul Perrello, the award-winning entry featured an interview with legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Jerry Blavat. This is the fourth award for the show with Blavat. Studio 89.7 also earned acknowledgement from the Hermes Awards, Communicator Awards, and the Garden State Journalists Association.

Smoking: Unfiltered won third place in NJSPJ’s Radio Enterprise category. Produced by Christina Maxwell & Phil Blandino, the program examined how nicotine addiction impacts college students. The Garden State Journalists Association also recognized Smoking: Unfiltered for Best Radio Feature with a third place nod in the organization’s awards competition.The 30-minute documentary was made in conjunction with WGLS-FM Assistant Station Manager Derek Jones’s Radio Production class.

The New Jersey Chapter Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards competition includes entries from print, radio, TV, and web outlets throughout the state.

WGLS-FM has won 209 national and regional awards since 1993.

More Awards for WGLS-FM!

by Frank Hogan

In the 18th annual Communicator Awards competition, WGLS-FM has been awarded two Crystal Awards of Excellence for productions by Rowan Radio staff members in its 2012 International competition. Talk show Studio 89.7 won an Award of Excellence in the Talk Radio category. The winning episode featured an interview with host Paul Perrello and his guest, legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Jerry Blavat. The duo discussed Blavat’s broadcasting career and his rise to popularity. This is the second major award for this show.

Building a Boulevard, which tells the story of the public-private partnership to connect the University with Glassboro’s historic downtown also won in the Audio Production category. The documentary was produced by three Rowan seniors: Chris Capitanio of Glassboro, Maya Carr of Camden, and James Bracciante of Mullica Hill. The 30-minute documentary was made in conjunction with WGLS-FM Assistant Station Manager Derek Jones’s Radio Production class. This is the fifth major award for this doc.

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program recognizing big ideas in marketing and communications. Founded nearly two decades ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 6,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

Also, The Garden State Journalists Association has awarded three honors to programs produced by Rowan Radio staff members in its 2012 regional competition. Rowan vs. Richard Stockton won second place in the Sports Radio category. Rob Cunningham provided play-by-play coverage for the winning entry; Rowan University’s dramatic win over Richard Stockton last fall in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Talk show Studio 89.7 won third place in the Talk Radio category. The winning episode featured an interview with host Paul Perrello and his guest, legendary Philadelphia broadcaster Jerry Blavat. The duo discussed Blavat’s broadcasting career and his rise to popularity.

Smoking: Unfiltered won third place in the Radio Feature category. Produced by Christina Maxwell & Phil Blandino, the program focused on how nicotine addiction impacts college students and state government involvement with on-campus smoking policies.  The 30-minute documentary was made in conjunction with WGLS-FM Assistant Station Manager Derek Jones’s Radio Production class.

The GSJA awards dinner will be held on May 24, 2012 at The Chart House in Weehawken.