WGLS-FM – The Hits Keep Coming!

Rowan Radio added to its award total on Wednesday in competitions held by the Philadelphia Press Association and the New Jersey Broadcasters Association.

WGLS-FM News Director Waldy Diez received first place honors in the NJBA’s Student Division for Best News Reporting. Diez’s entry, produced for The Rowan Report, covered the Tent State University event at Rowan University, which focused on the state of higher education through a series of lectures and other activities.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Press Association recognized three Rowan Radio programs in its annual media competition.

Hosted by radio veteran and Rowan University adjunct instructor Paul Perrello, Studio 89.7 won first place in the Radio Feature category for an interview with Philadelphia broadcasting legend Jerry Blavat. This is the fifth award for the Blavat program. The show received recognition from the Communicator Awards, Garden State Journalists Association, Hermes Awards, and New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.

Smoking: Unfiltered earned second place in the Philadelphia Press Association’s Enterprise Reporting category. The 30-minute documentary, produced by Christina Maxwell and Philip Blandino, examined how nicotine addiction impacts college students.

Made in conjunction with WGLS-FM Assistant Station Manager Derek Jones’s Radio Production class, the documentary also placed in competitions by the Garden State Journalists Association and New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.

African American Profile received an honorable mention nod int he Enterprise Reporting category.

Host Omarey Williams spoke with Anthony “Bubba” Green, a former NFL player for the Baltimore Colts, who has devoted his time to enriching the youth of Baltimore through coaching and eventually mentoring truants at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

WGLS-FM has won 213 national and regional awards since 1993.

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.