The Whit Impresses the NJPA Again

TheWhitMasthead6-1024x344The New Jersey Press Association has selected its 2014-2015 winners for the College Newspaper contest, and Rowan’s The Whit made an good showing again. Entries from 6 four-year schools, as well as a number of 2-year schools, were submitted to the contest, “which honors the skills of their student staff members in journalistic writing, photography and design.”

Awards for The Whit this year:

News Writing – 3rd Place
Former Rowan University President Dr. Mark Chamberlain dies at 82; Public reacts to Christie as keynote speaker
Laura Pollack and Kevin Kunzmann

Photography – 2nd Place
St. Baldrick’s Day; Baseball; RTN Telethon; Homecoming
Louis Gormley

Column/Opinion Writing – 1st Place
Politics in a Nutshell: Matters of fact, not fear on marijuana; Politics in a Nutshell: Cold War revisited
Ethan Stoetzer

General Excellence – 3rd Place
Whit Issue Sept. 25, 2015; Whit Issue Oct. 30, 2015
The Whit Staff

You can see more about the contest and the winners at http://njpa.org/collegepress/Contest/2014-15/winnerslist2015.pdf and on the NJPA site at http://njpa.org.

Five Inductees to Join WGLS-FM Hall of Fame

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By Derek Jones, WGLS Station Manager

wgls2Rowan Radio will add five new members into the WGLS-FM Hall of Fame for their outstanding contributions to the station at Rowan Radio’s 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 25 in Rowan University’s Eynon Ballroom.

Dr. Mark Chamberlain, Larry DiBona, Alisa Hogan, Karen Maser, and Dr. Gregory Potter Sr. will comprise the 2014 WGLS-FM Hall of Fame class.

The latest class is a mix of alumni and contributors from the Glassboro State College/Rowan University community that helped foster WGLS-FM’s growth and development over the past 50 years:

Dr. Mark Chamberlain (posthumously) - The late Dr. Chamberlain was the president of Glassboro State College from 1969-84. While helping Glassboro State College expand its enrollment and development into a multipurpose institution during his tenure, Dr. Chamberlain became an advocate and supporter of WGLS-FM. He played a key role in WGLS-FM’s switch to a stereo signal during the late 70s and the birth of “WGLS-FM Stereo 89.7.” Dr. Chamberlain passed away last March at the age of 82.

Larry DiBona (’77) – The Glassboro native was student station manager from 1976-77. Also, DiBona served as a student force behind WGLS-FM’s power increase and switch to a stereo signal during the late 70s; and collaborated on station projects including the popular Project Santa fundraiser.

Alisa (Jankowitz) Hogan (’80, ’00) – Connected to the station for over three decades, Hogan is a former WGLS-FM News Director and was the station’s first-ever Underwriting Director. Hogan served as a producer for the award-winning documentary Tobacco: Filtering Out the Truth, which is the only program in station history to earn first place in the prestigious National Headliner Awards competition.

Karen Maser (’79) – Maser became the first female student station manager in WGLS-FM history in 1979.  A Journalism major at Glassboro State College, Maser got her start at WGLS-FM in the station’s news department on “The Morning News”, a weekday morning show that recapped news and sports events. Currently, Maser is a television writer and producer with ER, Army Wives, and Cosby among her credits.

Dr. Gregory Potter Sr. – After working with radio and television stations throughout the Delaware Valley area, Potter arrived to Glassboro State College in 1969 as assistant director of media and supervisor of WGLS-FM. He rebuilt the station’s main studio in Bole Administration Building during summer of 1969.

The WGLS-FM Hall of Fame, which began in 2005, pays tribute to Glassboro State/Rowan University graduates who have been long-term supporters of the station and Rowan University.

Two WGLS-FM Programs Win Local Awards

by Derek Jones, Station Manager, WGLS-FM

Two Rowan Radio programs received first place in the annual Philadelphia Press Association competition on Tuesday.

“Online Dating: There’s an App for That?” garnered first-place honors in the competition’s Radio Enterprise Reporting category. Produced by Ellen Hardy and Alyssa Sansone, the documentary about online dating’s popularity also previously received award nods from the Communicator Awards, Garden State Journalists Association, and the Hermes Awards.

Elsewhere, A Community Affair, hosted by WGLS-FM Public Affairs Director Jackson Baird, won first place for Radio Feature. Baird’s interview previewed last fall’s New Jersey Senate race between candidates Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan. The award-winning program also featured an interview with long-time political analyst Harry Hurley.

The Broadcast Education Association previously recognized the same program last February in the organization’s Festival of Media Arts competition.

The Philadelphia Press Association recognizes achievement in local print, radio, and television. Winners will be honored at an awards dinner on June 8 in Haddon Heights, New Jersey.

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, in its 50th year of broadcasting, has won 241 regional and national awards.