WGLS-FM Online Dating Documentary Wins Gracie Award

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Rowan Radio documentary “Online Dating: There’s an App for That?” will be honored by the Alliance For Women In Media Foundation with a Gracie Award on Monday, June 22 in New York City.

The program, which centered on the rise of online dating’s popularity, received the nod in the Student Outstanding Special or Variety radio category.

Produced by Ellen Hardy and Alyssa Sansone, “Online Dating” has won seven awards in a series of regional and national competitions including a first place win for Best Documentary at the College Broadcasters Incorporated’s National Student Production Media Awards contest last fall in Seattle.

Hardy (a Glassboro, New Jersey native) and Sansone (hailing from Villas, New Jersey), join Rowan Radio alums Rachael Burgess, Julia Giacoboni, Kelly King, and Allie Volpe as previous station members to win a Gracie Award.

This win marks the first time in WGLS-FM history that the station received a prestigious Gracie Award in consecutive years.

The Gracie Awards – named after entertainer and comedienne Gracie Allen – celebrate outstanding programming produced by women in media and entertainment.

Local, digital, public, and student winners will be saluted at the 40th Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon on Monday, June 22 at the New York Hilton.

The event benefits the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, a charitable, non-profit organization.

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has won 249 regional and national awards since 1993.

 

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.

Student Spotlight: Waldy Diez

Waldy Diez. This photo is courtesy of Waldy Diez.

Waldy Diez. This photo is courtesy of Waldy Diez.

 

If you have ever tuned into Rowan Radio-WGLS at 7:00 a.m. for The Early Bird Special, then you’ve heard the energetic yet inviting voice of Waldy Diez.  As the host of the morning show and student station manager, Waldy has her hands full, but you would never know with the smile she keeps on her face. In addition to her leadership position at Rowan Radio, Waldy has a host of other jobs and responsibilities, including writing for The Whit and being the social media coordinator for news outlet, SNJ Today. It’s safe to say that Waldy is a ‘Jill of all Trades’.

Waldy, originally from Hammonton, NJ,  is a December 2013 graduate of Rowan University. She was a journalism major with a double minor in Spanish and international studies. Her decision to go into journalism spawned from her love of writing, particularly research papers and book reports, and her undying curiosity about everything around her. “As I got older, my passion for writing grew with the assignments I received throughout school,” Waldy said. It was that passion, paired with her desire to share her craft with others, that led her to journalism. She wasted little time in shaping her future; Waldy met often with her advisor, journalism professor Mark Berkey-Gerard, about her career aspirations before she even began taking classes at Rowan. “Waldy is ambitious and hardworking,” said professor Berkey-Gerard. “Rarely do I encounter a student who is focused at that early stage in their education.”

As a student, Waldy took advantage of every opportunity she could to improve her journalistic skills. She began writing for The Whit, Rowan University’s student newspaper, as a freshman, reporting on a variety of stories happening on and around Rowan’s campus. As a writer for The Whit, she started a weekly column, “Commuter Crossings”, which offers helpful tips and advice for commuter students at Rowan. As a commuter student herself, Waldy knew her column would be useful for those who share similar experiences. In addition to her work at The Whit, Waldy also had the opportunity to intern at the Courier-Post, where she worked on a range of stories from hard news to features. While working on her journalistic writing skills, Waldy sparked her interest for radio broadcast journalism.

During The Whit‘s summer hiatus, Waldy decided to take her talents to Rowan Radio-WGLS. She began volunteering there during the summer, after completing her freshman year. She started with filling in shows when a host would call out or taking opportunities for small spots on different shows throughout the day. After that summer, Waldy began working regularly at the radio station and quickly made a name for herself. Her hard work during the summer did not go unnoticed; she became the news director at the station that following fall semester. “[Waldy] gained the respect of her peers because of her ability to develop the news department and display an admirable work ethic,” said Derek Jones, Interim Station Manager at Rowan Radio.  She held the position of news director for two years before she was elected student station manager. “I live at the radio station,” said Waldy. “If you ever want to find me, that’s where I am.”

Though she has accomplished many things throughout her college career, Waldy does not allow herself to relish in those accomplishments alone. She began applying for graduate school programs to further her journalism education. She applied to Columbia University and Syracuse University. While some people may shy away from applying to such prestigious universities, Waldy embraced the opportunity. “I thought, ‘If I get in, great and if I don’t, great,'” she says.  “But it never hurts to try.” Waldy was accepted into both schools, to no surprise of those who know her and her work ethic. “She isn’t intimidated,” says professor Berkey-Gerard. “If she doesn’t get an opportunity…she just looks for the next one.”

After her commencement ceremony in May, Waldy plans to continue her education as an instructional associate and full-time student at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She will be working towards her masters degree in broadcast & digital journalism. “I just can’t sit still,” Waldy said. “I have so much to share with the world and I’m just getting started.”

As she moves forward in her journey, Waldy says she will always remember what the faculty, staff and students of the College of Communication & Creative Arts have taught her. “I tell everybody that this was the best decision I have ever made in my life,” Waldy said. “I would not be who I am today without everything I have learned at Rowan and as a student in the College of Communication & Creative Arts.”

All of Waldy’s work can be found on her personal website, waldydiez.com.