Rowan Student Work Honored at College Broadcasters, Inc.

College Broadcasters, Inc. has recently announced their finalists in the 2011 Student Production Awards competition, and Rowan was honored with multiple recognitions.

Two Rowan Radio entries garnered finalist honors.  Rowan graduate Adam Dobrowolski received finalist recognition in the Best Sports Play-By-Play category for his call of Rowan University men’s basketball versus New Jersey City University during the 2011 New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament last February. A former Rowan Radio sports director, Dobrowolski is the studio host of the Rocks Report, a 30-minute pregame show preceding all Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball games broadcasted on WGLS-FM.

Rowan Radio also placed as a finalist in the Best Community Involvement category for the station’s work at Harrison Township Day in Mullica Hill, New Jersey during May 2010. Throughout the day-long festivities, the Rowan Radio staff conducted a series of interviews with celebrity judges preceding the day’s keystone event, Harrison Idol, a signing competition displaying local talent.

RTN – Channel 5 and Cinema Workshop were recognized for three submissions.  In the category of Best Vodcast, submissions “The Broken Gun (Part 1)”, and “RU Single?” received finalist honors.  “The Broken Gun (Part 1)” is a Cinema Workshop work, produced by Jake Chusid and Edited by Adam Bradshaw.  It aired on RTN.  “RU Single?,” an RTN creation was also produced by Adam Bradshaw and edited by Caitlin Johnson.  In the category of Best Special Broadcast, the channel gained finalist status for their “4th Annual Live Telethon” for Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  Executive Producer Dominic Trombino, Associate Producers Kristen Connor and Edward Bauman, and Assistant Producer Erik Ruff worked with the other members of RTN to create and execute the telethon, which raised almost $2,900 for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand organization.

In the category of Radio/Best Feature, Shane Donahue received finalist honors for his audio documentary produced for the Sound Communication class at Rowan.  Sound Communication is the entry-level production course for students in the Radio Television Film Department.  Shane’s personal audio story detailed his struggle with depression.

The awards will be presented at the CBI National Student Production Awards program on Friday, October 28 in Orlando, Florida.  More information on the organization and the finalist list can be found at

Please join me in congratulating these students on their work!


WGLS-FM wins three Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 Awards

Frank J. Hogan
General Manager
Rowan Radio
89.7 WGLS-FM

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 1 has awarded Mark of Excellence Awards to three programs produced by Rowan Radio WGLS 89.7-FM students.

In the Radio In-Depth Reporting category, Rowan University – Building a Boulevard won first place. Building a Boulevard was produced by Chris Capitanio, Glassboro, junior, Radio/Television/Film major with an Honors concentration; Maya Carr, Camden, junior, RTF major with a minor in dance; and James Bracciante, Mullica Hill, junior, RTF major with concentrations in Honors and New Media Communication. Building a Boulevard moves on to the National SPJ competition held in September.

In the Radio Sports Reporting category, Rowan Sports Review received second place. The show is produced by: Adam Dobrowolski, Ewing, senior, Journalism major with an Honors concentration and Rob Cunningham, Egg Harbor, sophomore, Journalism and RTF major.

WGLS-FM also won third place in the Radio In-Depth Reporting category for Facing Facebook. This documentary was produced by E.J. Campbell, South Amboy, senior, RTF major; Lindsay Ezykowich, Edison, junior, Journalism major and Matt Shanley, Brick, senior, Journalism major.

The production of Building a Boulevard and Facing Facebook was a collaborative effort between Rowan Radio and the Radio Production course taught by Derek Jones, Assistant Station Manager, WGLS-FM.

Recent Student Accomplishments in Audio Production

In the last week, several awards have been announced that further indicate the excellence of creative audio work that is being done in the College of Communication.  I would like to share them with you here.

The National Gracie Allen Awards, or “Gracies,” are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media as part of their support of educational and public service activities.  These awards honor programming created by and for women in all types of electronic media.  This year, a Gracie was awarded to an episode of the WGLS program A Community Affair. The episode, hosted by student Rachael Burgess, focused on Caressa Cameron and her platform as 2010 Miss America. Rachael and WGLS will be recognized in May at the Gracie award ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA.

The Broadcast Educator’s Association Festival of Media Arts is a refereed exhibition of faculty and student work in media. Honorees are selected in a competitive process and their work is showcased at the annual convention in Las Vegas.  This year, work completed by Rowan students was honored in three categories.  In the Educational Program Category, a 2nd place award was earned by EJ Campbell, Lindsay Ezykowich, and Matt Shanley for their work on the radio documentary Facing Facebook. In the Radio Newscast category, WGLS was awarded an honorable mention for their weekly news magazine The Rowan Report. In the Comedy or Drama Category, RTF student Michael O’Brien received a first place award for No Speed Zone, a work completed in an audio production class.

Please join me in congratulating Rachael, EJ, Lindsay, Matt, Michael, the WGLS team, and the RTF program for these accomplishments!