Shilling and Strauss to be Inducted into WGLS-FM Hall of Fame


by Derek Jones

Sue Shilling (’93) and Rob Strauss (’99) will be the latest inductees to the WGLS-FM Hall of Fame as a part of Rowan Radio’s annual banquet on Thursday, April 23 at Scotland Run Golf Club in Williamstown, New Jersey.

Shilling is a broadcasting veteran in the Delaware Valley area for over 20 years. Currently, Shilling is a sports update anchor at Sportsradio 94WIP and KYW Newsradio 1060. Also, she hosts a weekly radio show at WNJC-AM 1360 in New Jersey called “Everything Special Needs” – a program for the special needs community.

Along with her broadcasting ties, education continues to be an important part of Shilling’s life. She is an adjunct instructor at Mercer County College, where she teaches Introduction to Radio.

While at WGLS-FM, Shilling was the first female to ever broadcast a Rowan Baseball game. Also, she provided play-by-play announcing and color analyst duties for Profs sports and handled sports updates on the Early Bird Special.

Meanwhile, Rob Strauss – a Class of 1999 graduate from Rowan University’s Radio/TV/Film program – hosted music and sports shows during his time as a student at WGLS-FM.

After becoming a Radio Broadcasting teacher at Sterling High School in 2006, Strauss founded “Sterling High School Radio,” a streaming online station, four years later. The station airs community events including Camden Riversharks Baseball, Toys for Tots drives, and high school sports coverage.

A frequent contributor to WGLS-FM’s award-winning sports department as a Rowan student, Strauss was an in-studio producer for Rowan University Football including hosting halftime and postgame shows.

Since graduating from Rowan, Strauss continues to host classic rock programs on WGLS-FM each summer.

Shilling and Strauss become the 36th and 37th members of the WGLS-FM Hall of Fame, which was established in 2005.

The WGLS-FM Hall of Fame honors Glassboro State/Rowan graduates, who have been long-term supporters of the station and Rowan University.

Rowan Radio 89.7 Scores Awards at BEA

wgls2Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM earned a pair of awards in the Festival of Media Arts competition presented by Broadcast Education Association.

The Rowan Report, an hour-long news program centered on local, national, and world news, grabbed second place recognition in the Best Newscast category for BEA’s Student News competition.

The winning entry from July 2014 focused on numerous key stories including President Barack Obama’s efforts to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. Hosted by WGLS-FM News Director Melissa Friend and Assistant News Director Christian Oberly, The Rowan Report airs each Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Elsewhere, Jackson Baird won second place in the Best Radio/TV Sports Event, Play-by-Play category for his call of Rowan University Baseball’s dramatic come-from-behind victory over The College of New Jersey in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament last April.

Baird, a senior and WGLS-FM’s Public Affairs Director, will work with the Wilmington Blue Rocks – a Class A Advanced minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals – as a broadcaster and producer this upcoming season.


The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts competition annually salutes the best in student and faculty media.

Winners in the Festival of Media Arts competition will be honored in Las Vegas, Nevada in mid-April at the Broadcast Education Association’s annual convention.


Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has won 248 regional and national awards since 1993.

Congratulations to Melissa, Christian, & Jackson!!

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.