Spring Arbor University radio students receive Michigan High School and College Broadcast awards

Spring Arbor University Radio student broadcasters were honored in the 2013 College Radio Awards from the Michigan High School and College Broadcast Awards, hosted by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.

Seniors George Jackson III and Haley Taylor, and junior Eric Iden picked up a first place award for the Station Activities Report. Taylor also took first place in the News Feature entry. The Station Activities Report highlighted the combined efforts of HOME.fm (WSAE-fm, 106.9 fm) and 89.3 The Message (WJKN-fm, 89.3 fm) over the past year, with a video file showing the station’s community involvement as well as a 200-word written essay. Jackson, Iden and Taylor will represent Spring Arbor University Radio and receive their awards in March at the MAB Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference.

“Our student staff has grown over the past couple of years, in numbers and in talent,” said Tonya Hernandez, program director. “We’re so proud to be able to help cultivate quality broadcasting students and challenge them to keep improving their broadcasting skills”.

Kaitlyn Tracy, general manager added, “We are excited to see where these educational broadcasting experiences and opportunities take our students after their time at Spring Arbor University.”

Judges rate all entries to find a winner in each category, based on technical quality, presentation and content. Awards may be given for first, second and honorable mention levels in each category. College radio entries are judged by Michigan broadcasters, who provide feedback on each entry to encourage professional development.

Awards will be presented on Wednesday, March 13, during the main luncheon of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. The conference is designed for media professionals to come together and learn that are pertinent to their field. It provides a job fair and special career track for high school and college students as well to help them pursue broadcasting. Students from Michigan colleges (Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, University of Michigan, Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, and others) and high schools also compete for broadcast awards in various television and radio categories.

The complete list of MAB Foundation High School and College Broadcast awards can be seen at: http://michmab.com/MABF/EducationalOpportunitiesResources/HighSchoolCollegeBroadcastAwards/2013StudentAwardWinners#CollegeRadio

HOME.fm is a community-supported nonprofit radio station that plays Music That Makes You Feel Good. The station is part of Spring Arbor University and can be heard across south-central Michigan at 104.7 in Lansing, 92.3 in Battle Creek, 98.3 in Chelsea, 97.1 in Coldwater, 96.5 in Adrian, 99.5 in Kalamazoo, 106.9 in Spring Arbor/Jackson and online at www.home.fm.

89.3 The Message is another radio station at Spring Arbor University, heard at 89.3 fm in Jackson County. Listen to 89.3 The Message online at www.893themessage.com.

Both radio stations employ a blend of professionals, student staff and volunteers at Spring Arbor University.

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