Topic: College of Communication Information and Media

June 18, 2008

The International Academy of the Visual Arts awarded Ball State's student-run radio station, WCRD, three gold Awards of Excellence and four silver Awards of Distinction at its 14th annual Communicator Awards ceremony.

"As faculty adviser, I was extremely pleased," said Barry Umansky, Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball chair of telecommunications and faculty adviser for WCRD, "but all the credit goes to our student staff."

WCRD received seven Communicator Awards, surpassing its previous record of five. The awards this year reflect the continuation of WCRD's winning heritage, Umansky said.

Ball State received gold Awards of Excellence in:

  • programs - on air talent-radio personality, "The Evening Affair Intro"
  • programs - music, "Monday Night Rock Interview"
  • programs - talk show-special interest, "Crushers Car Club Show"

Ball State received silver Awards of Distinction in:

  •  special event, "Halloween concert promotion"
  • music recording, "Folsom Prison recording"
  • sports, "WCRD sports promotion"
  •  live broadcast, "Ball State vs. Toledo football"

WCRD continues to improve the quality of its professional sound each year, Umansky said.

Ball State is home to the most advanced radio production facilities in the country. Even radio networks would be envious of the state-of-the-art equipment WCRD students use at the station housed in the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, he said.

Receiving the awards serves as another "hallmark to the truly immersive training we give to students at WCRD," Umansky said.

By Elaina Gemelas