Rowan Radio programs recognized with seven regional awards

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has been recognized with awards from the Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) competition and the annual Philadelphia Press Association competition.

In the 47th annual greater Philadelphia Excellence in Journalism competition, in the “Best Documentary” category “Facing Facebook,” won first place. This documentary was produced by senior RTF major E.J. Campbell of South Amboy, junior journalism major Lindsay Ezykowich of Edison, and senior journalism major Matt Shanley of Brick. In the same category, the station won second place for “Rowan University–Building a Boulevard”. This documentary was produced by three Rowan juniors: Chris Capitanio of Glassboro, a Radio/Television/Film (RTF) major with a concentration in Honors; Maya Carr of Camden, an RTF major with a minor in dance; and James Bracciante of Mullica Hill, an RTF major with concentrations in Honors and new media communication. Both documentaries were a collaborative effort between Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM and the radio production course taught by assistant station manager Derek Jones

In the “Best Talk Show” category, Rowan adjunct faculty member Paul Perrello won first place for “Studio 89.7,” which airs monthly on WGLS-FM. Perrello, a veteran Philadelphia radio newscaster, won for his interview with actor George Takei. This show previously won second place in the annual Garden State Journalists 2011 competition. “Studio 89.7” features interviews with authors, celebrities and newsmakers and airs the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The station received two awards in the Radio Sports Feature category. “The Rowan Radio Pro Football Preview Show,” produced by Derek Jones, assistant station manager at WGLS-FM, won first place. This show previously was awarded first place in the annual Garden State Journalists 2011 competition.

“The Rowan Sports Review,” a weekly show produced by WGLS-FM sports director Adam Dobrowolski, won second place. A senior journalism major with an Honors concentration, Dobrowolski, of Ewing, was recently named studio producer for Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball sportscasts. This show recently won second place in the annual Garden State Journalists 2011 competition.

The awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 23, in the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News building, 400 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa.
A complete list of winners can be found at http://www.phillyspj.org/.

In the Philadelphia Press Association’s annual competition, the documentary, “Facing Facebook,” won first place in the ” Radio Enterprise Reporting” category. Previously this documentary won second place in the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) competition, first place in the Philadelphia SPJ competition, and third place in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 1 competition.

Also in the “Radio Public Service” category, the station won second place for the documentary “Rowan University–Building a Boulevard. Earlier this spring, “Building a Boulevard”, won a regional Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), top honors in SPJ’s New Jersey Chapter Awards competition, and second place in the Philadelphia SPJ competition.
Winners will be honored at the annual banquet Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Bala Golf Club. A complete list of winners can be found at http://www.phillyppa.com.

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