The Philadelphia Press Association honored Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM with two awards in the organization’s annual competition.
Joe Mineo, Allie Volpe, and Matt Kazin received second place in the Radio Public Service category for their work with Music & Memory, an organization dedicated to using music to improve the quality of life for the elderly.
The winning entry included a special edition of A Community Affair, featuring Kazin and guests Dan Cohen, executive director of Music & Memory, and documentarian Michael Rossato-Bennett; and a pair of public service announcements produced by Mineo and Volpe.
The project was a department-wide effort spearheaded by Rowan University’s Dean of the College of Communication and Creative Arts Lorin Arnold, with assistance from WGLS-FM General Manager Emeritus Frank Hogan, to raise awareness about how music can impact those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other illnesses.
Heroin High, a production about the drug culture in South Jersey high schools, received second place in the Radio Enterprise category.
This is the third award for the 30-minute documentary produced by Mineo, Volpe, and Robert Zettlemoyer.
Produced in conjunction with WGLS-FM Interim Station Manager Derek Jones’ Radio Production class, Heroin High previously earned recognition from The Communicator Awards and Garden State Journalists Association.
The Philadelphia Press Association salutes the best in online and print journalism, photography, television, and radio in the Delaware Valley area.
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has won 227 regional and national awards since 1993.