Rowan Radio Wins Four BEA Awards In Festival Of Media Arts Competition


Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM won four awards in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts competition on Tuesday.

Concussion Protocol: How Concussions Haunt the Game of Football won first place in the Sports Feature category. Produced by Joe Stauffenberg and Sean Remington, the segment examined the effects and possible prevention methods for concussions in football through research and expert interviews.

The victory marks the fifth award earned by the program. Previously, Concussion Protocol was recognized by College Broadcasters Incorporated, the Communicator Awards, Garden State Journalists Association, and the Hermes Creative Awards.

Trials and Tribulations: The Civil Rights Movement 50 Years Later, a documentary on the civil rights movement, garnered second place honors in the Educational Program section. Rowan Radio Public Affairs Director Benjamin Lombardo, Elijah Brown, and Anne Curry created a piece that covered the history of civil rights and how inequalities today impact society.

Making A Musician received an Award of Excellence in the Specialty Program/Podcasts division. Jonathan Baker and Justin Brown’s award-winning creation focused on ups and downs of local musicians. The program previously received accolades from the Communicator Awards and Hermes Creative Awards.

Concussion Protocol, Trials and Tribulations, and Making A Musician were all produced in Rowan University’s Radio Production course instructed by Rowan Radio Assistant Station Manager Leo Kirschner.


Rylee Meyer and Katie Francis with NBA legend and TNT analyst Charles Barkley at a Rowan University event in October

The Rowan Report – a recap of the week’s top news stories – earned second place for Best Newscast. The weekly show is produced by Rowan Radio News Director Rylee Meyer and Assistant News Director Katie Francis.

Along with members of the Rowan Radio news department, Meyer and Francis tackle everything in news on The Rowan Report from international topics to the latest happenings on campus at Rowan University.

Broadcast Education Association will honor Festival of Media Arts winners at its annual convention in Las Vegas beginning on April 18.

The Festival of Media Arts contest celebrates the best in faculty and student media production. This year’s competition featured over 1,750 entries from over 300 colleges and universities.

Rowan Radio has won 319 regional and national awards since 1993.

The complete list of winners can be found here.


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