Gannon Station Nets Ten National Awards for Excellence in College Radio

Posted: March 8, 2017

Five students from Gannon University's School of Communication and the Arts were recognized for excellence in college radio, receiving two national championships for audio production, and finishing as top-five national finalists in eight other categories at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System's (IBS) 77th annual media conference.

For the third consecutive year, 90.5 WERG, Gannon's student-operated radio station, was again a top-five finalist for Best Station at a University with Under 10,000 Student Enrollment.

WERG was a national finalist in ten categories and yielded national championships for production work by station promotions manager Alizabeth Leng and production manager Lauren Sovisky. Leng was recognized for her contribution to station audio imaging and branding. Sovisky and Leng collaborated on their Best Event Promo win for writing, producing and voicing the promotion for a ticket giveaway contest for last year's Panic! at the Disco concert in Erie.

The awards presented to WERG included:

National Champions

Best Event Promo: Allie Leng ("Win Tickets to the Panic! at the Disco Concert") Best Station Imaging: Allie Leng ("Not Pre-Recorded")

Top-Five National Finalists

  • Best College Radio Station, University Under 10,000 Enrollment
  • Best Station Manager: Tom Barton (student general manager)
  • Best Promo Series: Lauren Sovisky and Tom Barton (Tall Ships Erie festival)
  • Best Event Promo: Molly Cooke ("Evita" at Schuster Theatre)
  • Best Station Imaging: Lauren Sovisky ("Wrong Lever!")
  • Best Play-by-Play, Hockey: Tom Barton (Gannon vs. Daemen)
  • Best Station Contest/Promotional Event: Nick Tabar and Allie Leng (Panic! at the Disco concert) Best Training Manual: Chet LaPrice

The student group, which also included station general manager Tom Barton, program director Molly Cooke and on-air talent Veronica Kowalski, was accompanied by the station's operations manager Chet LaPrice. They spent the weekend hosting and attending panels and round-table discussions relating to professional broadcast and media, as well as marketing, sales and other skills that will help to advance their future careers.

"IBS is truly an eye-opening experience to radio, or any media-related job in the world. Attending these conferences gave me the opportunity to network and share ideas with other students across the nation," Sovisky said following the awards ceremony. "Coming home with the amount of awards we won overall solidifies my educational experience at both Gannon University and WERG."

90.5 WERG has been an IBS member station since 2004. In 2014, the station was awarded the prestigious Abraham & Borst Award for being named Best College Radio Station in the Nation. Gannon's radio station continued to receive national recognition in subsequent years, being a top five finalist for Best College Station again in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

A part of Gannon University's School of Communication and the Arts, 90.5 WERG follows a two-part mission: to provide service to the University and community in which the station is federally licensed to operate, and to provide Gannon University students with a unique learning laboratory for developing experience in station operations, interpersonal communication skills and media management.