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WZIS wins three national awards, nominated for eight others

March 16, 2018

Students and staff at Indiana State University's radio station, WZIS-FM, 90.7, won three national awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System at the IBS Conference March 2-3 in New York City.

WZIS won first place for Best Use of Twitter, Ryan Gortney won Best News Station Promotion, and Corey Clark and Garrett Short won Best Sports Pre/Post Game Show.

"I think WZIS won the awards because of all of the practice that we put in," said Short, a communication major from Beecher, Ill. "The students at the station do high levels of work consistently that allows us to get better week-by-week and it shows in the awards."

Clark, the student station manager, Short, the sports director, and the faculty advisor Rich Green attended the conference.

"It was an amazing experience. I personally learned so much and I learned different techniques for different departments here that I can use to make our station even stronger," Clark, a communication major from Danville, Ind., said.

Clark was nominated for Best Student Station Manager for Radio. Rich Green, general manager of WISU and WZIS, was nominated for Best Faculty Advisor for Radio.

WZIS was also a finalist for the Best College Radio Station on a campus with more than 10,000 students.

"It is absolutely amazing that these students were able to win three national awards," Green said. "There was a lot of competition but the hard work paid off. Being a national finalist for radio station of the year was also a tremendous achievement."

Short was also nominated for Best Newscast, and he was nominated twice in the Best Sports Report (Video/TV) category, once by himself, and once with Clark and Trent Buchannon of Franklin, Ind.

Gortney, an Indiana State graduate from Granger, Ind., was also nominated Best Station Promo and for Best Station ID with Mackenzie McKee of Terre Haute.

The trip to New York was supported with a grant from the Indiana State University Center for Community Engagement.

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System awards is a national college radio competition. There are more than 1,000 IBS radio, TV, and webcasting stations.

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Photo: http://photos.indstate.edu/Other/Media-Services/Submitted-Photos/Staff-Uploads/n-TxzJ5/i-SKLcGPx/A; Sports director Garrett Short and student station manager Corey Clark at Times Square on March 1 for the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference. Photo by Rich Green.

Photo: http://photos.indstate.edu/Other/Media-Services/Submitted-Photos/Staff-Uploads/n-TxzJ5/i-dqPC5gM/A; Corey Clark and Garrett Short sit in with Dan Taylor, midday host from WCBS-FM in New York, to learn about being on-air talent in a major market. Photo by Rich Green. 

Contact: Michaela Haase, strategic communication specialist, Indiana State University, Student Media, 812-237-2246

Story Highlights

Students and staff at Indiana State University's radio station, WZIS-FM, 90.7, won three national awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System at the IBS Conference March 2-3 in New York City.

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