Millikin University's 89.5 WJMU "The Quad" has garnered two finalist nominations for the 2014 Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) Awards. WJMU received a nomination for "Best Radio Drama" for its production of the 75th anniversary of "War of the Worlds," and a nomination for "Best Spot News." The winners will be announced during the 74th Annual IBS Conference held March 7-9, 2014 in New York City, N.Y.
"It's fantastic to see Millikin recognized on a national level for elements of our performance learning platform," said Sam Meister, Millikin lecturer of communication and WJMU station manager. "Student broadcasters at WJMU have an opportunity to gain professional experience, but also to work on projects that are completely different from what they might be doing at commercial stations. College radio gives them a forum in which to both work creatively and build a professional production portfolio."
WJMU's programming features shows that focus on sports, music and news as well as international programming that highlights Spanish, Hindi cinema and anime culture. Another element the station offers is the ability to play vinyl records on the air and feature music from bands that made radio relevant in society today. The station currently operates in lower Richards Treat University Center (RTUC) on Millikin University's campus.
"I've been at WJMU for the past three and a half years and have worked incredibly hard to improve Millikin's radio station as much as possible," said Ben Murrow, a senior communication major and WJMU program director, from Wheaton, Ill. "As a small college radio station, our disc jockeys have the freedom to produce creative and unique content."
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Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, Inc., is a not-for-profit education association and foundation that serves not-for-profit education affiliated high school radio, college radio and community stations and streaming/webcasters. The organization has over 1,000 radio, television, and webcasting station members. The 74th Annual IBS Conference will feature over 150 speakers and 1,000 attendees from around the world. For more information on IBS, visit www.collegebroadcasters.us
Murrow added, "As a leader within this organization, I am extremely proud, not only of our staff for coming together and paying tribute to a famous production like 'War of the Worlds,' but for our efforts being recognized on a national scale among the best of the best in college radio."
For more information on WJMU, visit www.millikin.edu/wjmu
Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features "performance learning," a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Students choose from more than 50 majors from the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business. Millikin is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 98 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at www.millikin.edu