Gannon University’s WERG Wins College Radio Day Award
Posted: February 15, 2015
Give Chet LaPrice a day and he'll take a week.
LaPrice is operations manager for 90.5 WERG, the
student-operated radio station at Gannon University that was given
a "Spirit of College Radio Award" by a college radio advocacy
LaPrice was himself a disc jockey at WERG in his student days
when there were actual discs to jockey. He's a radio true believer,
so when a group of college radio stations banded together to
increase awareness and listenership at an event called "College
Radio Day," LaPrice went a step beyond-several steps, in fact.
He declared "College Radio Week" and stuffed it with outreach
activities to raise the profile of 90.5 WERG and other left-of-
the-dial stations. These activities included live remote broadcasts
in busy campus buildings, a social media blitz and simulcasts
featuring station promotion announcements, called "liners,"
inserted into 90.5 WERG's programming.
"Our students have always been talented writers, producers, and
performers, and it is wonderful to now see that work being
acknowledged and rewarded on a national level," LaPrice said.
The "Spirit" award capped an impressive year for the station
which was honored with the Abraham & Borst "Best College
Station in the Nation" award at the most recent Intercollegiate
Broadcasting System Conference, and moved into an impressive new
studio in the University's new Center for Communication and the
Arts in the fall.