90.5 WERG Wins Gold Microphone Award
Posted: April 29, 2013
(back): Chet Laprice, Zack Borland, Michael Avione, (front):
Alex Womer, Erika Krenn, Deb Carlson and Vanessa Cherry
its 40-year history, Gannon University's student-operated
radio station, 90.5 WERG, has launched the careers of dozens of
prominent professional broadcasters and has achieved milestones
disproportionate to the size of its signal (Remember the ice storm
of 1990 when WERG was the only station on the air to supply
critical updates and information?).
Now 90.5 WERG can add the Gold Microphone award for Outstanding
Broadcasting Excellence given at the 73rd Annual Intercollegiate
Broadcasting Conference (I.B.S.) in New York City.
In winning the award, the station surpassed criteria in
categories such as service to the university and community,
adherence to FCC policies and guidelines, providing news and sports
programming in the public interest, student involvement in on-air
and managerial capacities, and effective use of social media to
promote the station.
Chet Laprice, WERG's operations manager, and six Gannon students
accepted the award at the conference, which was held March 1-3.
Laprice also presented on two different panels at the conference:
"Management Bootcamp" with Len Mailloux, chairman of the I.B.S.
conference, and "Programming Your College Radio Station," with
several students and two other professors. Deb Carlson, a 2009
Gannon University graduate, hosted a session entitled "Station
Underwriting: How to Get It, Run It, and Keep It Legal."
Administered through the Department of Theatre, Communication
and Fine Arts, 90.5 WERG provides a healthy, creative, and
stimulating learning experience in broadcast operations and
management while offering unique programming for Gannon and the
Working at the station, students develop valuable skills such as
effective public speaking, creative writing, digital editing,
software maintenance, and teamwork. Students also have the
opportunity to augment their proficiency in managerial situations
by chairing various departments at WERG: programming, music, news,
production, social media, and many other aspects that make up a
successful broadcast operation.