ESU’s Council of Trustees Honors WESS 90.3 for Having Won the College Radio Woodie Award
East Stroudsburg University’s Council of Trustees honored WESS 90.3 with a glass-engraved award for having won the College Radio Woodie Award, handed out to the best student-operated radio station in the country by mtvU. From left to right are: Junior Amanda Woods, the station’s business manager who is from Hardwick, N.J., and is majoring in communication studies; Senior Jill Monica, the station’s manager who is from East Stroudsburg, Pa., and is majoring in communication studies; ESU President Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D.; Rob McKenzie, Ph.D., ESU distinguished professor of communication studies and WESS’ faculty adviser; Pat Ross, council of trustees chairman; Kara Fleck, the station’s music director who is from Lehighton, Pa., and is majoring in media communication and technology; and freshman Roberto Gooden, the station’s promotions director who is from Stroudsburg, Pa., and is majoring in communication studies.
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees honored WESS 90.3 with a glass-engraved award for having won the College Radio Woodie Award, handed out to the best student-operated radio station in the country by mtvU.
WESS beat out more than 100 other college radio stations, including Boston University, University of South Carolina, University of California-Berkeley, Ball State University and Indiana University.In late February, the news broke that WESS had been ranked in the Top 10 for the 2014 mtvU College Radio Woodie awards. MtvU is a subsidiary of MTV and Viacom, broadcasting at 750 universities and reaching almost nine million college students nationwide. Top 10 qualifiers were judged on three segments of data: Reporting playlists to the College Music Journal (CMJ) and the ranking by Princeton Review; its appearance in social media and the frequency of which they are mentioned; and its presence on www.ratemyprofesor.com.
After mtvU compiled its list of the Top 10 college radio stations in the country, a nationwide vote was held to determine the overall winner. Votes were accepted online 24 hours a day and at predetermined booths on ESU’s campus for three days. In addition, to mark the last three hours of voting on March 6, there was a vote-a-thon in Stroud Hall, where nearly 150 students from McKenzie’s Introduction to Mass Media class stopped by and voted for WESS for three hours in 30-minute intervals.