WXCU, Capital’s student-run radio station, is competing for several awards at Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s (IBS) 79th Annual International Media Conference for content it has produced over the course of the past year.
Advised by Dr. Betsy Pike, the director of film and media production, and Ben Ferree, WXCU is run by a management team of eight students, headed by general manager Carlee Kime, a junior music technology major.
Kime said in an email that the station has been nominated for six awards: Best Streaming Only Radio Station Under 10,000 students, Best Commercial, Best Event Promotion, Best Show Promotional Poster, Best Celebrity/Artist Interview, and Best Use of Twitter.
IBS is a nonprofit educational organization founded in 1940 with the purpose of acting as a resource to high school, college, community radio, and television stations. Each year, IBS holds a conference where collegiate radio stations can submit examples of their work in hopes of receiving national recognition for their efforts.
“All of the top university radio stations all gather in New York every year to win different awards for the things that they do … All the different universities are all represented there and then they get to have a fun time just meeting each other and winning awards together, ” Cameron Ferguson said, a senior music technology major and the country music director for WXCU.
Kime said that WXCU sends material to be judged at IBS every year, and that the station has been nominated several times in the past for their submissions.
“Basically, they just open up nominations … and it’s basically anything that we have aired in the past year,” Kime said. “That included our Frostbite Fest, that included our interviews with any artists that we’ve done in the past year, every event that we’ve done in the past year could qualify for nomination.”
Pike said that it takes a great deal of work to submit to IBS, not only in terms of content, but in preparation.
“You can have up to an hour of different pieces and parts of what your radio station offers, so it’s editing,” Pike said. “You have to pick different shows and broadcasts and live events and extra events and put it all together and hope for the best once you submit.”
Kime said that she has a positive outlook towards getting an award this year at IBS.
“We have been nominated several times in the past. We’ve been nominated for Best Streaming Only Station, and a handful of other things like Best Specialty Show,” said Kime. “Pretty much for the past three years we’ve been in the running for Best Station.”
Pike is confident that WXCU has a chance at attaining an accolade this time around.
“I think they will win best station of the year. That’s a big packet to put together for that award, they put a lot of time of put a lot of time into building that packet,” Pike said. “They’ve really put their heart into it every single year. I mean, just to be nominated for [that award for] the third time in four years is pretty incredible.”
A couple of students from WXCU will be traveling to New York City in early March for the conference. Then, they will find out whether or not their station will be taking home a title this year.
“I think our chances are good,” Kime said. “We’re repeat nominees, maybe they’ll finally pick us.”