Rowan Radio segments gain big honors in Philly awards competitions

Rowan Radio segments gain big honors in Philly awards competitions

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Two Philadelphia-area professional organizations have recognized Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM for documentary, talk and sports programming.
Two Philadelphia-area professional organizations have recognized Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM for documentary, talk and sports programming.

WGLS-FM received five awards from the Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) competition and two awards from the Philadelphia Press Association's (PPA) annual competition. In both competitions, Rowan students competed for awards alongside industry professionals.

Two documentaries, "Facing Facebook" and "Rowan University-Building A Boulevard," won awards in both competitions.

"Facing Facebook" took first place in both the "Best Documentary" category of SPJ's 47th annual Greater Philadelphia Excellence in Journalism competition and in the "Radio Enterprise Reporting" category of PPA's annual competition.

The documentary was produced by current Rowan public relations graduate student E.J. Campbell of South Amboy, who earned his bachelor's degree in radio/television/film (RTF) from the University in May; Matt Shanley of Brick, who earned his bachelor's degree in journalism in May; and junior Lindsay Ezykowich of Edison, a journalism major.

"Building a Boulevard," which tells the story of the public-private partnership to connect the University with Glassboro's historic downtown, took second place in both the SPJ's "Best Documentary" category and PPA's "Radio Public Service" category.

The documentary was produced by three Rowan juniors: Chris Capitanio of Glassboro, an RTF major with a concentration in Honors; Maya Carr of Camden, an RTF major with a minor in dance; and James Bracciante of Mullica Hill, an RTF major with concentrations in Honors and new media communication.

Both documentaries were a collaborative effort between Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM and the radio production course taught by Derek Jones, assistant station manager.

"Facing Facebook" previously won second place in the annual Broadcast Education Association competition and third place in the SPJ Region 1 competition. "Building a Boulevard" previously received a regional Mark of Excellence award from SPJ and top honors in SPJ's New Jersey Chapter Awards competition.

Also in the Philadelphia SPJ competition, "Studio 89.7" won first-place in the "Best Talk Show" category. Hosted by adjunct faculty member Paul Perrello, a veteran Philadelphia radio newscaster, the show won for an interview with actor George Takei.

"Studio 89.7," which features interviews with authors, celebrities and newsmakers, airs the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

In SPJ's "Radio Sports Feature" category, WGLS-FM took first place for "The Rowan Radio Pro Football Preview Show," produced by Jones. "The Rowan Sports Review," a weekly show produced by Adam Dobrowolski, won second place. Dobrowolski, who earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from Rowan, with a concentration in Honors, in May, served as sports director at WGLS-FM.

"Studio 89.7," "The Rowan Radio Pro Football Preview Show" and "The Rowan Sports Review" all recently received awards in the Garden State Journalists 2011 competition.

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