At any given time of the day, anyone can tune in to ISU’s award-winning student radio station, WZIS 90.7. This year, WZIS was recognized nationally, by winning three awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. The station also won three state awards from the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters.
The radio station broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with live broadcasts from 7 am. until 10 p.m. About 50 to 60 students make up the staff during the academic year as DJs, news and sports managers, sales and business managers, and social media managers. The radio station runs like a commercial radio station in an effort to prepare students for the job field.
This year, junior communications major Garrett Short won best Radio Sports Cast. Short and junior communication major Corey Clark placed second in Radio Sporting Event Broadcast. Former student Mackenzie McKee and sophomore communication major Victoria Gifford placed third in Radio Spot Production. Clark placed third in Radio Interview. Clark, McKee, Gifford, and senior communication major Chase Stout placed third in Radio Imaging.
WZIS won three national awards from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System; the station was nominated for 11. Ryan Gortney, a recent graduate, won Best News Production. Short and Clark won Best Pre/Post Game Coverage, and WZIS won Best Use of Twitter.
The radio station had finalists in all the other national awards it received nominations for. Short was a finalist for Best Newscast. Gortney placed as a finalist for Best Station Promo. Short, Clark and junior communication major Trent Buchanan were finalists in Best Sports Report for video and TV. WZIS-FM was also a finalist in Best College Radio Station against more than 10,000 other students. Clark ranked as a finalist for Best Student Station Manager. Rich Green, the station manager for WZIS, was a finalist for Best Faculty Advisor.
In order to win these awards, the members of the radio station submitted a number of their best segments and stories to the national and state organizations. The organizations then judged the submitted segments and selected the winners.
Green said these awards are important for the radio because they give recognition to the students who have spent this year working to make the radio station the best it can be. Not only is the radio station a fun activity for both the student staff members and volunteers involved, it is also like a family for the students, and it helps the students find a place on campus to have their voices — and music choices — heard.
“We’re preparing them for a career, but we’re also a home away from home,” says Green. “We’re not just a college radio station where people come in and play whatever they want. We do something for the community.”