Marshall University's radio station has won more than 90 awards
HUNTINGTON -- For the fourth year in a row Marshall University's radio station WMUL-FM 88.1 has won more than 90 awards.
The station recently won several West Virginia Associated Press awards, bringing the station's totals up to 92 awards for the 2012/2013 school year. Among the awards won by WMUL-FM in the WVAP include "Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year" and "Best Anchor Or Anchor Team," which were won by Laura Hatfield. Adam Rogers, received the award for best host. The station also took home 10 second place awards including "Outstanding News Operation," "Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast" and "Outstanding Spots Operation."
While the station's news and sports divisions are on hold during summer break, the station stays busy continuing to produce original music programming. These are made possible through a combination of students who stay on during the summer, and volunteers such as Michael McVey who has hosted the station's long running Christian Rock show "The Rock" each Sunday since 1993.
"Summer is what we use to gear up for the fall," Rogers, sports director and a senior from Charleston, said. "I'm still in contact with the sports information office and doing interviews. We go through and archive our sports broadcasts and interviews. That way if we need to reference them in the future we have that available."
The crew also tests their equipment and plans its fall sports trips during the summer months. The station still airs programming seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
"The four staff members who are here in the summer are doing deejay shifts during the day and we have some public affairs programming that is sent to us," Rogers said. "We have about 10 volunteers who go in and do shifts on programs like our morning Gospel show. We are always looking for volunteers. No experience is really necessary. We have the staff here who can train the people who are interested in learning how. I'll be the training coordinator in the fall so I'll be helping students get acclimated in the fall."
There is also some time for recruiting new students to the station during the orientation sessions.
"For some students this the first time they learned that Marshall has a radio station," said Faculty Manager Chuck Bailey, who is also a professor of radio-television production and management in the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University. "It's a time to get your name out to people who don't know you exist."
The station is also undergoing some renovation that started in the spring, and will continue into the fall months.
"We are in the process of putting the main studio back online," Bailey said. "The studio was taken down over the process of three years because asbestos had to be removed. We are going to order a new broadcast console for the room, and will be soundproofing the walls. We're hoping to have the studio finalized by the start of the spring semester, but would like to get it done sooner if possible."
WMUL-FM broadcasts from 88.1 F.M. For a complete schedule, visit www.marshall.edu/wmul.