BY RHIANNON MILLIARD
SC Contributing Writer
East Stroudsburg University’s own 90.3FM WESS has been nominated for the MTVu Woodie Award.
WESS is now one of the top ten college radio stations in the entire United States.
The station is in the running with big name schools including KALX out of the University of California, Berkeley, WCRD out of Ball State University, and WTBU out of Boston University.
These schools are a lot bigger than ESU, but WESS’s nomination shows that even smaller schools can crank out some great tunes.
So what is a Woodie Award?
Woodie Awards are given to college radio stations and artists that are all chosen by college students.
Categories include best college radio station, best music video, and Woodie of the year.
They honor music that college students like and want to hear. According to the Alaska Dispatch, Last year’s College Radio Woodie was awarded to KSUA out of Fairbanks College in Alaska.
When they were awarded the Woodie, they were instantly bombarded with promoters and new music to play in their station.
In addition, they received national wide recognition for their station and their university.
WESS’s adviser, Dr. Rob McKenzie is very proud of his staff and excited about this nomination.
“I think we should be in this thing to win it, and I’m willing to pull out all of the stops,” states Dr. McKenzie, and he definitely has been working around the clock to get the word out.
Thanks to him and a supportive administration, the ESU website now holds a banner that links people right to the voting page for the award.
All of the staff at WESS are beyond excited for this.
WESS’s Music Director, Senior MCOM major Kara Fleck is very proud of the staff and the station.
“If we would win this award, it would be beyond comparison of anything that could happen right now. All we try to do is give our listeners some of the best shows in the area,” said Fleck.
Winning a Woodie Award would mean a lot to the staff at WESS.
Since WESS is completely student run, it has taken a lot of time and dedication to receive this level of recognition.
From reggae to rock, rap to country, and talk to public service announcements, ESU has a completely diversified, format free station that serves our campus and surrounding communities. WESS would not be here without its loyal listeners.
At WESS, they like it when you turn them on, so be sure to vote for ESU’s college station for an MTVu Woodie Award!
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