Students from Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts are putting their stamp on the world of broadcasting and earning top industry honors.
CMU's radio station, WMHW-FM, has won the Broadcast Education Association's Student Media Advisors Signature Station award and CMU's Moore Hall Television has won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' College Television Station of the Year award for the 14th consecutive year.
Signature Station Award
The Student Media Advisors interest division of the Broadcast Education Association will present the Signature Station Award to WMHW-FM for the first time in CMU's radio broadcasting history, designating the station as the top student radio station in the nation.
Taylor, Michigan, native and CMU senior Julie Sikora, WMHW student station manager, will accept the award and a $200 check at the BEA's annual convention that will take place next month in Las Vegas.
"I've worked with WMHW for the past three years and have witnessed the station grow in terms of innovation, technology and operating practices," Sikora said. "The station provides a terrific teaching and learning environment — from producing morning shows and running entire departments — to students with all levels of experience. This award reflects the students' hard work and dedication to WMHW."
The BEA's Student Media Advisors Signature Station Award recognizes CMU's faculty advisers and students for excellence in the hands-on facilitation of station functions such as philosophical engagement, community involvement, programming arrangement, branding/logo development, student management, volunteer recruitment and broadcast equipment.
"This award signifies that WMHW is the best college radio station in the nation," said WMHW-FM operations manager Chad Roberts. "It is a great honor for the students who have worked so hard to make the station a fantastic outlet for Mount Pleasant and the surrounding communities."
On the air since 1972, WMHW-FM is composed of Moore Rock Radio 91.5 and Mountain 101. Both radio stations broadcast out of The Jerry Henderson Radio Complex in Moore Hall. In addition to on-air disc jockey shifts and specialty shows, WMHW offers experience in news and sports broadcasting with weekday newsbreaks starting at 5 a.m. on Moore Rock Radio 91.5 and 6 a.m. on Mountain 101. WMHW also is the official station for live coverage of CMU women's basketball.
College Television Station of the Year Award
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters presents the College Television Station of the Year award based on technical quality, presentation and content of entry submission. CMU's MHTV and its hour-long, student-produced nightly newscast News Central 34 have now been recognized with this award for 14 consecutive years.
At the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing, CMU students won first place honors for college television in the News Feature, Mini-Documentary and Digital Media Experience categories. They swept the category of Talk Show/Scripted Show, earning first place, second place and honorable mention designations.
The students also were awarded second place in the Daily Newscast/Sportscast and News Feature categories and honorable mention in the category of Current Events Program.
"This is an impressive history of recognitions made possible by dedicated faculty and staff who direct committed, talented and passionate students at MHTV and News Central 34," Peter Orlik, director of CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said. "The competition gets tougher each year but our students continue to rise to the challenge and prove that they are the best of the best in what they do."
"MHTV provides opportunities for CMU students to demonstrate and hone the skills they develop in the classroom," Aaron Jones, video facilities manager of CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, said. "These awards recognize the talent of our students and reflect the quality of our program."
In the college television competition, CMU was the most highly decorated university-broadcasting program, edging out Michigan State University.
"Our success in this competition is a continual testament to the commitment of our students to produce the best content possible," Rick Sykes, News Central 34 division manager, said. "It is truly a team effort involving students from various divisions within Moore Hall Television."
MHTV has been part of CMU's broadcasting curriculum since 1972 and its News Central 34 division was established in 1978. The station is broadcast in Mount Pleasant to the Isabella County community on Cable Channel 189 and on CMU's campus Cable Channel 34, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to being broadcast on MHTV, News Central 34 is also shown on MAC TV, Channel 191, which serves Clare, Gratiot and Isabella counties. Both MHTV and News Central 34 are student-run organizations.