Pictured from left: Max Kachinske ’17, Russell Tanzillo ’15, Samuel Reiman ’16, Cora Georgiou ’17 and John Madormo
(and Oliver Hall has the signs to prove it!)
It’s official: North Central College’s student-run radio station WONC-FM 89.1 is the best of the best. For the first time in its history, WONC was awarded the Abraham & Brost Award for Best Overall Radio Station in the nation at the 75th annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) International Conference in New York City.
“Winning this award proved what we as a school and staff already knew: We are the best in the nation,” said station manager Russell Tanzillo ’15. “I knew for a long time WONC had what it takes to win this award and we only needed to tweak a few things to get there.”
To qualify for the award, WONC first won the Best College Radio Station with under 10,000 students enrolled. Three other stations also qualified for the best of the best by winning their categories: San Diego State University, Central Washington University and Palomar College in San Marcos, CA.
“Winning this award proved what we as a school and staff already knew: We are the best in the nation.” Russell Tanzillo ‘15
“In announcing the first award, all the announcer was able to say was ‘All the way from Nape…..’ and the rest was lost in our cheering and celebration,” said assistant station manager Samuel Reiman ’16. “Then when the biggest award was announced, we went ballistic!”
In addition, John Madormo, assistant professor of broadcast communication, won a best in the nation award: the Jeff Tellis Outstanding Advisor Award for leadership, dedication and service. Two more first-place awards also were claimed at the conference. Cora Georgiou ’17 won Best Newscast and Max Kachinske ’16 and Tanzillo won Best Station Promo. In total, the station brought home 14 awards; the remaining were all finalist awards.
In May, the campus celebrated the unveiling of new signage at Oliver Hall, home of WONC, so that everyone passing on Chicago Avenue knows of the station’s remarkable achievement. “WONC has been at the top of its game for so long … and it’s also fitting that John Madormo is honored as Best Advisor in the country the same year,” said President Troy D. Hammond during a live broadcast of the event.