Impact 89FM recognized as the best college station in the state | MSUToday

WDBM-FM, Michigan State University’s student-run radio and media organization, has been honored with the 2022 Radio Station of the Year award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and Broadcast Music Inc. . Middle School. This is the 18th time Impact 89FM has won the award, which has been given to college stations in Michigan since 2000. The gold disc marking the award was presented in a virtual ceremony on April 13.

The Station of the Year award was presented to the staff of Impact 89FM at their monthly staff meeting.

Also during the ceremony, Focal Point News from the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences was named the 2022 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and Broadcast Music Inc. College Television Station of the Year.

“We are proud not only of the quality of the broadcast and online programming, but also of the opportunities provided to station staff,” said Jeremy Whiting, the station’s general manager. “Every student who expresses an interest, is willing to commit the time needed, and follows the station’s guidelines has the opportunity to become part of the organization.”

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters also recognized three students with broadcast scholarships.

  • Brandon DePouw: Gary A. Reid Fellowship
  • Delaney Rogers: James H. Quello Fellowship, supported by Karole White
  • Brendan Schabath: Leicinger-Biederman Fellowship, supported by Ross Biederman

Group photo of the management of Impact 89FM.

The Station of the Year award was presented to the Impact 89FM board of directors as a surprise during their weekly meeting.

Several Impact 89FM students have received individual awards in various broadcast-related categories, including audio production work, news reporting, sports broadcasting, talk shows, and multimedia production. All work was broadcast in the Lansing area on 88.9 FM; it was also available on the Impact 89FM website at impact89fm.org and social media channels.

History of current events

  • 2nd Place: The State 10/28/21 – Rachel Fulton

Daily newsletter / news feature

  • Honorable Mention: The Sci-Files 10/17/21
    • Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes

Personality or team on air

  • Honorable Mention: Green & White Report: The Sparty Awards: The Worst Sports Fans
    • Trent Balley, Henry Menigoz and Luke Sloan

Promotional announcement

  • 1st Place: Holiday Gift Guide

Sports Announcement Team

  • 1st Place: Michigan State Men’s Basketball vs. Butler – 11/17/21
    • Zach Surdenik and Bobby Zeffero
  • Honorable Mention: Michigan State Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State – Big Ten Tourney – 3/10/21
    • Zach Surdenik and Bobby Zeffero

Talk show

  • 2nd place: The Sci-Files – 04/10/21 – Jenna Beffel on siblings of children with autism
    • Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes

Use of multimedia

  • 1st place: Comma Concerts: Broad Art Lab Concert
    • Josh Hornstein, Isaiah Johns, Henry Menigoz and George Pham
  • 2nd place: Comma Concerts: Easter Concert
    • Josh Hornstein, Isaiah Johns, Henry Menigoz and George Pham
  • Honorable Mention: Comma Concerts: Valentine’s Day Special
    • Josh Hornstein, Isaiah Johns, Henry Menigoz and George Pham

Impact 89FM is one of MSU’s largest student organizations, with over 150 students in paid and volunteer positions. It operates as a 24-hour online broadcast and media organization, with funding from students. MSU Student Radio traces its heritage to the 1950s with the first AM carrier current stations that broadcast into residence halls. On February 24, 1989, Impact 89FM began broadcasting on 88.9 FM in the Lansing market under the call letters WDBM. A web feed and online presence was added on October 5, 1999.

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