Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The WOLF Internet Radio placed No. 2 as the best station out of 585 participating stations worldwide for College Radio Day 2012. The station also claimed titles for “Best On-Air Programming” and “Best Community Outreach” for the 2012 Spirit of College Radio Awards after a stellar performance on College Radio Day.
The WOLF Internet Radio is UWG’s very own radio station run “For Students, By Students.” The station officially launched April 21, 2010 through the efforts of students in a radio practicum course and volunteers. The WOLF is designed to be an experiential learning lab for students.
“Our drive to attain national excellence and recognition continues,” exclaimed Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, president of UWG. “Congratulations to The WOLF Internet Radio and, first and foremost, to the students who staff it. Congratulations also to Dr. Brad Yates for his vision and oversight.”
College Radio Day is a day designed to raise greater international awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on one designated day.
“My feelings span the spectrum of joyous, excited, proud and relieved,” said General Manager Shawn Isaacs. “I knew from day one that The WOLF had the potential to be huge and chase huge dreams. It's a relief to finally see and show UWG, the state of Georgia and the world that no matter how new you are; you can dream big and achieve greatness.”
College Radio Day judges said, “fun, exciting and creative are just three ways to describe the [WOLF’s] excellent programming.” Judges were also highly impressed with The WOLF’s ability to connect to its audience, saying, “The WOLF is strongly engaged with their community on and off campus as well as other organizations to make a positive impact. The WOLF is a great model of how college radio can really make a difference.”
“In the end, each person's commitment becomes a key component to the station's commitment to the students and the campus community as a whole,” said Dr. Brad Yates, UWG professor of mass communications and founder of The WOLF. “Alumni of The WOLF, who committed their time to reviving the college radio experience at UWG, are our most loyal supporters. Thus, quality programming and community initiatives are assured through training, commitment and loyalty.”
Winning stations will receive a specially engraved plaque and will be featured to a global audience of 40 million on TuneIn, an online and mobile device application that provides free access to local and international radio stations. The winning stations will also be identified as “Spirit of College Radio Award” winners on the TuneIn website and app for two weeks.
“The feeling is somewhat indescribable because it is hard to fathom that The WOLF has reached this level of achievement in such a short time,” said Yates. “I am pleased, elated, proud and amazed. General Manager Shawn Isaacs, the students, staff and volunteers deserve every accolade for their efforts. It was a team effort and an example of what it means to be a college radio station.”
To listen to The WOLF live, visit http://www.westga.edu/~thewolf/.