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Appalachian’s campus radio station receives N.Y. Festivals Radio Broadcasting Awards honors

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s student-run radio station WASU 90.5 FM received two Finalist Certificates in the New York Festivals Radio Broadcasting Awards.

The awards recognize “The World’s Best Work” in radio broadcasting. Hundreds of entries were submitted from around the world.

WASU received a finalist certificate in the “Best Radio Station” category and in the “Best Sportscast” category for the station’s “Sports Yapp” program. “Sports Yapp” is an hour-long sports talk show that focuses on major sports stories of interest to college students. This is the second year the sports show received a finalist certificate.

“This type of recognition is an honor to receive,” said Jon Wood, WASU station manager. “It shows that we take our responsibilities seriously and that we strive for excellence. This has been a mentality set for us by our previous staff members and predecessors. Their encouragement and commitment has meant a more professional product and something to be proud of.”

The composite recording for the “Best Radio Station” award was coordinated by Brendan Croghan, who will graduate in August from Appalachian. May graduate Bryce Johnson produced the Sports Yapp program.

Other students involved with “Sports Yapp” were Dan Starbuck, Colby Johnson, Erik Donham, Justin Ckezepis and Josh  Campbell.

For 52 years the New York Festivals Radio Programming and Promotions Awards has recognized “The World’s Best Work” in radio broadcasting. Each year the organization receives entries from radio stations, networks and independent producers from more than 30 countries. International radio experts from stations and companies donate their time to the judging process.

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