Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 12, 2011

WGCS named nation’s best college radio station by IBS


GOSHEN — The nation’s radio elite are listening to 91.1 FM The Globe, and apparently they like what they hear.

That was the message made loud and clear Saturday at the 71st Annual Conference of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System in New York City, where the Goshen College radio station, WGCS, was awarded one of the organization’s highest honors, the Abraham and Borst Award for Best College Station in the Nation.

Jason Samuel, general manager of the station since 2003, was in New York with several of his students Saturday to accept the prestigious award.

“It’s huge, we’re fired up,” Samuel said of the award. “It’s like a testimony to all the work that’s been done before us. The station has been around for 50 years, and we value all of those contributions.”

According to Samuel, the station was required to put together a one hour audition consisting of different kinds of programing. That tape was then submitted for review by a panel of judges from across the radio industry.

“They never tell you exactly how many entrants or stations are considered,” Samuel said. “They only name finalists. But there are 700 registered participants from schools across the country here at the conference, so that kind of gives you an idea of the competition.”

Of all entrants seeking the award, The Globe was selected along with DePaul University of Chicago as the overall finalists. The Globe would eventually come out on top — no small accomplishment, as DePaul won the prize last year.

“We’ve never won a national award at the station,” Samuel said. “The thing that means the most I think is that we got recognized on a playing field that’s level. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are. It’s all about being the best, and that’s what our students are trying to do.”