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Tornado Radio Program Wins National Award

Student-produced Public Affairs Program on Politics and Social Media

Article written by chelsey.doering@concordia.edu on Dec. 13, 2016

Tornado Radio Program Trophy

Windsor, NY—A public affairs program entered by Tornado Radio, Concordia’s student-run webcasting radio station, has won a national award in a competition among other college radio stations. The program was selected among six other finalist in the public affairs category of the 2016 Golden Microphone Awards sponsored by the New York-based Intercollegiate College Broadcasting System (IBS) An overall winner will be announced in March. The hour-long program was hosted by a trio of students as a part of an assignment for their Communication Technology class. The team included Jillian Parker, Reid Courmier, and Jesus Barrera. The three conducted an in-depth analysis of how social media was used in the recent presidential election.

The prestigious finalist award was not easily earned. The other five finalists represent programs entered by Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Fresno, the University of West Georgia, as well as the University of Missouri and the University of Virginia. The awards were announced on December 13, with trophies to be given at the IBS spring convention in New York City. The overall winner will be announced at that time as well.

Dr. Philip Hohle, who serves as both the professor for the class and the faculty sponsor for Concordia Student Media (CSM), selected and entered this clip from among the hours of programming students broadcast and record each semester. The rubric for the class assignment was to analyze and discuss a news story about technology found in the Austin American-Statesman. Fellow student and Tornado Radio Manager Michael Barnett nominated several student programs he felt took critical thinking and oral communication to a high level this fall.

Tornado Radio, along with The Monthly Spin, website ctxtalk.com and the CTXnewsTalk webcast television news program, are all a part of CSM. Tornado Radio began broadcasting in the fall of 2009. Broadcast around the clock all year, live talk shows are mixed with prerecorded programs and popular music. Any listener with an internet connection or a smartphone can access the station’s streaming feed by visiting <ctxtalk.com>. Visitors to the website will also find a link to the award-winning broadcast.

The CSM motto is, “By Students, For Students.” As a student-run station, note that the programming does not necessarily represent the mission of Concordia University Texas.

Contact: philip.hohle@concordia.edu

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