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Student radio station wins two awards

by Breonnah Colon - Lifestyles Editor
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 09:00 pm

The College at Brockport’s Department of Communications affiliated faculty and students have great reason to celebrate the campus’ radio station, 89.1 The Point. The station received news on Monday, April 2, that it was being recognized for not just one, but two awards in the New York State Broadcasters Association competition. 

The winners of the association’s outstanding promotion announcements category were operating manager Briana Milon and programming director Kayli Zeluff. Sports broadcasters Nick Kobel and Derick Abbey, as well as producer Michael Buchman, won the award for outstanding sports coverage, as reported by the Brockport Daily Eagle. 

According to its website, the New York State Broadcasters Association, founded in 1955, is representative of upward of 300 different television and radio stations. The association covers various ranks, such as the New York State Assembly, which is the lower half of the state legislature that assists both in reform and “progressive action,” as explained by their website.

In addition, the association also covers the United States Congress and other government branches. Beyond merely serving as a platform representing different broadcasting organizations, the New York State Broadcasters Association works to protect, maintain and fight for the rights of such organizations. The awards came as a pleasant surprise, seeing as the association received submissions from competitors all across the state.

In addition to broadcasting on campus, The Point also covers areas outside of Brockport. However, due to its dual nature, the station was still able to submit work under the collegiate category of the competition, setting it against competitors in areas like Buffalo and Syracuse. In a matter of weeks, The Point received word that its members’ work had been recognized. The two submissions were not the only entries that were entered into the competition. The application fee was only $20, so Milon and other officials at The Point decided it would be in their best interest to submit as many works as possible. Several different pieces, created throughout the year, were sent in. While The Point was confident in the work it had created, it was nerve-wracking to go against hundreds of other groups — all aiming for the same goal. 

“We are an award winning station, we have been for years,”  Milon said. “[However] last year we had submitted things and we didn’t really get the results we wanted. So, to come back this year and to have not just one, but two wins was just a morale boost for our staff.”

Milon went on to explain she wasn’t too enthusiastic to create the piece she would eventually submit, and even the submission was an afterthought despite its creative touch. The promotion was based on a GPS that constantly re-establishes itself throughout the course of a car ride. 

Milon and her team added a twist by recalculating different music genres, rather than directions, mirroring the constant changes in music that someone goes through. Not only was the promotion creative, but it also served an efficient purpose for the station even beyond the award.

“Making the promo was a lot of fun,” Milon said. “The thing about the format is we can keep using it.”

Focusing more on highlighting the work of her coworkers, Milon wasn’t expecting the 30 second promotion she and Zeluff made to be among the winnters. The victory was taken with much enthusiasm.

“I was ecstatic,” Milon said. “It’s my senior year, and for my senior year to end with a win like that was a huge cherry on top.”

Many people view The College at Brockport as a small school tucked away  in one of the unknown corners of Upstate New York. However, The Point proves that even a small school radio station can make an impact and be recognized on a much larger level. 

In addition to its recognition by the New York State Broadcasting Association, The Point also celebrated its alumni with the 89.1 The Point “hall of fame” induction. The event was held on Friday, April 11, and recognized alumni from several news organizations, such as CNN, adding to the already festive air at the station.

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