Gannon Station Nets Ten National Awards for Excellence in College Radio
Erie, Pa. – Five students from Gannon University’s School of Communication and the Arts were recognized for excellence in
college radio, receiving two national championships for audio production, and finishing as top-five national finalists in eight
other categories at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s (IBS) 77th annual media conference.
For the third consecutive year, 90.5 WERG, Gannon’s student-operated radio station, was again a top-five finalist for Best
Station at a University with Under 10,000 Student Enrollment.
WERG was a national finalist in ten categories and yielded national championships for production work by station
promotions manager Alizabeth Leng and production manager Lauren Sovisky. Leng was recognized for her contribution to
station audio imaging and branding. Sovisky and Leng collaborated on their Best Event Promo win for writing, producing
and voicing the promotion for a ticket giveaway contest for last year’s Panic! at the Disco concert in Erie.
The awards presented to WERG included:
Best Event Promo: Allie Leng (“Win Tickets to the Panic! at the Disco Concert”)
Best Station Imaging: Allie Leng (“Not Pre-Recorded”)
Top-Five National Finalists
* Best College Radio Station, University Under 10,000 Enrollment
* Best Station Manager: Tom Barton (student general manager)
* Best Promo Series: Lauren Sovisky and Tom Barton (Tall Ships Erie festival)
* Best Event Promo: Molly Cooke (“Evita” at Schuster Theatre)
* Best Station Imaging: Lauren Sovisky (“Wrong Lever!”)
* Best Play-by-Play, Hockey: Tom Barton (Gannon vs. Daemen)
* Best Station Contest/Promotional Event: Nick Tabar and Allie Leng (Panic! at the Disco concert)
* Best Training Manual: Chet LaPrice
The student group, which also included station general manager Tom Barton, program director Molly Cooke and on-air
talent Veronica Kowalski, was accompanied by the station’s operations manager Chet LaPrice. They spent the weekend
hosting and attending panels and round-table discussions relating to professional broadcast and media, as well as
marketing, sales and other skills that will help to advance their future careers.
“IBS is truly an eye-opening experience to radio, or any media-related job in the world. Attending these conferences gave
me the opportunity to network and share ideas with other students across the nation,” Sovisky said following the awards
ceremony. “Coming home with the amount of awards we won overall solidifies my educational experience at both Gannon