USM radio station wins national broadcasting award

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi radio station got a taste of the big apple after placing first in a national broadcasting competition in New York City.

WUSM, the student run radio station at USM swept the 74th annual intercollegiate broadcast system college radio awards competition by placing as finalists in two of the ten categories, and winning first in news coverage.

According to WUSM host and Mass Comm graduate Courtney Ingle, entering the contest was a leap of faith after a difficult transition on campus after the February 10 tornado.

"We just got the new building, new equipment and the show had been going really well, so we figured, why not?" said Ingle.

After moving into College Hall, WUSM was able to produce a radio show with state of the art equipment and facilities. According to Director of the Mass Communications Department Chris Campbell, the transition and hard work from the students contributed to their successes.

"We have about 600 students in the school and about 160 are interested in broadcast of some form, and a lot of them are able to get really good experience at the radio station," said Campbell. "The move to college hall has had an incredible impact on all of us, and I think the students and faculty feel like we are part of something special."

WUSM will be hosting their annual slumgillion fundraiser that will benefit towards students opportunities within the radio station from March 1st through April 4th.