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Simmons College Radio Wins "Most Creative Show" at IBS International Radio and Webcasting Conference

March 20, 2013

Simmons College Radio was recognized nationally at the 73rd Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) International Radio & Webcasting Conference with three awards, including "Most Creative Show."

Simmons College Radio (SRC) won "Most Creative Show" for Three Countries, Two Continents, One Show, which was created by students in the Globalization on a Shoestring course. 

"This was an experimental show that brought together our students here with the students at African University College of Communications in Accra, Ghana and our special guest, Andrew Kromah, head of the Independent Radio Network in Sierra Leone," said Len Mailloux, Senior Lecturer in Communications. 

"We had all three countries on the air live. The show was singled out because of the unique way we used the station and the powerful message that Mr. Kromah relayed showing how these radio stations have helped to end and prevent the resurgence of the civil war in Sierra Leone." 

SCR was also a National Finalist for "Best Use of Social Media"  and won the IBS Platinum Microphone Award for Broadcast Excellence.

The IBS Microphone Award is awarded in four levels - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum and are based on a self-inspection that looks at management, programming, service to the college, service to the community and much more.

"Platinum is the highest level and only eight colleges out of more than sixty received this award," says Mailloux. 

Mailloux is now in his eighth year as chairman and CEO of the IBS, and has been involved with the organization for for over fifteen years. 

"After spending close to thirty years in commercial radio, college broadcasting has opened up new, exciting and creative challenges for me. We're doing things that haven't been done before and are developing new ways to use a campus radio station as a powerful learning laboratory… Plus, college radio is simply fun!" 

Mailloux credits the support of the Communications Department and the administration for the successes of Simmons College Radio. "As chairman of IBS, I am well aware of the problems many stations face. Lack of support from the top is a common and frustrating problem for many. I'm happy to say that at Simmons, we have the support and encouragement we need to run a successful station," he says.

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