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Simmons College Radio Wins National Broadcast Awards

Simmons College Radio (SCR), the three-year-old Internet radio station run by the Department of Communications, was honored with four national collegiate broadcast awards at this year's 71st Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System International Radio and Webcasting Conference in New York City, Mar. 11-13.

The station was named the winner of the 2011 "Best Public Service Award" for the Public Service series - "No Tolerance for Intolerance". The project was researched, written and performed by the department's Radio Operations and Performance class and came about as a result of the hate crimes experienced on campus in 2009, which targeted certain members of our community.

SCR's special 22-hour broadcast last March, titled "Memorial to the Fallen" where the name, rank and hometown of each American and Coalition soldier killed in the Iraq/Afghan wars was read on the air, received a National Finalist award in the Public Service category. The show was produced and hosted by Erica Moura '10 who is now a graduate student in broadcast journalism at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Current Simmons student, Tanja Milojevic '12, was presented with a National Finalist award for her radio drama series: "Lightening Bolt Theater of the Mind." The show features original radio drama scripts, many written and produced by Ms. Milojevic.
In addition to the individual awards, the station, for the second year in a row, received the Golden Microphone Award for Broadcast Excellence. It was just one of four stations to receive the gold award.

Simmons Radio General Manager Len Mailloux said more than 40 schools from around the United States, including DePaul University, Rutgers University, and Goshen College, which was named this year's best college station in the Nation. The IBS competition offers awards in programming and feature categories, ranging from Best Special Program to Best Campus News Coverage to Best Sportscast.

"This is a tremendous honor for the station, the Communications Department and the entire college community," said Mailloux. "The 'Memorial to the Fallen' broadcast, for example, featured participants including President Helen Drinan, the Deans of the various colleges, Department Chairs, faculty, and students as well as members of the Simmons staff. This award is really for all of us."

The IBS serves college and high school broadcasters from more than 700 schools, nationwide. Mailloux is currently in his sixth year as chairman of the organization, which hosts conferences in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, The East Coast Regional Conference has been sponsored by the Department of Communications at Simmons College for each of the past two years and will do so this coming year.

-James Corcoran, Department Chair


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