WPU Radio and Television Stations Nominated For Multiple Awards


Ryan Doyle, Editor In Chief

William Paterson’s on-campus radio and television stations have been nominated for multiple broadcasting awards by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. Both WP 88.7 FM Brave New Radio and WPTV-6 have a chance to bring home plenty of hardware.

This will be the fourth time in five years that Brave New Radio has been nominated for the, “Best College Radio Station” award. A tremendous feat for any school, William Paterson has been a staple at the IBS awards.

The station as a whole is filled with plenty of talented students. Including senior Joel Carrasquillo who is nominated for a pair of awards. The first being “Best Public Service Announcement” for his work on a “It’s On Us” campaign announcement. His other nomination comes from his “Retro Night” specialty music show. His show featured pop and new wave music from the 1980s.

“Being nominated is a huge deal for me,” said Carrasquillo. “It’s an honor to be nominated by the [IBS]… it’s an amazing way to highlight my senior year.”

Along with Carrasquillo’s work, the Brave New Radio Sports department is up for a plethora of awards. The director of the sports department, junior Justin McHugh is up for the “Best Sports Director” award. McHugh is in charge of creating a broadcasting schedule for WP athletic events. He also is the ¬†host of a sports talk show airing on Tuesday mornings (7 a.m. – 9 a.m.) on WP 88.7.

“Winning this award really means the world to me,” said McHugh. The circumstances of everything makes it that much sweeter. I put in a lot of work to change a lot of things in our department for the better and I think it’s safe to say we are moving in a positive direction.”

With McHugh at the helm, the sports department is nominated for two other awards. Junior Joe Rea and sophomore Chris Turner-Demondo can bring home a trophy for the best baseball/softball broadcasts in the nation.

Two familiar names in the communication department are also up for awards. Senior Dylan Burns and recent graduate Mason Mills are finalists for the “Best Pre-/Post-Game Show” category.

For the first time, IBS has added awards for collegiate television stations. William Paterson’s station, WPTV-6, is up for four awards.

The first pair of awards come from WP Sports Desk. A show that covers William Paterson athletics and professional sports. The show itself is nominated for “Best Sports Program”.

Recently, the show underwent a major change, which could be credited towards the shows success. The implementation of the WP Sports segment. With the show’s focus shifting towards on-campus athletics, the new segment provides analysis and interviews from the teams and coaches of WPU. Former executive producer Mills and the current producer Turner-Demondo played a major role in creating this segment.

Below is the most recent episode of WP Sports Desk. This segment features William Paterson softball and baseball. Including a mention of The Beacon’s own Jeffrey Lombardi!

As WP Sports Desk shines, many of the key contributors that aren’t seen on camera have received well deserved recognition. Seniors¬†Jessica Guerriera and Laurel Smith have been nominated in the “Best Talk Program” category for their work with “The Roundabout”. Recent graduate Shane Keating can also bring home an award for “Best Program Promotion”.

The Intercollegiate Broadcasting System hosts a conference in New York City every year to bring all of the college broadcasting programs together. This year will be the 77th annual conference and it takes place from March 3-5.