WZIS nominated for 8 national awards

WZIS, Indiana State’s student radio station and its students are finalists for eight national awards by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) including Best College Radio Station for a campus with over 10,000 students.

This is the fourth consecutive year that WZIS has been named a finalist for the Best College Radio Station. The station received the award in 2019 and was named the Best College Radio Station in the nation.

“It’s pretty incredible to be nominated for the 4th straight year,” Rich Green, general manager of WZIS, said. “The students are always willing to learn from each other. That’s what makes us so consistent. Senior level staff are willing to bring newer students along and share the success. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the former and current students who laid the groundwork leading to the consistency we have today.”

Along with the Best College Radio Station award, WZIS was also nominated for having the Best Website.

Landon Kleindorfer, a senior communication major from Bedford, Ind., and Kyle McGinty, a senior from Plymouth, Ind., majoring in communication with a concentration in media, received two nominations for their work when Indiana State hosted the University of San Diego: Best Baseball/Softball Play-By-Play and Best Pregrame/Postgame. Kleindorfer was also awarded Best Newscast for his WZIS News Update.

Off the air, Jordan Anderson, senior communication major from Paris, Ill., and Calli Kohl, sophomore psychology major from Caramel, Ind., were nominated for Best Event Promo for their Kohl Spring Giveaway. Jillian Bontjes, a senior communication major from Westville, Ill., was nominated for Best Show Promotional Poster for the Electric Underground as well as the Best Press Release about Landon Kleindorfer, senior, placing at the BEA festival of media arts.

Award winners will be announced on March 6 at the 81st annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Conference. The conference will be held virtually this year and run from March 2-6.

Last year, WZIS was nominated for 10 different awards through IBS, including Best Football Play-By-Play, Best Specialty Show, Best Use of Sound Effects, Best Public Service Promotion, Best Press Release, and Best Podcast.

They received first place last year for Best Community Outreach and Abi Scharton, a senior communication major from Indianapolis, Ind., was named Best Promotions Director.

Media Contact: Julia Sonntag
Public Relations Specialist
Jsonntag2@sycamores.indstate.edu