Students involved with WRST-FM at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh received several student media awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association March 7.
- WRST student station manager Dan VanDenEng received one of four $2,000 scholarships.
- In the news series/documentary category, WRST received a third-place award for its election night special, produced by Dan VanDenEng and student news director Aaron Vaughn. The live, five-hour broadcast featured numerous UW Oshkosh professors as in-studio guests, live reports of local vote totals from the Winnebago County Courthouse, news features and candidate speeches from the Public Radio Exchange, and live events from National Public Radio. Nearly every student at WRST took part in this broadcast.
- In the news story category, Aaron Vaughn received the second-place award for his audio report on the “Nearly Naked Mile,” a UW Oshkosh event that collected clothing for area residents in need. His report aired during WRST’s regular afternoon newscasts and featured interviews with some of the 150 student participants.
- In the aircheck category, Dan VanDenEng took second place for his “JD-Kickin’ Country” entry. A submission in this category consists of the on-air announcing from a regular radio program.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association student media awards were judged by professional radio and TV broadcasters affiliated with the Illinois Broadcasters Association.