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Radio TV Film students from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh came away with a record 18 of the 81 awards presented at the annual student conference of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association held in Middleton on Feb. 24.

UWO radio station WRST swept the category for news story writing for radio, with first place honors going a story on American Airlines adding service to Appleton. Second place was for a story on student concerns about the campus’ Titan Alert system for sending emergency messages, and third went to a piece on risky driving behaviors by millennials.

WRST also took first and second place honors in the category for long-form/non-news production. First place went to a segment on the challenges faced by the deaf community and second went to a report on forestry management as practiced by a Native American lumber operation.

WRST also took first place for best sports story for a report on concussion insurance available for high school athletes and the station also got first-place honors in the sports play by play category for a NCAA semi-final football broadcast when UWO faced the University of Mount Union..

Other awards to UWO included:

  • Public Affairs/Talk Show/Radio: 2nd place for a live radio interview with UWO Chancellor Andrew Leavitt
  • News Series/Documentary/Radio: 3rd place for an analysis on the cultural themes in the film “Wind River”
  • Newscast/Radio: 2nd place for the March 16, 2017 WRST newscast and 3rd place for the April 19, 2017 WRST newscast
  • Newscast/TV: 3rd place for Titan TV News from April 21, 2017
  • Sports Programming/Non-Play-by-play/Radio:  2nd place for WRST’s “Oshkosh Sports Saturday” from November 11, 2017 and 3rdplace for an episode of “The Sports Page” which featured an interview with Milwaukee Bucks broadcaster Jim Paschke
  • Sports Programming/Non-Play-by-play/TV: 2nd place for an episode of the Titan TV series “Titan Overtime”
  • Sports Play-by-Play/TV: 3rd place for the Titan TV Sports production of UWO vs. UW-River Falls Volleyball
  • General Entertainment Program/TV: 3rd place for the Titan TV special “Cole and Claudia’s Christmas Show”
  • Promotional/PSAs/Commercials/TV: 2nd place for the Titan TV documentary “History Oshkosh” promo

With these honors, UWO has now won 126 WBA awards since the contest was established in 2004.

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