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WUTM staff attend virtual conference and add to trophy case

MARTIN, Tenn. -- WUTM staff members eagerly watched the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) annual awards show Saturday, March 6 at 5 p.m. CST.

WUTM won fifteen new awards, including a first-place award, 13 national finalist awards and the 11th consecutive Platinum Award, which is the highest peer-reviewed award issued by IBS for college radio stations.

WUTM took home a first-place trophy in Community News Coverage for "Protests in Martin," which was coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests in Martin, Tennessee.

The station also celebrated thirteen national finalist awards.

  • Best On-Air Personality: Kayla B. on 90.3

  • Best Celebrity/Artist Interview: Behind the Mic, Colony House

  • Best Football Play-by-Play: Westview vs. Waverly

  • Best Basketball Play-by-Play: UTM vs. TN Tech

  • Best Newscast: WUTM News Update

  • Best Spot News Coverage: Women's Basketball

  • Best News Promotion: COVID-19 News Promo

  • Best Live Broadcast Promotional Event: World College Radio Day, Dr. Cavalier

  • Best Underwriting Spot: City of Martin

  • Best Underwriting Spot: Scott Taylor

  • Best Station Blog: The Daily Squawk

  • Best Use of Social Media

  • Best College Radio Station (under 10,000 students)

Students were also invited to attend learning sessions and panels to further their broadcasting, marketing and management experience. WUTM Faculty Adviser, Dr. Richard Robinson, was involved with six conference presentations.

Traditionally, the conference would be hosted in New York City. This year, participants took part on Zoom and the awards were announced on a YouTube stream.

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