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 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.