WUTM earns 'platinum' rankings
Posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 6:01 pm
WUTM, the University of Tennessee at Martin student-operated radio station, has been awarded a “Platinum” rating by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS), a 70-year-old national organization of more than 1,000 college and university radio stations.
Platinum is the highest ranking a member radio station can achieve each year. It is given annually for outstanding radio station operation in the areas of management, programming, education and training, engineering, news, sports, underwriting and faculty advisement. The IBS also has awards of bronze, silver and gold designations.
“Our student station continues to be recognized for broadcast excellence, and I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Dr. Robert Nanney, UT Martin Department of Communications chair.
“I am so proud that the students’ hard work is being recognized on a national level. Our broadcast faculty has built a culture of excellence for WUTM. I especially appreciate the vision and hard work of Dr. Richard Robinson, the faculty adviser, assisted by Harold Cochran, our senior broadcast engineer. What WUTM has accomplished this year is truly remarkable.”
During this past year, the Southeast Journalism Conference named WUTM “Best College Radio Station in the South” for the second consecutive year. In addition, broadcast students have won individual awards from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, the IBS and the SEJC.
“Our students put forth every effort and strive for excellence. This hard work is paying off with recognition in both regional and national competitions. WUTM is truly a team effort, and I’m proud of the station and the students who work there,” said Robinson.
For five of the past six years, the SEJC has consistently ranked WUTM in the top three for “Best College Radio Station in the South.” The station has been ranked number one by the SEJC in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
WUTM broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 90.3 FM, and also streams its signal via the World Wide Web.
It is operated by the UT Martin Department of Communications.
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