Fredonia Radio Systems named ‘Best College Station in the Nation’


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State University of New York at Fredonia

Fredonia Radio Systems (FRS) brought back top honors from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System’s 77th annual conference held in New York City March 4.

FRS, the student organization which operates WDVL-CL 89.5 and WCVF 88.9 FM, was awarded the overall Abraham & Borst Award as the “Best College Station in the Nation.”

The top prize was one of six WCVF received. The other awards include first place for “Best College Radio Station (Under 10,000 students),” Noah Maciejewski for “Best On-Air Personality,” Dan Salazar for “Best Promotion Poster;” Matt Pantano, Jaret Belschwinder and Jay Wilkie for “Best Hockey Play by Play,” and Alex Behrens for “Best Use of Graphics in a Video.” Overall, FRS was a finalist in 12 categories.

The conference included numerous seminars in areas related to engineering, social media, public relations and much more. On the last day of the conference, IBS held an awards show to honor the most prestigious college stations in the nation.

“We’ve all worked so hard for this and it’s a really great feeling to be recognized nationally,” said Rebecca D’Hilly, general manager for Fredonia Radio Systems. “We never thought this would happen. We want to keep getting better and uphold our position as number one college station in the country.”

“I called Laura Johnson (of the Department of Communication), our station advisor, as soon as we were awarded the plaque saying we were the best in the nation,” Ms. D’Hilly continued. “She was so proud of us for how far we’ve come and I couldn’t help but cry. It’s a great feeling to make someone who has worked hard with the students to make FRS the best so proud.”

Fredonia Radio Systems offers all students, regardless of major, the opportunity to work in management, business, promotion, sales, traffic, music, production, news, sports, community service, and engineering. The station is managed and staffed by student volunteers. Its offices and studios are located in McEwen Hall.