SUNY Oswego Student-Managed Audiovisual Media Wins Four National Awards | New
OSWEGO – SUNY Oswego’s student-run broadcasting organizations recently won four national awards in the College Broadcasters Inc. competition, including first place for WNYO FM 89 and three overall awards for WTOP-TV10.
At the ceremony on Nov. 2 in St. Louis, WNYO took top honors in the Best Sport Per Game category for their broadcast of men’s hockey away to Plattsburgh. Meanwhile, WTOP took second and third place in the Best Live Sports Broadcast category with their men’s hockey show Whiteout Weekend from Oswego vs. Plattsburgh and an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game from Oswego vs. Baldwin-Wallace. WTOP also placed third in the Best Station Imagery category, for overall promotional and branding work.
âWe are incredibly pleased with our results at CBI,â said WNYO Managing Director Carl Neff. âNot only did we have some great guys calling the game Dan Kuter and Cole Parzych, but also a great team behind the scenes to make sure these guys sounded as good as them. I think this award not only reflects all the hard work the sports team put into every show they did in the past year, but it also inspires everyone at our station to produce the best content possible.
Neff thanks Parzych, who was WNYO’s athletic director before graduating in May, for scouring the shows for the right one. Being an away competition of great interest due to the Oswego-Plattsburgh rivalry, as well as the tense atmosphere it brings, really makes it a top pick, noted Neff.
âIn terms of competition, everyone who attended the convention was from schools with strong and promising broadcast teams,â explained Neff, as WNYO’s coverage of a Division III program competed with division I and II schools. “As GM, it makes me very proud of what our sports team can do, as well as excited to see what will happen.”
The interactions of the college’s media organizations make any success even more enjoyable, he said.
âThe best support we get comes from all of the other media organizations,â Neff said. âWhen we learned that WTOP had been nominated, WNYO and the Oswegonian were quick to congratulate them and celebrate their success. When we were nominated soon after, we received the same welcome support and it was amazing. The three media organizations working hand in hand is akin to our pride as students of Oswego and our collaboration with each other that grows every day. “
WTOP’s three awards continue its success with live sports, as well as other aspects of its operations, said Brittany Cairns, the resort’s athletic director.
Alumni know the OMCP best for their sports programming, but with this award and the previous national recognition for a graduating class of 2018 Griffin Bruce “show that we are not only good at sports, but also good at other things” , Cairns said. âIf you throw something at us, we can do it. “
She shared her enthusiasm for the WNYO award and highlighted teamwork and work ethic as two factors behind the OMCP awards.
âWe have people coming together to work long hours, and ultimately when you see it all coming together, it’s really cool,â the Broadcast Major said. “I think it has a lot to do with the value of the production as well.”
Planning begins over two weeks for the Whiteout game, which had around 25 students on the team, but the NCAA basketball game – as they weren’t sure for sure if the school would host – was more of a rush. who benefited from teamwork and adaptability. WTOP had overhauled the way they broadcast basketball games, learning to incorporate a full studio production with a large graphics package, just like with hockey games.
âThis was probably only our third or fourth broadcast of basketball in this format, so it was amazing to see that kind of recognition, that kind of validation,â Cairns said.
âIn the live sports category, we had two of four nominations,â Cairns said, and the competition included some great Division I schools. âThat says a lot about our opportunities here. We are managed by students. We have opportunities that other students never see in their four years. We can broadcast all sports live.
Cairns said she has learned that some of their competitors have faculty members acting as CEOs and taking on more practical roles, but she believes Oswego’s stations being managed by students gives them an advantage.
âI think we have live programming that rivals Syracuse and Arizona State and Temple,â Cairns said. âAnd as a freshman here you can touch a camera, while other schools won’t let you do anything until your junior or senior year. I think that’s why we get such validation, because people continue to gain more experience. Seniors graduate, but others have experience, so they just get in there. “