WSOU 89.5 FM, Seton Hall's legendary student-run radio station, was again named a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. Nominated in the "Best College Radio Station of the Year" category, WSOU was one of only five stations from the more than 600 active college radio stations across the U.S. chosen as a finalist.
Considered one of the most prestigious awards in radio, the NAB's Marconi Award "honors radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting."
Previously titled "Noncommercial Station of the Year," WSOU won the Marconi Award in 2016.
Housed within the College of Communication and the Arts, WSOU's signal reaches all five boroughs of New York City and much of northern and central New Jersey and is also available on iHeartRadio.
"We're honored to again be recognized by the National Association of Broadcasters," said Mark Maben, general manager of WSOU. "Although we're a student-run radio station, we broadcast live to one of the largest media markets in the world. We're firmly within the New York Metropolitan market and students seem to know that they need to bring their 'A-Game' here, and they do – consistently – as evidenced by this nomination."
Throughout its 71-year existence, WSOU has earned more than 70 industry awards. In 2018, the station was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and earlier this year five student broadcasters received awards in the Garden State Journalist Association's 72nd Annual Memorial Journalism Awards.
The station has received a Peabody Award; has been named "College Station of the Year" (multiple times) by CMJ; "Metal Station of the Year" (three consecutive times) by Friday Morning Quarterback; is the recipient of more than 30 gold and platinum records, ranging from Iron Maiden to Linkin Park; and was named a "Top 5 radio station" in the country by Rolling Stone magazine. WSOU is also credited with introducing several renowned bands to the public, giving significant air-time to bands such as Pearl Jam, Korn, Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against the Machine and My Chemical Romance well before they appeared on commercial playlists.
Since its launch in 1948, the station has provided a hands-on learning experience for future broadcasters and media professionals. It is staffed by more than 125 students, both graduate and undergraduate, and airs 24/7, totaling up to 8,760 hours of programming a year.
Notable alumni of WSOU include ESPN broadcasters and anchors, Bob Picozzi '72, Boy Ley '76 and John Brickley '06; 1010 Wins' Reporter and Anchor, Glenn Schuck '85; Megaforce Records' Vice President, Missi Callazzo '89; Z100 and WLTW Assistant Program Director, Cara Han '14, SiriusXM Satellite Radio Director of Programming Jeff Regan '98; Sports Anchor Clayton Collier '16, Memphis ABC TV24; WCBS 880AM and WFAN traffic reporter Kelly Dillon '06; Joseph A. Reilly '60, former President and CEO of the New York State Broadcasters Association and the voice of the NYC subway system and AirTrain at JFK and Newark airports, Bernie Wagenblast '78.
"WSOU prides itself on being at the forefront for providing outstanding experiential learning opportunities for our students," said Deirdre Yates, dean of the College of Communication and the Arts. "Twice recognized in four years among the best college stations in the United States by the NAB is an achievement of extraordinary distinction. WSOU has been the first on-air home to literally thousands of radio, TV, film and music industry professionals – and this latest nomination is a further testament that the tradition of broadcast excellence is alive and well at Seton Hall in the College of Communication and the Arts."
WSOU 89.5 FM, which began broadcasting in 1948, is the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University housed within the College of Communication and the Arts. Celebrated for its loud rock format and coverage of Seton Hall athletics, WSOU's signal reaches all five boroughs of New York City and much of northern and central New Jersey and is available on iHeartRadio. More information about the station can be found online at www.wsou.net and www.facebook.com/WSOUFM.