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WASU Wins 2012 mtvU College Radio Woodie Award

mtvU Woodie 2012

mtvU Woodie 2012

At SXSW last week mtvU held its Woodie Awards, recognizing artists popular with the college audience. The College Radio Woodie Award was given to FM radio station WASU at Appalachian State University (Boone, North Carolina) based on results of online voting.

According to the WASU website, “MTV called to say out of all the college stations in the United States, the people have spoken and WASU is the winner. It has been a long and hard journey. Thanks to your sore fingers, telling your friends, coming out to clickathons and listening WASU is bringing home the Woodie after four years of trying. MTV Woodie Glory is in all our hands. Thank you for that.” The station put forth a big social media effort to get listeners to vote for the station online, including a click-a-thon event.

The contest began with an online nomination period and the finalists were eventually narrowed to the following ten college radio stations: ACRN (Ohio University, Athens, OH), KRFH (Humboldt State University, Humboldt, CA), WPTS (University of Pittsburgh) (top 25 in 2011), WASU (Appalachian State University, Boone, NC) (top 10 in 2011), WLOY (Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD) (top 25 in 2011), WDPU (DePaul University, Chicago, IL), Rainy Dawg Radio (University of Washington, Seattle, WA), KSUA (University of Alaska Fairbanks), WVMW (Marywood University, Scranton, PA), and WAIH (SUNY-Potsdam, NY).

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4 Responses to WASU Wins 2012 mtvU College Radio Woodie Award

  1. John Hogle March 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

    Popularity contests, such as this one and the current competition, have nothing to do with how good a station is. In fact, some stations are difficult to compare to each other because of their varying missions. Yes, KFJC is still my all-time favorite college radio station, but I have listened to at least 20-30 others who are also wonderful stations because of the passions for music and knowledge that their volunteers have.

    I think all college and independent radio stations whose very existence depends on the volunteer DJs and donations by listeners (and not on egregious advertising and inane salaried DJS) should be recognized for their contributions to our musical pleasure and informing the public about all kinds of issues.

  2. PRC March 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Was there a limit on how many times a person could vote or did this essentially end up as a college radio version of the Mashable awards? : V

  3. Geena August 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    I’m sure that there were some great contenders for this contest. CMJ just announced that they are going to be having College Day on October 18th during the Music Marathon. It will definitely be worth checking out!

  4. Roscoe August 28, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    WASU is very deserving of this reward. I’ve listened to a lot of college radio stations. WASU does a great job of mixing indie, mainstream, and classic rock. It’s also nearly entirely student run. The mountains do a good job of blocking stations coming in from Winston and Charlotte, so WASU attracts a wide audience in the community.

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