For the second straight year, WRHU-88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University has been named a finalist for the prestigious National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Radio Award as the non-commercial radio station of the year. WRHU won the honor in 2014, the first year that non-commercial stations were recognized.
The Marconi Award honors radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting in 20 categories, and the 2017 winners will be announced September 7 during an awards ceremony in Austin, Texas.
In recent weeks, WRHU’s student journalists have won numerous other local, state, and national awards including:
- Seventeen awards from the Press Club of Long Island, including 7 first-place finishes and sweeps of first, second and third prizes in the arts and entertainment and education reporting radio categories. May 2017 graduate Juliana Spano, who will attend Hofstra’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law this fall, earned 4 PCLI awards.
- Three New York State Associated Press Association (NYAPA) awards. Student journalists Sean Bates, Jessica Ma, Samuel Bussell, Jenna Weigard, Mark Mausner, and Lourdes Carballo won first place in the Bill Leaf Memorial Award for best regularly scheduled local news program for the Oct. 6, 2016 broadcast of evening news show, “Newsline.” Spano finished in second place for the Chris Ulanowski Memorial Award for best news story for “Long Island Schools Lead Common Core Opt-Out Movement.” Sports journalists Joe Barone and Dan Hanson took second place in the best sports feature category for “NY Islanders Players Skate with Visually Impaired Students.”
- The first Alan Colmes Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievements by a CollegeRadio Broadcaster was awarded to WRHU Station Manager Maria Santana during TALKERS 2017, the nation’s largest and most influential talk radio convention, for her on-air work and leadership abilities. The award is named in honor of Fox News political commentator and Hofstra alumnus Alan Colmes, who died earlier this year.
WRHU, with studios in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, was ranked the best college radio station in the nation by the Princeton Review for 2015 and 2016. It has also been the flagship station of the NHL’s New York Islanders since 2010, and is the first and only college radio station to have an exclusive broadcasting agreement with a professional major-league sports team. In 2016, WRHU was named the flagship station of the Brooklyn Nets’ new NBA Development League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, producing and broadcasting its home games at Barclays Center.