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Excellence on the Airwaves

2018 Gracie Award recipients: Maria Santana, Danielle Zulkosky, and Emily Sauchelli

Three students from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication have won a total of four national Gracie Awards for excellence in news programming for their work on campus radio station WRHU 88.7 FM.

The prestigious honor, given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognizes work by, for, or about women in television, radio, and online media on the national, local, and student level.

The 2018 honorees, who competed in student categories against peers from across the nation, are:

  • Maria Santana ’18, WRHU station manager, who won two Gracie Awards for her work as a producer on shows “A League of Our Own,” “Morning Wake-Up Call,” and “Newsline” and for best talk show, for the episode, “Women Overcoming Adversity, Turning Disability into Capability,” on “A League of Our Own.”  Santana is a video/TV major and world literature minor from Freehold, New Jersey.
  • Emily Sauchelli ’19, who is a reporter, host, and associate producer for “A League of Our Own,” won for best interview feature, “I Am That Girl” with activist Alexis Jones. She is a journalism major and fine arts minor from Garden City, New York.
  • Danielle Zulkosky ’19, who is program director of talk radio at WRHU, won for best public affairs feature for “Empowering Women to Enter Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math),” which aired on “A League of Our Own.” She is a double major in journalism and political science from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

“We are very proud of the quality programming produced and hosted by Maria, Emily, and Danielle,” said John Mullen, WRHU director of operations.  “They are rising stars. It’s wonderful to see their work recognized for excellence with Gracie Awards. ”

The Alliance for Women in Media is a nonprofit professional organization working to advance the impact of women in the media industry.  This year marks the organization’s 43rd anniversary of the Gracie Awards. Honorees will receive their awards at a luncheon on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Cipriani in New York City.

With studios in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, WRHU’s award-winning, student-run radio station was named non-commercial radio station of the year by the National Association of Broadcasters in the prestigious Marconi Awards competition in 2014 and 2017, and was ranked the best college radio station in the nation by the Princeton Review for 2015 and 2016.  In addition to the Alliance for Women in Media, WRHU’s student reporters have won honors from the New York State Associated Press Association, the Press Club of Long Island, the Society of Professional Journalists, and New York Women in Communications.

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 Long Island Nets, an NBA G-League team, producing and broadcasting its home games at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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