MARQUETTE – Several Northern Michigan University students and faculty have won 2004-05 broadcast excellence awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for pieces broadcast on WNMU-TV and WNMU-FM. They were honored in the "Market 4" competition category, which is comprised of radio and television stations in Marquette, Escanaba, Alpena, and other markets of comparable size.
The television program Michigan's Gray Wolf: Ghost of the Big Timber was the top winner for news special. It was produced by NMU communication and performance studies professor Dwight Brady and alumnus Nick VanCourt. The program has also been submitted as a contender for an Emmy Award.
A radio piece titled "West African Musician Mady Kouyate, Interview and Performance" won first place in the special interest programming category. It was produced by communication and performance studies professor Charles Ganzert, Jane Cisluycis of WNMU-FM, and Peter Albrecht, a senior media production and new technology major from Evergreen, Colo., and members of the advanced audio production class.
A "Meet the Candidate" television program sponsored by ASNMU student government earned an honorable mention in the talk show category. The award recipients are Anna Patrick of Marquette, a junior majoring in media production and new technology, and Rachel Melnick of Morton Grove, Ill., a senior broadcasting major.
Adam Czarnecki, a senior media production and new technology major from Ypsilanti, received an honorable mention in the radio public service announcement (PSA) category.
The awards will be presented Tuesday, March 8, in Lansing.