Albright College's WXAC Wins Award for Broadcasting Excellence
April 4, 2014
Reading, Pa. – Albright College’s student-run radio station, WXAC 91.3 FM, won the Bronze Microphone
Award for Outstanding Broadcasting Excellence at last month’s 75th
annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS)
Held in New York
City, the three-day IBS conference featured more than 150 speakers and 1,500
college radio broadcasters from around the world, with a focus on new trends in
college radio, television and webcasting.
“We work really hard
at the station, so it’s really cool to have something tangible to show [for
it]. And we were awarded it by a prestigious conference such as IBS,” said
music director Trent Gray ’17 of Nanticoke, Pa., who attended the
conference along with WXAC program director Chris Longworth ’15 of Moylan, Pa.
station manager and faculty adviser Mindy
Cohen presented a talk at the conference on “How a Small College Radio Station Can
Have Meaningful Reach Beyond Campus.” Her address examined ways to increase
listenership, serve and empower the greater community, and keep stations
solvent. As part of her talk, Cohen discussed WXAC’s outreach to the large
Latino population in Reading.
“I am thrilled at how much WXAC is able to accomplish,” said
Cohen. “We are a tiny station with a group of students and community volunteers
who are committed to producing a quality program, and really making a difference.
It is wonderful to be recognized by our peers for our accomplishment.”
Celebrating its 50th anniversary
in 2015, the nonprofit WXAC helps train students in broadcasting operations
and fosters communication and life skills. WXAC also presents an alternative to
commercial radio by acting as a forum for music, poetry and the arts. The
station disseminates information relevant to and important for the Albright
community and beyond, and provides Reading’s Latino community with a
non-biased, non-commercial Spanish-language platform.
the end of the summer, WXAC should have a new home. Discussions are underway
for the station to relocate to the former College Relations building at 13th
and Richmond streets, where it could be joined by BCTV. The facility would be
known as the Berks Community Media Center at Albright College.
Founded in 1856, Albright
College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,700 full-time
undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The
College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit
residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and
disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty
mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive
community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations
and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright
College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.
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