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WKNC Named Among Nation’s Top College Radio Stations

NC State's student radio station took the number two slot for Radio Station of the Year in the College Media Association's Pinnacle Awards.

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Student radio station WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1/HD-2 took the number two slot for Radio Station of the Year in the College Media Association’s (CMA) Pinnacle Awards. The honor was conveyed Friday, Oct. 23, during the Virtual Fall National College Media Convention.

Radio Station of the Year, divided into two-year and four-year categories, recognizes excellence in coverage, content and reporting, production quality, service to the campus community, and innovative use of audio/video. WKNC was judged on three entries: an episode of the “Get Psyched” podcast featuring content creators Leeann Diaz and Miranda Owen, a promo for the station’s Chainsaw Rock programming created by Andrew Evans, and a short clip of a news story on essential vs. non-essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by public affairs director Aaron Kling.

“The Pinnacle Awards judge a station on its ability to create quality news and entertainment programming,” said Jamie Lynn Gilbert, WKNC’s staff adviser and Student Media associate director. “I think my students did a great job of that last year, and am honored to have their hard work showcased at such a high level.”

This marks WKNC’s fourth time receiving organizational recognition from CMA. The station was named a finalist for the same award in 2012, 2014, and 2019.

CMA also recognizes individual excellence in student advertising, broadcasting, design, online, photo, sports and writing.