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WKNC Takes Top Honors for Design

"Western Wednesday” promotional designs.

While Student Media is often recognized for the design work of its print publications, student radio station WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1/HD-2 is also winning awards.

Ray Ray, a rising third-year student studying chemistry, earned first place in the promotions and advertising category in the Edmund C. Arnold Chapter of the Society for News Design at Michigan State University annual student design contest. Ray, host of “Western Wednesday” on WKNC, submitted a series of three promotional designs created for the show.

Maddie Jennette, a May 2023 graduate in computer engineering and the station’s general manager from 2021 to 2023, took third place in the contest with a design promoting the station’s Double Barrel Benefit 19 concert.

The contest features categories such as front page and special section design, digital storytelling, alternative story format, infographics and promotions and advertising. Judges for the contest included representatives from the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Walt Disney Company.

WKNC typically fairs well in the contest, also earning honors for promotions and advertising in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2021.