Skip to main content

WKNC wins Spirit of College Radio award

Student radio station WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1/HD-2 is one of 10 winners of the Spirit of College Radio Awards for 2021.

A close-up of a radio studio microphone

By Grant Eubanks

Student radio station WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1/HD-2 is one of 10 winners of the Spirit of College Radio Awards 2021.

WKNC celebrated World College Radio Day on Oct. 1, 2021 with a 24-hour lock-in in their studios in Witherspoon Student Center, complete with a 24-hour YouTube live stream, 24 one-hour DJ sets on WKNC’s HD-1 channel, 16 hours of live DJs on WKNC HD-2, live posting on social media and a documentary-style recap.

Produced by WKNC video content creator Elle Bonet, a third-year student studying communication-media, “WKNC 24 HOUR LOCK IN RECAP” documented DJs and staff celebrating the day and hosting NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson on an episode of Three Bears In a Coat’s radio block “Ride Along” all while fighting off sleep deprivation.

“This was the first time WKNC has ever done a 24 hour event to celebrate World College Radio Day,” said Maddie Jennette, a fourth-year computer engineering student and WKNC general manager. “To have planned all of this only a few days before it happened, and then win a Spirit of College Radio award for everything we did, is such an honor.”

More than 600 college radio stations in 40 countries participated in World College Radio Day, founded in 2010 to highlight the importance of student-run college radio. The Spirit of College Radio Awards are presented annually by the College Radio Foundation to “shine a spotlight on stations that not only go above and beyond to celebrate the annual [World College Radio Day] event but also embody the passion and mission of college radio.”

Below is the complete list of the Spirit of College Radio Award 2021 winners.

  • Aggie Radio 92.3 KBLU LP Logan — Utah State University (USA)
  • RADIO-E — Universidad de Costa Rica (Costa Rica)
  • The Revolution, Rev 89 — Colorado State University- Pueblo (USA)
  • UPFM — University of Patras Radio (Greece)
  • UST Tiger Radio — University of Santo Tomas (Philippines)
  • WKNC 88.1 HD-1/HD-2 — North Carolina State University (USA)
  • WLMC Landmark College Radio — Landmark College (USA)
  • WMSC 90.3 FM — Montclair State University (USA)
  • WOLF Radio — University of West Georgia (USA)
  • WWSU 106.9 FM — Wright State University (USA)