For back-to-back years, a broadcast submitted by Tornado Radio has been named a finalist in a national competition among other college and community radio stations. The program, along with four other finalists, was entered into the public affairs category of the 2017 Golden Microphone Awards sponsored by the New York-based Intercollegiate College Broadcasting System (IBS).
The Concordia University Texas student-produced recording will compete against programs from Bloomfield College (New Jersey), Cal State Bernardino (California), Central Washington University and one from a community partnership in York, Pennsylvania. The total number of entries quadrupled from those in 2016, and that didn't seem to phase our Tornados!
Concordia’s entry was produced by students Philip Zapata, Micah Hodges, Miranda Mueller and Kristina Paulsen, and was originally broadcast this fall on the CTX student-run webcasting radio station. The hour-long discussion was produced by the students as a part of an assignment for their Communication Technology class. The rubric for the class assignment was to analyze and discuss a news story about technology found in the Austin American-Statesman. The students conducted an in-depth analysis of how ecommerce was facing a revolution brought on by cybercurrencies like Bitcoin, a new digital currency which can be tracked and controlled in the evolving surveillance network called the blockchain.
The overall winner will be announced in March at the award ceremony held annually in New York City. Each finalist will receive the Golden Microphone trophy.
“The three programs we entered demonstrated extraordinary high critical thinking, plus they practiced the kind of oral communication that well represents the kind of education provided at Concordia.”
Dr. Philip Hohle, the professor who taught the class and the outgoing faculty sponsor for Concordia Student Media (CSM), selected and entered three clips from among the many hours of programming students broadcast and record each semester on Tornado Radio.
“The three programs we entered demonstrated extraordinary high critical thinking, plus they practiced the kind of oral communication that well represents the kind of education provided at Concordia,” Hohle said.
The two other entries competed, but did not win in the categories of Talk Shows and Sports Interviews.
Tornado Radio, along with The Spin newsmagazine, website ctxtalk.com, and the Tornado News Tonight webcast news program, are all a part of CSM. Tornado Radio began broadcasting in the fall of 2009. Broadcast around the clock all year, live talk shows are mixed with prerecorded programs and popular music. Any listener with an internet connection or a smartphone can access the station’s streaming feed by visiting here.
New this year on the website is a link to Tornado Podcasts. These are a selection of talk shows that include the finalist program, the other entries and many recent CTX student-produced talk shows from the past year. Subscribers can also find Tornado Podcasts by visiting the Apple iTunes store.