Students win broadcasting award

2/9/2017 2:56:54 PM

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Students from the Introduction to Radio Production class at Southwestern Illinois College submitted their work to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and were named a finalist for Best Radio Drama. 

“This is the first time our students have submitted an entry for national competition and the first award recognizing the quality of their work,” said Mac Chamblin, instructor of Radio Production at SWIC. 

The students submitted a 25-minute Sci-Fi comedy “Space Monster-Rama” by California playwright Bill Chessman. They produced, acted, directed and edited the production themselves. Among the students involved in the production are Aeschylus (Ace) Augustin of Granite City, Kevin Fleming of Belleville, Kira Garza of New Athens, Blake Johnson of Belleville, Vincent Martinez of Fairview Heights, Matthew Scally of Belleville and Ethan Seaman of Belleville. 

The group will receive a Golden Microphone Award in New York City at the IBS International Convention in March for their achievement. The IBS will announce its choice for first place among the finalists at the convention. SWIC is up against six other finalists from colleges and universities from around the country. 

For more information about radio production at SWIC, contact Chamblin at or call 618-235-2700, ext. 5592.