SWIC students win national broadcasting award

4/6/2017 4:22:03 PM

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Southwestern Illinois College students from the Introduction to Radio Production class submitted their work to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and took home gold at the IBS international conference in New York City. The college’s internet radio station, Blue Storm Radio, received the IBS Golden Microphone Award for “Best Radio Drama.”

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 were Aeschylus (Ace) Augustin of Granite City, Kira Garza of New Athens, Vincent Martinez of Fairview Heights and Kevin Fleming, Blake Johnson, Matthew Scally and Ethan Seaman, all of Belleville.

“It’s pretty remarkable for a broadcast program only three years old to bring home such an award,” said producer and director Seaman. “What makes it even better is knowing we competed against seven other finalists from East Coast colleges and universities to be ranked nationally as Best Radio Drama. Because of this award, we’ve been invited to present our work at HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction and Arts Festival this summer in Kansas City. I’m really looking forward to speaking on the panel and meeting the playwright.”

For more information about radio production at SWIC, contact Chamblin at thomas.chamblin@swic.edu or 618-235-2700, ext. 5592.