BOONE, N.C. — The best college television station in the nation is broadcast from the George G. Beasley Media Complex at Appalachian State University, according to the Intercollegiate Broadcast System (IBS).
AppTV — Appalachian’s student-run television station — was named the 2020 Best College TV Station at the 80th annual IBS International Media Conference held March 6–8 in New York City. AppTV was named a finalist for the award in 2019.
Also receiving recognition for excellence in communication at the IBS awards ceremony were The Appalachian newspaper and The App (WASU-FM 90.5) radio station, Appalachian’s other student-run media outlets. Seven students representing AppTV, The Appalachian and The App, all of which are administered by the Department of Communication, attended the conference with Ira David Levy, news adviser for The Appalachian.
“This award means a great deal to the members of our AppTV team, who dedicate their time to the channel and who have a passion for creating original content,” said AppTV Operations Manager Ciera Thompson, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting major from Durham.
Thompson, who also produces the show “This is AppTV” and the AppTV movie “Where You Should Be,” added, “Working at AppTV has been an invaluable experience for me, personally — to be in an environment where people support you while you grow and learn.”
AppTV General Manager Rob Gelber said he believes the amount of original content the AppTV staff has created was key to winning the Best College TV Station award.
“Per day, we broadcast between 18–20 hours of original content,” Gelber said. “When someone flips to the channel at almost any hour of the day, they will see content and news relating to our university and our community. It takes a large group of dedicated individuals who invest their time, energy and talent to make our channel the best it can possibly be.”
In addition to its Best College TV Station award, AppTV and its staff were recognized with the following finalist awards:
- Best Video Comedy Program: “Up Late App State.” The following show staff members were recognized with the award: producer Olivia Williams, a sophomore communication, electronic media/broadcasting major from Mint Hill; associate producer Patrick Mullaney ’19, an alumnus of Appalachian’s communication, electronic media/broadcasting program from Holly Springs; and host Samuel Jacob “Jake” Smith, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting major from Burlington.
- Tom Gibson Award for Outstanding Engineering: Emily Mason ’16, chief engineer and production manager for Appalachian’s George G. Beasley Media Complex. She holds a B.S. in communication studies from Appalachian.
- Best Use of Graphics: “Pixel Peak.” The award was presented to the show’s staff: producer Caitlin Hallee ’19, a graduate of Appalachian’s B.S. in communication, electronic media/broadcasting program from Hillsborough; and associate producer Tanner Mizelle, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting major from Holly Springs.
The App radio station was recognized with the Best Phone App first place award for its WASU-FM 90.5 mobile app, designed by Doug Brantz, a technology support analyst in Appalachian’s Information Technology Services. The station also received the following finalist awards:
- Best On-Air Personality: Michael Edgerton, a junior communications, electronic media/broadcasting major from Greensboro and promotions intern for The App.
- Best Radio Drama: “Pre-recorded, Live!” — a half-hour sitcom about college students. The award was presented to the show’s creators/actors: Taylor “T.J.” Oleson, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting from Chapel Hill; and Samuel Jacob “Jake” Smith, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting senior from Burlington.
- Best Use of Social Media: The App Instagram account. Kiera Massi, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting major from Charlotte, was recognized with the award.
- Most Innovative/Creative Program: “Mountain Mama Radio Hour.” The show’s host, Lauren Wasmund, of Taylorsville, received the award. Wasmund is a senior double majoring in communication, public relations and communication, journalism.
The Appalachian newspaper received the following finalist awards:
- Best Video Newscast: “The Appalachian Weekly News.” The show’s producer, Sadie Maddock, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting major from Pittsboro, and technical director, Saniye Wilson, a junior communication studies and political science double major from Charlotte, were recognized with the award.
- Best Spot News and Best Spot News Coverage: Justin Lundy, a senior communication, electronic media/broadcasting major from Raleigh, was recognized with both awards. Lundy is a field correspondent for The Appalachian, an AppTV intern and the assistant news director for The App.
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About the Department of Communication
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University focuses on preparing students to succeed in the varied fields within the communication industry. The department offers five majors – advertising, communication studies, electronic media/broadcasting, journalism and public relations – and a minor in communication studies. Graduates work in a wide range of positions in media, corporate, agency, government and nonprofit organizations. Learn more at https://communication.appstate.edu.
About the College of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance. Learn more at https://faa.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.