Feb. 7—Northwestern College’s student-run station, WVOE-FM, was awarded the National Religious Broadcasters Intercollegiate (iNRB) Radio Station of the Year Award. This is the third year in a row that WVOE-FM has received iNRB top honors.
The iNRB Radio Station of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding student operated radio station, including air AM or FM stations, campus carrier stations, Internet radio stations, cable radio stations and any other means of radio programming delivery to an audience either on or off the school's campus that would fit the definition of “station.” Professional involvement must be limited to teaching and advising students in the operation of the station.
“We salute these young scholars for their creativity and dedication in running an outstanding radio station, and at the same time fulfilling all their academic requirements,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright.
However, receiving top honors and having three station-of-the-year trophies on the shelf hasn't taken the students' focus away from the mission of using their talents to glorify Christ.
"Even if we didn't win anything, all of us would be no less thankful for God's blessings,” said senior Jon Meerdink, WVOE general manager. “Our joy doesn't come from winning awards, but from serving the one who has blessed us so tremendously. An award like this is just icing on the cake."
In addition, a number of Northwestern Electronic Media Communication students were awarded 20 of 34 possible iNRB awards including nine first place production awards and three scholarships including the $2,500 Bob Dobbs Scholarship and the $2,000 and $500 Al Sanders Scholarships.
Senior Drew Hoekema received the Bob Dobbs Scholarship for his essay explaining why he wants to work in secular broadcasting after graduation.
"The main point of the essay is based on Matthew 5 and the call to be salt in the world," explained Hoekema, "My aim is not to 'be the hero' who is going to simply come in and change the entire industry, but instead to trust in Christ, to glorify Him and enjoy Him in whichever environment I find myself."
Senior Erin McGregor and Senior Micah Murray took first and second place, respectively, in the Al Sanders scholarship competition for their essays on the future of broadcasting. McGregor's paper stated that the best way to package truth for Generation Y is through storytelling—specifically visual storytelling through film.
"Story is the ideal medium of communication," explained McGregor, "due to its inherent entertainment value, fast-paced delivery, and experiential involvement of the audience.."
"I'm honored that my paper was selected," added McGregor, “I cannot wait to attend the conference and meet other like-minded filmmakers."
Awards will be presented during the February 28 Student Awards Reception at the NRB Convention & Exposition.