Community programs produced by WLOY, Loyola University Maryland’s student-run radio station, were honored with seven awards at the 2013 National Student Electronic Media Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Nov. 2.
“What Happens Next?”, a children’s program designed to improve imagination, literacy, writing, and communication in elementary school students, won the national ‘Best Feature – Radio’ award. It was also a finalist in the ‘Best Regularly Scheduled Program – Radio’ category. WLOY’s innovative Word on the Street was the national winner for ‘Best Community Involvement.’ Word is a nonprofit newspaper in Baltimore operated by a coalition of volunteers and people who have experienced homelessness.
The convention received 700 entries from more than 100 schools across the country. WLOY operations manager John Devecka said WLOY's awards serve a dual purpose: recognition and awareness.
“We certainly like the trophies, but our work is for the community, not the recognition,” said Devecka. “The awards are sometimes what is needed to get people to understand how important the programs are and the impact that Loyola students can have on the community around them. Even though we draw from all over the country, students at WLOY really embrace and love Baltimore. I’m very proud of what they constantly give back and how they seek ways to help others.”
WLOY also took home two additional finalist awards for “Both Feet In,” a program that features conversations with people experiencing homelessness. The show launched in 2010 and has already won eight national awards. Devecka said “Both Feet In” reduces the stigma and stereotypes associated with homelessness by making invisible people visible and telling their stories.
Since beginning full-time operations in March 2003, WLOY has received numerous local and national awards for its exceptional programming. The station won a Best of Baltimore award in 2006 for ‘Best Local Music Radio Show’ and went on to win trophies from the Associated Collegiate Press and National Student Electronic Media Convention host College Broadcasters, Inc. The station is run by a staff of 18 Loyola students who oversee more than 60 DJs.
For more information on WLOY, visit wloy.org.