88.1 the Park Students Visit Nashville for the Marconi Radio Awards
For the third year in-a-row 88.1 the Park was a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Award for Non Commercial Station of the Year. Staff members visited Nashville in September for the NAB Radio Show and Marconi Awards.
Amanda Barberena, Program Director, Clay Martin, Sports Director, and Zain Omair, Music Director, represented the station’s student staff at the conference and awards. They were able to sit in broadcast training sessions with professionals from throughout the United States. These sessions provided many opportunities to network with the leading thinkers in the broadcast industry.
Amanda, Clay and Zain were able to attend through a scholarship from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation and the Broadcast Education Association. Additional funds were provided through fundraising by 88.1 the Park.
The highlight of the three day trip was the Marconi Radio Awards. 88.1 the Park was a finalist for Non Commercial Station of the Year with three college stations and one professional station. Though 88.1 did not win the award this year, many of the professionals were surprised to see a high school radio station among the finalists.
Amanda, Clay and Zain were also able to connect with 88.1 Alums during the Marconi Awards Dinner. Patrick Walsh, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Emmis Communications (Plymouth-Salem ’85) and Jeff Schmidt, Senior Vice President of Professional Development for the Radio Advertising Bureau, stopped by to visit with the students. Walsh also presented the Non Commercial Station of the Year Award and was able to mention his connection to 88.1 when he announced the finalists.
Most importantly, the finalist status recognized the station’s commitment to serving the Plymouth-Canton Community. 88.1 the Park would like to thank Lauren Cummings, Salem English Teacher, and Greg Martin, Parent for serving as chaperones on the trip.