WQSU wins first place news award

SELINSGROVE – Susquehanna University’s student-run radio station WQSU-FM was honored for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association (PAPBA) at its 2013 News Awards presentation in May in Harrisburg.

The station won a first-place award for Sports Play-by-Play in the category of Medium and Small Market Stations.

The industry recognition is WQSU’s third consecutive first-place award and its eighth PAPBA award in the last nine years for Sports Play-by-Play. It was the first time WQSU has competed in the new, larger category, which includes radio stations in all markets except the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions. WQSU’s previous awards were won in the Small Market Station category.

This year’s winning entry, titled “Susquehanna University Basketball 2012,” was from Susquehanna’s 80-71 men’s basketball victory over Catholic University on Feb. 11, 2012. Veteran broadcaster Jack Burns called the play-by-play. Susquehanna student Thad Yeiser, class of 2012, was the color analyst and then-juniors Nick Ferlise and Andrew Turner were the engineers.

The entries were judged by the Associated Press Radio Association of California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Washington, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Alaska and Oregon.

WQSU-FM, a 12,000-watt station, is the third most powerful college station in Pennsylvania, and is operated by students, faculty and staff as well as community volunteers.

The station is run under the supervision of the Susquehanna University’s Department of Communications. Programming includes blues, techno, classic rock, jazz music, sports and talk shows.

The station also broadcasts some of National Public Radio’s popular news, information and entertainment programs, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk and A Prairie Home Companion.