CALS-based WSUM radio nets 13 awards and is honored by city leaders

It’s been a big week for WSUM, the UW-Madison’s student radio station, which is based in the Department of Life Sciences Communication. The station is celebrating its tenth anniversary—its first broadcast was Feb. 22, 2002—a fact which was recognized in a proclamation by Mayor Soglin and the Madison City Council. And last Saturday it won 13 Student Awards for Excellence from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

The City of Madison  proclamation reads in part that WSUM “continues to be a shining example of the Wisconsin Idea, producing and delivering high quality audio programming…” In particular, the city cites WSUM’s part in “making the 2009 and 2010 Mifflin Street Block Party a safer, community-based event” and for winning “myriad statewide and national awards for its dynamic music and talk programming, live sports broadcasts, news coverage and even their website…”

On March 3, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awarded WSUM won first and second place student awards for Long-Form Production, first for Radio Newscast, first and third for Sports Story, second and third for Sports Play-by-Play, second and third for Public Affairs/Talk Show, second for Sports Programming, and second for News Story.

In addition, sports director Kyle Deckelbaum was awarded the prestigious Student Leader of the Year award, only UW-Madison’s second recipient of this award.

Long-Form Production

First: 2011 Football Season in Review (Chris Vosters)
Second: 2010 Football Season Recap (Kyle Deckelbaum)


First: May 3, 2011, 6 PM (Chris Vosters, Sam Sussman, Ally Trachtman, Shelby Lewis, Keely Arthur, Rachel Bozich, Heather Burian)

News Story

Second: Job Legislation (Chris Vosters)

Public Affairs/Talk Show

Second: On Wisconsin, Nov. 16
Second: Interview with Pat Remington (Caitlyn Iverson)
Third: Budget Repair Bill Protests, (Jill Hopke, Magda Konieczna)

Sports Play-by-Play

Second: Men’s Hockey vs. Northern Michigan (Chris Vosters, Sam Sussman)
Third: Wisconsin Wins Big Ten Championship Game (Kyle Deckelbaum, Sam Maxwell, Mike Fiammetta)

Sports Programming

Second: “The Student Section” Interview with South Dakota Head Coach (Kyle Deckelbaum, Mike Fiammetta, Sam Maxwell, Nathan Palm)

Sports Story

First: Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Learns They’re the No. 1 Seed (Kyle Deckelbaum)
Third: Montee Ball Goes for the Record (Peter Swanson)