West Virginia University’s college radio station, U92 the Moose, finished first place in the voting for Best Audio Sports Show at the 2022 CBI National Student Electronic Media Convention (NSEMC) in Baltimore.
“It’s an extremely fitting way to cap this era,” Alex Wiederspiel, U92 the Moose’s Broadcast Adviser, said. “These students persevered through a lot to be able to get to a point where broadcasting could feel normal during COVID-19. They went through a lot of rebuilding and soul searching over the past few years – and to come out the other side recognized not once but twice is a true credit to what they’ve been building.”
U92 the Moose’s first-place victory for Best Audio Sports Show featured U92’s long-running Wednesday night sports talk show, The SportsPage, which they transformed into an NFL Draft hub for the 2022 NFL Draft. The award for the April 2022 program honors recent graduates Luke Wiggs, Daniel Woods and Liam Belan. U92 sports director Ben Machi, a senior from Orlando, Florida, and assistant sports director Tannor Lambert, a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, were also part of the broadcast.
Regular editions of The SportsPage can be heard during U92’s Wednesday night sports block, a four-hour program featuring live student-led sports talk focusing on WVU sports (6-8 p.m.) and more traditional sports-talk radio featuring national and international sports (8-10 p.m.). You can listen online at u92themoose.com, through the Alexa, RadioFX or TuneIn apps, or by tuning your radio dial to 91.7 FM.
“This is great news,” Woods said. “I feel like we set the tone, and now I can look forward to seeing someone top it.”
U92 the Moose also finished second place for Best Audio Sports Play-by-Play, which featured Wiggs and Woods on the call of WVU football vs. Long Island University last Fall. It was the first time U92 the Moose had ever broadcast a WVU football game.
“U92 continues to be a training ground for the next generation of great broadcasters,” Wiggs said. “We’re all humbled at the chance to be recognized alongside college radio’s best.”
This broadcast also featured Belan in addition to recent graduate Logan Moore and current senior and U92 Operations Manager Jakob Janoski in various roles.
U92 broadcasts student-led productions of four WVU varsity sports – including WVU men’s and women’s soccer, women’s basketball, and baseball.
“Student radio is at its strongest when it is driven by students,” Wiederspiel said. “If you’re studying a program that leads to a future in sports or broadcast media and you aren’t working at U92, you’re missing out on a golden opportunity.”
U92 the Moose is part of WVU Student Media, located at 284 Prospect Street in Morgantown, WV at The Daily Athenaeum building. If you are interested in joining, you may apply online at https://u92themoose.com/join-u92. U92 features student staffs for sports, news, music, audio production, promotions and podcasting.