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Campus radio station takes top award for breaking news

August 28, 2002

WAPX-FM (91.7) received a first-place award for breaking news coverage from the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcast Association. The award recognized the station's live, nine-hour coverage of the terrorist attacks of Sept 11.

Dr. David von Palko, professor of communication and director of broadcast and cable operations in the department of communication and theatre, anchored the coverage. John Moseley, general manager, provided technical support throughout the broadcast, while Dr. Mike Gotcher, department chair, helped provide other resources.

Interviewed guests in the studio during the coverage included former Manhattan resident and assistant professor of communication and theatre, David Wesner; Dr. Dewey Browder, renowned historian and chair of the department of history and philosophy; Terri Williams, executive director of the Crisis Call Line; and Dr. Frederick Grieve, psychologist.

Coverage included the press conferences of Pres. George W. Bush and Tenn. Gov. Don Sundquist.

Several students in the department participated in the live coverage. Dan Scott conducted telephone interviews with Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Wendell Gilbert, deputy governor for homeland security and Sundquist's chief of staff, and with Linda McCoy, executive director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

The 2002 award for breaking news coverage marks the 15th time WAPX-FM (91.7) has been honored by the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcast Association. Ten of the 15 awards were for first place.