Aug. 26, 2011—North Central College student broadcaster Lucas Mitzel of Aurora has been nominated for a national award.
Mitzel is nominated in the Best Radio Podcast category of the annual Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards.
Mitzel graduated from North Central College in June and was station manager of WONC-FM 89.1, North Central’s student-run radio station. His nominated podcast, “Cardinal Week in Review,” featured a recap of the final week of the regular season for North Central’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The podcast included sound clips, a recap of a men’s and women’s track and field home event, a preview of baseball and softball teams and information about a recent coaches’ poll.
The three other nominees in the Best Radio Podcast category represent student radio stations from Marshall University, The University of South Dakota and Loyola University Maryland.
Awards for the podcast and other categories will be presented Oct. 29 at the annual CBI fall convention in Orlando, Fla. The CBI honors are national awards presented to student broadcasters who participate at radio stations or television facilities at colleges and universities across the country.
Mitzel was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Major in Broadcast Communication Award during Honors Day at North Central College. He earlier received a first-place Best Sports Play-by-Play Award from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, sharing the award with classmate Ryan Piers.
While a student at North Central, Mitzel interned at WGN-AM 720, one of the nation's best-known radio stations. He was involved in campus radio for four years, serving in numerous capacities before becoming station manager his senior year. He now works at WROK-AM 1440 in Rockford and during the summer was public address announcer for the Kane County Chaos, a minor-league football team that played its games in Aurora.
WONC is one of the most-honored college radio stations in America. The station has won 20 Marconi College Radio Awards, more than any other college or university radio station in the country. With a 30-mile listening radius and potential listening audience of 4 million people, WONC’s pure rock music format broadcasts a mix of news, sports, traffic, music and public affairs programming 24 hours a day, year-round. Listen live at wonc.org.