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Husson University’s college radio station wins five awards from Maine Association of Broadcasters

Community Author: Eric B. Gordon
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Mark Nason | Husson University
Mark Nason | Husson University

BANGOR WHSN 89.3 FM, Husson University’s alternative station, received five awards on Sept. 14 from the Maine Association of Broadcasters at its annual News & Creative Awards event in Augusta. Students and faculty from Husson University’s New England School of Communications’ (NESCom) produced the productions recognized by the association.

“Every year, students who attend the New England School of Communications put their skills to the test against experienced broadcast professionals from radio stations across the state as part of this competition,” said Mark Nason, MEd, WHSN station manager, manager of communications and internships, and program coordinator for radio broadcasting at NESCom. “Last year we won four awards. This year we won five. I think that says something about the education and the type of students we have here at Husson University.

“Our communication programs here at Husson University have a strong emphasis on quality and professionalism. That’s why students who graduate from the New England School of Communications are in such high demand. Broadcasters know that Husson students are work ready, day one.”

Awards given to WHSN 89.3 FM included productions in the following categories:

  • Best Self Promotion – 1st Place: “Now That’s Smart” – This promotional spot is centered around the ability to play WHSN through smart speakers. WHSN Station Manager Mark Nason and 2019 grad Jon Stinson created this promotional piece.
  • Best Locally Produced Program – 2nd Place: “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2018.” This 1940s style radio drama features students from the New England School of Communications at Husson University. Ken Stack, an instructor and program coordinator in Husson University’s entertainment production program, wrote and directed this radio drama, which was produced by Mark Nason and performed NESCom students.
  • Best Feature – 2nd Place: “Voices of Wellness – Syrena” This program, created in partnership with the Counseling Center at Husson University, includes students sharing stories of their path to wellness. Station Manager Mark Nason produced this program.
  • Best Public Service Announcement, Unsponsored Radio – 2nd Place: “Bangor Public Library – Life on the Lam.” WHSN Station Manager Mark Nason wrote and produced this PSA campaign with help from student Mariah Roberge and local voice actor Robert Brangwynne, as well as Hannah Young and Ben Treat of the Bangor Public Library.
  • Best Social Media – Entertainment Focus – 3rd Place: This award is for the station’s social media content created and shared via Facebook and Twitter.

To listen to these award-winning presentations on your computer, visit whsn-fm.com. 

“With access to the latest broadcast quality equipment and an emphasis on experiential learning where students ‘learn by doing,’ NESCom graduates are ready to enter the workforce and immediately add value to organizations that need creative professionals with expert knowledge and a dedication to excellence,” said Marie Hansen, JD, PhD, dean of the New England School of Communications.

To learn more about the degree opportunities at the New England School of Communications, visit Husson.edu/NESCom. To apply, contact the Office of Admissions at Husson University at 207.941.7000 or admit@husson.edu.

For more than 120 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine, provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent analysis by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is the most affordable private college in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.